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Hannah Collins appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Cello at University of Kansas

hannah_collinsHannah Collins ’08 MM ’09 AD has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Cello at to the the University of Kansas School of Music. Her appointment will begin in fall 2016.

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Winner of De Linkprijs for contemporary interpretation, cellist Hannah Collins takes an active role in catalyzing and championing the works of young composers as a soloist and as part of the duo New Morse Code (with YSM alumnus Michael Compitello ’09 MM ’12 MMA ’16 DMA). She is co-director of the Avaloch Farm New Music Initiative and appears frequently on both modern and Baroque cello with Cantata Profana, The Sebastians, NOVUS NY, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra.

A dedicated teaching artist, Collins is an alumna of Ensemble ACJW, a professional development program focused on chamber music performance, teaching artistry, and arts advocacy through the resources of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, Weill Music Institute, and the NYC Department of Education.

Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Yale College and graduate degrees in cello performance from the Yale School of Music and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. She is currently pursuing a doctorate at the City University of New York Graduate Center and serving as a teaching fellow at Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music.

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Published May 24, 2016
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Argus Quartet to compete in Banff International String Quartet Competition

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YSM’s fellowship quartet-in-residence, the Argus Quartet, has been selected to compete in the Banff International String Quartet Competition this August. The group is one of 10 quartets chosen to participate in the prestigious live rounds of the competition.

The competition, held in Banff, Alberta, consists of five rounds for which Argus has prepared a total of seven full works, including a newly commissioned work by Canadian composer Zosha di Castri. Grand prize-winners receive an award worth over $150,000, including a cash prize of $25,000 in addition to a three-year development program of concert tours, residencies, and recordings.

The 10 quartets were selected by Clive Greensmith of the Tokyo Quartet, Philip Setzer of the Emerson String Quartet, and Douglas McNabney, artistic director of Toronto Summer Music. Judges for the live rounds include members of the Rondom Kwartet; Orford, Lawrence, and Tokyo String Quartets; Cleveland and Belcea Quartets; and Quartour Vio Nova. MORE

Published May 16, 2016
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Dmitry Yablonsky Named Conductor Laureate of Jerusalem Symphony

b97832_03bf41b361704541ab0c68b5dce748f9Grammy-nominated conductor and cellist Dmitry Yablonsky ’85 CERT has been named conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. The announcement comes ahead of a United States tour with Maestro Yablonsky and the orchestra from February 23 to March 15, 2016.

The tour will feature Yablonsky as conductor and cello soloist, as well as pianist Fahard Badalbayli and cellist Daniele Akta, and will cover many East Coast states of the U.S., starting in Florida and ending in Massachusetts. MORE

Published March 3, 2016
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Chang Pan and Ronaldo Rolim to Perform at Carnegie Hall

pan rolimTwo Yale School of Music students, cellist Chang Pan and pianist Ronaldo Rolim, will perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on February 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm. Both have appeared worldwide as soloists, recitalists, and chamber musicians, and will perform music ranging from Northern Europe to Asia.

The program will begin with Manuel de Falla’s Suite popular Española, a collection of seven Spanish folk songs originally written for voice and piano. The duo will then turn their attention to music of the French with one of César Franck’s best-known compositions, his Violin Sonata in A Major. The concert will proceed with music from China, starting with Festival Tianshan for cello solo by Wentao Jiang and Ling Cao, and will conclude with Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s largest chamber work, his Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 36. MORE

Published January 26, 2016
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Interlude: Revered Cellist Aldo Parisot full of ‘Fogo’

parisot_aInterlude | By Janet Horvath

Exuding Fogo or fire, Brazilian cellist Aldo Parisot continues to be an immense musical force with a busy schedule at the Yale School of Music. He teaches thirteen students and conducts the Yale Cellos. One of the greatest cellists of all time, he has performed in chamber music, in recital, and as soloist with the elite orchestras of the world and eminent maestros including Leonard Bernstein, Sir John Barbirolli, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Monteux and composers Paul Hindemith and Hector Villa-Lobos. Parisot has premiered numerous cello works including Villa-Lobos Cello Concerto No. 2, which was written for him. Parisot played the work with the New York Philharmonic in 1955, Parisot’s first performance in America, and Villa-Lobos was present. In addition to his teaching at Yale he was on the faculty of the Mannes, Peabody and Juilliard Schools.

