Henry Kramer, Antoine Malette-Chenier win 2013 Woolsey Competition

_MG_0225-1Henry Kramer, piano, and Antoine Malette-Chénier, harp, are the two winners of this year’s Woolsey Concerto Competition. Kramer played Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.2, and Malette-Chenier played the Harp Concerto by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. The two will perform their winning pieces with the Yale Philharmonia during the 2013–2014 season.

Violinist Yoon Won Song was selected as an alternate winner in case (for whatever reason) one of the two winners cannot perform. Song played Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Two honorable mentions were also awarded: to Phillip Browne, horn, for his performance of Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No.2and Zhenni Li, piano, for her performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.3.

The adjudicators of the competition were Peter Wiley, cello, Robert McDonald, piano, and Lawrence Isaacson, conductor and trombone. They noted that they “were impressed with the high level of performance of everyone involved.” The annual competition was held last Saturday.

kramer_henry_newHenry Kramer, originally from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, has been lauded as “triumphant” and “thrilling” (The New York Times) and “technically effortless” (La Presse, Montreal). He was a top prizewinner in the 8th National Chopin Competition and the 2011 Montreal International Music Competition. Most recently, Henry garnered the top prize and prize for the Best Performance of Strauss Lieder at the 6th China Shanghai International Piano Competition. He holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, and is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music, where he received the Charles S. Miller Prize for the outstanding first-year pianist. He currently studies with Boris Berman.

Antoine Malette-Chénier began his harp studies with Caroline Léonardelli, the principal harpist for the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Since 2008, he studied with Caroline Lizotte, second harp chair of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, at the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières. Antoine has won two first places at the Canadian Music Competition, two bursaries from the National Arts Center Orchestra, and first prize at two concerto competitions, which took him for orchestra tours as a soloist in Canada and Hungary. He was a guest artist for the 2007 Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and recorded for Radio-Canada the same year as a winner of the Young Artists Competition. Antoine was invited to perform at the 11th World Harp Congress in Vancouver in July 2011. He is currently a student of June Han at the Yale School of Music. MORE

Published April 17, 2013
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Alumna Caroline Shaw wins 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Caroline Shaw '07MM

Caroline Shaw ’07MM

Caroline Shaw ’07 MM has been named the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music. She  receives the prestigious award for her “Partita for 8 Voices,” written for the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and released on New Amsterdam Records.

The award citation calls “Partita for 8 Voices” a “highly polished and inventive a cappella work uniquely embracing speech, whispers, sighs, murmurs, wordless melodies and novel vocal effects.”

The Pulitzer Prize in Music is for a “distinguished musical composition by an American that has had its first performance or recording in the United States during the year.” MORE

Published April 15, 2013
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New Music New Haven features faculty composer Aaron Jay Kernis in Apr. 30 concert


The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The concert features faculty composer Aaron Jay Kernis and his 2011 piece da L’Arte della Danssar, written for the unusual combination of soprano, flute, viola, harp, and percussion.

The concert also features new music by graduate composers in the School of Music’s prestigious composition program: Stephen Feigenbaum,  William Gardiner,  Michael Holloway,  Bálint Karosi, and  Brendon Randall-Myers.

Kernis’s piece, translated in English as From the Art of Dance, is inspired by the music and dance of Renaissance Italy. Kernis said, “Over the course of my composing life I’ve been repeatedly drawn to dance, and my works are full of references to it. This most recent group of works draws upon my fascination with mid–15th-century texts and music of that time (and slightly later), which I very happily channeled.” MORE

Published April 12, 2013
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Yale in New York presents Paul Hindemith: Master and Prankster

The critically-acclaimed Yale in New York series presents PAUL HINDEMITH: MASTER AND PRANKSTER on April 25 in New Haven and April 28 in New York. The program marks the 50th anniversary of the death of the prolific composer and former Yale professor.

The preview performance takes place Thursday, April 25 at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall.  The Yale in New York event takes place Sunday, April 28 at 7:30 pm in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.


Published April 10, 2013
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Julian Pellicano ’09MM named resident conductor of Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Julian Pellicano ’07MM, ’09MM has been appointed the resident conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Manitoba, Canada. He will lead the orchestra in Pops, Soundbytes, Concerts for Kids, Specials, and educational concerts. The appointment begins in September 2013.

