Dorchester-based classical guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan received a French award last month in recognition of his contributions to the music world.
Larget-Caplan, who teaches at UMass Boston, was awarded the Médaille d’Étain from the Socièté Académique Arts-Sciences-Lettres in a ceremony in Paris on June 22. The ASL medal, with almost 100 years of history, is awarded to those who have achieved excellence in the arts.
As part of the award process, Larget-Caplan submitted a portfolio of his professional career.
“The process of collecting and reflecting on the last 15-plus years of my musical life was extremely rewarding,” said Larget-Caplan. “I was reminded of so many wonderful people who are in my life because of music. It is easy to only look forward in an art that is, for the most part, ephemeral, so this was a gift I did not expect, but needed.”
As an international touring performer and recording artist, Larget-Caplan has performed solo and chamber music in Russia, Europe, Taiwan, and across the United States. Since his debut at age 16, he has premiered more than 80 compositions and released four solo CDs; John. Cage. Guitar— his recent collection of John Cage pieces which he arranged for the guitar— has received considerable critical acclaim.
A proud Dorchester resident since 2009, Larget-Caplan founded and directed Greater Boston House Concerts in Dorchester from 2010-2014. He was awarded as an I.D. LOTT – Identifying Future Leaders of Today and Tomorrow for his artistic and community work in Dorchester, and he regularly attends community meetings and events.