CAPMT Lifetime Achievement Award

CAPMT Lifetime Achievement Award for service in music recognizes an individual or a group residing in the same geographic area where the CAPMT State Conference will be held during the award year.


Recognition of deserving individuals and/or groups 

• Increase public awareness for "classical music” in general 

• Increased visibility of CAPMT 


The individual or group nominated for an award should have demonstrated leadership and service in the music community of his or her geographical area over a significant period of time. This might include work as an administrator, donor, volunteer, teacher or performer. Private companies, government agencies and arts support groups are eligible. 


A three-member committee composed of the VP Conferences, as Chairman, the President, and a Member at Large from the area presents a recommendation to the CAPMT Board of Directors at its fall meeting where a final decision is made. (Suggestions from CAPMT members may be submitted to the committee for consideration.) The award will be a plaque or a custom, artistically designed certificate, handsomely framed, citing accomplishments of the individual or group. 

Current  Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Gwendolyn Mok

Born in New York City, Ms. Mok has appeared in many of the world's leading concert halls, including the Barbican, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, and the Hong Kong Performing Arts Center. She is frequently invited to play and record with major international orchestras, such as the London Symphony, the Philharmonia, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Beijing Philharmonic Orchestra and the Residency Orchestra of the Hague.  

Ms. Mok is a recording artist for Nonesuch/Elektra, Musical Heritage Society, Musician Showcase Recordings, Cala Records, and EMI. Her highly acclaimed debut CD with the Philharmonia of Ravel's “Piano Concerto in G Major” on the Cala label was nominated for an Alternative Edison award. A second Cala recording of Saint-SaĆ«ns’s “Africa—Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra” with the London Philharmonic has been equally applauded. Three solo CDs, “Ravel Revealed” (Ravel’s piano works) and “Brahms: Late Piano Works,” and “Legacy, The Spirit of Beethoven” were recorded on historic pianos for the Musicians Showcase Recording label. All (3) CDs received outstanding reviews and are broadcast frequently around the world. Recently two new CDs have been released: Poldowski Art Songs with soprano Angelique Zuluaga and pianist Gwendolyn Mok on the Delos label and EKTA Trilogy, featuring Mok as soloist on EKTA II, a concerto written for her by composer Brent Heisinger.

As a chamber musician, Ms. Mok appears regularly in the San Francisco Symphony Chamber Music Series, as well as in the San Jose Chamber Society and the Sacramento Chamber Society series. She collaborates often with members of the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. A popular soloist with the Symphony Silicon Valley, Ms. Mok co-produced and appeared in four sold-out performances of The Gershwin Radio Hour. In 2016 Ms. Mok was named President’s Scholar by San Jose State University, the highest honor given to an outstanding faculty member for their scholarship and research. Mok was also presented with the Artistic Achievement Award by the College of Humanities & the Arts in 2008.

Ms. Mok began her studies at the Juilliard School of Music, completed her undergraduate work at Yale University, and earned her Masters and Doctorate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is currently Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at San Jose State University and maintains a busy performing and recording schedule.

Past Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

 2018Christopher O’Riley, Pianist, Arranger, Collaborative Artist, Composer, Educator and Media Personality.  Host of NPR’s From the Top for nearly 20 years
 2017William Wellborn, Pianist, Educator, Recording Artist. Wellborn is founding president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Liszt Society; he also serves as Vice-President for the San Francisco Council of the Chopin Foundation.
 2016Morty and Iris Manus, Founder of Alfred Music Publishing
 Dr. E.L. Lancaster, Senior Vice President and Keyboard Editor-in-Chief of Alfred Music
 2015Frederica von Stade, World-Renowned Mezzo Soprano
 Edward A Francis, Pianist, Educator, Administrator, Arts Advocate
 2014Stephen McCurry, Executive Director of Pasadena Conservatory of Music

Barbara Day Turner, Music Director of San Jose Chamber Orchestra 


Dorothy Barnhouse, Singer, Teacher, Founder of Musica en los Barrios, Managua
 2011Francoise Regnat, Pianist, Master Teacher 
 2010Jane Smisor Bastien, Master Teacher
 Joseph Matthews, Master Teacher 
 2009Vance George, Choral Conductor, Master Teacher
 2008Stewart Gordon, Pianist, Teacher, Recording Artist, Author
 2007Hans Boepple, Concert Pianist, Master Teacher, Recording Artist
 2006Daniel Pollack, Concert Artist, Master Teacher, International Juror