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

2021 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Antoinette Perry

Antoinette Perry, born into a family of professional musicians, gave her first public performance at the age of four. Since then she has concertized extensively throughout the United States, Germany, France, England, and in over 15 cities of the People’s Republic of China. She has been heard often on NPR and the Bravo! Channel, and has recorded for the Crystal, Harmonie, Pacific Rainbow, Pacific Serenades, Excelsior, and Navona/PARMA labels. Her solo album, “Beethoven Bookends,” has just been released under the Navona LIVE/PARMA label in 2021.

Le Dauphine Libéré has lauded her “irreproachable technique” and “a musical comprehension which could only belong to one of the Greats.” Germaine Vadi of Les Affiches de Grenoble et du Dauphine wrote :  “One felt oneself to be in the presence of a great pianist---an absolute art of nuance, her subtle touch, and finally her perfect musical understanding, which permits her to assimilate the music of all cultures.”  The LA Times has praised  her “exceptional artistry” (Bruce Burroughs), her “superb Schubert in every respect” (Albert Goldberg), and, in a performance with the LA Mozart Orchestra: “The centerpiece was Mozart’s Piano Concerto in G, K. 543, in a wonder of pertinent, pointed musicality…expressive…richly detailed…”(John Hanken). 

Artist-faculty Emeritus at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Ms. Perry performed in over 100 concerts during her 25-year tenure. Other festivals include Bravo!International, Lansum International, Zhengzhou International, Saarburg International,  Idyllwild Arts Academy, Chamber Music Sedona, Ojai Festival, Taipei International, 20th Century Unlimited in Santa Fe, and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, among others. 

As a young artist she and was one of only two women representing the United States (seven women world-wide) in the 6th Van Cliburn International Competition (1981) and subsequently received a fellowship to the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood. A highlight of her later career was the opportunity to perform the Mozart Double and Triple Concerti with Leon Fleisher, Katherine Jacobson,, and the Aspen Chamber Symphony, to commemorate the Aspen Music Festival’s 150th anniversary and Leon Fleisher’s 75th birthday.

As a chamber musician, Ms. Perry has collaborated with many of the world’s greatest artists, including John Perry, Leon Fleisher, Brooks Smith, Ralph Kirshbaum, Ronald Leonard, David Shifrin, Eugene Fodor, Henri Temianka, Joachin Valdepenas, Carol Wincenc, and actors Michael York and Walter Matthau. She has performed with members of the American, Chicago, Cleveland, Emerson, Juilliard, Angeles, Paganini, Sequoia and Takacs String Quartets, with concertmasters of the Chicago Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Hague Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Baltimore Philharmonic, and the Orpheus, Los Angeles and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras, as well as principals of the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, the Gulbenkian and Zurich Tonnehalle Orchestras, the Toronto and San Francisco Symphonies, and the LA, Stuttgart and Saarbrücken Operas. Other collaborators were faculty members at Juilliard, Eastman School, Manhattan School, Peabody Institute, Beijing Central Conservatory, Seoul National University, Glenn Gould Conservatory in Toronto, R.D. Colburn School, the Shepherd School at Rice, and the Universität der Künste in Berlin. In LA she collaborates regularly with members of the USC and UCLA faculties and well as with prominent film industry musicians.

She also enjoys bringing new music to audiences, having premiered works by Michael Patterson, Roger Bourland, Mark Carlson, Steven Christopher Sacco, John Steinmetz, Bevan Manson, Donald Keats, Roland E. Curb and Chikako Iverson.

Ms. Perry served on the UCLA piano faculty for 12 years before joining the faculty of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music in 1996, where she currently teaches. She has given over 200 master classes, most notably at the Eastman School of Music and as artist-in-residence for a week at the Beijing Central Conservatory. Former students are enjoying successful careers as performers and pedagogues throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

Her wonderful teachers have included John Perry, Carlo Zecchi, Gilbert Kalish, Richard Goode, Danielle Martin and Richard Angeletti. As a child she was surrounded with the beautiful, rich sounds of her pianist mother, Lillian Haslach Teddlie, her bass-baritone father, Paul Krueger, and later her step-father, baritone Antonio Perez. 

She is the proud mother of Sean, Maureen and Michael Perry, and currently lives, hikes, reads and practices yoga in Altadena, California.

Past Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

 2020 Dr. Charles Asche, Pianist, Recitalist, Soloist, Chamber Musician, Educator, Senior Continuing Lecturer in the Keyboard Program at UC Santa Barbara
Gwendolyn Mok, Concert Pianist, Recording Artist, Chamber Musician, Educator, Keyboard Studies Coordinator at San Jose State University
 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