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The Venezuelan Josť Antonio Abreu is awarded the Culture of Peace Prize in Japan
an article by Telesur TV

Venezuelan orchestral conductor Josť Antonio Abreu received on Thursday [October 10] the Special Prize for Culture of Peace in Japan, from the Goi Peace Foundation .

The Venezuelan maestro has received several awards already this year (Photo from archive)

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The foundation awarded him the prize for having "devoted his life to social work to promote culture through music", according to the briefing note from FundaMusical.

In that regard, the paper explains that this award "seeks to honor individuals and organizations in fields that have contributed to the dissemination and promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world."

The announcement of this recognition coincided with the debut of the Caracas Youth Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo Metropolitan Arts Space, during the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Venezuela and Japan.

The Venezuelan expressed his appreciation for the distinction. "This will allow me to redouble my efforts to build a better world by planting music in the soul of children and youth," he said .

Similarly , he expressed his desire to consolidate "many favorable projects" linking Venezuela and Japan.

Josť Antonio Abreu was born in Trujillo state (southwestern Venezuela) in 1939. He is a composer, pianist, and organist, besides being an economist.

Throughout his career he has received numerous awards and honors. Last year he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Institute of Education, University of London in recognition of his social service.

He also received the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, the Peace Prize in Seoul, South Korea, and the Polar Music Prize Stig Anderson from the Music Award Foundation in Sweden.

Recently, the Venezuelan orchestral director was awarded the Latin American Music Award from the Municipal Foundation of Culture of the City of Cadiz, Spain, and the award, Caritas in Veritate, from the International Academy of Hagiography (exemplary biography).

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As of now, there are 33 CPNN articles on this theme, which shows the great extent to which music is the universal language of peace!

This report was posted on October 23, 2013.