PRIZES / HONORS / GRANTS / SCHOLARSHIPS

2005 “Fryderyk” Prize for Best Recording of Polish Music
Polish Gramophonic Society (Polish “Grammy”)
“The Complete Songs of Karol Szymanowski” for Voice and Piano
Channel Classics

The London Times “Pick of the Week”
“The Complete Songs of Karol Szymanowski” for voice and piano
Channel Classics

2003 GRAMOPHONE Magazine "TOP TEN" distinction “Bright Sheng: China Dreams“ Naxos
Hong Kong Philharmonic
Samuel Wong, cond.

Fulbright Scholar Program Music Specialist
Peer Review Committee in Music, U.S. State Dept.
Washington, D.C.


2002 Honorary Lifetime Membership Award
Pasadena Fine Arts Club

1999 UCLA Faculty Career Development Award
for preparation of Channel Classics recording of Szymanowski songs

1996 WINNER - GRAMOPHONE "RECORD OF THE YEAR" PRIZE Ariodante (Handel)
Harmonia Mundi USA
Nicholas McGegan; Freiburger Barockorchester

1989 NEA Solo Recitalist Award
(for full funding of recital series, "The Art of Polish Song,"
Merkin Concert Hall, NYC)

1985 Montreal International Singing Competition, prizewinner

1984 Gold Medal (First Prize) "Francisco Viñas" International Singing Competition Barcelona, Spain

Young Artist of the Year Award
Musical America / High Fidelity Magazine

Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Prize for best debut recording
“Yoav Chamber Ensemble”
Orion Records

Toulouse International Opera Competition, Finalist

1983 Premier Prix a l’unanimité (unanimous Gold Medal)
Geneva International Singing Competition [Concours International
d'Exécution Musicale (C.I.E.M.)] Geneva, Switzerland

Prix Patek Philippe
prizewinner chosen from among all 1983 international music competition Gold Medalists throughtout the world
Prize consists of a recording, international concert tour, career sponsorship

Baltimore International Opera Competition
3rd prize winner and leading contract with Baltimore Opera

1982 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
New York Regional Finalist

1982 Oratorio Society of New York Competition prizewinner

Invitation to Marlboro Festival, full scholarship

1980 San Francsico Opera Auditions Western Regional Winner

Invitation to Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program

Pasadena Opera Guild Prize

Palm Springs Opera Showcase

1979 San Diego Opera Center Grand Prize
two seasons’ employment as soloist with San Diego Opera (1980-1981)

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
Western Regional Winner

San Francsico Opera Auditions Western Regional Winner

Invitation to Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program

Mu Phi Epsilon Prize

Peninsula Symphony Concerto Competition, 1st prize (as vocalist)

1971 Glendale Symphony Young Musician Concerto Competition,
1st prize (as violinist)

Zonta International Service Award

Bank of America Prize in Fine Arts

Renewable Grants and Scholarships:

Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation Grant (5 years)
Metropolitan Opera National Council Education Grants (5 years)
William Matheus Sullivan Foundation Grants (5 years)
Gladys Turk Foundation Grants (4 years)
Pears-Britten School of Advanced Musical Study - Full Scholarship
2-year graduate teaching assistantship
USC School of Music, Theory and Composition Department

Professional Recognition:

Induction into Mu Phi Epsilon
international music honor society
Induction into American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)
Induction into Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Induction into American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
Listing: (over 15 years) Marquis Who’s Who
- in America
- in American Women
- in International Music