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Conducting Fellows lead the Yale Philharmonia Mar. 1

February 19, 2013

Concert also features pianist Peter Frankl

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale led by the School’s conducting fellows, Paolo Bortolameolli and Jonathan Brandani, on Friday, March 1, 2013. Pianist Peter Frankl will also perform with the orchestra. The concert takes place at 5 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven).

The performance will open with the Concertino No. 1 in E-flat major by the Classical-era Italian composer Pergolesi, conducted by Paolo BortolameolliStravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, conducted by Jonathan Brandani, will follow. The Suite is modeled after themes from Pergolesi’s music but infused with Stravinsky’s own style through modern harmonies and rhythmic modifications.

The second half of the program features two pieces by Mozart. Jonathan Brandani will conduct the Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453, which will feature piano soloist Peter Frankl. The Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, which Paolo Bortolameolli will conduct, is one of Mozart’s final three symphonies, a culmination of Mozart’s assimilation of the styles of Bach and Handel with his own classicism.

Paolo Bortolameolli and Jonathan Brandani study orchestral conducting with Shinik Hahm at the Yale School of Music. The annual Conducting Fellows Recital offers the opportunity for the fellows to conduct the Yale Philharmonia in concert.

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 music.yale.edu.

About the Performers

The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale is one of America’s foremost music school ensembles. The largest performing group at the Yale School of Music, the Philharmonia offers superb training in orchestral playing and repertoire. Performances include an annual series of concerts in Woolsey Hall, as well as Yale Opera productions in the Schubert Performing Arts Center. In addition to its season of six Woolsey Hall concerts, the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale has performed on numerous occasions in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2008 the Philharmonia undertook its first tour of Asia, with acclaimed performances in the Seoul Arts Center, the Forbidden City Concert Hall and National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), and the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Pianist Peter Frankl made his London debut in 1962 and his New York debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell in 1967. Since that time he has performed with many of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, all the London orchestras, and the major American orchestras. He has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Abbado, Boulez, Davis, Haitink, Maazel, Masur, Muti, Salonen, and Solti, and his world tours have taken him to Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. In the United States, Peter Frankl has been a regular guest artist at festivals including Aspen, Chautauqua, Marlboro, Norfolk, Ravinia, Santa Fe, and Yellow Barn. For many  years the Frankl-Pauk-Kirshbaum Trio traveled the world. Among his recordings are the complete works for piano by Schumann and Debussy, Bartók and Chopin solo albums, and a Hungarian anthology.In recognition of his artistic achievements, Mr. Frankl was awarded the Officer’s Cross by the Hungarian Republic. He is an honorary professor of the Liszt Academy and has been on the Yale School of Music faculty since 1987.

Shinik Hahm has been conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale since 2004. His conducting students have won top prizes at the Besançon, Pedrotti, Toscanini, and China National competitions. A dynamic and innovative conductor, Hahm is sought after among North American, South American, European, and Asian orchestras. Most recently, as the chief conductor of the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Symphony Orchestra, Hahm led the orchestra on tour with concerts at the General Assembly of the United Nations, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. He also served with same capacity with Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra from 2001 to 2006, during which the orchestra has earned national and international acclaim through concert tours in the U.S. and Japan. Shinik Hahm has won the Gregor Fitelberg Competition, the Walter Hagen Prize (Eastman School of Music), and the Shepherd Society Award (Rice University). He was decorated by the Korean government with the Arts and Culture Medal.

Conducting fellow Paolo Bortolameolli is a graduate both of the Arts Faculty of Universidad de Chile, where he studied conducting with David del Pino Klinge, and from Pontificia Universidad Católica, where he studied piano with Frida Conn. In Chile he was the principal conductor of a youth orchestra for the past three years and assistant conductor of the Orquesta USACH. Recently he performed along with the Orquesta de la Universidad de Concepción and the National Symphonic Orchestra of Perú. As a pianist, Paolo won first prize in the 2003 National Chopin Competition, and in 2005 he won the National Competition for Young Soloists playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Chile.

Italian born conducting fellow Jonathan Brandani obtained his Magister Artium Diploma in Orchestra Conducting, with full grades and honors, at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna. He has conducted the Wiener KammerOrchester, Russian National Orchestra, Webern Symphonie Orchester, Maribor International Orchestra, Haydn Symphonietta, Royal Camerata Bucharest. In 2011 he conducted Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the head of the Webern Symphonie Orchester at the Opera House at Schönbrunn Castle in Vienna. He received the bursary Theodor Körner Fonds 2010 of the Austrian Republic for his research in the field of baroque and classical music by composers from his native Tuscany.


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