Daedalus Quartet: Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Carter

Quartet has won a Martin Segal Award and Guarneri String Quartet Award

Daedalus Quartet

Daedalus Quartet

The award-winning Daedalus String Quartet, called “one of the finest ensembles around” by the New York Sun, will perform on Yale’s Chamber Music Society series on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 8:00 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. The program will include Haydn’s Quartet in F minor, Op. 20 No. 5; Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13; and Carter’s String Quartet No. 5 from 1995.  The members of the Daedalus Quartet are Min-Young Kim and Kyu-Young Kim, brother and sister violinists who are alternate on first violin; Jessica Thompson, viola; and Raman Ramakrishnan, cello. Tickets are $27 to $34 ($14 for students). Student rush tickets priced at $7 will be sold at 7:45 pm on the night of the concert, if available.

The Daedalus Quartet takes its name from the mythical Greek inventor, artist, and architect celebrated for creating the art of sculpture, designing the Labyrinth, and above all for regaining his freedom by devising wings that made it possible for him to fly.  The Daedalus Quartet (pronounced DED-a-lus) was founded in the summer of 2000, and one year later captured the Grand Prize of the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition.  The quartet was honored with Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award and Chamber Music America’s Guarneri String Quartet Award in 2007.
They were named by Carnegie Hall to participate in the ECHO Rising Stars program, through which it made debuts during the 2004-2005 season throughout Europe, including Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne, Salzburg, and Vienna.  They were also appointed by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as the Chamber Music Society Two quartet for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.  The ensemble has been Columbia University’s Quartet-in-Residence since 2005 and has been serving as a visiting ensemble at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006. The Daedalus Quartet’s debut CD, works of Ravel, Sibelius, and Stravinsky, was released in August 2006 by Bridge Records.

Published January 30, 2009
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Sebastian Zubieta, composer, featured in DMA recital

Zubieta has been praised for his “grace and intuition as a composer and conductor”

The Yale School of Music presents composer Sebastian Zubieta in a recital on Thursday, January 29 at 8:00 pm in Sprague Hall, 470 College Street in New Haven.    This performance, which the Argentinian-born Zubieta will conduct, features music for a fascinating variety of ensembles. The program includes Dos canciones for soprano, viola and piano, with texts by Friedrich Nietzsche and Émile Zola; Sub specie æterni; Le pavé des Halles; Ospedali di suoni anemici I (for clarinet and tape) and II (for clarinet and bassoon); CCXCIV for soprano and double bass, with texts by Petrarch; al fondo de esta tumba se ve el mar (2007) for bass clarinet, guitar and double bass; Cor di smalto for piano; and Empty Tigers for mixed choir, tenor and trombone, with text from the Song of Songs. This concert is part of the requirements for Zubieta’s Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music.
Admission to the recital is free. For further information, please visit the School of Music web site at music.yale.edu, or call 203 432-4158.Sebastian Zubieta

The music of Argentinian-born composer Sebastian Zubieta has been performed at concerts and festivals in Argentina, Korea, Europe, and the US.  He received a degree in musicology from the Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires, where he studied composition with Gerardo Gandini and Mariano Etkin. His teachers at Yale have included Ezra Laderman, Alvin Singleton, and Joseph Schwantner (composition) and Marguerite Brooks (conducting). Sebastian has conducted choirs and vocal groups since 1987; in addition to being assistant conductor for several ensembles in Buenos Aires, he was the conductor of 14 and Cantoría Esquiú. In Argentina, he has taught music history at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, composition at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, and music appreciation at the Centro de Arte y Tecnología. At Yale, he has been a teaching fellow for music appreciation and American popular music in the Department of Music and for hearing and analysis at the School of Music. He has collaborated with the neo-punk trio Los Pirata and with filmmakers such as Darko Lungulov, Don Lenzer and Amala Lane. Zubieta is currently music director of the Americas Society and director of NeitherMusic, a group of players and composers dedicated to the performance and creation of new music.

