Yakov Kasman 2012 Recipient of the Ireland Award

Yakov Kasman has been named recipient of the 2012 Ireland Award for Scholarly Distinction.  “Yakov emulates everything this prize was created to celebrate,” says Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, Thomas M. DiLorenzo.  “The level of prestige and honor he brings to the Department of Music, the College, and UAB is priceless.”

UAB presents the award annually to a full-time faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences for professional and academic achievements and contributions to the university and local community. The prize, made possible by the Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Endowment for Scholarly Distinction, comes with $5,000 cash and a Steuben crystal engraved award.
Yakov joins the esteemed ranks of other Ireland Prize recipients in the College of Arts and Sciences.  The most recent recipients include the 2011 winner, Associate Dean Rebecca Ann Bach, Ph.D., who at the time, was a faculty member in the Department of English.  In 2010, Colin Davis, Ph.D. from the Department of History was selected as the Ireland Prize winner and in 2009 Sergey Mirov, Ph.D. of the Department of Physics took home the award. 

Kasman’s debut in America in 1997 as Silver Medalist in the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth was the culmination of several competition triumphs and tours in Europe and the Middle East, including prizes at the 1991 Valentino Bucchi Competition in Rome, the 1991 London World Piano Competition, the 1992 Artur Rubinstein International Competition in Tel Aviv, and the 1995 International Prokofiev Competition at St. Petersburg.
Today, Kasman is the Professor of Piano and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He has been invited to perform at some of the most important venues in the world and his students are winners of regional and National and International competitions. 

In January he performed in Paris, France with Orchestre Lamoureux in Theatre des Champs Elysees — considered one of the most important concert halls in the world.  About this honour Kasman stated, “Theatre des Champs-Elysees is one of the world’s most famous and prestigious venues. And Orchestre Lamoureux is one of France’s oldest and most-respected orchestras. I am absolutely thrilled to have a chance to be a soloist with this orchestra on that stage performing one of the greatest piano concertos ever composed – Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2.  I am proud to represent UAB.”

This year Kasman performs with the Dayton Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, Brevard Symphony, National Symphony of Ukraine, KBS Orchestra (South Korea), Orchestre Lamoureux (France), recitals in Texas and New Mexico, master classes in Tokyo and Osaka (Japan).