Mathieu Daniël Polak received the Visser-Neerlandia Prize on 1 February.
On the ANV website Mathieu’s work is mentioned as:
” Groundbreaking work done with composing and arranging carillon music. He contributes to creative and innovative changes in the “carillon landscape” through the use of non-Western musical elements in his compositions and arrangements. He adds these innovations to the already existing traditional and style-specific forms of carillon music, a tradition with a history of more than 500 years. Mathieu Polak’s most recent carillon work praised is Chag Sameach (joyful and good holidays), a suite for carillon that focuses on Jewish holidays, such as Purim, Pesach, Chanukah, Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. “