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Christopher Cerrone ’14DMA wins ASCAP’s Leonard Bernstein Award

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Christopher Cerrone

Composer Christopher Cerrone, who was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music, received the ASCAP Foundation’s Leonard Bernstein Award. Leonard Bernstein’s daughter Jamie Bernstein presented the award to Cerrone at the ASCAP Foundation’s 19th Annual Awards Ceremony, which was held on December 10 in New York City. MORE

Published December 11, 2014
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Grammy nominations for YSM alumni include Thomas Newman, William Christie

a-far-cryThe album Dreams and Prayers was nominated for a Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. The album features clarinetist David Krakauer and the ensemble A Far Cry, whose members include Miki-Sophia Cloud ’08MM as well as cellist Andrea Lee ’04BA. Cloud also curated the album; read the story behind Dreams and Prayers here.

Composer Thomas Newman ’77BA, ’78MM was nominated for his score to Saving Mr. Banks.

William Christie ’69MM was the conductor of the performance nominated for Best Opera Recording: Rameau’s Hippolyte Et Aricie, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Glyndebourne Chorus. MORE

Published December 11, 2014
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Larry Weng wins silver in Wideman International Piano Competition

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Larry Weng

Larry Weng ’12AD, ’14MMA won a silver medal in the 64th annual Wideman International Piano Competition. The competition was held December 5–7, 2014 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

In the final round, Weng performed Brahms’ Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83. Two Silver Medals were awarded; the other went to Kenny Broberg. No bronze medal was conferred. MORE

Published December 9, 2014
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Peter Klimo ’14MM wins silver in International Franz Liszt Piano Competition

From left to right: Mengie Han (3rd Prize), Mariam Batsashvili (1st Prize) Peter Klimo (2nd Prize). Copyright: Liszt Concours Utrecht

Peter Klimo ’14MM, right, with Mengie Han (left, 3rd Prize), and Mariam Batsashvili (center, 1st Prize)

Pianist Peter Klimo won the second prize in the 10th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, Netherlands in November.

In the final round, the three competitors each played a Liszt concerto of their choice with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by James Gaffigan. The concert was broadcast live. Mr. Klimo played Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124.

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Published December 9, 2014
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Yalies win in Metropolitan Opera Eastern Region District Auditions

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Claudia Rosenthal

Three Yale alumni have won accolades in the Metropolitan Opera Eastern Region District Auditions.

David Leigh ’10BA, ’14MM, bass, and Claudia Rosenthal ’08BA, ’14MM, soprano were among the eleven winners who will compete in the District Finals. Tenor Nikhil Navkal ’14MM won an Encouragement Award.

All are graduates of the Yale Opera program, directed by Doris Yarick Cross, at the Yale School of Music.

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Published November 21, 2014
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Dexter Kennedy ’14MM wins Grand Prix de Chartres de Interprétation

dexter-kennedy-webDexter Kennedy won the 2014 Grand Prix de Chartres de Interprétation at the 24th Concours International D’Orgue de Chartres, one of the oldest most prestigious international organ competitions in the world. He is the first American to win the Grand Prix de Chartres since 1996.

Ordinarily held at Chartres Cathedral, this year’s competition was held October 28–November 8 at the two Paris Conservatories, with the finals in Notre Dame de Paris due to renovations to the Chartres Cathedral nave.

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Published November 13, 2014
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Hollywood film composer Thomas Newman releases collaborative album with Rick Cox

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Thomas Newman, composer

Thomas Newman ’77BA, ’78MM and Rick Cox released the album 35 Whirlpools Below Sound on Cold Blue Music in October. This jointly composed and performed collection of 19 electro-acoustic works has been slowly developing over time. Newman, a 12-time Oscar nominee and six-time Grammy winner, and noted new-music composer/performer Rick Cox have been collaborating for 25 years.

The music has been called both enigmatic and eclectic, exploring a somewhat improvisational world through its series of sometimes interlinked, sometimes contrasting pieces built of often mysterious and fantastical juxtapositions of sounds.

Newman is a highly regarded film-music composer (WALL-E, The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty) who has also written non-film-related works for such ensembles as the Kronos Quartet and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. While at Yale, Newman studied with Jacob Druckman, Bruce MacCombie, and Robert Moore. MORE

Published October 28, 2014
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Raul Garcia appointed principal viola of Colombia’s National Symphony Orchestra

Raul Garcia, viola

Raul Garcia, viola

Raúl García ’09MM, ’10AD was recently appointed principal viola in the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia. A native of Colombia, García currently serves on the viola faculties at Fundación Juan N. Corpas and Central University in Bogotá. He also performs regularly with the Macondo Chamber Players.

Garcia expressed his gratitude toward his teachers and mentors from the Yale School of Music. “I want to acknowledge Yale’s great viola professor, Ettore Causa. Once I heard Ettore’s sound it never left my soul and it keeps inspiring my viola playing beyond imagination.” He also wishes to recognize Syoko Aki, Dean Blocker, the Tokyo String Quartet and the late Jesse Levine.

One of the most active orchestras in Colombia, the National Symphony Orchestra of Columbia was founded in 2003, yet has operated under various other titles since the 1950’s. The orchestra is located in Columbia’s capital city, Bogotá.

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Published October 21, 2014
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Rubin Institute announces 2014 writing fellows, including four from Yale

San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) announced this week the names of the 17 young writers participating in the public and private events comprising the 2014 Rubin Institute for Music Criticism. Taking place in San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay Area November 5–10, 2014, the biennial Institute, now in its second season, is devoted to the advancement of classical music criticism and aims to be a positive force in the art of writing and talking about music, as well as a catalyst in sparking dialogue on the topic.

The fellows from the Yale School of Music are Jacob Ashworth, Fiona Last, Daniel Schlosberg, and Scarlett Tong Zuo.

Birgit Hottenrott, Executive Director of the Rubin Institute, welcomed the Rubin Fellows, saying: “It is with pleasure that I introduce the 2014 Rubin Institute Fellows. With various musical backgrounds encompassing studies in oboe, violin, guitar, cello, piano, composing, conducting, recording engineering, musicology, music history and singing, these young writers will bring an eagerness to both enhance their skills in the craft of writing music and to express their generation’s perspectives on the art of music criticism.” MORE

Published October 21, 2014
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Harpist Colleen Potter Thorburn performs music old and new Oct. 9

Colleen Potter ThorburnThe Yale School of Music presents a solo recital by harpist Colleen Potter Thorburn on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Thorburn’s recital is the culmination of her studies toward the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree.

The recital embraces opposites: Baroque pieces originally written for harpsichord and arranged for harp, French impressionistic pieces that are often associated with the harp; and a piece written to explore harp’s virtuosic potential and unexpected capabilities.

Thorburn opens with her own arrangements of two French Baroque works originally written for keyboard. Couperin’s “Les Baricades mistérieuses” will be followed by Rameau’s “L’Egyptienne.” MORE

Published October 2, 2014
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