Italian Academy Award-winning composer Ennio Morricone was honoured with the Order of Merit of Hungary, Medium Cross, before giving a concert in Budapest on Wednesday.
Morricone was presented the award for his contributions to popularising Hungarian music, Zsolt Nyitrai, the prime minister’s commissioner for strategic social relations, said presenting the award on behalf of Hungary’s president and prime minister.
Morricone worked with Hungarian bands and choirs on a number of occasions on his world tours, Nyitrai said.
Morricone, who also composed the music for Fateless, the 2005 film adaptation of Hungarian Nobel laureate author Imre Kertész’s novel Fatelessness, said it was “an honour” to receive the award and expressed his gratitude for the recognition.
The Italian Maestro was travelling to Budapest on the 18th of October to give a monumental concert in Budapest Arena.
The two time Oscar-, Grammy and Golden Globe winner sent a message to Hungarians on June, you can read it HERE.