Murray Perahia to receive honorary degree from Juilliard

February 27, 2015

In a press release Thursday morning, The Juilliard School announced its decision to confer honorary doctorates on five artists on Friday, May 22, 2015. The artists include pre-eminent jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, performing artist Peter Sellars, legendary ballet artist Suzanne Farrell, National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner, and upcoming Piano Masters performer Murray Perahia.

Murray Perahia works with a Juilliard student in 2012. Photo by Nan Melville for The Juilliard Journal.

Born in New York and schooled at Mannes College and the Marlboro Festival, Perahia is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, and he holds honorary doctorates from Leeds University and Duke University. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary KBE by Her Majesty The Queen, in recognition of his outstanding service to music. He will receive Juilliard’s Honorary Doctor of Music during the school’s 110th commencement ceremony.

In October 2012, Perahia provided a series of lectures and master classes at Juilliard, focusing “fundamentally on the art of the music.” He performs on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Chenery Auditorium in The Gilmore’s Piano Masters Series.

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