|09 February, 2012 |
| Two Hebrew University musicology professors named Israel Prize winners |
| Prof. Ruth Katz |
Jerusalem, Feb. 9. 2012 – Prof. Dalia Cohen and Prof. Ruth Katz of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have been chosen as the winners of the Israel Prize in musicology, culture and art for 2012, it was announced by Education Minister Gideon Saar.
The prize award committee, headed by Prof. Ziva Meislish, stressed that the two winners have researched for more than 50 years the music of Israel, including that of Israel’s various ethnic communities and Arabic songs. The committee further noted that the research conducted by them in the Hebrew University’s laboratory for ethnomusicological research, including the use of the melograph instrument they developed, constituted a breakthrough in ethnomusicology on a world scale and has led to further research applications.
Prof. Cohen was born in 1926 in Kibbutz Ein Harod in Israel, and studied mathematics and physics at the Hebrew University, while also studying at the Israel Academy of Music. In 1954 she completed her studies in piano and composition, later moving on to advanced studies at Princeton University in the United States. In 1965 she completed further studies at Harvard University and earned a doctorate in musicology at the Hebrew University in 1969. Prof. Cohen taught and conducted research in the Department of Musicology of the Hebrew University for many years, where she is still active. She served in the past as the head of the Academy of Music in Jerusalem.
Prof. Katz was born in 1927 in Germany and came to Israel as a child. She began her music studies at the Shulamit conservatory in Tel Aviv, later earning a Ph.D. in musicology at Columbia University in New York. With her return to Israel, she became one of the founders of the Department of Musicology at the Hebrew University in 1963, and is still active there today. In 1989 she established the Amirim program for outstanding students in the Faculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University, and was its first director.
Professors Cohen and Katz will receive the Israel Prize on April 26, Israel Independence Day, in a ceremony attended by leaders of the state. There, they will also be joined by other Hebrew University Israel Prize Winners: Prof. Shlomo Bentin of the Department of Psychology and Prof. David Kashdan of the Einstein Institute of Mathematics