Early Music Vancouver artistic director José Verstappen to receive Howard Mayer Brown Award
The artistic director of Early Music Vancouver, José Verstappen, has been announced as the recipient of the prestigious 2012 Howard Mayer Brown Award for lifetime achievement in the field of early music. This marks only the second time that the award, established by Early Music America in 1998, is to be received by a Canadian resident. In 2001 it was awarded to Timothy McGee of University of Toronto.
The Dutch Verstappen moved to Vancouver from Amsterdam in 1975 where he became manager of the Vancouver Society for Early Music—later known as Early Music Vancouver—going on to become its executive director and, more recently, artistic director.
He served on the board of directors of Early Music America, and has been a member of the Board of MusicFest Vancouver since its inception, as well as serving on the board of directors for Blackbird Theatre. In 2008, he received the Order of Canada and this year received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.