[ students & alumni ]

Suzana Bartal releases first CD

Suzana Bartal ’13 MM, ’14 MMA released her first CD, Suzana Bartal plays Schumann, on March 4, 2016. The album, which has already received favorable reviews in French music publications, was recorded in Morse Recital Hall by Gene Kimball, senior recording engineer at YSM. The album was released on the French label Paraty and features Schumann’s beloved Kreisleriana, Op. 16, alongside Waldszenen, Op. 82, and Geistervariationen WoO 24.  MORE

Published March 21, 2016
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YSM alumna Christine Gangelhoff releases new album with C Force

Christine Gangelhoff ’95 AD recently released a new recording entitled Tour de Force with her ensemble, C Force. The 2-disc collection features art music of the Caribbean and includes works by composers from Guadeloupe, Haiti, the U.S. Virgin Islands and many more.

This release is the group’s third recording and follows the success of their first two albums, Tchaka Mizik, and Deep Blue. The latter was praised by musicologist Dominique de Lerma as “being destined to become a document in the evolutionary history of music in The Bahamas.” MORE

Published March 17, 2016
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Joanna Wu wins Eastern Connecticut Symphony Instrumental Competition

joanna-wuFlutist Joanna Wu, a second year master’s student at YSM, has won first place in Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Instrumental Competition. Wu’s win earns her the opportunity to reprise her performance of Nielsen’s Concerto for flute and orchestra with the ECSO and conductor Toshi Shimada on February 25, 2017. She will also receive a cash prize of $3,000.

Shimada, who also serves as director of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, spoke highly of Wu’s performance, noting that she earned a unanimous vote among the jurors. MORE

Published March 16, 2016
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Vadim Serebryany to join Ithaca College faculty

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Vadim Serebryany

Vadim Serebryany ’00 MMA ’06 DMA has been appointed Assistant Professor of Piano in the School of Music at Ithaca College. Serebryany will join fellow YSM alumnus and pianist Dmitry Novgorodsky, who joined Ithaca’s faculty in April 2015. MORE

Published March 12, 2016
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Brian Vu named Grand Finalist in Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

vu_brianBrian Vu ’14 MM, ’15 AD has been named a grand finalist in the 2016 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Vu, alongside eight other singers, will compete this Sunday in the Grand Finals Concert. The concert marks the final stage of the Met’s annual competition and awards winners a prize of $15,000 as well as valuable exposure in front of some of the premier figures in the opera world.

The Grand Finals concert takes place this Sunday, March 13 at 3:00 pm at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

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Published March 11, 2016
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American Academy of Arts and Letters recognizes YSM composers

Hannah Lash

Hannah Lash

The American Academy of Arts and Letters recently announced the seventeen recipients of this year’s awards in music, which total $205,000. The winners were selected by a committee of Academy members: Yehudi Wyner (chairman), Martin Boykan, Martin Bresnick, Mario Davidovsky, Stephen Hartke, Stephen Jaffe, and Tobias Picker. The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. Candidates for music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy.

YSM faculty member Hannah Lash ’12 AD was one of two winners of the Charles Ives Fellowship. Lash, who is also a 2012 alumnus of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, will receive a $15,000 Fellowship was established when Harmony Ives, the widow of Charles Ives, bequeathed to the Academy the royalties of Charles Ives’s music, which has empowered the Academy to give Ives awards in composition since 1970.

Current students Dylan Mattingly ’17 MM and Liliya Ugay ’17 MM were also recognized, as recipients of the Charles Ives Scholarships of $7500, given to composition students of great promise.

In addition, the Lakond Award in music composition was awarded to Chia-Yu Hsu ’02 MM. The award of $10,000 was established through a bequest from Wladimir and Rhoda Lakond. MORE

Published March 10, 2016
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Jonathan Brandani ’14 MM to lead Minnesota Opera

brandani_j_webYSM alumnus Jonathan Brandani ’14 MM will conduct the Minnesota Opera in upcoming performances of Puccini’s Tosca; the opera opens its run on March 13 with additional performances on March 18 and 20. He is also slated to lead the orchestra in a run of La Boheme opening in May 2017.

Brandani has served as Assistant Conductor to the Minnesota Opera since fall 2015 after beginning his tenure with the ensemble as a vocal coach. In addition to his position at the Minnesota Opera, Brandani serves as Music Director of the Lucca Opera Festival (Lucca, Italy). Previously, he served as associate conductor of both the Des Moines Metro Opera in Iowa the Yale Philharmonia from 2012–2014, where he worked as assistant and cover conductor for Shinik Hahm, James Conlon, Peter Oundjian, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Helmut Rilling. MORE

Published March 10, 2016
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New endowment establishes Wendy Sharp ’82 BA Chamber Music Fellowship

Wendy Sharp

Wendy Sharp

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce a new endowment to support the Chamber Music Fellowship program. The endowment is part of funds raised in honor of Wendy Sharp and Dean Takahashi. Sharp, an alumna of Yale College, is the director of chamber music at the Yale School of Music. Takahashi, her husband, is a graduate of the Yale School of Management who serves as senior director of the Yale University Investments Office.

The Chamber Music Fellowship program at the School of Music supports one- to two-year residencies by talented young string quartets. The current Fellowship ensemble is the Argus Quartet, which is mentored by the Brentano Quartet. Previous Fellowship ensembles included the Jasper String Quartet. In the mid-1980s, Sharp participated in the program as a member of the Franciscan String Quartet. The program was then called the Wardwell Fellowship, and the Franciscan Quartet studied with the Tokyo String Quartet, which was the faculty ensemble in residence 1976–2013. MORE

Published March 10, 2016
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Miami String Quartet performs April 5

Miami String Quartet

Miami String Quartet

The Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents the Miami String Quartet on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 pm. The quartet will perform works by Beethoven, Schulhoff, and Mendelssohn.

The program will open with Beethoven‘s String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso,” which Beethoven initially composed to experiment with compositional techniques, never intending it for public performance. The resulting work contains the initial attempts at many techniques that Beethoven would come to perfect in his later works.

Next on the program is Schulhoff‘s Five Pieces for String Quartet, a neoclassical work that offers a glimpse into two eras by layering the spiky dissonances and rhythmic drive of the avant-garde atop an ornate baroque dance suite.    MORE

Published March 9, 2016
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Peter Oundjian conducts the Yale Philharmonia Apr. 1

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Peter Oundjian

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia with conductor Peter Oundjian on Friday, April 1 at 7:30 pm. Oundjian returns to Yale for the first time since October to conduct a program featuring two of Russia’s most celebrated composers: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Dmitri Shostakovich.

Sun-A Park, a winner of the 2015 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, will be the featured soloist in Tchaikovsky‘s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor. The concerto’s memorable melodies and integrated folk tunes made it an instant success in its day, and it remains one of the most beloved piano concertos in the repertoire today.

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Sun-A Park

Shostakovich‘s Symphony No. 8 in C minor came on the heels of his triumphant “Leningrad” Symphony, which served as an important piece of patriotic, morale-boosting art in the early 1940s.  MORE

Published March 8, 2016
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