In addition to his duties with the WSO, Pellicano will join the conducting faculty of the University of Manitoba and serve as the music director of the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra.

Pellicano studied music at the Peabody Conservatory, the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and the Yale School of Music. At Yale, he earned Master of Music degrees in percussion and orchestral conducting. MORE

Published April 9, 2013
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Yale Opera announces casting for Iolanta

Yale Opera in Morse Recital Hall

Yale Opera has announced the casting for its upcoming production of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. The opera, which will be performed May 3 and 4, is a fairy tale about a princess who experiences the transformative power of love.

The rising young director Michael Gieleta makes his Yale Opera debut as the stage director for Iolanta. Timothy Shaindlin is the musical director for the production’s lush score. Doris Yarick-Cross is the artistic director of Yale Opera. MORE

Published April 9, 2013
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Alumnus David Pershall wins Marcello Giordani Vocal Competition

On March 30, 2013, baritone David Pershall ’10MM, 11AD won the Marcello Giordani Foundation International Vocal Competition in Vero Beach, Florida. In collaboration with and under the sponsorship of the Vero Beach Opera, the primary objective of the competition is to “lead talented young singers toward a successful career on the operatic stage.” The first prize was an award of $10,000.

The Marcello Giordani Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to the promotion of Italian opera and culture throughout the world, and specifically to the encouragement of a new generation of dedicated young opera singers whom it hopes will foster the future of opera. The Vero Beach Competition is in its third year.

David Pershall has won many prestigious vocal awards, including first prize in the New Jersey Verismo Competition and the David L. Kasdon Memorial Prize for the Outstanding Singer at the Yale School of Music. This year he joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera as the first cover of Lord Cecil in Maria Stuarda. Additionally, he appeared in concert performances with Dallas Opera, premiered as Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de Perles at Virginia Opera, and premiered as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at El Paso Opera.

Pershall is a graduate of the Yale Opera program at the Yale School of Music, where he performed the title role of Don Giovanni, Escamillo in La Tragédie de Carmen, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Grigory Smirnov in The Bear, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. According to Opera News, Mr. Pershall “dispatches his smooth, evenly produced lyric baritone with elegance and style, but there’s something else underneath it—a certain bite and gravitas that pull in the listener immediately.”

Published April 5, 2013
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In memoriam: composer and conductor Buryl Red, 77

Buryl Red ’61MM, a conductor, producer, and arranger known world-wide as the musical director of The Century Men and composer of the 1972 classic Celebrate Life, died April 1. Red, 77, was born in Little Rock, Ark., and studied at Baylor and Yale Universities.

Described by the Washington Post as “uncommonly creative,” Red’s extensive body of works includes more than 1,600 published compositions and award-winning arrangements. He was the conductor of the Century Men, an auditioned men’s chorus of professional musicians who perform in Baptist churches across the world. Greg Stahl, the executive director of the Century Men, described Red to ABP News as a “true giant” in the world of Baptist church music.

In 1972, Red wrote Celebrate Life, a musical collaboration with book and lyrics author Ragan Courtney, which has become a classic work for Southern Baptist youth choirs. The 1991 song “In Remembrance” is from the musical.

Stahl said, “I wonder if we will ever see another Buryl Red.”

Published April 4, 2013
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Free Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts Apr. 17, May 8

Student string quartet in Morse Recital Hall

The Yale School of Music will present the next Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts of the year on April 17 and May 8, 2013. Both concerts take place on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm.

The midday concerts in this series feature a variety of chamber ensembles, each composed of musicians undertaking graduate study at the Yale School of Music. Faculty violinist Wendy Sharp is the director of the School’s chamber music program.

Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts are free and open to the public; no tickets are required. The concerts take place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College St., New Haven. MORE

Published April 4, 2013
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May 7 concert presents winners of chamber music competition

Concert features music my Stucky, Poulenc, Schubert, and Bartók

The Yale School of Music presents the winners of the annual Chamber Music Competition in a showcase concert on Tuesday, May 7 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The concert is the last event of the 2012–2013 Oneppo Chamber Music Series.

In announcing the competition winners, Wendy Sharp, the director of chamber music at YSM, noted: “We were impressed with the high level of seriousness, preparation and musicianship. It was not easy choosing a program from such a strong list of groups. When picking the program, we considered not only the performances, but also what might make an interesting concert, the variety of work and instrumentation, and overall length.” MORE

Published April 3, 2013
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