Since 1997, this extremely prestigious award has only been bestowed to 13 viola professionals. The award committee cited Schotten’s strong legacy of teaching excellence, his important recordings (notably his Viola 1919: Hindemith, Clarke, Bloch), and his orchestral training materials.
Professor Schotten will be given the award at the 2020 AVS Festival in Knoxville, TN. Additionally, as part of the festival, he will present a master class to festival attendees on a topic of his choosing. He has previously been featured in six other AVS Festivals around the country and was the host of the 1987 International Viola Congress held here at the University of Michigan.