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Masciadri receives SEC Faculty Achievement Award

The Southeastern Conference recognizes professors with outstanding records in teaching and scholarship who serve as role models for other faculty and students. And no faculty member out of the 14 SEC schools represents that convergence of accomplishments better than this year's UGA recipient, Milton Masciadri:

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Masciadri is a third-generation double bass player who began his professional performance career at the age of 17. He joined the UGA faculty in 1984 and was the first professor in the fine arts to be named a University Professor in 62 years when he received the title in 2010.

Masciadri has performed as a soloist or chamber musician in more than 250 concerts in Europe, Asia, South America and North America and taught classes around the globe, including holding master classes and seminars at prestigious music schools such as the Juilliard School of Music, Paris Conservatory, Guildhall, School of Music in London, the Moscow Conservatory, Milan Conservatory and Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

He is the coordinator of two study abroad programs in Italy and director of the Georgia International Double Bass Symposium, which has welcomed bassists from throughout the world to UGA for more than two decades. He also has worked to formalize UGA exchange agreements in Italy, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. In 1998, Masciadri was named a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Artist for Peace. In 2015, he was awarded the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts from the World Cultural Council.

Among his many distinctions, Masciadri has also been knighted by the city of Venice. Truly an inspiration on many levels as well as one of the world's most outstanding musicians. The UNESCO concert he arranged in Venice in 2011 that included UGA students and faculty was one an unforgettable experience. Very proud to call him our own, though Milton Masciadri indeed belongs to the entire world.

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