YSM pianists participate in Rubinstein Competition

Yevgeny Yontov. Photo by Grace Song

Two YSM students are competing at the 15th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Pianist Yevgeny Yontov ’14MM, who’s currently a DMA candidate studying with Boris Berman, is scheduled to perform a first-round recital of works by Haydn and Debussy on Saturday, April 29. And pianist Szymon Nehring, an incoming artist diploma candidate who’ll also be studying with Prof. Berman, is slated to perform an opening-round program of music by Scarlatti, Beethoven, and Szymanowski on Sunday, April 30.

The competition’s second and final rounds are scheduled to take place in the first week and a half of May and require each of those who advance to present a recital program of different pieces than they performed in the first round, along with chamber music and concertos. Thirty-one competitors are vying for medals, cash prizes, the chance to perform a string of concerts in Israel, Europe, Asia, and North America, and recording opportunities. The competition is a program of the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society. MORE

Published April 28, 2017
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Clarinetist David Shifrin performs twentieth-century French music Dec. 15

The Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by YSM faculty member and clarinetist David Shifrin on Monday, December 15 at 7:30 pm. He will be joined by Yevgeny Yontov, piano, and others, in a program of twentieth-century French music.

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The recital will open with Poulenc‘s Sontata for Clarinet and Piano, composed in 1962. One of Poulenc’s last works, the sonata is dedicated to Swiss composer Arthur Honegger, a fellow member of the composers collective Les Six.

The concert will continue with two popular movements from Debussy‘s Children’s Corner Suite, originally written for solo piano. This version was transcribed for clarinet and piano by David Schiff. The first half of the concert concludes with another Debussy piece, his Première Rhapsodie. After Debussy took a position on the Paris Conservatorie’s Board of Directors, he wrote this piece as an examination for the school’s clarinet students. MORE

Published December 9, 2014
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Yale Philharmonia performs Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and more Jan. 24

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The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale led by conductor Shinik Hahm on Friday, January 24, 2014. The concert, which also features faculty pianist Peter Frankl, takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).

The program opens with Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, which was inspired by the eponymous poem by French symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé. Pierre Boulez considered the work a turning point in bringing classical music into the age of modernism, saying that “the flute of the faun brought new breath to the art of music.”

Internationally acclaimed pianist Peter Frankl will join the Philharmonia for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, the next concert in the yearlong Beethoven Concerto Project. MORE

Published December 20, 2013
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Arabella String Quartet performs Feb. 23

Concert features music from Haydn, Debussy, and Smetana

The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents the Arabella Quartet on Saturday, February 23, 2013. The quartet’s members include faculty members Sarita Kwok, violin, and Ettore Causa, viola, along with Julie Eskar, violin, and Alexander Lecarme, cello.

The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

After the quartet’s debut concert last season, the Boston Musical Intelligencer raved: “The group played like they had been together for years… with freedom, drive, and risk-taking that were quite astonishing in a debut performance.”

The program will include Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, Nº. 1, Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor, Op.10, and Smetana’s String Quartet Nº. 1 in E minor, From My Life.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published February 14, 2013
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Pianist Ryo Yanagitani opens 2013 with Jan. 10 concert

Doctor of Musical Arts recital includes music of Handel, Debussy, Chopin, and more

The Yale School of Music presents a Doctor of Musical Arts recital featuring pianist Ryo Yanagitani on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

The gold medal medal winner of the prestigious San Antonio International Piano Competition in 2009, Yanagitani will play a program featuring music from the Baroque to today. The concert begins at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven.

Yanagitani will open the program with Handel‘s Keyboard Suite No. 3 in D minor, HWV 428, followed by Debussy‘s suite Pour le Piano. The first half closes with the evocative Butterflies and Bobcats by the contemporary Canadian composer David L. McIntyre.

The recital concludes with Chopin‘s popular and virtuosic Ballades, a set of four pieces that earned Yanagitani a special prize in the San Antonio Competition.

The concert begins at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. The Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) is the highest degree awarded by the School of Music. MORE

Published December 21, 2012
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“Visionary” pianist Radu Lupu makes rare New Haven appearance Jan. 17

Recital features masterworks by Franck, Schubert, and Debussy

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by the Radu Lupu on Thursday, January 17.

Critics describe Lupu in otherworldly terms: he is “a mystic” who “communes with the score on his own terms” (Washington Post). The Guardian writes: “There is a visionary quality to this playing – ecstatic, deeply affecting, and peerless.”

In this recital, Lupu will perform music by Franz Schubert, César Franck, and Claude Debussy. The concert opens with Franck’s Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue, a masterpiece of the piano repertoire whose three movements are thematically interconnected.

Next will be Schubert’s Four Impromptus, Op. 142, which are often said to resemble a four-movement sonata. After intermission, Lupu will close the evening with Book Two of Debussy’s Préludes, written one hundred years ago in 1912–1913.

