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<b>Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler to accept Edison Lifetime Achievement Award for Beaux Arts Trio</b>

Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler to accept Edison Lifetime Achievement Award for Beaux Arts Trio

Indiana University's Menahem Pressler will accept a 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from The Edison Foundation on behalf of the Beaux Arts Trio at the annual "Edison Klassiek Gala" June 11 in The Hague. A Distinguished Professor in IU's Jacobs School of Music, Pressler is a renowned pianist and a founding member of the trio. "I'm extremely honored to receive this award on behalf of the trio," said Pressler. "Holland has been such a welcoming country to us through the years, and I'm excited to know that our many years of performances are being recognized." Past recipients of the award are soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, composer John Williams, soprano Jessye Norman, baritone Thomas Hampson and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. The Edison Award is the oldest and most prestigious music award in the Netherlands, comparable to a Grammy Award. The awards ceremony at the Ridderzaal (Knight's Hall) will be aired live on national television and will include a short solo piano performance by Pressler. The legendary Beaux Arts Trio was founded in 1955 by Pressler, Daniel Guilet, violin, and Bernard Greenhouse, cello. The trio made its first appearance on July 13, 1955, at the Berkshire Music Festival, now known as the Tanglewood Music Center. After 53 years of setting the standard for piano trios around the globe, the last performance of Beaux Arts Trio was on 24 August 2008 on the same stage at Tanglewood. Click here for details of two world class recordings on Warner Classics. [Photograph courtesy of Indiana University]

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