Two YSM pianists will compete in 2013 Cliburn Competition

This year’s Cliburn Competition will feature two YSM pianists, Sean Chen ’14AD and Lindsay Garritson ’10MM, ’11AD. The two are among the thirty young musicians selected through a jury screening who will compete May 24 through June 9, 2013 in Fort Worth, TX.

Chen, 24, is a student of Hung-Kuan Chen at the School of Music. Garritson, 25, studied with Boris Berman for her Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma.

In the preliminary round, all competitors will perform two 45-minute solo recitals. Twelve semifinalists will be selected to perform a 60-minute solo recital, including the commissioned work by YSM faculty composer Christopher Theofanidis ’97DMA, and a piano quintet with the Brentano String Quartet. The six finalists will perform two piano concerti with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin.

All performances will be streamed live in their entirety and available on-demand at cliburn.org. Additional media exposure will be generated through a documentary film, to be aired nationally on PBS; radio broadcasts; and commercial recordings produced and distributed by Harmonia Mundi U.S.A.

Sean Chen, second-prize winner in the 2011 Seoul International Music Competition, has performed with orchestras including the Indianapolis Chamber, New West, Suwon Philharmonic, and Juilliard Orchestras. He has presented solo recitals in Indianapolis, New York, Albuquerque, Miami, Los Angeles, Ventura, and Taipei. Among his other awards are MORE

Published March 5, 2013
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Russian pianist Ekaterina Derzhavina performs at Yale Mar. 28

“…A real celebration of musical thought.”
–Saratov SP (Russia)

The Yale School of Music presents a special recital at the Whitney Humanities Center by the eminent Russian pianist Ekaterina Derzhavina on Thursday, March 28, 2013. Critics describe Derzhavina’s skill as “phantasmal and musical” (Westfälische Rundschau) and as “a real celebration of musical thought” (Saratov SP).

Acclaimed in Europe as one of the finest pianists of her generation, Derzhavina is a First Prize winner of the J.S. Bach International Piano Competition in Germany. Her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Varations received the 1999 Choc du Monde de la Musique award in Paris. The German label Profil recently released her nine-CD set of Haydn’s complete piano sonatas.

Derzhavina will perform a diverse program of music by Alban Berg, Joseph Haydn, Olivier Messiaen, and Franz Schubert. The concert opens with Berg’s Sonata, Op. 1, in which the traditional sonata form is clouded by unstable chromatic tonality, followed by Haydn’s Variations in A major, Hob. XVII:2.

Derzhavina will then perform selections from Messiaen’s deeply spiritual Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jesus, a highlight of the composer’s early period. The evening will close with Schubert’s Four Impromptus, Op. 142.

This concert takes place at 8 pm at the Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall St). Admission is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published March 5, 2013
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