Armand Zildjian's introduction into the world of music came at a very early age. Born into the Zildjian family with a 350 year-old tradition of cymbal craftsmanship, it was always understood that Armand would follow his father into the family business. For Armand, it was an honor to match cymbals for the great symphonies and to collaborate with the greatest drummers of the day to develop the new cymbal sounds musicians were looking for.
In receiving his honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music in 1988, Armand 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. This scholarship is one step in fulfilling that quest.
Information on applying for this scholarship can be found on the Percussive Arts Society Website.