Cellist Dmitri Atapine ’10DMA to join CMS Two

Atapine-DmitriCellist Dmitri Atapine ’10DMA was appointed to the prestigious CMS Two program at Lincoln Center, it was announced April 23. Atapine was one of eight new young artists-in-residence selected by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to join the CMS Two roster for the 2015–16 season.

The CMS Two program is a three-year residency offers the finest young musicians the opportunity to participate in every facet of Lincoln Center’s activity, including the New York concert season in Alice Tully Hall, the Rose Studio, and the Kaplan Penthouse. In addition, the performers take part in national and international residencies, tours, radio broadcasts, and recording. The artists are given billing alongside the seasoned colleagues on the intergenerational, critically acclaimed roster curated by CMS artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han. Atapine and the other seven winners were selected from an international pool of 237 applicants, of which 41 performed live as part of the audition process. MORE

Published April 30, 2014
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Jonathan Brandani ’14MM appointed Resident Artist Coach at Minnesota Opera

brandani_jonathanbrandani_j_webJonathan Brandani ’14MM has been recently appointed Resident Artist Coach at Minnesota Opera for the 2014–2015 season. The Minnesota Opera’s Resident Artist Program offers a full season of employment for talented artists beginning their professional careers.

brandani_jonathanFrom late August through April, Resident Artists gain valuable experience in assignments ranging from coaching solos, covering rehearsals and performances and assisting guest conductors. The mainstage productions of the 2014–2015 season include La Fanciulla del West, L’Elisir d’amore, Carmen, Hansel und Gretel, and The Manchurian Candidate.

Resident Artists also perform concerts on stage at Ordway Center for Performing Arts, Schubert Club’s Courtroom Concerts, donor functions, adult education classes, and regional outreach. MORE

Published April 29, 2014
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Barbora Kolarova ’14MM, ’15AD wins second prize in International Artist Association Competition

kolarova_webViolinist Barbora Kolářová ’14MM, ’15AD was awarded second prize at the annual New York International Artist Association Competition. She will perform in the winners’ concert in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on June 7 of this year.

A native of the Czech Republic, Barbora Kolářová has appeared as a soloist with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Czech Radio Symphony, Czech National Theatre Orchestra, West Bohemia Symphony Orchestra, and Limoges Orchestra. She recently performed Eleven Echoes of Autumn in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she also worked closely with the composer George Crumb. She has collaborated with Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Daniel Phillips, Jennifer Higdon, Leon Fleisher, Peter Wiley, and Pinchas Zukerman, as well as the Ying Quartet and Johannes Quartet. As an orchestra member, she has performed under Otto-Werner Mueller, Simon Rattle, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Alan Gilbert, and Robert Spano.


Published April 29, 2014
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So Percussion to be Princeton’s new ensemble in residence

SO_2010_pressOn April 15, 2014, Princeton University announced that So Percussion will be the new Edward T. Cone Performers in Residence at the university.

They will replace the Brentano String Quartet, which has held the residency since 1999. The Brentanos will become the quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music this fall.

Steven Mackey, chair of the music department at Princeton, said: “We have been so impressed with the myriad ways they can contribute to music making and thought at Princeton that this was an easy choice to make. So Percussion are scintillating performers and we look forward to sharing the excitement of their performances with the wider community.”

So Percussion was formed in 1999 at the Yale School of Music by graduate students Eric Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting, who were studying with Robert van Sice. The ensemble’s initial goal was to perform pieces by 20th century composers such as Cage, Reich, and Xenakis. Their first commission by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang expanded their vision; since then, So has commissioned some of the greatest composers of our time, including Steve Reich, Steve Mackey, Paul Lansky, and Martin Bresnick.

Now, for over a decade, So Percussion has redefined the notion of a modern percussion ensemble. They were praised by the New Yorker for their “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam.” Since their founding, they have added 13 albums, dizzying tours, and a cacophony of collaborative projects to their name.

