The Clarion Music Society, whose Grammy-nominated Clarion Choir is a frequent collaborator of PaTRAM’s, selected Alex and Katya Lukianov to receive their Cultural Heritage Award. The Society presents this award to people who have shown selfless dedication to the support and promotion of their cultural heritage to the world as a whole.
On April 18, 2018, at the annual Clarion Music Society Masked Gala in New York City, Alex and Katya were presented the award by Dr. Nicolas Schidlovsky*, an Honorary Chairman for this event, PaTRAM advisor and long-time friend of the Lukianovs. Dr. Schidlovsky’s speech explained why the Lukianovs were receiving this award and why it is so richly deserved, peppering it with some of his well-known wit and humor.
When accepting the award, the Lukianovs were clearly moved by the moment and Alex gave a short acceptance speech thanking the Society, family, friends and collaborators and commenting on how much they love their Church and its music. As Alex said in his speech, “we’re humbled to have received this award” and it showed.
All photos by Stephen Smith
*Dr. Nicolas Schidlovsky holds a Ph.D., M.F.A., Princeton UniversityDepartment of Music; B.A., Williams College. He is a pianist, historical ethnomusicologist, composer, and vocal (liturgical) collegium director with an extensive record of music teaching and musicianship including the faculties of Westminster Choir College and Westminster Conservatory. Dr. Schidlovsky has lectured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) and Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC). He is the recipient of prestigious awards as musician and scholar (well-known for leading publications as medievalist and global chant specialist) from the National Endowmentfor the Humanities, The Martha B. Rockefeller Fund for Music, International Research and Exchanges Board, Fulbright-Hays, Dumbarton Oaks, and others and a participant in premier exchange as an American music student at the Moscow Conservatory, U.S.S.R., 1978-80.