Sorbonne makes a doctor of Seiji Ozawa

13th February 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 13 (AFP) - Japanese maestro Seiji Ozawa will be awarded an honorary doctorate next month by the prestigious Sorbonne University of Paris.

PARIS, Feb 13 (AFP) - Japanese maestro Seiji Ozawa will be awarded an honorary doctorate next month by the prestigious Sorbonne University of Paris.

The university said Friday that the March 29 honoris causa award would be conferred on Ozawa "to pay homage to one of the most eminent performers of our time who notably has conducted the greatest masterpieces of French music, from Berlioz to Messiaen".

Seiji Ozawa, who is 68, in 1983 notably created Olivier Messiaen's only opera "François d'Assise" at the Paris Opera where he will this season conduct a diptych by Puccini and Ravel from March 21 to April 7.

He is currently music director of the Vienna State Opera, reflecting his affinity for opera, and from 1973 to 2001 was music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

In 1998, he was named a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur by French President Jacques Chirac, recognising not only his work as a conductor, but also his support of French composers and his work at the Paris Opera.

© AFP

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