The Vilcek Prizes are awarded annually to immigrants who have made lasting contributions to American society.
The Vilcek Prizes are awarded to immigrants with a legacy of major accomplishments, in two categories: biomedical science and a rotating category in the arts and humanities
Du Yun receives the Vilcek Prize in Music for her open approach to composition, which subverts the boundaries of traditional classical music by incorporating oral traditions, along with influences ranging from punk, electronic, and experimental music. She is equally known for her arresting operas and her protean artistic outputs. Her virtuosity is evidenced in the diversity of her oeuvre: from her work with her band, Ok Miss, to the visceral A Cockroach’s Tarantella, to her Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, Angel’s Bone.
Previous Vilcek Prize in Music were awarded to Yo-Yo Ma (2013) and Osvaldo Golijov (2008).