Published January 28, 2009
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Pierre Réach performs Bach’s Goldberg Variations

Pierre Réach, the celebrated French pianist, will perform J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations on the Horowitz Piano Series on Tuesday, January 28 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, corner of Wall St., New Haven).  Réach has twice recorded and often performed this singularly challenging and important work, and has received broad respect for his interpretations.  Tickets to the performance are only $13 to $24 (students $8).

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Yale School of Music website at    www.yale.edu/music or call 203 432-4158. Box office hours are Monday–Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, in the Sprague Hall lobby, 470 College Street, New Haven.
Pierre Réach
The career of pianist Pierre Réach is defined by his international performances, pedagogical activities, and organization of wide-ranging artistic events. His career began in a classic way: after brilliant studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, he was accepted in the Improvement Cycle and then studied several years with Maria Curcio in London. During this period, Pierre Réach received numerous awards: First Prize in the Olivier Messiaen International Piano Competition in Paris, a Medal in the Artur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Israel, First Prize in the Pozzoli International Competition in Milano, and Second Prizes in the Maria Canals and Jaén Competitions (Spain), as well the Casella Competition (Italy).  He became the assistant of Yvonne Loriod for several years in the CNSM in Paris. Pierre Réach has appeared, in solo recitals and with orchestras, around the world, from Japan and Korea to England and France. Since 2002 he has undertaken an annual concert tour of China.  He has played in festivals such as Nohant, Saint Riquier, Lisztomania de Chateauroux, Prades, Menton, Strasbourg, and Vaison la Romaine (France); Brescia-Bergamo, Fenice, Pomerigi Musicali, and Festival Liszt de Grottammare (Italy); and Saint Petersburg, Tokyo, Seoul, and Shanghai.

Published January 28, 2009
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“Love and Separation” with tenor James Taylor

Program includes music of Beethoven, Schubert, and Schumann

The Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music present a Faculty Artist Series recital by acclaimed tenor James Taylor on Sunday, January 25 at 5 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College St at Wall St). Taylor, who teaches voice at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and directs the Yale Voxtet, will perform with pianist Donald Sulzen, an internationally sought-after accompanist and chamber musician.  Their program’s theme is “Love and Separation,” and will include Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, Op. 9, Shubert’s  song cycle Auf dem Wasser zu Singen, and Schumann’s beloved song cycle Dichterliebe. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website, www.yale.edu/music, or call 203 432-4158.taylor_v

The American lyric tenor James Taylor joined the Yale faculty in 2005 after serving as professor of voice at the Musikhochschule in Augsburg, Germany. He is a sought-after oratorio singer, appearing worldwide with such renowned conductors as Eschenbach, Harnoncourt, Blomstedt, and Koopman, and touring extensively with Helmuth Rilling. He has appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, and Tafelmusik.  His more than thirty-five CD recordings include Dvorák’s Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, and the songs of John Duke. Taylor is one of the founders of Liedertafel, a male vocal quartet that has appeared in major European festivals and recorded for the Orfeo label. Recent engagements include Mozart’s Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the New York Philharmonic, and Britten’s Horn Serenade with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Donald Sulzen is one of the most requested pianists for accompanying and chamber music at the international level. He has performed in the most prestigious recital halls of Europe, the USA, South America, and Japan. His numerous performances on radio and television include stations in Germany, France, and Italy. He has completed more than thirty CDs for Orfeo International, Toshiba-EMI, Koch International, Genuin, Arte Nova, cpo and Amati.  After teaching for several years at the Salzburg Mozarteum, he now teaches at Munich’s Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst.  He has also given master classes for singers and pianists throughout America and Europe.

Published January 28, 2009
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Yale announces 2009 Symposium on Music in Schools

Teachers register for the 2007 Symposium on Music in Schools

Teachers gather in the lobby of Sprague Hall for the 2007 Symposium on Music in Schools

The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the second biannual Symposium on Music in Schools for June 10-11, 2009.  Sponsored by the Yale College Class of 1957 and the Yale School of Music, the Symposium is part of the Music in Schools project, initiated by the Class of ’57 in honor of their 50th reunion in 2007.

