The Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation
The Prince Pierre Foundation was established on 17 February 1966 by H.S.H. Prince Rainier III in homage to the memory of his His father, Prince Pierre, a great patron of literature and the arts.
The Foundation, today presided over by H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover, aims to encourage contemporary arts. H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince awards the prizes on proposals from three councils: literary, musical and artistic. These councils consist of internationally recognised personalities from these fields.
The Prince Pierre Literary Prize
Established in 1951, the Prince Pierre Literary Prize every year honours a French-speaking writer who is renowned for his/her entire work, on the occasion of a recent publication of one of his/her works, on proposition of the Literary Council.
Established in 2001 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Prince Pierre Literary Prize, this grant was initially awarded every two years. Now awarded annually, it recognises a young French-speaking author for his/her first work of fiction.
High School Students Favourite Choice
Established in 2007, this prize is awarded by a jury of students of high schools in the Principality. The winner is chosen from a selection of works meeting the same criteria as those of the Discovery Grant.
The Musical Composition Prize
Established in 1960, the Musical Composition Prize is awarded to a piece of contemporary music created in the preceding year. The winner is proposed by the Musical Council and this prize is now awarded every three years.
The Young Music Fans' Favourite Choice
In collaboration with the Music and Drama Academy of Monaco and with the support of The Princess Grace Foundation, the Prince Pierre Foundation of Monaco continues to work towards encouraging musical creation by young audience.
The Young Music Fans' Favourite Choice award was introduced in 2011. Offering a prize of 6,000 euros, it is awarded each year to a recent musical composition. The Young Music Fans’ Favourite Choice winner is selected by pupils at Monaco’s Academy of Music and Theatre, as well as those from Monegasque colleges and lycées, based on a list provided by the Musical Council.
International Contemporary Art Prize
Awarded for the first time in 1965, the International Contemporary Art Prize has been organised by the Prince Pierre Foundation since 1983.
This prize is now awarded every three years for a recent work nominated by an expert in the field (e.g. an art critic, exhibition curator, researcher, collector, the director of a public or private institution, etc.).
In 1924 Prince Pierre founded the Conference Society in Monaco. Among the society’s first speakers were Paul Valéry, Darius Milhaud, Joseph Kessel and Sacha Guitry. Every year the Prince Pierre Foundation organises a series of conferences, running from January to March, allowing the public to attend talks by renowned specialists in diverse fields such as current affairs, arts, literature, history and science.
Other speakers at these conferences have included Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Maurice Béjart, Alain Decaux, Patrick de Carolis, Michel Rocard and Jean-Louis Debré.
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