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Clarinet alumni Benjamin Lulich, Tianyu Zhang win orchestra appointments

lulich_benjaminYSM alumnus Benjamin Lulich was recently appointed acting principal clarinet of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. His first performances with the orchestra will be in September, under the baton of music director Franz Welser-Most.

“I am very happy to perform with The Cleveland Orchestra this coming season,” Lulich wrote in a statement. “I grew up listening to recordings of [the orchestra], and I attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, so it is a dream come true.” MORE

Published July 30, 2015
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Patrick Jankowski appointed Manager of Global K–12 Programs at Juilliard


Patrick Campbell Jankowski ’13 MM, ’15 MMA has been appointed Manager of Global K–12 Programs at The Juilliard School. Beginning this fall, Jankowski will also serve as an Apprentice Teaching Artist with the New York Philharmonic.

Jankowski, a hornist, is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the Yale School of Music. He noted that his new roles “will allow me to approach music education and engagement from a variety of different angles: playing, teaching, writing, developing, and planning. It is a multifaceted and multidisciplinary approach to expanding the reach of music and other arts to new generations and new audiences, and I am so fortunate to be involved with this incredible group of artists, visionaries, and leaders.”


Published July 21, 2015
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William Gardiner wins American Composers Forum National Composition Contest

gardiner_williamComposer William Gardiner ’13 MM, ’15 MMA has been named one of three winners of the 2015 American Composers Forum National Composition Contest. The winners were announced by the American Composers Forum in partnership with the Los Angeles-based new music ensemble wild Up. The members of the ensemble selected the three winning composers from a pool of 450 applicants.

The winners each receive a monetary prize and are currently finishing their pieces, eight to ten minutes each, for wild Up to perform this September at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT). American Composers Forum will also host two open rehearsals with wild Up and the winners at LA City Colleges’ Clausen Recital Hall. MORE

Published July 8, 2015
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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.


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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