Faculty harpsichordist Arthur Haas has received Early Music America’s 2023 Howard Mayer Brown Award for Lifetime Achievement. Named for the late University of Chicago musicologist, the prestigious award has been bestowed in recent years on David Douglass and Ellen Hargis, Joan Kimball and Robert Wiemken, and Mark Kroll ’71MM, among others.
“Since my earliest days under the guidance and influence of such notables as Albert Fuller, Kenneth Gilbert, Gustav Leonhardt, and above all, Alan Curtis, I have sought to uncover the glorious secrets of early music and combine that with my own 20th and 21st century sensibilities,” Haas told Early Music America upon receiving the honor. “I’ve done this in my own playing, and have always tried to impart these ideals to my students.”
Since winning the 1975 Paris International Harpsichord Competition, Haas has performed in the United States and Europe with such groups as the Aulos Ensemble, Empire Viols, and Aula Harmoniae and recorded music by Gaspard Le Roux, Jean-Henri d’Anglebert, and Antoine Forqueray.
Haas has been a member of the Yale School of Music faculty since 2012.