Vista takes an in-depth look at chamber music Dec. 5

Program features music of Mozart, Cras, and Schumann

The Yale School of Music presents Vista: A Fresh Look at Chamber Music on Wednesday, December 5 at 8 pm. The Vista series features diverse student ensembles that have been selected and coached by faculty to speak about the music that they perform.

The program opens with Schumann’s Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales). One of Schumann’s last works, the piece veers from lyrical lines to impetuous rhythms. Mozart’s Serenade in E-flat major, K. 375 follows, featuring a larger ensemble of eight wind instruments.

The Suite en Duo for flute and harp by Jean Cras opens the second half of the concert. The evening concludes with Schumann’s Piano Trio in D minor.

Wendy Sharp is the coordinator of the YSM chamber music program and the director of the Vista series.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College St., New Haven. No tickets are required; the event is free and open to the public. MORE

Published November 30, 2012
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Concerts & master classes with clarinetist Charles Neidich, pianist Robert Levin

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents clarinetist Charles Neidich and pianist Robert Levin in a series of performances, master classes, and workshops next week.

The duo will perform a program featuring works by Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Clara Schumann (1819–1896), and Johannes Brahms (1833–1897). Those performances take place Sunday, December 2 at 3 pm and Monday, December 3 at 8 pm. The program features Robert Schumann’s Soiréestücke, Op. 73 (the original version of the Fantasiestücke); Brahms’s Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, no. 1; Clara Schumann’s Romances, Op. 21; and the Brahms Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 120, no. 2

Mr. Levin will be bringing a historic piano made in 1869 by Johann Baptist Streicher. This is the same type known to have been owned and used by Johannes Brahms himself during the last twenty-four years of his life. For tickets, please visit or call the Collection at 203 432-0822.

Master Classes & Lectures

All master classes and lectures are free and open to the public.

Robert Levin: “Improvising Mozart”

A lecture-demonstration on the style and techniques of Classical-era improvisation, given on the Collection’s Könnicke piano, ca.1795.
When: Sunday, December 3, following the concert (approx. 5:30 pm)
Where: Collection of Musical Instruments, upstairs keyboard gallery

Charles Neidich: “Old is New, New is Old” MORE

Published November 29, 2012
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Baroque cellist Phoebe Carrai gives master class Nov. 29

The distinguished Baroque cellist Phoebe Carrai will give a master class on Thursday, November 29, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The master class, which is free and open to the public, is generously sponsored by the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments. The event takes place in Leigh Hall (435 College Street), Room 402.

Phoebe Carrai performs internationally with such groups as Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, Arcadian Academy, and Concert Royal. She is a founding member of the Van Swieten Quartet and the International Baroque Institute at Longy.

She is on the faculties of the Juilliard School, Longy School of Music (Cambridge, Mass.), and of the Conservatory of the Arts (Berlin, Germany).

Ms. Carrai earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Laurence Lesser. Upon graduating, she was awarded a Beebe foundation grant and studied in Salzburg with Nicolaus Harnoncourt. For ten years she was a member of Musica Antiqua Koln, touring and teaching in the United States, Scandinavia, Asia, and Australia.

Ms. Carrai has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Archiv, Decca, Harmonia Mundi Germany, and BMG.

Published November 28, 2012
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Charles Richard-Hamelin wins prizes in OSM Competition in Montreal

Charles Richard-Hamelin ’13MM won the second prize in the Class A division of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM) Competition. He was also awarded the prize for the best performance of the Canadian work and the Banff Centre for the Arts Prize.

The latter is one of three scholarships covering tuition and accommodation for a three-week session in the Music and Sound Department at the Banff Centre for the Arts, in 2013.

The OSM Competition for piano and percussion was held November 21 to 24, 2012, in Montreal.

Winner of the Prix d’Europe in 2011, Charles Richard-Hamelin is one of today’s most promising Canadian pianists. Originally from Lanaudière in Québec, Charles began studying piano at age five and quickly distinguished himself in various regional, provincial, and national competitions. Recent successes include first prize at the TSO National Piano Competition in 2011 and second prize at the Stepping Stone Competition in 2010. Charles has studied piano with Paul Surdulescu, Richard Raymond, Sara Laimon and is now pursuing a master’s degree with Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music. Charles has also worked in master classes with pianists such as Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, Peter Frankl, Robert Silverman, and Marc Durand. As a soloist, Charles has performed with the chamber orchestra I Musici and the McGill Symphony Orchestra, and later this season he will perform with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Published November 28, 2012
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Yale Baroque Ensemble performs Nov. 30

Program features music from Corelli to Vivaldi

The Yale School of Music presents a recital by the Yale Baroque Ensemble on Friday, November 30 at 8 pm.

The members of the postgraduate ensemble — Holly Piccoli and Edson Scheid, baroque violins; Soojin Chung, baroque cello; and David Fung, harpsichord – will perform music spanning the early to the high baroque. The program will include both ensemble and solo works by Gabrieli, Castello, Merula, Corelli, Scarlatti, and Vivaldi.

The Yale Baroque ensemble is directed by early music specialist Robert Mealy. All four members of the ensemble are graduates of the Yale School of Music.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven. Admission is free.

For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit MORE

Published November 27, 2012
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New Music for Orchestra features works by student composers Dec. 6

The Yale School of Music presents the annual New Music for Orchestra concert on Thursday, December 6, 2012. The program features the music of five up-and-coming composers performed by the Yale Philharmonia, conducted by Shinik Hahm.

