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Music greats named Distinguished Alumni


A husband and wife team are the latest University of Adelaide Distinguished Alumni. Beryl Kimber OBE and Clemens Leske AM were presented with the Distinguished Alumni Awards in recognition of their outstanding careers and contribution to music and the Elder Conservatorium.

Ms Kimber is acknowledged as one of Australia's leading violinists and teachers and, during her distinguished international performing career, was soloist with every major British orchestra.

She is regarded as a towering figure in the Elder Conservatorium of Music's long history, where she was Associate Professor of Violin from 1964 until 1998. As a teacher she attracted some of the most gifted young violinists from around the country.

Mr Leske achieved a distinguished national and international profile as a pianist while also making an outstanding educational, artistic and administrative contribution to the Elder Conservatorium of Music, teaching there until 1998.

He made his concert debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 1947 and has been soloist with symphony orchestras throughout Australia and in the United States.

He was for many years Director of the Elder Conservatorium, served as Dean of the Faculty of Music and counts among his past students many of Australia's most distinguished pianists.

Distinguished Alumni Award

The University's Development and Alumni office is now accepting nominations for the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

The awards recognise outstanding service to the University of Adelaide, the community and/or significant contributions in their chosen fields. Nominations are open to any person who meets the definition of an alumnus, being a graduate, present or former student, or past or present staff member.

The rules for the awards and information on the nomination process are available at or by phone: +61 8 8303 5800.

Nominations should be forwarded in writing to:

Alumni Relations Assistant
Development and Alumni
University of Adelaide
SA 5005

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Beryl Kimber and Clemens Leske
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