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Zildjian Scholarship Awards at Berklee College of Music

Zildjian Scholarships Awarded to Two Berklee College of Music Students

Congrats to winners Alessandro Lombardo and Gabriel Smith

Zildjian would like to congratulate the winners of this year's Armand Zildjian Percussion Award and the Avedis Zildjian Endowed Scholarship.

Craigie Zildjian was at the Berklee College of Music this week to present the two awards and scholarships to the winners. Craigie served on Berklee’s Board of Trustees for three terms and continues on as a Trustee Emerita. Also on hand for the award presentation was John Ramsay (Chair of Percussion at the Berklee College of Music) and Yoron Israel (Assistant Chair of Percussion at Berklee College of Music).

The first award presented was the Armand Zildjian Percussion Award which was awarded to Alessandro Lombardo from Italy. The second award went to Gabriel Smith who was awarded the Avedis Zildjian Endowed Scholarship. Both students showed exemplary skill in the art of percussion and are well deserved of their awards.

In receiving his honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music in 1988, Armand Zildjian told the Berklee students how very fortunate they were to have the opportunity to study contemporary music. "In my day," said Armand, "the classroom was primarily the night clubs where all the great musicians learned from each other." As a charter member of the Percussive Arts Society and a 16 year Trustee of Berklee, Armand sought to create more learning opportunities for today's musicians both in contemporary and classical music. The Armand Zildjian Percussion Award scholarship is one step in fulfilling that quest while also honoring Armand's contribution to music education.

Pictured in the photo above from left to right: John Ramsay, Alessandro Lombardo, Craigie Zildjian and Yoron Israel.

Pictured in the photo below from left to right: John Ramsay, Gabriel Smith, Craigie Zildjian and Yoron Israel.

For more information on these Scholarships and others that Zildjian offers, please visit our Scholarship Section.

Congrats again to both Alessandro and Gabriel.

Gabriel Smith - winner of the Avedis Zildjian Endowed Scholarship

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