The concert presents five new pieces for chamber orchestra: “Guess That Shape” by Stephen Feigenbaum; “Arion” by William Gardiner; “Sinfonia after Vivaldi’s Le Quattro Stagioni” by Michael Gilbertson; “My Reflection Ran Away with my Eyes” by Daniel Schlosberg; and “Sudamala” by Matthew Welch.

All five composers are students in the composition program at the Yale School of Music.

Other featured students are conducting fellows Paolo Bortolameolli and Jonathan Brandani, who will each conduct a piece on the program. MORE

Published November 19, 2012
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Clarinetist Charles Neidich, pianist Robert Levin perform Schumann and Brahms Dec. 2 & 3

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the eminent duo of clarinetist Charles Neidich ’75BA and pianist Robert Levin on December 2 and 3. Using historical instruments, the performances will feature music of Brahms and Schumann as the composers themselves might have heard them.

Levin will be performing on a piano built by Johann Baptist Streicher in 1869. The instrument is identical to the one Brahms used to compose his works the last twenty-four years of his life. Neidich, who graduated from Yale College in 1975, regularly performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor throughout the world.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in performances and demonstrations in the fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery, the venue for this performance.

The program will be presented twice: Sunday, December 2 at 3 pm and Monday, December 3 at 8 pm. Both concerts take place at the Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven). MORE

Published November 16, 2012
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Alumna Yoobin Son wins position with New York Philharmonic

Yoobin Son ’09MM will soon join the New York Philharmonic as second flute.

Currently a fellow in The Academy/Ensemble ACJW, Yoobin Son teaches at PS 207K in Brooklyn. Yoobin Son earned her Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Ransom Wilson. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Jeffrey Khaner, and received the Artist Diploma from the Manhattan School of Music. She is a native of Seoul, Korea.

Yoobin Son was principal flutist of the 2010 Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and served as acting principal flutist of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Yoobin participated in Japan’s Pacific Music Festival, led by Maestro Valery Gergiev. In addition to recitals in the U.S. and in Korea, Yoobin has performed as a soloist with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Orchestra at William Paterson University, and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a winner of the Olga Koussevitzky International Winds Competition, National Flute Association Soloist Competition, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Auditions, and the Florida Orchestra Concerto Competition.

Published November 15, 2012
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YSM pianists share top prize in Shanghai International Piano Competition

At the sixth Shanghai International Piano Competition earlier this month, Henry Kramer ’13AD and Wenbin Jin ’09CERT were jointly awarded the second prize. The first prize was not awarded.

Both also won additional prizes: Jin for Best Performance of the Chinese Commissioned Work and Best Chinese Contestant, and Kramer for Best Performance of Lieder.

Wenbin Jin attended the middle school attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing under Professor Zhang Lin. At the age of 18 he entered the Yale School of Music to study with Boris Berman and received the Certificate of Performance in 2009. Later that year, he began studying with Hung-Kuan Chen at the New England Conservatory; Chen also teaches at the Yale School of Music. Jin has performed recitals in the United States, Holland, Italy, Canada, Japan, Korea, France, Germany, and Taiwan. In 2004 Wenbin performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra. He has been an official accompanist at the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea for the last three years.Wenbin Jin has worked closely with musicians such as Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Ani Kavafian, David Shifrin, and Alfred Brendel. He was a semifinalist in the 2011 Clara Haskil Competition and has received prizes in the China National Piano Competition, among others.

Henry Kramer was a top prizewinner in the 2010 National Chopin Competition and the 2011 International Concours Montreal. In recent seasons, he has performed a solo recital at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, a concerto engagement with The Portland Symphony, and with fellow Yale pianists in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Henry has appeared as a soloist with the Orchestre Metropolitan du Montreal, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Miami Frost School of Music Orchestra, as well as in recitals across the US and internationally.  He has been featured on National Public Radio and WQXR (New York City). In addition to his solo performances, Henry is active as a chamber musician. He has been featured in performances at Lincoln Center and has participated in the Music Academy of the West, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Henry holds a MM and BM from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Robert McDonald and Julian Martin. He currently studies with Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music.

Published November 14, 2012
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Hung-Kuan Chen performs Brahms, Schumann & more Nov. 28

Hung-Kuan Chen

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by the pianist Hung-Kuan Chen on Wednesday, November 28. Chen, a faculty member hailed by the Boston Globe as “a deeply probing, imaginative player with an enormous palette of tone colors,” will perform a program of music featuring masterpieces from the Classical and Baroque periods.

This concert will open with two pieces by Mozart. The Fragment of a Suite in C major, K. 399 recalls the operatic overtures of the French Baroque with its slow opening followed by vivacious counterpoint. The lively spirit is followed by another Baroque reference, A Little Gigue in G Major, K. 574.

The first half closes with Schumann’s masterful Fantasie in C major, Op. 17.

Brahms’s Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118 will open the second half of the concert. This late work is sometimes thought to reflect the composer’s emotional state after the deaths of his sister Elise and close friend Elizabeth von Herzogenberg.

Chen will conclude the recital with Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrushka, arranged for piano from the composer’s 1911 ballet.

The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven. The Horowitz Piano Series is directed by Boris Berman. MORE

Published November 13, 2012
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