Published April 28, 2014
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Alumna Clara Yang releases “Grieg and Prokofiev”

11-20-13-Photo-Clara-Yang-460x300On April 1, 2014, Albany Records released ‘Grieg and Profokiev,’ the latest album of pianist Clara Yang ’06MM, ’07AD. Yang created the album with cellist Xiao-Dan Zheng. WCPE 89.7 FM and Women in Music FM 98.5 will be airing the release.

The album interweaves solo and duo pieces by Edvard Grieg and Sergei Prokofiev. It opens with Grieg’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 36, followed by Prokofiev’s Prelude, Op. 12, No. 7 for solo piano. Prokofiev’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 119, is followed by Grieg’s Notturno, Op. 54, No. 4 for solo piano. MORE

Published April 25, 2014
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Guitar chamber music at Yale May 7


The Yale School of Music presents the semiannual Guitar Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The program, which features a variety of chamber ensembles that all incorporate classical guitar, takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

The performers are graduate students in the Yale School of Music; the guitarists are students of Benjamin Verdery. The program includes music from familiar composers such as Bach and Brahms as well as some less familiar to audiences. There will be guitar duets by Brahms and Paulo Bellinati; duos for guitar and bassoon by Schumann and Astor  Piazzolla; and a piece for flute and guitar by Miroslav Tadich. A trio of flute, guitar, and violin will play a piece by Bach.

Admission to the performance is free, and no tickets are required. MORE

Published April 25, 2014
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Korea Times: Flutist Son to join NY Philharmonic

son_yoobin By Baek Byung-yeul

A Korean flutist will join the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time in the orchestra’s 170-year history, according to the Kumho Asiana Foundation Friday.

Son Yoo-bin, 28, was appointed as a second flute of the New York Philharmonic last Tuesday after auditions.

She becomes the first Korean in the woodwind section of the prestigious ensemble. MORE

Published April 24, 2014
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New York Times: David Lang’s ‘collected stories’ at Zankel Hall

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By Anthony Tommasini

As the composer David Lang points out in his program note for “collected stories,” a fascinating series of concerts he has put together through the auspices of Carnegie Hall, music has long been called upon to help tell different kinds of tales. In planning this six-concert series, which opened on Tuesday night at Zankel Hall before a packed house, Mr. Lang was a far-ranging and visionary collector of stories. MORE

Published April 23, 2014
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Yale Baroque Ensemble performs virtuoso program May 5

YBE_2013-14The Yale School of Music will present the Yale Baroque Ensemble in a program of virtuoso music of the High Baroque on Monday, May 5. The concert takes place at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall.

The performance will feature extravagant sonatas and concertos by Telemann, Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, and Geminiani. The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

The program opens with Telemann’s Quartet in G major from Musique de Table and continues with J.S. Bach’s Concerto in F minor for harpsichord and strings, BWV 1056. The first half concludes with Vivaldi’s La Follia, Op. 1, No. 12, from Suonate da camera à 3.

The second half opens with two sonatas: Handel’s Sonata in G minor, Op. 2, No. 5, and Geminiani’s Cello Sonata IV in B-flat major from the composer’s Op. 5 collection. Vivaldi’s Chamber Concerto in D major, RV 94, concludes the evening. MORE

Published April 22, 2014
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Christopher Cerrone ’10MMA named finalist for Pulitzer Prize

cerroneComposition graduate Christopher Cerrone ’10MMA was recently named as a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in music. John Luther Adams won the prize for his composition Become Ocean; the other finalist was John Adams, for The Gospel According to the Other Mary. 

Cerrone was recognized as a finalist for his opera Invisible Cities. The citation read, “A captivating opera based on a novel by Italo Calvino in which Marco Polo regales Kublai Khan with tales of fantastical cities, adapted into an imaginary sonic landscape.” MORE

Published April 21, 2014
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