This concept came to us from ancient times. In Ancient Greece and later in Rome winners of the competitions were crowned with Laurel wreaths. Since then, came the word laureatus, Latin crowned with laurels.
A wreath of Laurel branches -
the symbol of victory, fame, awards, success
Nowadays this word is used in two meanings. First - the winner of the music competition, contest. You probably know many of these winners, especially winners of the most authoritative among the musical events, competition named after P. I. Tchaikovsky. Among the winners of the van Cliburn and Valery Klimov, Boris Gutnikov and Grigory Sokolov, Stefan movement and John Ogdon, Andrey Gavrilov and Mikhail Pletnev, Natalia Shakhovskaya and Ivan Monighetti, Lyudmila Shemchuk, Elena Obraztsova and Evgeny Nesterenko.
The second meaning of the word "laureate" refers not only to the representatives of the art world. This is the name of a person, marked by a high prize. We have, for example, winners of State and Presidential awards. These winners are not only musicians, but also artists, poets, architects, filmmakers, scientists, committed discoveries, inventors, invented new machines, workers, distinguished by high rates in labour.