The 2017 Kyoto Prize: Richard Taruskin in Oxford

The Kyoto Prize is an international award to honour those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural and spiritual betterment of humankind. The winner of the 2017 Kyoto Prize for Arts and Philosophy is Professor Richard Taruskin, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley (pictured left, image © Kenichi Aikawa).

Laureates of the Kyoto Prize are invited to give a major lecture on three different continents. Oxford is honoured to be hosting the European lectures in May 2018.

Professor Taruskin, author of, among many other distinguished and influential texts, The Oxford History of Western Music, will be visiting Oxford on 8 & 9 May 2018, to give his laureate lecture and to participate in events in the Faculty of Music.

Richard Taruskin will give his laureate lecture at the Blavatnik School of Government on Tuesday 8 May 2018, 15.00–17.00. The title of his talk is ‘How to win a Stalin Prize: Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet’. He will be joined by the Music Faculty’s Quartet in Residence, the Villiers Quartet, along with Jeremy Young, piano, and the lecture will end with a complete performance of the work. The lecture is free and open to all, but tickets must be booked in advance: go to the dedicated website to reserve a place. The lecture will also be livestreamed on the Blavatnik School of Government YouTube channel.

On Wednesday 9 May, Professor Taruskin will visit the Music Faculty to take part in two events. He will be part of a panel discussing the theme, ‘The arts, music and society today’, beginning at 15.00 in the Denis Arnold Hall. The event will be chaired by Tom Service (BBC Radio 3) and panellists include Professor Laura Tunbridge (Oxford Faculty of Music) and Professor Catriona Kelly (Oxford Faculty of Russian). All are welcome, subject to available places. This public event will be preceded by a private question and answer session with graduate students from the Faculty of Music, chaired by DPhil candidate Edward Spenser.

Further details about all the Kyoto Prize events taking place in Oxford can be found here.