YSM appoints Peter Serkin Visiting Professor of Piano

Peter Serkin. Photo by Regina Touhey Serkin

School of Music Dean Robert Blocker recently shared with the YSM community news that pianist Peter Serkin will join the faculty for the 2018-2019 academic year. Below is Dean Blocker’s enthusiastic announcement. 

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Serkin as Visiting Professor of Piano for the 2018-2019 academic year. A pianist of prodigious gifts and insights, Mr. Serkin began concertizing with America’s renowned orchestras and conductors at age 12, and his internationally celebrated career in the ensuing years has taken him to all corners of the globe. We are fortunate that his calendar permits him to be at Yale during our search for a senior piano professor.

Peter Serkin began his musical studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, where his teachers included the Polish pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski and the American virtuoso Lee Luvisi, as well as his father, Rudolf Serkin. He graduated in 1965 and the next year, at age 19, was the recipient of the Grammy Award in the Most Promising New Classical Recording Artist category (the award category later named Best New Classical Artist). Three of his recordings have earned Grammy nominations (one of them features six Mozart concerti, and the other two feature the music of Olivier Messiaen) along with other awards. Serkin was the first pianist to receive the Premio Internazionale Musicale Chigiana award, and in 2001, the New England Conservatory presented him with an honorary doctorate degree.

His extensive repertoire and discography reflect a commitment to and advocacy of the music of our time. Along with his musical and intellectual insights into the work of J.S. Bach (four recordings of the “Goldberg” Variations – the first at age 18), Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Chopin, and Dvorak, he has also explored the music of such composers as Reger, Berg, Webern, Schoenberg, Messiaen, Takemitsu, Oliver Knussen, Peter Lieberson, Stefan Wolpe, Elliott Carter, and Charles Wuorinen.

Among prominent virtuosi, Peter Serkin was one of the first to experiment with period fortepianos, and the first to record late Beethoven sonatas on modern pianos and instruments of Beethoven’s era. He has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Pamela Frank, Andras Schiff, the Budapest Quartet, the Guarneri Quartet, and many other leading artists and orchestras. He is a founding member of TASHI (known later as the Tashi Quartet) and records for a variety of labels.

Mr. Serkin teaches master classes throughout the world and has taught at such leading institutions as the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. He presently teaches at the Bard College Conservatory of Music. I am delighted that he will join Professor Boris Berman and the YSM piano faculty as a mentor and teacher to our gifted piano students. We look forward to the artistic and intellectual contributions Peter will make to the School of Music and to Yale in the year ahead.

Warmest regards,
Robert Blocker
The Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music
Yale School of Music

Published March 13, 2018
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YSM announces Collaborative Piano Fellowship

The Yale School of Music is accepting applications for a newly established Collaborative Piano Fellowship, which will offer three outstanding pianists an opportunity to further their training in that area and to work with YSM students and faculty. The Fellows will be active members of the School of Music community and as such should live in New Haven. Pianists who in the past five years have earned a master of music degree or higher in solo or collaborative piano are encouraged to apply.

Fellowship appointments include a one-year residency (renewable for a second year), a $30,000 stipend with benefits, and an average of 20 hours per week of accompaniment in recitals, master classes, private lessons, and studio seminars. One applicant with demonstrated administrative experience will be designated as a Senior Fellow to coordinate collaboration assignment for an additional stipend. MORE

Published May 12, 2017
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Dean Robert Blocker Announces YSM Jazz Initiative

blockerI am pleased to announce that an anonymous gift will enable the School of Music to continue and expand its legacy of jazz studies at Yale. This initiative will also strengthen our collaborative efforts with the Yale College Dean’s Office and the Department of Music, as well as the New Haven community.

Professor Thomas C. Duffy has accepted the responsibility of administrative oversight for this initiative. As we announced in April, the Yale Jazz Ensemble, which had to be suspended two years ago due to a lack of qualified players and adequate rehearsal space, will be reconstituted this fall under Tom’s direction. The School of Music has provided modest support for the Yale Jazz Ensemble through the years, though it had until now been an extracurricular undergraduate organization. Going forward, the group will be open to all Yale students. Tom will announce auditions in the near future.

Other aspects of this initiative include an improvisation course that will be taught by Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist Wayne Escoffery. Undergraduate jazz combos will be auditioned and coached by professional jazz artists, including Mr. Escoffery. We are currently in conversations with some of these individuals and will announce their names when appointments are finalized. Additionally, distinguished saxophonist Carrie Koffman will teach private lessons in saxophone. These new colleagues will help us build on the School’s rich history of jazz education, which began nearly fifty years ago. MORE

Published July 29, 2016
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Winners of 2016 Woolsey Concerto Competition Announced

The 2016 Woolsey Concerto Competition took place last Saturday, April 9. The three winners, in alphabetical order, are:

Yang Liu, piano
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

Joanna Wu, flute
Nielsen Concerto for Flute

Jinxiang Yu, soprano
Messiaen Poèmes pour Mi

As winners, these Yale School of Music students will perform with the Yale Philharmonia during the 2016-17 season. The judges noted that they were very impressed with the high level of performance of all participants. Dae Hee Ahn, violin was selected as an alternate, and honorable mentions were given to Lydia Consilvio, oboe; Nola Richardson, soprano; Diomedes Saraza Jr., violin; An Tran, guitar; and Yen-Chen Wu, bassoon.

