At the annual Encaenia ceremony held today, Arvo Pärt received an honorary degree in Music from Oxford University. At a ceremony held at the Sheldonian Theatre the University of Oxford conferred honorary degrees on nine distinguished figures from the fields of theology, law, economics, architecture, film, science, engineering and music.
On 20 June, Arvo Pärt was merited the Per Artem Ad Deum Medal from the Pontifical Council for Culture. The Pontifical Council for Culture also awarded the medal to the Polish singer and composer Antonina Krzysztoń and the Italian sculptor and goldsmith Arnaldo Pomodoro.
The Arvo Pärt Centre offers heartfelt congratulations to the founder and producer of the record label ECM, Manfred Eicher, on receiving an honorary doctorate from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Manfred Eicher was promoted to the position of an honorary doctor at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EMTA), for his high-level collaboration with Estonian musicians. The wider global recognition of Arvo Pärt’s works originally began thanks to successful recordings with Manfred Eicher, who knew how to find the right sound for Pärt’s new tintinnabuli style. Manfred Eicher will visit the Arvo Pärt Centre on 7 June.