Once again, the Symposium will bring together approximately fifty teachers from around the country who are selected for their outstanding accomplishments in teaching music in public schools.  This year’s Distinguished Music Educators will convene in New Haven to discuss vital issues in music education and participate in skill-building workshops. MORE

Published January 21, 2009
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Ilya Poletaev wins Grieg Competition in Florida

Ilya Poletaev, a Yale School of Music graduate who now teaches in the Department of Music, has won first prize in the Grieg Festival Young Artists Competition at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida. The competition, which is open to pianists, vocalists, and violinists, is part of a three-day Grieg Festival highlighting important but lesser-known works of Edvard Grieg.  The grand prize-winner will undertake a concert tour in Norway, including concerts at Oystese Hardanger, Troldhaugen (Grieg’s estate) in Bergen, and at the 2009 Grieg Festival in Oslo.

Poletaev leads a multi-faceted career as a classically-trained pianist as well as a performer on early keyboards. As a solo pianist, he has appeared with the Toronto and Hartford symphony orchestras; as a chamber musician, he has performed alongside distinguished artists such as Robert Mann, Donald Weilerstein, Gary Hoffmann, Boris Berman, Paul Hersh, and Susan Narucki. He has also appeared at such prestigious festivals as Moab, Caramoor, Sarasota, Norfolk, Yellow Barn, Banff, the Orford Arts Center, and Stratford Summer Music Festival. He is a recent Laureate of the 2008 National Stepping Stone Competition in Canada. As a harpsichordist, he has been heard in such venues as Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall and the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York. As a continuo player, he has played under such conductors as Andrew Lawrence-King, Graham O’Reilly, and Helmuth Rilling.

Published January 20, 2009
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Shizuo Kuwahara ’01MM wins 2008 Solti Competition

Frankfurt, November 9, 2008 – The Fourth International Conductors’ Competition Sir Georg Solti has a winner: the 32 year old American Shizuo Kuwahara picked up first prize. Eugene Tzigane (26, also from the USA) received second prize, and Andreas Hotz (27) from Germany came in third place. He was the first German candidate to reach the final round of the International Conductors’ Competition Sir Georg Solti. In 2006 Shizuo took second place in the Solti Competition.

First prize is €15,000, second prize €10,000 and the candidate in third place receives €5,000. The first and second prize winners also received bonus prizes: invitations to conduct for the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra, the hr Symphony Orchestra as well as other German and international orchestras. The public finale concert today, Sunday morning, in Frankfurt’s Alter Oper saw three finalists at the conductor’s stand of the hr Symphony Orchestra performing the following works (selected by drawing lots): Gioacchino Rossini’s “William Tell” overture (Andreas Hotz), Carl Maria von Weber’s “Oberon” overture (Shizuo Kuwahara) and Giuseppe Verdi’s “The Force of Destiny” overture (Eugene Tzigane). Then all three candidates each conducted Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” (from No. 4 to the end). After a short break to discuss the winner, the jury chairman Rolf-E. Breuer announced the decision, unanimously agreed by the members of the jury after evaluating the two rehearsal days, Friday and Saturday, and the public finale today, Sunday.

To conclude the morning’s thrilling events there was a performance of Michael Glinka’s “Ruslan and Ludmilla”, conducted by Shizuo Kuwahara, the first prize winner.

The members of the jury for the final round, as chaired by Rolf-E. Breuer, were: Lady Valerie Solti (Patroness of the Competition and widow of the legendary conductor Sir Georg Solti), Ulrich Edelmann (First Concertmaster of the hr Symphony Orchestra), Zdenĕk Mácal (Head Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic), Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser (Director of the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden), Matthias Pintscher (composer and conductor), Sebastian Weigle (General Music Director for the City of Frankfurt am Main, Head Conductor of the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra) and Lothar Zagrosek (Head Conductor of the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin).