The judges were Linda Chesis (head of winds, Manhattan School of Music), Max Levinson (chair of the piano department, Boston Conservatory), and Christian Teal (professor of violin emeritus, Vanderbilt University).

 

Published April 11, 2016
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Paul Hawkshaw to retire as Director of Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

Music Shed at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

Music Shed at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music, announced today that the School of Music and the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival will have a major leadership transition in 2016. Paul Hawkshaw, who has served as the festival’s director since 2004, will retire after the 2016 season. Melvin Chen, Deputy Dean of the Yale School of Music, has been appointed as Hawkshaw’s successor.

Under Hawkshaw’s leadership, the program has flourished. Audiences perennially flock to the bucolic setting, with ticket sales continuing to grow even while other classical music organizations around the world suffer from declining attendance. Ambitious restoration projects are ensuring that Norfolk’s buildings will endure: Whitehouse has been restored to its former beauty after its recovery from devastating water damage, and the first phase of the Music Shed restoration has provided a new roof, siding, and a beautifully reconstructed cupola atop the 1906 acoustic gem.

“Paul Hawkshaw has been a transformative and visionary leader for the Norfolk program,” noted Dean Blocker. “Perhaps even most significant is the warmth with which Hawkshaw has established close relationships between the festival and the surrounding community.” The Hartford Courant has hailed the “unity between the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the town where the Yale program is located.… these days there’s plenty of outreach by the Yale Summer School of Music and the Yale Summer School of Art on the estate.” In that same article, Hawkshaw noted the “symbiotic relationship” between the festival and the town. MORE

Published January 15, 2016
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Robert Blocker reappointed as Dean of Yale School of Music

blockerUniversity President Peter Salovey announced recently that Robert Blocker will be reappointed to a fifth term as the Henry and Lucy Moses Dean of Music. The new five-year term will be effective July 1, 2016.

In a message to the University community, Salovey wrote: “This renewal is a reflection of Dean Blocker’s record as a transformative leader who has advanced the school—and the university more broadly—in significant ways. As dean, he has galvanized philanthropic support for music at Yale including the landmark gift that made the school tuition free; set new standards of educational excellence by recruiting world-class members of the faculty; and led our efforts to renovate and develop the school’s facilities—projects that will have impact on generations of musicians to come.” MORE

Published September 11, 2015
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Brentano String Quartet appointed new faculty quartet-in-residence at Yale School of Music

brentano_v_webThe internationally acclaimed Brentano String Quartet has been appointed the new quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music (YSM). The members of the quartet — Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin, violin; Misha Amory ’89, viola; and Nina Lee, cello — will also serve as artists-in-residence.

Their faculty appointment will begin in fall 2014. They succeed the Tokyo String Quartet, which retired in 2013 after 37 years at YSM.

“The Brentano Quartet comes to YSM and the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival with international renown for their exquisite artistry and their musical insights as gifted teachers,” said Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music. “They join our distinguished faculty in our commitment to chamber music, a fundamental component of advanced musical study at Yale.”

The Brentano Quartet will anchor the School of Music’s chamber music program, serving as faculty coaches to the next generation of musicians. The ensemble will perform a concert each semester for the Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the School of Music, and will also spend part of each summer in residence at the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, where as artist faculty they will perform and teach. MORE

Published November 1, 2013
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Master class with Krzysztof Penderecki Oct. 30

Krzysztof_Penderecki_webComposer Krzysztof Penderecki will conduct a chamber music master class on Wednesday, October 30. Penderecki, who was a member of the YSM faculty in the 1970s, will work with two chamber music groups the class, which takes place 12:30–2pm in Leigh Hall, Room 402.

Penderecki will work with the group playing his Clarinet Quartet from 12:30 to 1:15 and the duo playing his piece for violin and bass from 1:15 to 2.

All YSM students are invited to attend the master class.

Published October 30, 2013
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A restructured DMA program at Yale School of Music

piano-keyboardWe are excited to announce the launch of a restructured Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) program at Yale School of Music.

Following an extensive period of deliberation by the faculty and Dean, the Yale Doctor of Musical Arts degree will accept applications from prospective students who have earned the Master of Music degree. Previously, the Master of Musical Arts degree was required.  December 1, 2013, is the application deadline for the DMA degree, and complete information is posted on the YSM website.

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Published October 9, 2013
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The Legacy of Paul Hindemith and A Soldier’s Tale Set for YALE IN NEW YORK’s 2013–14 Season

Broadway World / Broadway Classical

Hindemith_CollegeSt Yale School of Music has announced its return to Carnegie Hall with the YALE IN NEW YORK 2013–14 Season. The series-now in its seventh year at Carnegie-has garnered a reputation for its creative and diverse programming, with frequent collaborations between Yale’s distinguished faculty and its exceptional network of current students and alumni.

This season, two concerts focus on musical icons of the 20th century: THE LEGACY OF PAUL HINDEMITH on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 7:30pm; and a fully staged original production and translation of Igor Stravinsky‘s A SOLDIER’S TALE, in collaboration with Yale School of Drama on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 7:30pm. MORE

Published October 8, 2013
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