The concert takes place in the excellent acoustic of Morse Recital Hall, which is located in Sprague Memorial Hall at 470 College Street. The event is part of the Horowitz Piano Series, which is directed by Boris Berman.

Tickets to this performance are $20–$30, $10–15 with student ID. Sampler packages offer discounts of up to 20% from regular ticket prices. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published December 18, 2012
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Peter Frankl performs music of Schubert and Debussy Dec. 12

Concert also features Ettore Causa, viola

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by Peter Frankl, hailed by Auditorium as “not a mere pianist, but a true artist.” The recital, which focuses on the music of Schubert and Debussy, takes place Wednesday, December 12 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

The concert opens with Schubert’s Sonata No. 9 in B major, D. 575, a work that was published only posthumously. Faculty colleague Ettore Causa will then join Frankl for Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata in A minor, D. 821.

The second half of the concert is devoted to the music of Debussy, beginning with both sets of Images and concluding with Estampes. With its scales and rhythms inspired by the music of Asia and the Middle East, Estampes evokes images of faraway lands.

Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Memorial Hall at 470 College Street. This concert is part of the Horowitz Piano Series, which is directed by Boris Berman.

Tickets to this performance are $12–$22, $6–9 with student ID. MORE

Published December 6, 2012
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Boris Berman plays music from a hundred years back Nov. 7

Program highlights Scriabin, Prokofiev, Debussy

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Multimedia program includes Debussy, Scriabin, Prokofiev

NEW HAVEN, CT  | The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents A Hundred Years Back: music written 1912–1913, a performance by pianist Boris Berman, on Wednesday, November 7.

Featuring pieces by Scriabin, Prokofiev, and Debussy, the recital highlights the rich variety of musical styles in the period preceding World War I. The multimedia performance also features narrator Peter Francis James and projections designed by Shawn Boyle. Berman, who is celebrated for his performances of the three composers on this program, has recorded all these compositions to critical acclaim.

Berman opens the program with two sonatas by Alexander Scriabin. The Sonata No. 7 conjures mystical images of flight and feelings of rapture. The one-movement Sonata No. 9, nicknamed “Black Mass,” is considered one of the composer’s masterpieces for the piano.

Prokofiev’s Sarcasms, an example of that composer’s wild modernistic style, will close the first half of the concert.

The latter half of the program will feature Debussy’s La Boite a joujoux (The Toy Box), a witty and elegant ballet for children. The piano performance will be accompanied by narration from Peter Francis James, a faculty member at the Yale School of Drama, and visual projections of pictures by André Hellé that debuted with the original publication of Debussy’s work. The projections are designed by Shawn Boyle, a graduate student in the projection design program at the Yale School of Drama, under the guidance of assistant professor Wendall K. Harrington. MORE

Published October 19, 2012
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Yves Henry performs on historical pianos at the Collection Oct. 28

“Smooth virtuosity… a real ability to stage-manage musical line.”
–The New York Times

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the New Haven debut of French pianist Yves Henry on Sunday, October 28. The recital will explore the musical colors of pieces by Chopin and Debussy on two of the Collection’s French pianos.

Mr. Henry will perform music of Chopin on the Pleyel grand piano (1842), and music of Debussy on the Érard grand (1881). The pianist Madeleine Forte has said, “There is an ease on the Érard and Pleyel, the French pianos, it flows… You have more lightness, you have more clarity of sound.”

Mr. Henry, who is noted for his performances on historical instruments, has been praised by the New York Times for “not only the smooth virtuosity we associate with French pianism at its best but also a real ability to stage-manage musical line.”

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Published October 10, 2012
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Wei-Yi Yang performs Spanish program Oct. 10

The Yale School of Music opens the 2012—2013 season of the Horowitz Piano Series with a recital by the “untiring, passionate, and poetic” (Classics Today) pianist Wei-Yi Yang on Wednesday, October 10.

The centerpiece of the program is Enrique Granados’s masterful Goyescas, a neo-Romantic piano suite inspired by the work of the Spanish painter Francisco Goya. Goyescas exemplifies Granados’s ornamental style, uniquely colored by nationalist folk melodies. The performance will be accompanied by projections of Goya’s art.

Music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, French composers inspired by the sonorities of Spain, will bookend the Goyescas. Yang will open his recital with Debussy’s “…La serenade interrompue” (The Interrupted Serenade), from the composer’s Preludes, Book I.  Concluding the program is Ravel’s “Alborada del Gracioso” (Dawn Song of the Jester), whose rhythms and chords mimic the sound of Spanish guitars.

The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College St., New Haven. The Horowitz Piano Series is directed by Boris Berman.

Tickets are $12–22, $6–9 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published October 3, 2012
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