Conductor Stéphane Denève was honoured with the Richard D. Colburn Award for his exemplary contributions and devotion to the worlds of classical music, music education and the performing arts. He shared the honour with civic leader and author of Proposition 28, Austin Beutner; the pair received their awards at the prestigious Colburn School’s Celebrate Colburn gala on April 23, 2023. Denève conducted the Colburn Orchestra for the event at Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Hall. The programme included Gabriela Lena Frank’s Apu: Tone Poem for Orchestra, Korngold’s Violin Concert in D Major, Richard Strauss’s Don Juan and Ravel’s La Valse.
Stéphane Denève is recognized internationally for the exceptional quality of his performances and programming as Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the New World Symphony, and from 2023, as Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. He recently concluded terms as Principal Guest Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Chief Conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic, and previously served as Chief Conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
“The Colburn School is proud to honor renowned conductor Stéphane Denève and civic leader Austin Beutner,” said Colburn School President and CEO Sel Kardan. “In addition to his inspiring presence on the podium, Stéphane is a gifted educator and passionate advocate committed to uplifting today’s aspiring musicians and composers. Among Austin’s many accomplishments, the passing of Proposition 28 provides funding in our public schools that ensures every child can participate in and benefit from arts and music at school. Thanks to their combined contributions, the future of the performing arts is stronger than ever.”
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