Cerha to get Salzburg gong

Friedrich Cerha will be honoured with the 2011 Salzburg Music Prize, it has emerged.The 84-year-old composer and conductor – who received the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art in 2005 – is the third artist after Salvatore Sciarrino and Klaus Huber – to get the award which includes a prize money of 60,000 Euros.The three-member jury today (Thurs) acknowledged the Vienna-born artist’s compositions as “successful mergers of avant-garde techniques and old structures”.