New semester opens with Tokyo String Quartet performance

January 10 concert features quartets of Haydn, Bartók, Dvorák

The Yale School of Music presents the Tokyo String Quartet in concert on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. The ensemble, now celebrating its thirty-fifth year in residence at the Yale School of Music, will perform quartets by Haydn, Bartók, and Dvorák. The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

Haydn’s String Quartet in G major, Op. 64, No. 4, will open the program. The Tokyo Quartet will then venture into music of Eastern Europe, beginning with the String Quartet No. 3 by Hungarian composer Bela Bartók. The concert will conclude with the String Quartet in G major, Op. 106, by Czech composer Antonín Dvorák.

The New York Times has praised the Tokyo String Quartet for nothing less than “exemplary chamber music,” and the Toronto Star has called it “an established ensemble playing as one living, breathing organism.”

Tickets to this concert are $25–$35, $15 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

The concert is part of the Oneppo Chamber Music Series at Yale. The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven. MORE

Published December 27, 2011
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Photos: Yale in New York

The Yale in New York concert presented two events at Carnegie Hall this December: Vocal Britain (Dec. 4, 2011) and Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas (Dec. 11, 2011). View a slideshow of selected images.

Published December 20, 2011
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Gig List Relaunches

The School of Music is pleased to announce the official re-launch of the gig list and community lessons list. Visit:

Members of the community:

Have you been wondering how to hire a string quartet for your wedding, or where you might find a piano teacher or trombone instructor?

To make an inquiry about hiring student musicians, please fill out this form.

To inquire about taking lessons from a Yale School of Music student, visit this page.


If you’d like to receive inquiries about gigs and/or lessons, sign up HERE. You can sign up at any time.

Please remember that you will not hear about gig or lessons requests if you do not register. Registration is not a commitment to take any specific gigs; it’s just expressing your interest in hearing about them. If you are at all interested in hearing about gig/lessons requests, please do register!

Once you have registered, you will start receiving requests via email as they come in.

Published December 19, 2011
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Music Library opens Liszt exhibit

This fall the Gilmore Music Library marks Liszt’s 200th birthday with an exhibit entitled Franz Liszt: Transcending the Virtuosic. The most dazzling pianist of the nineteenth century, a strikingly innovative composer; an important conductor, teacher, and author; and a charismatic personality, Liszt was as one of the most talented, colorful, and influential figures in the history of music.

The exhibit features five musical manuscripts wholly or partly in Liszt’s hand, four of his letters (including ones to his daughter Cosima and his friend Robert Schumann), three early printed editions of his music, two books about Liszt (a biography published during his lifetime and a novel by an alumna of Yale’s PhD program in musicology), three images (depicting Liszt in boyhood, middle age, and old age), and a medallion that was owned at various times by Liszt, Toscanini, and Horowitz. There is also a rose that he is said to have kissed.

View the exhibit online HERE.

Published December 16, 2011
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BMOP names Andrew Norman ’09AD as new composer in residence

Andrew Norman ’09AD has been named the new Composer-in-Residence for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP).

BMOP is dedicated to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music. It was one of five orchestras nationwide selected for an extended Music Alive residency, a program of Meet the Composer and the American Symphony Orchestra League. Andrew Norman will be the 2011–2013 Music Alive Composer-in-Residence.

In making the announcement, BMOP cited Norman’s “wit, clarity and vigor, as evident in his music.”

Norman said he is “thrilled to be working with BMOP for the next two seasons.” During the two-year residency, BMOP will commission a large symphonic work from him scheduled to premiere in 2013.

In addition, BMOP will record some of Andrew’s pieces for a prospective BMOP/sound album.  Building on his past successful residences, Andrew will engage the Boston community by steering BMOP’s educational outreach programs, Club Concerts series, and composer collective, The Score Board.

About Andrew Norman

Andrew Norman (b. 1979) is a composer of chamber and orchestral music. His symphonic works have been described as “wonderfully variegated” (New York Times), and the Boston Globe cited him as a composer who is “willing to mix things up.”  His works have been commissioned and premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, New York Youth Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Caramoor Music Festival, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the Heidelberg Philharmonic. MORE

Published December 12, 2011
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Andy Akiho wins eighth blackbird’s composition contest

Eighth Blackbird announced last week that Andy Akiho ’11MM has won the new music ensemble’s inaugural composition competition.

The final round of the competition was held at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.  Akiho was one of three finalists selected from an initial pool of 504 applicants. The finalists each received a cash prize and were invited to write a work for the ensemble.

As Eighth Blackbird wrote on its blog: “These three new works were workshopped in an intense, two-day period earlier this week. Last night saw the public premiere of the three pieces, in front of a crowd that included representatives of the competition’s generous partners, MakeMusic, and the American Composers Forum.”

Akiho’s piece was called ERASE. The other works were Eric Lindsay’s Town’s Gonna Talk and Kurt Rohde’s this bag is not a toy: a very short concerto for mixed ensemble without orchestra.

Evan Kuchar of Chicago Now wrote:

I thought Andy Akiho’s ERASE should have won and it did. And it won by having the right balance of stuff going on. And by using new sounds, new techniques but incorporating them seamlessly into the piece. Not technique for technique’s sake but in service of the music. And interesting rhythms. In fact, the piece was about rhythm…. ERASE had character and was subsequently more tangible and memorable. And I would be more interested in hearing it again.

As the competition winner, Akiho will receive an additional cash award and the promise of a future performance of ERASE by eighth blackbird.

