One of classical music's most valuable gongs, the Polar Music Prize, has been awarded to a non-musician.
Opera director Peter Sellars takes home a tidy 1 million Swedish Kronor (£92,000) for being, in the jury's words “a living definition of what the Polar Music Prize is all about: highlighting the music and presenting it in a new context".
Previous awards have tended to favour composers - Lutoslawski, Stockhausen, Reich, Xenakis, Boulez, Ligeti and Saariaho are amongst those honoured - although singers like Renee Fleming and conductors like Gergiev and Harnoncourt have also got a look-in.
However the bog-brush haired ex-iconoclast is not the first non-musician to pick up the prize. José Antonio Abreu & El Sistema added it to their gong collection in 2009, and the very first award, in 1992, was made to "the Baltic States" - yes, all of them.