Jaime Laredo, Music Director, Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Sharon Robinson, Associate Professor, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University
For more than 30 years, the two of you have shown audiences, critics, students, and fellow musicians around the world how to combine finely tuned talent with artistry, performance with passion. We are fortunate that you have a particular passion for Vermont.
Jaime, you began playing violin when you were 5 years old and made your spectacular debut with the San Francisco Symphony at age 11, before studying with Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute of Music. Sharon, you were born into a musical family: both parents were members of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and your cello-playing showed unusual gifts from your first public performance at age 7.
Both individually and together, you have performed with more orchestras than most people can name, across Europe and in every U.S. major city. Since 1977 you have made up two-thirds of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, considered one of the finest chamber ensembles in existence.
You are also ever-generous in bringing young musicians into the light. In addition to both being on the faculty at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Sharon leads master classes worldwide while Jaime directs the New York String Orchestra Seminar for outstanding young musicians and guides the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.
And yet, despite your primary responsibility to an enthusiastic international audience and music students worldwide, you reserve a special place in your heart for Vermont, your home. Each season finds you at the center of a whirlwind of local concerts and activities as artistic advisors of the Brattleboro Music Center, which benefits from your astounding energy and ability to tap a network of musicians covering several generations.
Richard Riley, managing director of BMC and former Marlboro College student says: “Even though Jaime and Sharon travel the world, Vermont remains close in their minds in a way that harkens back to Rudolf Serkin. They are two of the most beloved musicians around, and their productivity in Vermont is extraordinary.”
Jaime, you are also a revitalizing force as artistic director of The Vermont Symphony Orchestra. You appear to find as much joy performing for 300 at the Vergennes Opera House as to sell-out crowds at Carnegie Hall. According to Alan Jordan, executive director of the VSO, “It would be impossible to find a better ambassador for all that is good about classical music.”
Marlboro College happily came to know you both as leading figures in the Marlboro School of Music and Festival in the 1960s and 70s, and then as neighbors in Guilford. You have each been extremely generous with your talents in support of local concerns, including benefit concerts for Guilford Christ Church where Sharon serves on the board.
We recognize you as two master musicians of our time and we owe you our gratitude for your commitment to the arts in Vermont. Your home state honors you. Marlboro College is pleased to confer upon each of you the degree of: Doctor of Humane Letters.