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Kayhan Kalhor, recipient of 2018 Isaac Stern Human Spirit Award / FINANCIAL TRIBUNE

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The Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition has announced Iranian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor as one of the recipients of the 2018 Isaac Stern Human Spirit Award. Kalhor, busy practicing for his concerts, could not attend the award ceremony on Saturday in Shanghai. However, event and conductor Michael Stern, son of Isaac Stern, received the award on his behalf, Honaronline reported.

Kalhor, 54, is an acclaimed musician and a Grammy winner. A master of kamancheh, he is popular for his stirring improvisations, exquisite compositions, and close collaboration with international artists including Chinese American cellist Yo-Yo Ma, New York based string quartet Brooklyn Rider, American string band Kronos Quartet, Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov and Turkish folk musician, singer and baglama player Erdal Erzincan.

Established in conjunction with the first Shanghai Isaac Stern competition in 2016, the $10,000 award (to be shared by the two recipients) was created to recognize an individual or group - in any field and from any part of the world - who is deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to the understanding of humanity through the medium of music.

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