[Zukofsky, Paul. (1943–2017)]
Group of Diplomas and Certificates from the Collection of Paul Zukofsky
Group of original diplomas and certificates awarded to the violinist Paul Zukofsky. Included are: a diploma for Violin from Juilliard School of Music, 1960 (signed by William Schuman, 17 x 14 inches); a diploma for a Bachelor of Music from Juilliard School of Music, 1964, and a diploma for a Master of Science from Juilliard School of Music, 1964 (both signed by Gideon Waldrop and Peter Mennin; 17 x 14 inches); two certificates from the George Enescu Competition, one certifying that Zukofsky reached stage IIa of the competition, and one honoring Zukofsky with a special mention, September 1964 (9.5 x 12.5 inches, folded and displayed in a faux-crocodile folder); and a fellowship certificate from American Academy of Arts and Science, 1995 (signed by Howard Hiatt, Jaroslav Pelikan, and Helen Vendler, 17 x 14 inches). In very fine condition overall.
American violinist and conductor Paul Zukofsky was known for his work in the field of contemporary music. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Zukofsky was the only child of the American Objectivist poet Louis Zukofsky and Celia Thaew Zukofsky, a musician and composer. He began performing at an early age and was soon drawn to modern music, especially to the possibilities of extended techniques on the violin. Over the course of his career, he collaborated with composers including Milton Babbitt, John Cage, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Morton Feldman, Philip Glass, Peter Mennin, Krzysztof Penderecki, Roger Sessions, Charles Wuorinen, and Iannis Xenakis. He gave world premieres of concertos by Robert Sessions (for violin, cello and orchestra), Charles Wuorinen (for amplified violin and orchestra), Morton Feldman (for violin and orchestra), Phillip Glass, and the Scottish composer Iain Hamilton, among others.