April 24, 2012
BRANDON, MB — The 101st Convocation at Brandon University this spring will not only celebrate the accomplishments of 675 new graduates, but will also acknowledge the contributions of two distinguished Canadians. One of them is internationally accomplished musician, Anton Kuerti.
Brandon University is pleased to announce the conferral of a Doctor of Music (honoris causa) upon Mr. Kuerti. An Officer of the Order of Canada, he has received numerous awards during his long career. These include the Schumann Prize of the Schumann Gesellschaft and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
Acclaimed for his performances of Beethoven’s music, Mr. Kuerti has appeared with many of the world’s top orchestras. Born in Austria, he grew up in the United States and has lived in Canada since 1965. His late wife, cellist Kristine Bogyo founded the Mooredale Youth Orchestras in Toronto. Today, Mr. Kuerti remains the artistic director of these ensembles as well as the Mooredale concert series.
With more than 25 discs to his credit, Mr. Kuerti has displayed his individuality and musicianship in recordings of all the Beethoven Concertos and Sonatas, the Brahms and Schumann Concertos, and the Schubert Sonatas. An avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with other remarkable instrumentalists, the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and the Tokyo String Quartet. Also, he is the founder of the much lauded Festival of the Sound.
“It is an honour for Brandon University to recognize this extraordinary musician and citizen,” said Deborah Poff, Brandon University’s President and Vice-Chancellor.
There will be four convocation ceremonies at Brandon University this spring. Mr. Kuerti will receive his honorary doctorate the afternoon of Saturday, June 2. This ceremony will be dedicated to graduands in Music, General Studies, Physical Education and the Education concurrent programs. Two ceremonies are slated for Friday, June 1: The morning commencement exercises will be for Health Studies and Science graduands, while the 2 p.m. ceremony will be for Arts and Rural Development graduands. On June 2 at 10 a.m., the focus will be on Education graduands. All ceremonies will take place in the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium.