Dushkin Award

The Dushkin Award was established in 1985 to honor the memory of the Music Institute's founders, Dorothy and David Dushkin. This internationally-recognized award has been presented to some of the most revered and accomplished musical artists and composers of our time, all of who have a deeply rooted passion for music education. 


2023 Dushkin Awardee - Marin Alsop 


A conductor of vision and distinction, Marin Alsop represents a powerful and inspiring voice. Convinced that music has the power to change lives, she is internationally recognized for her innovative approach to programming and audience development, deep commitment to education, and advocacy for music’s importance in the world.

The 2022/23 season marks Alsop’s fourth as Chief Conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, which she leads at Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein, and on recordings, broadcasts and tours. As Chief Conductor and Curator of Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, she conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s summer residencies, formalizing her long relationship with Ravinia and the orchestra.


Alsop has longstanding relationships with the London Symphony orchestra and the Philarmonia, and regularly guest conducts such major international orchestras as the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Danish National, Budapest Festival and Royal Concertgebouw orchestras. In 2022/23 she tours Japan with NOSPR Katowice, as well as returns to the Orchestre de Paris, The London Symphony Orchestra, London’s Philharmonia, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


Since 2021 Alsop has been Music Director Laureate and OrchKids Founder at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This concluded her outstanding 14-year tenure as Music Director, in which she led the orchestra on its first European tour in 13 years, on multiple award-winning recordings and in more than two dozen world premieres, alongside founding OrchKids, its music education program for thousands of the city’s most disadvantaged young people. In 2019, after seven years as Music Director, Alsop became Conductor of Honour of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, where she continues conducting major projects each season.

Recognized with multiple Gramophone Awards, Alsop’s extensive discography includes recordings for Decca, Harmonia Mundi and Sony Classical, and acclaimed Naxos cycles of Brahms with the London Philharmonic, Dvořák with the Baltimore Symphony, and Prokofiev with the São Paulo Symphony. Committed to new music, she was Music Director of California’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music for 25 years. The first and only conductor to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, Alsop has also been honoured with the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award and made history as the first female conductor of the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms.

The film ‘The Conductor’ (Tribeca Film Festival 2021) maps Alsop’s life and career through intimate interviews, shared moments in her professional and private life, unseen archival footage with her mentor Leonard Bernstein, and of Alsop teaching the next generation of conductors. Amongst many awards and academic positions, she served as 2020 Artist-in-Residence at Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts, is Director of Graduate Conducting at the Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute and holds Honorary Doctorates from Yale University and the Juilliard School. To promote and nurture the careers of her fellow female conductors, in 2002 she founded the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, which has spawned a number of the outstanding young women conductors of today.


Past Dushkin Awardees

2022 Hilary Hahn

2021 Zubin Mehta

2020 Evgeny Kissin

2019 Wynton Marsalis

2018  Pinchas Zukerman

2017  Rachel Barton Pine

2016  Joshua Bell

2015  Deborah Rutter

2014  André Previn

2013  Lang Lang

2012  Stephen Sondheim

2011  Riccardo Muti

2010  Yo-Yo Ma

2009  James Conlon

2008  Steve Robinson & Bill McGlaughlin

2007  Leon Fleisher

2006  Midori

2005  William Mason

2004  Renée Fleming

2003  Sir Andrew Davis

2002  Mstislav Rostropovich

2001  Isaac Stern

2000  Christoph Eschenbach

1999  Pierre Boulez

1998  Zarin Mehta

1997  Samuel Ramey

1996  William Warfield

1995  Placido Domingo

1994  Henry Fogel, Daniel Barenboim (Honored Guest)

1993  Bruno Bartoletti

1992  Margaret Hillis

1993  Mr. & Mrs. William A. Boone

1990  Sherrill Milnes

1989  Sir Georg and Lady Solti

1987  Ardis Krainik

1986  Louis Sudler, Sr.

1985  Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth F. Montgomery