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Milton Masciadri named UGA recipient of SEC Faculty Achievement Award

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Milton Masciadri

Athens, Ga. – Milton Masciadri, Distinguished University Professor in the Franklin College of Arts and Science’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music, has been named the University of Georgia’s recipient of the 2016 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award.

The award, which is administered by provosts at the 14 universities in the SEC, recognizes professors with outstanding records in teaching and scholarship who serve as role models for other faculty and students. Winners receive a $5,000 honorarium.

“Dr. Masciadri has inspired students and audiences here on campus as well as in nearly two dozen countries on four continents,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten. “His extraordinary instruction and performances build bridges of understanding through the universal language of music and highlight the global impact of the arts.”

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Masciadri is a third-generation double bass player who began his professional performance career at the age of 17. He joined the UGA faculty in 1984 and was the first professor in the fine arts to be named a University Professor in 62 years when he received the title in 2010.

Masciadri has performed as a soloist or chamber musician in more than 250 concerts in Europe, Asia, South America and North America and taught classes around the globe, including holding master classes and seminars at prestigious music schools such as the Juilliard School of Music, Paris Conservatory, Guildhall, School of Music in London, the Moscow Conservatory, Milan Conservatory and Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

He is the coordinator of two study abroad programs in Italy and director of the Georgia International Double Bass Symposium, which has welcomed bassists from throughout the world to UGA for more than two decades. He also has worked to formalize UGA exchange agreements in Italy, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. In 1998, Masciadri was named a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Artist for Peace. In 2015, he was awarded the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts from the World Cultural Council.

Other honors include a knighthood from the Cavaglieri di San Marco bestowed in Italy in 2012 and an honorary title of “Accademico” from the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna, Italy, Europe’s oldest musical educational institution. He received the Medal of Honor from the Brazilian Federal System of Universities in 1989 and a National Brazilian Federations of Musicians Outstanding Performance Award in 1988.

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