Bruckner Society of America to award Joseph Kilenyi Medal of Honor to Paul Hawkshaw

The Bruckner Society of America announced this week that Paul Hawkshaw will be awarded the Joseph Kilenyi Medal of Honor.  This honor is given to individuals whose work exemplifies the understanding and appreciation of the life and music of Anton Bruckner.

Paul Hawkshaw is Deputy Dean of the Yale School of Music as well as Professor in the Practice of Musicology and the director of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

The Board of Directors of the Bruckner Society noted Hawkshaw’s “strong advocacy of Bruckner’s work as seen in the many articles, essays, editions, and addresses [he has] prepared in [his] illustrious career.”  In particular, the organization wrote, “His research on the Mass in F Minor and the Eighth Symphony are milestones in our understanding of Bruckner’s music.”

The Bruckner Society of America was established in 1931, and Medals of Honor have been given to such musical luminaries as Otto Klemperer, Bruno Walter, Arturo Toscanini, and Paul Hindemith. The medal will be presented to Paul at Yale’s Commencement this spring.

Dean Robert Blocker extended his heartiest congratulations to Hawkshaw, saying, “That he has served the School with extraordinary leadership while continuing his scholarly work with critical distinction is in itself a remarkable achievement.  Most importantly, Paul extends to our community a quiet sense of humanity that enriches us all.”

Professor Hawkshaw’s publications include seven volumes of Bruckner’s collected works (Vienna), which are performed by major orchestras and choruses throughout the world. His articles have appeared in The Musical Quarterly, Nineteenth-Century Music, and the Oesterreichische Musikzeitschrift, and he wrote the Bruckner biography for Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians. In 1996 he was invited by the Austrian National Library in Vienna, to give the commemorative address marking the centenary of the composer’s death.

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Published March 3, 2011
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Daewon Music Awards Grand Prize given to Hyo Kang

Hyo Kang, a member of the YSM violin faculty, was honored with the Daewon Music Awards Grand Prize, the most prestigious music award in Korea, for his contribution to the field of music through his establishment of the Great Mountains International Music Festival.

Hyo Kang has led a flourishing and versatile career as a performer, teacher, and artistic director for the past three decades. He has made numerous concert tours in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, and Central America. As a member of the highly acclaimed Theatre Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for more than twenty years, he has given many works their American premieres.

Hyo Kang joined the Yale faculty in 2006. He has been on the faculty of the Juilliard School since 1978, and was on the faculty of the Aspen Music School in Colorado from 1978 to 2005. His students have distinguished themselves with top prizes at the world’s most prestigious competitions and are performing with major orchestras worldwide; former students include Gil Shaham, Sarah Chang, and Chee-Yun, among many others. Hyo Kang was born in Seoul, Korea and graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay. In 1995, Mr. Kang founded Sejong, which has performed more than 300 concerts on major stages around the world and is in its thirteenth season.

In March 2003 Mr. Kang was appointed Honorary Ambassador by the Governor of Gangwon Province, Korea and was asked to bring the first international music festival to PyeongChang. Mr. Kang launched the Great Mountains Music Festival and School in August 2004 and still serves as its artistic director. He has been the subject of four television documentaries, including KBS-TV’s Teaching Genius. In 2004, the Korean government awarded him the National Arts Medal.

Published March 3, 2011
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