July 11, 2018 – Today it was announced that Riccardo Muti will receive the Praemium Imperiale 2018/Japanese Awards for the Arts, in the Category of Music with this motivation:

With his prestigious goals as a conductor, Riccardo Muti is considered “The Maestro among Maestros”. He conducted the most important orchestras in the world. His contribution, in particular to Verdi’s operas, is historic. His exceptional “Roads of Frienship” project, aiming at connecting different people through concerts, has been carried on and appreciated for 20 years. Furthermore, the “Italian Opera Academy” he founded for the support of young conductors and opera singers deserves praise.