Australian maestro receives first honorary doctorate at the grand old age of 82.
Australian conductor and pianist Maestro Richard Bonynge AC CBE HonLLD has been conferred with his first honorary doctorate. The honorary degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa was conferred by Monash University today, recognising Bonynge’s outstanding lifetime artistic and leadership achievements.
Monash University Chancellor Dr Alan Finkel and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ed Byrne conferred the honorary degree at a ceremony at the University’s Clayton campus in Melbourne. “For more than 60 years, Maestro Richard Bonynge has been advancing the art of music performance – he is unquestionably one of the foremost musicians of our age,” Professor Byrne said. “As a world-class conductor, pianist, coach, scholar, musicologist, and mentor, his achievements have made him an international household name and one of Australia’s greatest musicians.”
Richard Bonynge, 82, made his debut as a pianist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at age 14. Throughout his illustrious career, he has conducted in the world’s leading opera houses in Europe, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand and Asia. His extensive career includes innumerable performances with his wife, the late Dame Joan Sutherland.
Born in Sydney, Australia, he studied at the NSW Conservatory of Music and the Royal College of Music....