(Pictured left to right: Jeanne Lamon, Rotem Gilbert, Adam Gilbert, Margriet Tindemans)

Early Music America (EMA) has revealed the recipients of their 2014 prizes. Tafelmusik’s music director Jeanne Lamon has won this year’s Howard Mayer Brown Award for lifetime achievement in early music. Lamon said: ‘Receiving the Howard Mayer Brown Award for Lifetime Achievement is a huge honour. The list of previous recipients is very impressive indeed and I will be humbled to be counted among them.’

Lamon also spoke highly of the award’s namesake: ‘Howard Mayer Brown was a towering and inspirational leader in the field of early music in America. His work influenced me profoundly in my performance of seventeenth-century Italian violin sonatas.’

This year is an eventful one for the music director: in January, Lamon was appointed to The Order of Ontario and later on this year she will step down from her full-time role, becoming chief artistic advisor of Tafelmusik’s 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

The 2014 Thomas Binkley Award, recognising outstanding achievement in performance and scholarship by the director of a university or college early music ensemble, has been awarded to Rotem Gilbert and Adam Gilbert. The Gilberts, founders of early music ensemble Ciaramella, both teach at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music: where Adam is associate professor of musicology and director of early music, and Rotem is an assistant professor, teaching musicology, performance practice and historical woodwinds.

In a joint statement, the Gilberts said: ‘The Binkley Award is because of our students, and all their dedication, talent, and hours of hard work. In addition to their classes, they have poured their hearts into hours of rehearsal hours each week, giving four to six concerts per year, and preparing for the Boston and Berkeley Festivals.

‘We have been real beneficiaries of Early Music America. The ensemble competition gave us our first recording with our ensemble Ciaramella, the Young Performers Festivals in Boston and Berkeley have given our students valuable experience and a sense that what they are doing is important. Along with the Binkley Award, all of these also send a strong message to the University of Southern California that their investment in early music is paying off every day and every year.’

Margriet Tindemans has been awarded EMA’s Laurette Goldberg Award for lifetime achievement in early music outreach for 2014. Tindemans is a founding member of the Huelgas Ensemble of Belgium, and German ensemble Sequentia. She has taught at the University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, Lemmens Institute Leuven and the Antwerp, Maastricht and Tilburg conservatories. Tindemans has also undertaken residencies at Case Western, University of Indiana, Longy School of Music, Stanford University and the University of California at Santa Barbara and Berkeley.

This year’s winners will be presented with their awards at EMA’s annual meeting in an awards ceremony on 6 June in Berkeley, California.

To find out more about this year’s EMA winners, and previous winners, visit http://earlymusic.org/ema-annual-awards.  

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