Violist, violinist, conductor and teacher Pinchas Zukerman (photo courtesy of Maestro Zukerman).

Music Institute of Chicago to Honor Luminary Instrumentalist, Conductor and Teacher Pinchas Zukerman

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The Music Institute of Chicago will host 2018 Anniversary Gala on Monday, May 21 at the Fairmont Hotel Chicago, 200 N. Columbus Drive.  Celebrating its history as one of the largest and most respected community music schools in the nation, The Music Institute will host a festive evening of programming highlighted by the presentation of the Dushkin Award to acclaimed violinist, violist, conductor, and educator Pinchas Zukerman.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception, followed by an elegant dinner and awards presentation. Musical performances throughout the evening will include talented students from the Music Institute’s Community School; award-winning students from its renowned Academy for gifted pre-college musicians, and young students from its outreach programs, including ArtsLink, an arts integration program offered in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, and Third Coast Suzuki Strings, a violin program on Chicago’s Northwest Side in collaboration with the YMCA of Metro Chicago.

The prestigious Dushkin Award, established more than 30 years ago and named for the Music Institute’s visionary founders Dorothy and David Dushkin, recognizes international luminaries in the world of music for their contributions to the art form, as well as to the education of youth. Past recipients include Joshua Bell, Deborah Rutter, André Previn, Stephen Sondheim, Riccardo Muti and Renée Fleming, among others.

This year’s recipient, Pinchas Zukerman, has remained a phenomenon in the world of classical music for more than four decades. The 2017–18 season marks his ninth as principal guest conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and his third as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s artist-in-residence. His work as a pedagogue has resulted in innovative music education programs in London, New York, China, Israel, and Ottawa. He chairs the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, where he pioneered the use of distance-learning technology in the arts more than two decades ago.

Zukerman’s appearance at the gala concludes a weekend of activities with the Music Institute: the Zukerman Trio—featuring violinist Zukerman, cellist Amanda Forsyth, and pianist Angela Cheng—performs Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, and on Monday, Zukerman conducts a master class with Music Institute Academy and Community Music School students May 21 at 11 a.m., which is free and open to the public. More information is available at

The Music Institute’s 2018 Anniversary Gala takes place Monday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel Chicago, 200 N. Columbus Drive in Chicago. Individual tickets are $550; table sponsorships are available for $5,500–50,000. For information, please call 312.553.2000 or visit