[ Musicology and Theory ]
Professor Emeritus of Music
Paul Hawkshaw has been a member of the faculty since 1984 and, from 2003 to 2016, was Director of the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Recognized throughout the world as an authority on the music of Anton Bruckner, in May 2011 he received the Bruckner Society of America’s Kilenyi Medal of Honor for “furthering the understanding and appreciation of the life and work of Anton Bruckner.” That same year he was appointed coeditor of the New Bruckner Edition, published under the auspices of the Austrian National Library with the patronage of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2004 he has also been coeditor of Wiener Bruckner-Studien for the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His numerous publications include the Bruckner biography for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.
Since coming to Yale, Professor Hawkshaw has taken an active interest in community affairs and public education in New Haven. He worked with the New Haven School Board, Yale faculty and students, and the Yale College Class of 1957 to establish a music and literacy program in the city’s public schools. Professor Hawkshaw has been publicly recognized for his contribution to the New Haven Schools by an official proclamation of Mayor John DeStefano and, in the spring of 2000, he was awarded the Yale School of Music’s highest honor, the Samuel Simons Sanford Medal, for his scholarship and community service.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Professor Hawkshaw received his Ph.D. in musicology from Columbia University in 1984.