Princess of Asturias Foundation

The Princess of Asturias Awards represent an extraordinary contribution to mankind's cultural heritage. UNESCO. Paris, 2004.

By Fundación Princesa de Asturias

Fundación Princesa de Asturias

HM The King and HRH The Princess of Asturias during the Awards Ceremony (2020-10-18) by Iván MartínezFundación Princesa de Asturias

The Foundation

The Princess of Asturias Foundation is a non-profit private institution whose essential aims are to contribute to extolling and promoting those scientific, cultural and humanistic values that form part of the universal heritage of humanity and consolidate the existing links between the Principality of Asturias and the title traditionally held by the heirs to the Crown of Spain.

HM King Felipe VI has been the Honorary President of the Foundation since its creation in 1980. Following his proclamation as King of Spain on 19th June 2014, HRH Leonor de Borbón y Ortiz, Princess of Asturias, is now the Honorary President of this institution which annually convenes the Princess of Asturias Awards.

Princess of Asturias Awards Ceremony (2020-10-18) by Yeray MenéndezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Princess of Asturias Awards

The Princess of Asturias Awards are intended to reward scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out at an international level by individuals, institutions or groups of individuals or institutions. They are conferred in eight different categories: the Arts, Literature, Social Sciences, Communication and Humanities, Technical and Scientific Research, International Cooperation, Concord and Sports.

 

These have been bestowed since 1981 and are presented at an anual ceremony presided over by Their Majesties The King and Queen of Spain.



Each Princess of Asturias Award comprises a Joan Miró sculpture representing and symbolizing the Award, a cash prize of € 50,000, a diploma and an insignia. In 2004, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the creation of the awards, the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) recognized the “extraordinary work done by the Prince of Asturias Awards to promote and celebrate the exceptional achievements of humanity in the fields of culture, science and the humanities”.

Sculpture created to symbolise the Princess of Asturias Award (2019-10-18) by Iván MartínezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Each Princess of Asturias Award comprises a Joan Miró sculpture representing and symbolizing the Award, a cash prize of € 50,000, a diploma and an insignia.

Princess of Asturias Awards, 35 years promoting culture and values (2016)Fundación Princesa de Asturias

Princess of Asturias Awards, 35 years promoting culture and values.

Martin Scorsese, Princess Asturias Awards for the Arts (2018-10-19) by Iván MartínezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Arts

Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts: on the individual, institution, group of individuals or institutions whose work in cinematography, theatre, dance, music, photography, painting, sculpture, architecture or any other form of artistic expression constitutes an outstanding contribution to the universal heritage of humanity.

Maya Plisetskaya and Tamara Rojo (Arts) (2005-10-21) by Eloy AlonsoFundación Princesa de Asturias

Riccardo Muti (Arts) (2011-10-21) by Eloy AlonsoFundación Princesa de Asturias

Doris Lessing (Literature) (2001)Fundación Princesa de Asturias

Literature

Princess of Asturias Award for Literature: on the individual or group of individuals whose literary work represents an outstanding contribution to universal literature.

Amos Oz (Literature) (2007) by Iván MartínezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Leonard Cohen (Literature) (2011-10-19) by Iván MartínezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Esther Duflo, Princess of Asturias Awards for Social Sciences (2015-10-22) by Daniel MoraFundación Princesa de Asturias

Social Sciences

Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences: on the individual, institution, group of individuals or institutions whose creative work or research represents an outstanding contribution to the benefit of humanity in the fields of History, Law, Linguistics, Teaching, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Ethics, Philosophy, Geography, Economics, Demography or Anthropology, including the disciplines corresponding to each of these fields.

Martha Nussbaum (Social Sciences) (2012-10-26) by Iván MartínezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Tzvetan Todorov (Social Sciences) (2008-10-22) by Eloy AlonsoFundación Princesa de Asturias

Mary Beard (Social Sciences) (2016-10-21) by Iván MartínezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Joaquín Salvador Lavado, Quino (Communications and Humanities) (2014-10-21) by Iván MartínezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Communication and Humanities

Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities: on the individual, institution, group of individuals or institutions whose creative and investigative work in any type of humanistic activity or in any activity related to social communication, within the framework of the sciences and disciplines that both fields of activity encompass, represents an outstanding contribution to universal culture.

Annie Leibovitz (Communication and Humanities) (2013-10-24) by Iván MartínezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Shigeru Miyamoto (Communication and Humanities) (2012-10-25) by Iván MartínezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Emmanuelle Charpentier y Jennifer Doudna (Technical and Scientific Research) (2015-10-23) by Yeray MenéndezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Technical and Scientific Research

Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research: on the individual, institution, group of individuals or institutions whose research, findings and/or inventions represent an outstanding contribution to the progress and welfare of humanity in the fields of Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences and Technological Sciences, including those disciplines corresponding to each of these fields and their related techniques.

Rainer Weiss, Kip S. Thorne, Barry C. Barish and Laura Cadonati, on behalf of the LIGO Scientific (2017-10-20) by Yeray MenéndezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Scientist Peter Higgs, joint winner the Award (Technical and Scientific Research) (2013-10-25) by Eloy AlonsoFundación Princesa de Asturias

Joanne Chory and Sandra Myrna Díaz (Technical and Scientific Research) (2019-10-15) by Iván MartínezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Valentin Fuster (Technical and Scientific Research) (1996-11-08)Fundación Princesa de Asturias

Bill Gates, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation received the Award for International Cooperation (2006-11-09) by Iván MartínezFundación Princesa de Asturias

International Cooperation

Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation: on the individual, institution, group of individuals or institutions whose work with another or others in areas such as public health, universal education, environmental protection and social and economic development, among others, constitutes an outstanding contribution at the international level.

