YSM pianists participate in Rubinstein Competition

Yevgeny Yontov. Photo by Grace Song

Two YSM students are competing at the 15th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Pianist Yevgeny Yontov ’14MM, who’s currently a DMA candidate studying with Boris Berman, is scheduled to perform a first-round recital of works by Haydn and Debussy on Saturday, April 29. And pianist Szymon Nehring, an incoming artist diploma candidate who’ll also be studying with Prof. Berman, is slated to perform an opening-round program of music by Scarlatti, Beethoven, and Szymanowski on Sunday, April 30.

The competition’s second and final rounds are scheduled to take place in the first week and a half of May and require each of those who advance to present a recital program of different pieces than they performed in the first round, along with chamber music and concertos. Thirty-one competitors are vying for medals, cash prizes, the chance to perform a string of concerts in Israel, Europe, Asia, and North America, and recording opportunities. The competition is a program of the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society. MORE

Published April 28, 2017
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Miami String Quartet performs April 5

Miami String Quartet

Miami String Quartet

The Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents the Miami String Quartet on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 pm. The quartet will perform works by Beethoven, Schulhoff, and Mendelssohn.

The program will open with Beethoven‘s String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso,” which Beethoven initially composed to experiment with compositional techniques, never intending it for public performance. The resulting work contains the initial attempts at many techniques that Beethoven would come to perfect in his later works.

Next on the program is Schulhoff‘s Five Pieces for String Quartet, a neoclassical work that offers a glimpse into two eras by layering the spiky dissonances and rhythmic drive of the avant-garde atop an ornate baroque dance suite.    MORE

Published March 9, 2016
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New videos: John Adams conducts the Yale Philharmonia

Phil-Adams_0136-webComposer and conductor John Adams visited the Yale School of Music in October 2014. His weeklong residency culminated in two concerts featuring Adams conducting the Yale Philharmonia. Each concert featured Adams’ own music alongside works by Stravinsky and Beethoven.

The program included Adams’ Beethoven-inspired piece Absolute Jest, performed alongside Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Stravinsky’s Orpheus. A concerto for string quartet and orchestra, Absolute Jest also featured the Brentano String Quartet in its debut year as YSM’s quartet-in-residence. MORE

Published March 18, 2015
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Peter Frankl plays recital of Beethoven and Schumann Jan. 14

Peter Frankl, piano

Peter Frankl, piano

The Yale School of Music’s Horowitz Piano Series presents the pianist Peter Frankl in recital on Wednesday, January 14. Frankl will play music by Beethoven and Schumann written in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Frankl will dedicate his recital to the memory of Claude Frank, who was a member of the School of Music’s piano faculty 1964–2006 and who passed away in December.

The concert opens with Beethoven’s Sonata No. 12 in A-flat major, Op. 26, written 1800–1801. Frankl will then play Schumann’s Humoreske, Op. 20, composed in 1839. Just after completing the piece, Schumann wrote to his future wife, Clara Wieck: “All week I’ve been sitting at the piano and composing and writing and laughing and crying, all at the same time. You will find this beautifully illustrated in… the great Humoreske.” MORE

Published January 6, 2015
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Cellist Jaques Lee Wood to give DMA recital November 6

Jaques Lee Wood, cello

Jaques Lee Wood, cello

The presents a recital by cellist Jacques Lee Wood on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Mr. Wood’s recital is the culmination of his studies toward the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree. Esther Park will accompany on piano. LIVESTREAM

The program will begin with Beethoven‘s Seven Variations on “Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen” from Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Next will be a 2010 composition by contemporary American composer  Jacob Cooper ’14DMA entitled Arches. Cooper has been lauded by The New Yorker as “a maverick electronic song composer.” The first half of the concert will end with Bach‘s Sonata in G major, BWV 1027. MORE

Published October 27, 2014
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The Miró String Quartet performs Schubert, Beethoven, Dutilleux March 25

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The Yale School of Music presents the Miró String Quartet  in a concert on Tuesday, March 25 at 8 pm, in Morse Recital Hall. The quartet, which last appeared at Yale in 2011, will perform music by Schubert, Beethoven, and Dutilleux.

The concert opens with Beethoven’s String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 18, No. 6, known as “La malinconia” for the slow introduction to the third movement. The composition’s structure and emotional depth are harbingers of Beethoven’s later quartets.  MORE

Published March 5, 2014
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Smithsonian Chamber Players Piano Trio performs at Collection March 2

Smithsonian_piano_trioThe Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the Smithsonian Chamber Players Piano Trio on Sunday, March 2 at 3 pm.

The trio of Vera Beths, violin; Kenneth Slowik, cello; and Pedja Muzijevic, fortepiano, will perform music from the early Romantic period, with selections by Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn. MORE

Published February 19, 2014
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Conducting fellows lead the Yale Philharmonia Feb. 28

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This post was updated Feb. 19 to reflect a change in time. The concert will begin at 8 pm.

The Yale School of Music presents its two conducting fellows, Jonathan Brandani and Louis Lohraseb, in a performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale on Friday, February 28, 2014. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, an intimate venue to hear a full orchestra.

The program includes selections by Wagner, Copland, and Beethoven. Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll was composed as a birthday present to his second wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son. Copland’s jazz-infused Music for the Theatre was written not for a specific play; Copland selected the title because the “music seemed to suggest a certain theatrical atmosphere.” MORE

Published February 17, 2014
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Yale Philharmonia performs Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and more Jan. 24

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The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale led by conductor Shinik Hahm on Friday, January 24, 2014. The concert, which also features faculty pianist Peter Frankl, takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).

The program opens with Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, which was inspired by the eponymous poem by French symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé. Pierre Boulez considered the work a turning point in bringing classical music into the age of modernism, saying that “the flute of the faun brought new breath to the art of music.”

Internationally acclaimed pianist Peter Frankl will join the Philharmonia for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, the next concert in the yearlong Beethoven Concerto Project. MORE

Published December 20, 2013
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Free Lunchtime Chamber Music concert Nov. 6

chamber_music3New Haven, CT | The Yale School of Music will present a Lunchtime Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm at Morse Recital Hall (470 College St, New Haven).

This free event features a colorful variety of ensembles composed of graduate musicians who have come from around the world to study at the Yale School of Music. Violinist Wendy Sharp is director of the chamber music program.

The concert will begin with movements two and three of Beethoven’s Violin Sonata Op. 12 No. 1 on period instruments. Next will follow Ravel’s Introduction et Allegro, for harp with flute, clarinet and string quartet; then Mozart’s Violin Sonata K.526, movement 1.

The second half of the concert will begin with Brahms’ Clarinet Sonata in F minor, movements 1 and 2; followed by Poulenc’s Sextet for wind quintet and piano, and  Mozart’s Violin Sonata in A Major, K. 526: Molto Allegro (6’).

The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu. MORE

Published November 4, 2013
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