Michael Noble wins Carmel Music Society Piano Competition

Michael Noble ’12MM, ’14MMA wins Grand Prize; Jeong-ah Ryu ’10MM takes third

Michael Noble

Michael Noble

Michael Noble won the Grand Prize at the 2013 Carmel Music Society Piano Competition in Carmel, Calif. Jeong-ah Ryu ’10MM won Third Prize. The Grand Prize includes the opportunity to perform a concert in the 2014 Carmel Music Society subscription series. The competition was open to pianists between the ages of 18 and 30 who live, study, or were born in California, Oregon, and Washington.

A review of the competition called attention to Noble’s “exciting, but refined performances” and noted, “our attention was always being directed to the music he was playing and not his technical prowess. His Scriabin was elegant, his Beethoven Op. 90 was stylish and powerful, and his selections from Schumann’s Davidsbündlertänze captured so well Schumann’s mercurial and fantastic moods.” MORE

Published June 4, 2013
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YSM students advance in competitions

Violinists Wonyoung Jung and Suliman Tekalli, pianist Sean Chen compete this week


Sean Chen ’14AD advances to semifinals of Cliburn Competition

chen-sean-cliburnPianist Sean Chen advanced to the semifinal round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition. His recital in this round includes Ligeti: Étude No. 13, “L’escalier du diable:; Brahms: Variations on an Original Theme, op. 21, no. 1; Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales; Theofanidis: Birichino (the required piece commissioned for the competition); and Stravinsky: Trois movements du Pétrouchka. Chen will also perform the Brahms Piano Quintet with the Brentano String Quartet.

Second-prize winner at the 2011 Seoul International Music Competition and Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association, Sean Chen has performed with several orchestras, including the Indianapolis Chamber, Juilliard, New West Symphony, and Suwon Philharmonic. He has presented solo recitals in Albuquerque, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Taipei, among other cities. Additional awards include top prize at the 2010 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at Julliard, the 2010 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, Best Performance of an American Work at the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Award, and an NFAA ARTSweek award. Born in Florida, Mr. Chen grew up in Oak Park, California and now resides in New Haven, Connecticut, where he is pursuing his artist diploma at the Yale School of Music. When not at the piano, he enjoys tinkering with computers and composing.

Wonyoung Jung ’13MM advances to semifinal Round III in Michael Hill Violin Competition

In the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, held in New Zealand, Wongyoung Jung ’13MM was one of six competitors selected to advance to Round III of the semifinals. MORE

Published June 4, 2013
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