Dr Arvo Pärt, I presume

Dr Arvo Pärt, I presume


norman lebrecht

June 22, 2016

press release:


part doctor

At the annual Encaenia ceremony held today, Arvo Pärt received an honorary degree in Music from Oxford University.

At a ceremony held at the Sheldonian Theatre the University of Oxford conferred honorary degrees on nine distinguished figures from the fields of theology, law, economics, architecture, film, science, engineering and music. The honorary doctorates of Letters were awarded to the economist Paul Krugman, the film director Pedro Almodóvar and the architect Kazuyo Sejima. The honorary doctorate in Divinity was awarded to the philosopher and theologian Tomáš Halík; the honorary doctorate in Civil Law was awarded to a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, Lord Johathan Mance, and honorary doctorates in Science were awarded to the neurobiologist Cornelia Bargmann, the physicist Mildred Dresselhaus and Sir Jonathan Ive, the Chief Design Officer of Apple Inc.


  • Chengis says:

    A honorary doctorate for Arvo? The body of work he can submit is worth more than that, alas, an university can but confer only a degree.