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Suliman Tekalli plays for South Korean President Park Geun-hye

Suliman Tekalli, violin

Suliman Tekalli, violin

Violinist Suliman Tekalli ’16 A.D., who recently won second prize in the 2015 Seoul International Music Competition, was invited to perform as a soloist for the South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Washington D.C.

The performance took place at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium last Wednesday night with the International Sejong Soloists during President Park’s visit with President Obama.

“To come on stage as a soloist in front of this world class group of musicians to face a whole audience of world leaders was certainly a singular rush and a great honor,” Tekalli said. MORE

Published October 21, 2015
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Charles Richard-Hamelin wins silver in Chopin Competition

charles-richard-hamelinCanadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin won silver at the prestigious 17th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland. He also won the prize for the best performance of a sonata.

First place went to Seong-Jin Cho of South Korea; American Kate Liu took third.

This year’s competition featured over 75 young pianists from 20 different countries. During the three weeks of the competition, the pianists played only Chopin’s works before a 17-member international jury.

In its 88-year history, the Chopin competition has gained a reputation as one of the world’s top piano events, opening international careers to young pianists. MORE

Published October 21, 2015
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Meet Composer Caroline Shaw, Kanye West’s New Pulitzer Prize-Winning Collaborator

Photo by Timo Andres

Photo by Timo Andres

Pitchfork | By Jayson Greene

Last week, Kanye West performed “POWER” at a Democratic National Committee Fundraiser. Before he emerged, the curtain opened on a woman alone singing wordlessly, stacking her voice into a harmonized chorale and building to an arresting peak. This was Caroline Shaw, a 32-year-old contemporary classical composer who lives in Manhattan.

Shaw is a member of the vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, which has collaborated with tUnE-yArDs. She performed on Music for Heart and Breath, a modern classical work by the Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. In 2013, Shaw won the Pulitzer for her piece Partita for 8 Voices. The year before that, she was virtually unknown outside New York City classical circles.

West’s fascination with Shaw doesn’t seem to be passing: Yesterday, he posted a reworked version of 808s & Heartbreak’s “Say You Will” that featured her anxious, ear-catching murmurs and wails. Given his track record of finding and spotlighting unexpected voices on his projects, she seems one step away from appearing on his next album. MORE

Published October 21, 2015
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