Shizuo Kuwahara  •  www.shizuokuwahara.com

The audience in Frankfurt will still remember Shizuo Kuwahara well as the second prize winner of the last Solti Competition. Since then he (32) has been invited to be a guest conductor by numerous orchestras, such as the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie (German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra) as well as the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, which he conducted at the Weilburger Schloss concerts. He received his training at Yale University and the Eastman School of Music, where he graduated with distinction. His first positions were as Associate Conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach, before he was appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the IPPO Philharmonic in Tokyo.

Published January 20, 2009
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alumniVentures to “advance the cause of music”

Yale School of Music supports alumni projects with grants totaling $100,000

In June, 2008, Dean Robert Blocker of the Yale School of Music announced alumniVentures, a bold and innovative program that will provide $100,000 in grants to the School’s alumni. In the first year of what Dean Blocker promised to be an annual program, alumniVentures grants would be given to projects that best followed one simple but transcendent criterion: to advance the cause of music. Three hundred proposals from 329 alumni (there were several joint proposals) were submitted, including commissions, travel to support teaching and scholarship, recital performances, recording projects, and outreach. The number of responses was remarkable, considering that the Yale School of Music, a small graduate professional school, has just over three thousand alumni. On November 10, the grants were announced. MORE

Published January 20, 2009
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Yale Opera: Fledermaus Gallery, 2008

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at the Shubert Theater
Feb 15 – 17, 2008.

Yale Opera’s Managing Director Grant Meachum talks about the production with Artistic Director Doris Yarick-Cross, stage director Marc Verzatt and conductor Jeremy Silver, with musical examples provided by Samantha Talmadge as Rosalinde and Zach Borichevsky as Eisenstein, accompanied by faculty pianist Mikhail Hallak.

Published January 14, 2009
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Peter Oundjian, Yale professor and music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducts the Philharmonia

January 23 program includes Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 and Bartók’s Viola Concerto in a performance dedicated to the late violist and conductor Jesse Levine

Peter Oundjian, well-known internationally as a remarkable musician who successfully made the transition from one of the world’s leading violinists to a highly-acclaimed conductor, will guest-conduct the Yale Philharmonia on Friday, January 23 at 8:00pm in Woolsey Hall.  Oundjian is music director of one of North America’s major orchestras, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. A renowned teacher, he has been on the faculty of the Yale School of Music since 1981.  The program will feature Bartók’s Viola Concerto, performed by Margaret Carey, a winner of the 2008 Woolsey Hall Competition. Carey has dedicated the performance to the memory of her teacher, Jesse Levine, who died in November. The major work on the program is Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 in C minor,  premiered in 1892, the last symphonic work completed by the composer. Admission to the concert is free. For more information, visit www.yale.edu/music, call 203-432-4158, or come to the Sprague Hall Box Office during business hours.

Peter Oundjian, violinist and conductor, studied at the Royal College of Music in London, England. After winning the Gold Medal there, he went on to the Juilliard School in 1975 to study with Ivan Galamian. He also worked with Itzhak Perlman, Dorothy DeLay, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet. In 1980 Mr. Oundjian won first prize in the International Violin Competition in Vina del Mar, Chile. He performed as recitalist throughout North America under the sponsorship of the Pro Musicis Foundation, making his New York recital debut in 1981. He has soloed with the Boston Pops and the Toronto, Montreal, and Winnipeg symphony orchestras, the National Arts Center Orchestra, and the Calgary Philharmonic. He was first violinist of the Tokyo String Quartet from 1981 to 1995. His formal conducting debut was in 1995 with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Since then he has conducted the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, St. Louis, Houston, Cincinnati, and Berlin symphony orchestras, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. He is the music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, artistic director of the Caramoor Festival, and artistic director and principal guest conductor of the Detroit Symphony. Oundjian has been on the School of Music faculty since 1981.

Published January 8, 2009
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