Parisot is a man of contrasts. Soft-spoken with a wicked sense of humor, he owns a red sports car with the license plate “Fogo,” wears dark glasses, a cigarette constantly dangles from his bow hand, and his support of his students is unwavering. I had the privilege of seeing him in action. “These are not master classes,” he declared, “they are mastery classes.” Recently, we had a conversation. MORE

Published November 25, 2015
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Inbal Segev on Climbing the Mount Everest for Cellists

Epoch Times | By Milene FernandezCellist Inbal Segev

It was on her mind for at least 20 years. Inbal Segev had been preparing, practicing, gearing herself up to consummate her musical career by climbing what she called “the Mount Everest for cellists.” Recording J. S. Bach’s complete cello suites constitutes the pinnacle of her internal journey as an artist so far.

The Bach cello suites are so challenging because, as Segev said, they are so simple and yet complex, so structured and yet so free. It is something that any great cellist is expected to accomplish.

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Published November 19, 2015
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Cellist Maya Beiser named United States Artists Distinguished Fellow in Music

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Israeli-American cellist Maya Beiser [’87 MM] has been named a 2015 United States Artists Distinguished Fellow in Music. She receives an award of $50,000 to support professional development, and to foster creative possibilities.

The avant-garde musician is one of 37 visual artists, actors, writers, musicians, architects and craftsmen, selected from 400 nominees resident in the US, to receive the prize this year. Artists are nominated by their peers and field experts at all stages of their careers for their ‘quality, imagination and enduring potential.’ MORE

Published November 16, 2015
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Jia Cao appointed principal cello of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

Jia CaoJia Cao ’13 MM, ’14 AD has been appointed principal cello of South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Cao received her B.M. from Bard College Conservatory of Music, studying with Peter Wiley and Sophie Shao, as well as a B.A. in Social Studies from Bard College. She received a Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Aldo Parisot. Her extensive performing experience includes a solo debut with the Youth Orchestra of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2005, being awarded the silver medal the 2010 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana, and numerous festival appearances throughout the world.

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Published October 20, 2015
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Studio Visit: Shannon Hayden

The News-Gazette | By Melissa Merlishannon-hayden

Studio Visit is a Q&A with a local artist, in this case, Shannon Hayden, 25. The professional cellist and composer lives on her family farm in Martinsville with her parents, Ron Hayden, a carpenter and farmer, and Cathy Hayden, director of the Clark County Health Department. The family also owns a home in Oakland that was a parsonage. Shannon often rehearses and records in the former church’s sanctuary. She will perform twice this month in Champaign. She recently chatted with The News-Gazette’s Melissa Merli.

Did you go to Yale for an undergraduate degree?

Actually, I went there for a master’s program when I was 18. I didn’t do undergraduate.

I was home-schooled by my parents and took music classes with professors at Indiana University all through high school. MORE

Published October 7, 2015
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Hudson Sounds: Ashley Bathgate Plays Bang on a Can Plays Art

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By Liz Friedman | Hudson Sounds

“American cellist Ashley Bathgate has been described as an “eloquent new music interpreter” (The New York Times) and “a rising star of her instrument” (Albany Times Union) who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops”(New York Magazine). Her “impish ferocity”, “rich tone” and “imaginative phrasing” (The New York Times) have made her one of the most sought after performers of her time. The desire to create a dynamic energy exchange with her audience and build upon the ensuing chemistry is a pillar of Bathgate’s philosophy as a performer.”  

Phew! For those who don’t know, Ashley Bathgate is originally from Saratoga Springs and began her cello studies with the late Rudolf Doblin, principal cellist and assistant music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic in the 1950’s. After his passing, she resumed her tutelage with Ann Alton at Skidmore College. She then went on to study at Bard with Luis Garcia-Renart  and then at the Yale University School of Music with renowned cellist, Aldo Parisot. Not bad for a local girl. MORE

Published July 31, 2015
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