Pianist Ilya Poletaev ’10DMA has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Piano at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Poletaev captured first prize at the prestigious XVII International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig and, as the winner, will appear in recital at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. As a solo pianist, he has appeared with the Toronto and Hartford symphony orchestras as well as with Romania’s Filarmonica Mihail Jora di Bacau and Italy’s Orchestra J-Futura. He was the first prize winner of the XX Concorso Sala Gallo Piano Competition in Monza, Italy, where he also received the Audience Prize, the Bach Prize, and the Orchestra Prize. Mr. Poletaev holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and earned his doctorate and master’s degree from Yale, where he also served on the faculty as a lecturer in early music. Mr. Poletaev’s recording of the complete works of George Enescu for violin and piano, with violinist Axel Strauss, will soon be released on the Naxos label.
The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University announced recently that organist Bruce Neswick ’80MM has been appointed to the faculty following a national search. Neswick will be an associate professor of music (organ), beginning this fall. MORE