FOR HER CONTRIBUTION AS A RESEARCHER ON CHILEAN CULTURE

ABATE MOLINA MEDAL CONFERRED TO COMPOSER MARGOT LOYOLA

SHE WILL RECEIVE THE AWARD AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 2014 ACADEMIC YEAR. "WE ARE VERY HONORED TO AWARD THE MEDAL OF MERIT TO THIS GREAT RESEARCHER AND INTERPRETER OF EXCEPTION", SAID PRESIDENT ALVARO ROJAS.



December 13th, 2013

By agreement of the Academic Council - endorsed by the Directive Board - our University will confer the "Abate Juan Ignacio Molina" medal of merit to the outstanding performer, researcher, composer and teacher from the Maule Region, Ms Margot Loyola, for her great contribution to the rescue and preservation of musical expressions that are part of the intangible heritage of the Chilean people and the Maule Region.

Margot Loyola, who was born in Linares in 1918, has done a tireless job which includes the dissemination of traditional Chilean culture, since the 1940s.

Our Academic Institution established the Medal of Merit in 1992, to recognize the work of outstanding characters and their contribution in areas such as science, history, literature, music and public life. The award will be delivered to Margot Loyola in the context of the opening of the 2014 academic year.

When the decision of the governing bodies of the University was known, President Álvaro Rojas said that this is a way of paying a fair tribute to Margot Loyola, for her immense contribution in the cultural and artistic field. "Specifically in the rescue, preservation and dissemination of the intangible heritage that comes from our rural culture and of the ethnic groups which form part of our nation," said the University authority.

The president emphasized that the artist and researcher has received many awards. "And we as a University could not be left without offering our own tribute, even more so when she is from Linares, in the Maule Region, and it was in this neighboring city where she took her first steps in the artistic field," he explained.

"We are very honored in awarding the “Abate Juan Ignacio Molina” Medal of Merit to this great composer, researcher and interpreter of exception, who also played an important role in teaching," said Álvaro Rojas.

Other Award-Winners

Some of the personalities who have previously received this distinction are: Cardinal Raúl Silva Henríquez, writer José Donoso, poet Nicanor Parra, scientist Humberto Maturana, President of the Basque Country, José Antonio Ardanza; Maule Region historian Oscar Pinochet de la Barra, Jesuit priest Walter Hanisch, Chilean composer Vicente Bianchi, and mother Irene García, from the Good Samaritan Congregation.

Margot Loyola, who in 1994 received the National Award for Art, shows a great vitality and enthusiasm to continue working. The artist said the news of the award that our Academic Institution will give her, encourages her to continue living and developing her work.

"It gives me force to go ahead and do what I need, because I believe that I have done nothing and I am in a hurry. I am very grateful and I need to deserve what I receive from the Universidad de Talca. It gives me much encouragement to continue working, studying and loving to my homeland," said modestly the outstanding composer.

New books

With her husband and co-researcher Osvaldo Cádiz, the famous maulina is writing three new books: “Andanzas por Chiloé”, “Andanzas por las Tierras del Maule” and “Presencia de los Afro Descendientes en Chile”. Both project to publish these texts by mid-2014.

These three works will be added to the other five books published by Margot Loyola in our country and to one other published in Russia. These texts collect a good portion of the results of their research, which she also expresses in her recordings in Chile, Argentina, France, Spain, Romania and Russia.

Her approach to academia occurred through the Season Schools of the Universidad de Chile, where the Ensemble of Students of Margot Loyola, that was then called Ensemble Cuncumen, was born. From 1972 she worked as a professor for the Department of Ethnomusicology, at the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.



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