Dmitri Novgorodsky ’03DMA to join faculty of SUNY-Fredonia

Dmitri Novgorodsky ’94MM, ’99MMA, ’03DMA, a pianist, has been appointed to the faculty of the School of Music at SUNY-Fredonia. Novgorodsky will be Assistant Professor of Music, a tenure-track position.

For the past three years, Novgorodsky has served on the piano faculty at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He has also taught at Grand Valley State University, the University of Wisconsin, and Lawrence University Conservatory of Music.

Of his new position at SUNY, he said, “I am very excited to be moving back and to be rejoining the academic and musical life of the United States.”

Hailed by the press as a “…breathtaking” and “…stunning” pianist, Dmitri Novgorodsky was born to a musical family in Odessa. At the age of 16, he won first prize in the Kazakhstan National Piano Competition. He later won the Gold Medal of the National Festival of the Arts. After graduating from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with high honors, Mr. Novgorodsky immigrated to Israel in 1991. The following year he moved to the United States to study with Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music.

Mr. Novgorodsky has appeared in Russia, Ukraine, Byelorussia, Kazakhstan, Israel, France, Austria, Canada, Turkey, and Taiwan. A CD of pieces for oboe and piano by twentieth-century Russian/Soviet composers, recorded in collaboration with Mark Fink, was released by the University of Wisconsin Madison Press in 2007.

For more information, visit his website.

Published May 23, 2012
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“Observe the Fermata”: Dean Blocker’s address to the Class of 2012

Photo by Richard LaPlante.

The Yale School of Music held its Commencement exercises on Monday, May 21, 2012 in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. Here is the text of Dean Robert Blocker’s address to the Class of 2012.

In his epic poem THE FOUR QUARTETS, T.S. Elliot offers this revelation:

What we call the beginning is often the end.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we often start from.

For many of us, the introduction of the fermata to our musical vocabulary and skill marked our passage from the mathematical exactness of notation to a discretionary choice. As a seven-year old, I was fascinated with this new freedom – much more so than my teacher thought necessary or amusing. Fortunately, she was endowed with extraordinary patience. Her words still echo in my mind: “Linger, Robert, don’t hurry, think about the next phrase. Take time, observe the fermata.” MORE

Published May 23, 2012
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