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May 29 , 2014

Peabody Medal for Kim Kashkashian

Violist and Peabody alumna Kim Kashkashian is the 2014 recipient of the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America. The medal was presented on Thursday, May 22, in Baltimore at the Peabody Conservatory's graduation ceremony, with Kashkashian as commencement speaker.

After several Grammy nominations for previous recordings, Kashkashian received a Grammy Award in the "Best Classical Instrumental Solo" category in 2012 for Kurtág and Ligeti: Music for Viola, on the ECM Records label.

At Peabody, Kashkashian studied with Karen Tuttle, whose unique approach to the instrument continues to be passed on through Kashkashian's work with the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshops. Currently teaching at the New England Conservatory, Kashkashian has also taught at the University of Indiana, the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik, and the Hans Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin.

The George Peabody Medal has been presented since 1980. Other recent Peabody Medal winners have included Pete Seeger, Roy Haynes, Benjamin H. Griswold IV, Marni Nixon, Libby Larsen, and James Levine.

Located in Baltimore's Mount Vernon Cultural District, the Peabody Institute was founded in 1857 as America's first academy of music by philanthropist George Peabody.