Awards and Tributes
Although Morawetz was always proud of his achievements, he was never
pretentious about the honours conferred upon him. Whenever he was invited to
take a bow after a public performance of one of his compositions, he seemed
almost embarrassed that the crowd should be applauding him so warmly. In his
70th year, he was awarded the first of many distinctive awards he was to
receive. But although he proudly displayed his medals and trophies in his
home, he never wore any of his medals in public.
Early in his career, Morawetz' compositions won various awards. His String
Quartet No. 1 and Sonata Tragica were both given a CAPAC award. On
three occasions, Morawetz was awarded a Canada Council Senior Arts Fellowship
(1960, 1967, 1974) for his contribution to Canadian music. His
Concerto No.1 for Piano and Orchestra was the award winning composition
in the nation-wide competition sponsored by the Montreal symphony (1962). His
Sinfonietta for Winds and Percussion was chosen as the winning composition
of Critics' Award at the International Competition for Contemporary Music in
Cava dei Tirreni, Italy (1966). In 1971, From the Diary of Anne Frank
received a special award from the J.I. Segal Fund for Jewish Culture in Canada
in Montreal for "the most important contribution to Jewish culture and music in
In 1987, Morawetz was part of the first group to receive the newly
established Order of Ontario.
Lincoln Alexander awarded him the honour for his "outstanding contribution to
the world of music [which] has brought him international recognition and
renown." Two years later in 1989, Morawetz became a Member of the
Order of Canada for his
"outstanding achievements and service".
SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada)
awarded Morawetz the Jan V. Matejcek Concert Music
Award in 1994 for "a currently unsurpassed number of performances of a
vast variety of works executed by world renowned conductors and performers both
here in Canada and in the US as well as overseas". In 1999, this same
organization bestowed the highest SOCAN honour upon Morawetz with the
Wm. Harold Moon Award for
"bringing international recognition to Canada through his
Morawetz' compositions have won two Juno awards. In 1989, his Harp Concerto won the Juno award
for Best Classical Composition. In 2001, Morawetz won a second Juno award
for his From the Diary of Anne Frank.
Morawetz also received a Tribute from the University
of Toronto for 25 years of service, and an Honorary Diploma
appointing Morawetz as a fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music in 1998.
On the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation, Morawetz received the
1992 Commemorative Medal. In 2002 he was awarded the
Golden Jubilee Medal for those who "made a
significant contribution to Canada, to their community or to their fellow
Canadians". In 2009, Morawetz was recognized by the Czech community with
the inaugural Commemorative Silver Medal
of Jan Masaryk for "promoting the good name of the Czech Republic".
Morawetz' 1987 violin sonata, A Child's Cry From Izieu was re-discovered
and given its première and recorded in 2007 on a CD of his complete violin/piano
works. The CD won the
2008 West Coast Music Award for Outstanding Classical
Recording, and the 2009 East Coast Music Award
for Classical Recording of the Year. It also received a 2008
Juno nomination for Best Classical Composition.
Several tributes and scholarships have been established in Morawetz' name to
honour his lifetime achievements as a pianist, composer and teacher. The
following is a list of these honours. Click on the link to the organization to
make further enquiries about these tributes.
- Ontario Arts Council,
The Oskar Morawetz Award for Excellence in Music Performance
This biennial, non-solicited award recognizes an outstanding
Canadian performer in the field of classical music who may have reached a degree
of international attention through appearances in other countries, and/or
through broadcast and recordings.
University of Toronto, Faculty of Music,
The Oskar Morawetz Entrance Scholarship in Music
This scholarship is awarded annually to a top student entering
their first year in a music program at the University of Toronto, and is
renewable for a second year if good academic standing is maintained.
The Oskar Morawetz Music Library
The library in the new Lake MacDonald Music Centre was
partially funded by a gift from the Morawetz family, and contains over 1000
scores and books about music donated from the archives of Oskar Morawetz.
Regent Park School of Music, Oskar Morawetz Music Scholarship for Piano Study
The piano scholarship is awarded annually to a piano student
showing great promise, and provides support for piano instruction for the