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WQXR’s Q2 Music to partner with Yale’s New Music New Haven

Martin Bresnick, composer

Martin Bresnick, composer

The Yale School of Music and Q2 Music announce a new partnership. Q2 Music, which is dedicated to the music of living composers, will broadcast music by Yale faculty and students, recorded live from the New Music New Haven concert series.New Music New Haven presents new works by graduate students in composition, and this partnership will bring students’ works to a broader audience. In addition, NMNH programs feature an established living composer, either YSM faculty or guests, and these featured works will be part of the broadcast partnership as well.

“Student composers are making some of most beautiful, inventive music today, music that deserves to be heard,” says Q2 Music’s Alex Ambrose. “Q2 Music has a commitment to working with younger composers and to serving those in the formative stages of their career. It’s exciting to share  the caliber of music-making from our neighbors at the Yale School of Music’s New Music New Haven series with an online audience, introducing listeners everywhere to the next generation of composers.”

Martin Bresnick, the director of the composition program at YSM, said: “Our Q2 Music partnership is an aural window to the world. It will reveal the sounds of the Yale School of Music’s New Music New Haven series to attentive listeners, and through that open window we hope to hear back from the connoisseurs and amateurs we know are out there.” MORE

Published August 25, 2015
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[ alumni ]

Benjamin Hoffman selected for Global Academy Fellowship Program

Benjamin Hoffman, violin

Benjamin Hoffman, violin

Violinist Benjamin Hoffman ’14 MM, a DMA candidate at the Yale School of Music, has been selected as a fellow in the NY Philharmonic’s Global Academy Fellowship Program.

Ten musicians have been selected to travel to New York in January 2016 to participate in the second year of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program. The program offers opportunities to train and play with Philharmonic musicians as a path toward building a successful career. MORE

Published August 24, 2015
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Marco Beltrami: Interview with Composers From The Musical Anatomy of a Superhero Panel At SDCC

Watch Play Read | By Kaitlyn Booth

One of the cooler things I got to do was take part in my first press room. It was for a panel called Musical Anatomy of a Superhero. I’ve been trying to find a copy of the panel which is why this is so late but I’ve been unable to do so. I got the opportunity to talk to the composers behind our favorite movies in science fiction and superhero movies and television shows. The interviews themselves don’t have the best audio for the questions so I pulled the best ones from each interview and you can learn a bit about the music behind some of your favorite media.

Marco Beltrami

Marco Beltrami is a Grammy nominated composer who has worked on many projects across many genres including Snowpiercer, The Wolverine, Scream, Mimic, Fantastic Four, and World War Z. He is often seen a genre innovator since his unconventional score for Scream. He has used many different objects to achieve this unique sound such as gnashing animal teeth for World War Z and an outdoor “wind piano” made from nearly 200 feet of wire for The Homesman. MORE

Published August 19, 2015
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Guitarist Yuri Liberzon ’07 MM releases debut recording, “Ascension”

liberzon-cover-webRussian-Israeli guitarist Yuri Liberzon ’07 MM has released his debut album, Ascension. The solo instrumental album features compositions by Bach, the Beatles, and Keith Jarrett.

Classical music critic Dan Cohen at The Muse’s Muse wrote: “…he’s all about melody, all about communication, all about heart. It’s his Ascension, to be sure, but he wants to take us with him. My advice to you—drop everything and go!”

Yuri’s success in the United States began with full scholarships to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, and Benjamin Verdery at the Yale School of Music. Mr. Liberzon completed his Graduate Performance Diploma and bachelor’s degree from Peabody and then his master’s degree from Yale. MORE

Published August 14, 2015
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Ashley William Smith wins Performance of the Year at Australia’s Art Music Awards

smith_ashleyClarinetist Ashley William Smith ’13 MM, ’14 AD has won Performance of the Year at Australia’s prestigious 2015 Art Music Awards. The awards were presented August 10 in Sydney.

Ashley won for his performance of Lachlan Skipworth’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, performed with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra under Baldur Brönnimann.

Smith is currently an Artist-in-Residence and Lecturer at the University of Western Australia. “The people nominated in the same category as I was are absolute idols of mine and to be even considered alongside them was humbling,” he said in an announcement from UWA. MORE

Published August 12, 2015
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Gregory Spears ’02 MM wins Carlos Surinach Commission

spears-gregoryThe BMI Foundation has announced that composer Gregory Spears ’02 MM is one of two 2015 winners of the Carlos Surinach Commissions. The commissions program funds the creation of new works by former winners of the BMI Student Composer Awards for premiere with leading contemporary orchestras, chamber music groups, and classical soloists throughout the nation.

Established in 2003 through a bequest from the late composer Carlos Surinach, the Commissions are often awarded in partnership with Concert Artists Guild (CAG). This year, two CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition winners who have demonstrated a commitment to performing the work of living composers were selected to each choose a former BMI Student Composer Award winner to receive the Commission. Trumpeter Brandon Ridenour will premiere Spears’ forthcoming double trumpet concerto during the 2016–2017 Concert Artists Guild series at Carnegie Hall. MORE

Published August 10, 2015
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