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Clarinetist Bixby Kennedy wins silver medal in Ima Hogg Competition

bixby-kennedyClarinetist Bixby Kennedy ’16 MM took second prize in the Ima Hogg Competition, winning a silver medal, a cash prize, and the opportunity to perform with the Houston Symphony. Kennedy will perform the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the orchestra on Saturday June, 27 at the Miller Outdoor Theatre.

The 2015 Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition took place June 4–6 at the Shepherd School of Music on the campus of Rice University. From the ten musicians selected to perform in the semi-finals, four finalists advanced to perform with the Houston Symphony in the final round.

Named to honor the memory of Miss Ima Hogg, a co-founder of the Houston Symphony, the prestigious competition is open to young musicians who play standard orchestral instruments and piano. Since 1976, through the support of the Houston Symphony League, this competition has provided performance opportunities for musicians ages 13 through 30.  MORE

Published June 25, 2015
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Trombonist Matthew Russo joins UConn faculty, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra

russo-mattMatthew Russo ’12 MM will join the University of Connecticut faculty in the 2015–2015 academic year as an instructor of trombone. Russo was also recently appointed principal trombone with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.

Russo currently serves on the faculty at The Hartt School Community and Instrumental Studies divisions, where he is director of the Hartt Trombone Ensemble. MORE

Published June 22, 2015
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Henry Kramer to join Smith College faculty

kramer_henry_webPianist Henry Kramer ’13 AD, ’15 MMA was recently appointed the Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in piano at Smith College.

Originally from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Henry Kramer is a budding presence on the concert stage both nationally and internationally. A winner of Astral Artists’ 2014 National Auditions, Mr. Kramer was also a top prizewinner in the 2010 National Chopin Competition, the 2011 Montreal International Music Competition, and the 2012 China Shanghai International Piano Competition, as well as the recipient of the Harvard Musical Association’s 2014 Arthur Foote Award. MORE

Published June 22, 2015
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Pianist Ronaldo Rolim wins third prize in Geza Anda International Competition

ronaldo-rolimPianist Rolando Rolim won both the third prize and the Schumann prize at the Géza Anda International Competition. Rolim is a DMA candidate at the Yale School of Muic, where he studies with Boris Berman.

The competition, founded in memory of Hungarian pianist Géza Anda, is held every three years in Zurich.

About Ronaldo Rolim

Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim is the winner of more than 30 awards in competitions around the globe. Recent accolades include top prizes at the Bösendorfer, San Marino ,and James Mottram International Piano Competitions. Ronaldo has performed extensively in his native Brazil, as well as in the United States, Mexico, South Korea, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria, having played at prestigious venues in four different continents, such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Steinway Hall (London), Theatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro), and Seoul Arts Center (Korea), among others. MORE

Published June 18, 2015
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Bassist Alexander Svensen joins Springfield Symphony Orchestra

alex-svensenAlexander (Smith) Svensen ’10 MM has been appointed 5th chair double bass in the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (Massachusetts).

Based in New Haven, Conn., Svensen is enjoying a career as a classical, jazz, and pop double bassist and electric bassist. In addition to his position with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, he performs with the Connecticut Chamber Virtuosi, Connecticut Lyric Opera, and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and maintains a busy freelance career across the Northeast.

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Published June 12, 2015
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Gerald Elias ’75 BA, MM to publish fifth novel in 2016

gerald-eliasGerald Elias ’75 BA, ’75 MM, who studied violin performance at Yale, will publish his fifth novel in 2016. Severn House has agreed to publish the next book in the Daniel Jacobus series of novels that take place in the dark corners of the classical music world.

The debut book in the series, Devil’s Trill, won Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers recognition in 2009. The new book, with the working title Fire Music, will be released in the spring of 2016.

The other books in the Daniel Jacobus series are Danse Macabre (2010), Death and the Maiden (2011), and Death and Transfiguration (2012). MORE

Published June 10, 2015
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Bassist Sam Suggs wins 2015 ISB Competition

sam-suggsSamuel Suggs ’14 MM, a DMA candidate at the Yale School of Music, won first prize at the 2015International Society of Bassists (ISB) Competition. The first place award, named the Gary Karr Prize, includes a monetary award, a bow, and an expenses-paid recital to open the 2017 ISB Convention.

The competition, which took place June 1–2, 2015, was held in conjunction with the ISB 2015 Convention at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.

Published June 8, 2015
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San Diego Symphony appoints Kensho Watanabe its inaugural conducting fellow

kensho-watanabeThe San Diego Symphony announced Wednesday that Kensho Watanabe ’09 BS, ’10 MM will serve in the new role of conducting fellow. Sameer Patel will be the orchestra’s new assistant conductor.

Jahja Ling ’80 MMA, ’85 DMA, who has been the music director of the San Diego Symphony, plans to step down at the end of the 2016–2017 season. Ling was recently honored with YSM’s Distinguished Service Award.

Watanabe, who recently finished serving as conducting fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music, was chosen for a similar role in San Diego, where he will conduct a limited number of concerts. MORE

Published June 5, 2015
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Noël Wan wins second prize in Korea International Harp Competition

noel-wanThe first-ever Korea International Harp Competition was held in Seoul May 23–26, 2015. In the Young Professional Division, Noël Wan ’16 MM won second prize. Wan is a student of June Han at the Yale School of Music.

Taiwanese-American harpist Noël Wan (1994) is an international prize winner and critically acclaimed concert artist whose “exquisite musicality, impeccable technique, and mature interpretation of music in different styles” has earned her the commendation of being “one of the best harpists in this generation” (Dan Yu). The first harpist to win the Carmel Music Society Instrumental Competition and the Pacific Musical Society Competition, Noël is also the youngest winner in the history of the Dutch Harp Festival Competition. Other accolades include First Prize in the 22nd and 25th Chi-mei Arts Award Competition, Second Prize in the 2013 Nippon International Harp Competition, the Aharon Zvi and Mara Propes Foundation Special Award, and the Forgotten Lore Prize in the 1st Dutch Harp Festival Competition. MORE

Published June 2, 2015
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Jake Fridkis to be principal flute of South Dakota Symphony

fridkis_jakeJacob Mende-Fridkis ’14 MM has won the position of Principal Flute in the South Dakota Symphony.

About Jake Fridkis

Flutist Jake Fridkis has performed as a soloist throughout the world with concerto appearances in United States, Germany, Italy, France, Brazil and most recently in Woolsey Hall with the Yale Concert Band. He has served as guest principal flute with Symphony SONG (Korea), the Princeton Symphony, and the Cleveland Philharmonic, and has appeared with the symphonies of St. Louis and New Haven. MORE

Published May 22, 2015
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