Conor Nelson ’05MM appointed to faculty at Bowling Green State University

Conor Nelson ’05MM has been appointed Assistant Professor of Flute in the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University commencing Fall, 2011.

Canadian flutist Conor Nelson gave his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and has since appeared frequently as soloist and recitalist throughout the United States and abroad.  Solo engagements include performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Flint Symphony; at the Banff Centre; and with numerous other orchestras. The only wind player to win the Grand Prize in the WAMSO Young Artist Competition, he also won first prize in the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition.  In addition, he has received top prizes at the New York Flute Club Young Artist Competition and the Haynes International Flute Competition.

As a chamber musician, he performs regularly with marimbist/percussionist Ayano Kataoka as part of the Conor and Ayano Duo.  Involved in several exciting commissioning projects for their genre, the duo has performed in Merkin Concert Hall, CAMI Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Izumi Hall, and as guest artists for the Ottawa Flute Association in Canada.  A recent recital at the Tokyo Opera City Hall was broadcast nationally in Japan on NHK television, and the duo recently released a CD on New Focus Recordings.

With the Intrada Winds he was a prizewinner at the Fischoff, Coleman and Yellow Springs national chamber music competitions and performed at several prestigious concert venues throughout the United States. He is a regular guest at the Chamber Music Quad Cities series and has appeared at the OK Mozart, Yellow Barn, Look and Listen (NYC), Norfolk, Chesapeake, Aspen, Banff, and Okemo Mountain festivals. MORE

Published June 13, 2011
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Michael Compitello on playing David Lang

This is the first of three guest posts in a series by Michael Compitello ’11MMA, a member of the Yale Percussion Group

My name is Michael Compitello, and I’m a percussion student at the Yale School of Music, and a member of the Yale Percussion Group. On June 22nd, we’re playing a concert at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo, Brooklyn, that features David Lang’s percussion quartet the so-called laws of nature. Because we’re so excited about this concert, I thought I could offer some thoughts as an introduction to us and the piece, and what this music is like to prepare, rehearse, and perform.

I’ve loved David Lang’s music from the first time I heard it.  As a high-schooler aggressively inhaling any music I could find, David’s “Cheating, Lying Stealing” made me hit the severely underutilized “repeat” button on my Discman.  To someone with little experience in contemporary music beyond The Rite of Spring, something about the sound of David’s language felt relevant to me, while with repeated listening the way in which his music created form struck me as aggressively interesting.  From that point on, I launched the most sophisticated musical investigation I could muster.  Discovering what David, Michael Gordon, and Julia Wolfe had done with Bang on a Can was a step towards what has become my obsession with all kinds of contemporary music, and I consumed willingly and indiscriminately.  Since then, I’ve been lucky to have the chance to play a lot of great music and explore many different cultures of contemporary music in Europe and the US, but I’ll never forget the impact that just one piece had on me.

Because of the pivotal role his music played in my self-education, I have always jumped at the chance to play any piece of David’s.  The opportunity to work with him on the so-called laws of nature, which is not only an amazing piece, but an amazing piece written for percussion instruments, has been insightful and inspiring. MORE

Published June 13, 2011
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