Simone Veil (International Cooperation) (2005-10-20) by Iván MartínezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Nelson Mandela (International Cooperation) (1992-10-31)Fundación Princesa de Asturias

Lindsey Vonn, Princess of Asturias Awards for Sports (2019-10-18) by Daniel MoraFundación Princesa de Asturias

Sports

Princess of Asturias Award for Sports: on the individual, institution, group of individuals or institutions whose lives and work are not only examples to others, but who have also contributed in an extraordinary manner through their efforts to the advancement, nurturing, fostering or dissemination of sport

Hicham El Guerrouj (Sports) (2004-10-22) by Eloy AlonsoFundación Princesa de Asturias

Michael Schumacher (Sports) (2007-10-26) by Iván MartínezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Rafael Nadal (Sports) (2008-10-24) by Eloy AlonsoFundación Princesa de Asturias

Hassiba Boulmerka (Sports) (1995-10-27)Fundación Princesa de Asturias

Yad Vashem, Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem (Concord) (2007-10-26) by Eloy AlonsoFundación Princesa de Asturias

Concord

Princess of Asturias Award for Concord: on the individual, institution, group of individuals or institutions whose work contributes outstandingly to the defence of human rights, to the promotion of peace, freedom, solidarity, the protection of heritage and, in general, to the progress and understanding of humanity.

J.K. Rowling (Concord) (2003-10-24) by Eloy AlonsoFundación Princesa de Asturias

Caddy Adzuba (Concord) (2014-10-24) by Fernando RoblesFundación Princesa de Asturias

Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony (2019-10-18) by Yeray MenéndezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony is considered one of the most important cultural events on the international calendar. HM The King made his first speech in public as Prince of Asturias at the age of thirteen at the first Awards Ceremony in 1981. Since then, the words, thoughts and ideas he has expressed in the course of the different Awards Ceremonies have become one of our greatest legacies.



The ceremony features speeches by prominent intellectuals. Through these speeches, they have revealed fundamental parts of their thinking and life’s work, giving shape to what is nowadays the Foundation’s great moral heritage. Those to have addressed the audience in the Campoamor Theatre include Nelson Mandela, Stephen Hawking, Yehudi Menuhin, Vaclav Havel, Susan Sontag, Tzvetan Todorov, Leonard Cohen, Paul Auster, Martha Nussbaum, Mario Vargas Llosa and Woody Allen.

First speech wrote by H.M. The King of Spain, then Prince of Asturias (1981)Fundación Princesa de Asturias

Speech by HM King Felipe VI, then Prince of Asturias, at the Prince of Asturias Awards Ceremony (1981-10-03) by Princess of Asturias FoundationFundación Princesa de Asturias

Speech by HM King Felipe VI, then Prince of Asturias (1981-10-03) by Princess of Asturias FoundationFundación Princesa de Asturias

Video of the speech by HM The King during the Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony (2019-10-18) by Fundación Princesa de AsturiasFundación Princesa de Asturias

HRH Princess of Asturias (2019-10-18) by Daniel MoraFundación Princesa de Asturias

HRH The Princess of Asturias

HRH Princess Leonor de Borbón y Ortiz is Heir to the Crown of Spain and has been the Honorary President of the Princess of Asturias Foundation since her father’s proclamation as King on 19th June 2014. HRH The Princess of Asturias gives her first public speech at the 2019 Princess Asturias Awards ceremony.

Video of words by HRH The Princess of Asturias (2019-10-18) by Princess of AsturiasFundación Princesa de Asturias

The Royal Family arrives to the Campoamor Theater (2019-10-18) by Yeray MenéndezFundación Princesa de Asturias

TM The King and Queen of Spain and HM Queen Sofía at the end of the Awards Ceremony (2016)

TM The King and Queen of Spain with Gustavo Dudamel and José Antonio Abreu (2008-10-23) by Iván MartínezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Music Department

In addition to the Foundation’s main activity, namely the granting and presentation of the Awards, in 1983 the Foundation created a Music Department as part of its endeavours to contribute to fostering culture at its highest levels of expression. This now boasts three choirs (children, youth and adults), whose honorary conductors are Jesús López Cobos and Krzysztof Penderecki, as well as an International Music School.

 

This School brings together overtwo hundred students of various nationalities in the summer courses it organizes every year in Asturias.

Children's choir concert at the Jurassic Museum of Asturias (2015-06-13) by Iván MartínezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Princess of Asturias Foundation chorus (2019-10-13) by Yeray MenéndezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Composer and conductor Johan de Meij imparting a master class at the International Music School (2011-02-16) by Iván MartínezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Leonard Cohen "Hallelujah" cover by students at the International School of Music (2016-09-15) by David PandoFundación Princesa de Asturias

Students at the International School of Music revisits the "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen.

Ara Malikian at the opening conference of the International Music School Summer Courses (2014-07-18) by Iván MartínezFundación Princesa de Asturias

Violinist Ara Malikian at the opening conference of the 2014 International Music School Summer Courses.

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Photos: Yeray Menéndez, Iván Martínez, Daniel Mora, Eloy Alonso, Fernando Robles and J.L.Cereijido

Texts: Fundación Princesa de Asturias

Translation: Paul Barnes

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