Early Music America has just announced its award winners for 2014, with the ceremony to take place at the Berkeley Festival in June. Among the winners are the husband and wife team of CWRU graduates, Adam and Rotem Gilbert, who are jointly being given the Thomas Binkley Award, recognizing outstanding achievement in scholarship and performance. Adam completed his PhD in Early Music Performance Practice in 2003 and Rotem her DMA in Early Music in 2005. Since 2005, they have been at USC’s Thornton School of Music, where Adam has directed the renowned early music program nurtured for so many years by James Tyler of the Early Music Consort of London. Rotem is also a full-time faculty member in the program and has established herself as one of the most accomplished teachers at the school. Together, they direct the various ensembles of vocal and instrumental music that are active in that program, and have led groups of students to the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals over the last few years, in the same way that our own ensembles, led by Debra Nagy and Julie Andrijeski, have been selected to perform at those national events.
Congratulations to Adam and Rotem, and to our HPP program, for continuing to demonstrate leadership in the field!