Robert Nairn, Distinguished Professor of Music, is the recipient of the University's 2015 Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts and Humanities. The medal was awarded at a luncheon on April 15. Nairn, an internationally recognized performer and teacher considered one of the foremost historical performers on the double bass, was recognized for his numerous contributions to music and his students.
He has appeared on 16 recordings since 2008 and six in the past year. His recordings have been widely praised in the press, including a recording of duos for cello and bass called “a quietly impressive virtuosity” by American Record Guide and “the most charismatic performance” by Choral Magazine. He’s a founding member of Juilliard Baroque, an ensemble that brings together nine of the world’s most respected and accomplished period-music specialists. He’s also principal of the acclaimed Boston Early Music Festival, the world’s largest and most respected early music festival boasting numerous Grammy awards. In 2009, Nairn was lauded by the International Society of Bassists with an award for Historically Informed Performance, just the third time such an award was given.
“Holding a full-time teaching position at a university, while simultaneously serving as a principal player in three professional ensembles and two summer music festivals, is remarkable,” said a colleague. “That he does so while also receiving praise from colleagues and students for his teaching is a testament to his dedication.”