Awards / Grants

The Curt Sachs Award

Named for one of the founders of the modern systematic study of musical instruments, the Curt Sachs Award was established by the American Musical Instrument Society to honor those who have made important contributions toward the goals of the Society. The Award may be made annually at the discretion of the Society's Board of Governors. The recipient of the Award is given a certificate, signed by the President of the Society, which summarizes the recipient's contributions to the study of musical instruments.  The name of the awardee will be announced in the Society's Newsletter, Journal, and website.  The recipient will be invited to attend the Society’s next annual meeting and to address those in attendance. No more than one Award may be bestowed during any calendar year. Nominations should be submitted by the preceding December 31st.

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2020 Recipient

John Watson

John Watson is an internationally-respected builder and conservator of historical keyboard instruments. As a maker of early keyboard reproductions from 1974 to 1995, and a conservator in private practice from 1977 to 1995, he joined Colonial Williamsburg in 1988 as Conservator of Instruments and Associate Curator of Musical Instruments, retiring in 2016. Since retirement, he has continued his work as a private conservator and scholar and, as always, has remained a supportive colleague to many in this Society.

Previous Recipients

Receipient Name
Year
John Watson
2020
Elizabeth Wells
2019
Tony Bingham
2018
Malcolm Bilson
2017
John Koster
2016
Cynthia Adams Hoover
2015
Margaret Downie Banks
2014
William E. Hettrick
2013
Renato Meucci
2012
Albert R. Rice
2011
Jeremy Montagu
2010
Laurence Libin
2009
William Waterhouse
2008
Arnold Myers
2007
Edward L. Kottick
2006
Grant O'Brien
2005
Ivan Macak
2004
Friedrich von Huene
2003
Florence Gétreau
2002
Gerhard Stradner
2001
Alfred Berner
2000
Cecil Adkins
1999
Robert E. Eliason
1998
Edmund A. Bowles
1997
Peter F. Williams
1996
Laurence E. R. Picken
1995
Barbara Owen
1994
Jeannine Lambrechts-Douillez
1993
William Richmond Dowd
1992
Herbert Heyde
1991
André P. Larson
1990
Philip T. Young
1989
Philip Argall Turner Bate
1988
Robert M. Rosenbaum
1987
John Henry van der Meer
1986
Anthony Cuthbert Baines
1985
Sybil Marcuse
1984
David D. Boyden
1983