Claudio Arrau - Awards and Recognitions

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2012:

Voted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame


  • 1990:

Gold Medal of The Royal Philharmonic Society


  • 1988:

La Medalla Teresa Carreño of Venezuela

Honorary Member of The Royal Philharmonic Society


  • 1984:

The Highest Distinction Award from the Inter-American Music Council and the Organization of American States

Doctor Honoris Causa of Universidad de Concepción

Professor Honoris Causa of Universidad de Bío-Bío


  • 1983:

The International UNESCO Music Prize

National de la Légion d'honneur of France

National Prize of Art of Chile

First Honorary Member of The Robert Schumann Society

Doctor Honoris Causa of University of Oxford

Commandatore da Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Knighthood from the Order of Malta

Beethoven Medal of New York

Philadelphia Bowl of Philadelphia


  • 1982:

La Orden del Águila Azteca of Mexico


  • 1980:

Hans von Bülow Medal of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra


  • 1970:

Großes Bundesverdienstkreuz of the Federal Republic of Germany


  • 1968:

Homage from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Kurt Westphal, on behalf of the orchestra, called him "heir to the throne of Gieseking and Busoni".


  • 1965:

Chevalier of Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France

Presented with 'The Mask of Chopin' & Chopin's manuscripts


  • 1959:

Santiago's Honorary Citizen

Concepción's Honorary Citizen and City Gold Medal

Hijo Benemérito de Chillán

Chillán's hitherto Lumaco Street was named after Claudio Arrau


  • 1958:

The Medal of The Royal Philharmonic Society


  • 1949:

Hijo Predilecto de México

Doctor Honoris Causa of University of Chile


  • 1941:

Hijo Ilustre de Chillán


  • 1927:

Winner of the Grand Prix of the Concours International des Pianistes Geneva. The jury was composed by Arthur Rubinstein, Joseph Pembauer, Ernest Schelling, Alfred Cortot and José Vianna da Motta. Cortot exclaimed: "Cela c'est un pianiste. C'est merveilleux"


  • 1925:

Honour Prize of the Stern Conservatory, becoming Professor


  • 1919 & 1920:

Liszt Prize (after 45 years without a first place winner)


  • 1918:

Schulhoff Prize

End of studies at the Stern Conservatory, receiving an "Exceptional Diploma"


  • 1917:

Sachsen-Gothaische Medaille


  • 1916:

Grant of the Stern Conservatory


  • 1915:

First Prize in the Rudolph Ibach Competition (he was the only participating boy)


  • 1915:

Gustav Holländer Medal for young artists


  • 1911:

Grant of the Chilean Congress for musical studies in Berlin

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