Published December 12, 2011
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Faculty appointments for YSM alumni

Michael Mizrahi ’08DMA, ’04MMA was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Piano at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Mizrahi has presented lecture-recitals and masterclasses at The American School in Switzerland (TASIS), the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He was a fellow of The Academy and a member of Ensemble ACJW. An avid proponent of contemporary music, Mr. Mizrahi is a founding member of NOW Ensemble. He is also a founding member of the Moët Trio, which recently completed a two-year residency at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Noted for his ability to connect with audiences of all ages, Mr. Mizrahi has performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, and others in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Kimmel Center, and the Kennedy Center. He has performed chamber music in Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Gardner Museum, and at festivals including Music@Menlo, the Ravinia Festival, and Yellow Barn.

Michael Mizrahi captured both First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the Ima Hogg Competition, as well as first prizes in the Berkeley Piano Club Competition, the International Bartok-Kabalevsky Competition, and the Iowa International Piano Competition. He is also a winner of Astral Artists’ 2005 National Auditions. At Yale, he studied with Claude Frank.

Oboist Andrew Parker ’03MM has been appointed Assistant Professor of Oboe at the University of Iowa. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music and Master’s degree at Yale University, he finished doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, where he was the Graduate Student Instructor. In his time at the University of Michigan, Andrew was a finalist in the concerto competition and was asked to represent the university by performing in the Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center. MORE

Published December 5, 2011
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CD featuring Yale alums becomes No. 1 featured classical album on iTunes

Grace Cloutier ’05MM and the vocal ensemble Etherea, which includes several Yalies, have seen their recent album rising on the charts. Ceremony of Carols, on Delos, became the No. 1 featured classical album on iTunes and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard ‘traditional classical’ charts.

Yale alumni featured on the album include not only Cloutier but also Arianne Abela ’10MM, Awet Andemicael ’10DIV, Alan Murchie ’85BA, ’07DIV, and Lucy Fitz Gibbon ’10BA, as well as Yale staff members Rebekah Westphal (Director of International Admissions, Yale College) and Derek Greten-Harrison (Admissions and Student Affairs, Institute of Sacred Music).

Opera News offered a rave review, saying that “The singers of Etherea impress the listener with their dynamic range and flexible technique” and “present an elegant, nuanced reading of Britten’s score.” In addition, “Cloutier provides superb accompaniment throughout, and in addition to the solo harp interludes in the Britten and Rutter, she excels in a lush, romantic performance of Gliere’s Impromptu for Harp.”

Other Alumni Recordings

Greg Anderson ’08MMA, with his piano duo partner Elizabeth Joy Roe, released When Words Fade on the Steinway & Sons label. The debut release from Anderson & Roe is captured by multi–Grammy-winning producer Steven Epstein. When Words Fade features original piano four-hand arrangements of vocal repertoire and popular songs by composers from Vivaldi, Rachmaninov, and Schubert to Michael Jackson, Radiohead, and Coldplay. Packaged with the CD is a bonus DVD featuring dramatizations that re-interpret four of the wordless piano duos and their emotional potency with a modern twist. Watch their video of Schubert’s Erlkönig HERE. MORE

Published December 1, 2011
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Patrick Quigley ’02MM receives two Grammy nominations

Patrick Quigley ’02MM, a choral conducting major who studied with Marguerite Brooks at the School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, received two Grammy nominations this year.

Quigley is the founding artistic director of Seraphic Fire, a national ensemble of professional singers. His nominations are in two categories for two different projects. The awards will be announced in February 2012.

For the recording of the Brahms Requiem, nominated in the category of Best Choral Performance, Seraphic Fire was joined by the Professional Choral Institute and pianists Scott Allen Jarret and Justin Blackwell. Among the vocal soloists was baritone Paul Max Tipton, a 2010 graduate of the vocal program at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale School of Music.

A Seraphic Fire Christmas, a collection of traditional Christmas carols and music heard at King’s College, Cambridge, was nominated in the category of Best Small Ensemble Performance.

In eight seasons, Patrick Dupré Quigley has built Seraphic Fire into a nationally recognized ensemble, now considered one of Miami’s five major performing arts institutions. Mr. Quigley has commissioned and premiered numerous works, including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Road from Hiroshima: A Requiem by Shawn Crouch and the acoustic version of Ingram Marshall’s Hymnodic Delays. Known for its high-quality and exciting performances of baroque and new music, Seraphic Fire is also the first classical ensemble since the Benedictine Monks of Silos to reach the Top Ten on the Billboard Pop Charts, appearing with international pop-star Shakira on her platinum-selling album Oral Fixation 2.

Published December 1, 2011
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Clarinetist Mingzhe Wang gives DMA recital Dec. 15

The Yale School of Music presents clarinetist Mingzhe Wang in a Doctor of Musical Arts recital on Thursday, December 15, 2011. Wang will be joined by three fellow School of Music alumni: pianist Jessica Osborne, violinist Katie Hyun, and cellist Mihai Marica. The recital, which features music by Mozart and Brahms as well as contemporary works, will take place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street).

The concert opens with the Fantasy Pieces, Op. 43, by the Danish Romantic composer Niels Gade. It continues with Chinese Ancient Dances by Chen Yi, one of today’s most prominent women composers who (like Wang) grew up in China and now lives in the U.S.

The first half concludes with Mozart’s Clarinet Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 454.

American composer Elliott Carter will soon celebrate his 103rd birthday; Wang will perform his trio “Con Leggerezza Pensosa” with Hyun and Marica. The concert will conclude with Brahms’ Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2.

Admission to the concert is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit MORE

Published November 29, 2011
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