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 this century's most revered and accomplished musical artists, educators and role models for students of the Music Institute of Chicago.

2020 Dushkin Award: Evgeny Kissin

Evgeny Kissin’s musicality and extraordinary virtuosity have earned him the veneration and admiration deserved only by one of the most gifted classical pianists of his generation and, arguably, generations past. He is in demand the world over and has appeared with many of the world’s great conductors, including Abbado, Ashkenazy, Barenboim, Dohnanyi, Giulini, Levine, Maazel, Muti, and Ozawa, as well as all the great orchestras of the world. Kissin was born in Moscow in October 1971 and began to play by ear and improvise on the piano at the age of two. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music by the Manhattan School of Music; the Shostakovich Award, one of Russia’s highest musical honors; an Honorary Membership in the Royal Academy of Music in London; and, most recently, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the Hong Kong University. Kissin’s extraordinary talent inspired Christopher Nupen’s documentary film, Evgeny Kissin: The Gift of Music.


Past Dushkin Awardees

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