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Conducting fellows Farkhad Khudyev, Adrian Slywotzky lead Yale Philharmonia in symphonies by Bizet and Mendelssohn

Six o’clock “rush-hour” concert features the Philharmonia’s assistant conductors

Mar. 11, 2010 | The Yale School of Music presents a recital featuring its two conducting fellows, Farkhad Khudyev and Adrian Slywotzky, on Friday, April 9, at 6 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Each will lead members of the Yale Philharmonia in one piece: Slywotzky will conduct Bizet’s Symphony in C, and Khudyev will conduct Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, “Italian.”

Khudyev and Slywotzky both study with Shinik Hahm and serve as assistant conductors of the Yale Philharmonia. They most recently appeared in performances with the Philharmonia at the end of February.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit or call the Yale School of Music concert office 203 432-4158. A live video stream of the concert will be available at

About the performers

Farkhad Khudyev is originally from Turkmenistan, where he studied violin and composition at the Special Music School. At age ten, he became the youngest performer to play with the National Violin Ensemble of Turkmenistan, and at twelve he earned the top award and was named the most promising musician at the New Names Festival (Russia). Mr. Khudyev came to the U.S. in 2001 to study at Interlochen and then completed his bachelor’s degree at Oberlin. Currently a second-year MM student at Yale, he studies with Shinik Hahm. Mr. Khudyev won the Grand Prize and the Gold Medal at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in 2007 as a member of the Prima Trio. He received an honorable mention in the 2004 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer awards for his symphonic work Turkmenistan. He has served as assistant conductor of NOYO orchestra and has conducted the Chamber Orchestra of Ashgabad.

Adrian Slywotzky has been active as a musician in the New Haven area since 1998. For the last three years he has been the director of the New Haven Chamber Orchestra, and he is the founding conductor of the Yale Medical Symphony Orchestra. Since 2005 he has been on the conducting staff of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and he is interim conductor of the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra for the 2008-2010 seasons. For five years he was Director of Instrumental Music at Hopkins School in New Haven, and he has taught at Neighborhood Music School, Elm City ChamberFest, and the Southern Maine String Camp. As a violinist, Adrian has participated in festivals including Tanglewood, California Summer Music, and the Norfolk Contemporary Music Festival. Adrian holds a BA in architecture from Yale College and an MM in violin performance from the Yale School of Music. He currently studies orchestral conducting with Shinik Hahm at the Yale School of Music.