University of Leicester awards rare honorary music degree

Posted by uatemp13 at Feb 14, 2013 04:50 PM |
Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Conductor Laureate, will receive an honorary degree on Saturday 23rd February
University of Leicester awards rare honorary music degree

Vladimir Ashkenazy

The University of Leicester is to honour highly regarded conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Conductor Laureate, with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music at a special graduation ceremony on Saturday 23rd February.

The University of Leicester Doctor of Music has only been awarded a handful of times. Previous recipients include Benjamin Britten, Sir Michael Tippett, Sir Malcolm Arnold, Sir John Barbirolli and Sir Colin Davis.

The ceremony will take place at 6.15pm in De Montfort Hall, immediately before the main evening concert at 7.30pm in which Mr Ashkenazy will be conducting, and is open to concert goers.

Vladimir Ashkenazy made a name for himself during the Iron Curtain-era, and is generally regarded as one of the greatest pianists to have lived. He has worked with the Philharmonia Orchestra from the beginning of his career as a pianist, conductor and occasionally both.

Photographs from Vladimir Ashkenazy's graduation ceremony:

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