29 October 2009
Gustavo Dudamel named 2010 recipient of the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT
The Council for the Arts at MIT announced today that Gustavo Dudamel is the recipient of the 2010 Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT, an award celebrating rising, innovative talents in the arts and one of the most generous arts honors in the U.S. He joins a select list of distinguished recipients such as architects Diller + Scofidio and writer Junot Diaz, many of whom were still rising to prominence in their fields at the time of their Award. Other recipients include architect Santiago Calatrava, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and artist Isaac Julien.
Upon learning about the award, Dudamel commented:
“You cannot imagine how excited I am to visit MIT and see the wonderful music program and the Media Lab first hand -- the next generation in music and technology all in one place! Of course, it is beautiful and I am deeply honored that MIT has coupled this with the prestigious McDermott prize, which I will use to further support my "next generation" projects in the field of music and education.”
Beyond a cash prize, the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT offers its recipient a campus residency. As part of his residency, which will take place in April 2010, Gustavo Dudamel will visit the MIT Media Lab and conduct an open rehearsal with the MIT Symphony Orchestra on Friday evening, April 16, 2010, where President Susan Hockfield will present the award. The next afternoon, he will take part in a panel discussion with Institute Professor John Harbison and Professor of Music and Media Tod Machover, moderated by journalist Maria Hinojosa.
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Read the announcement in the Boston Globe