Szymon Nehring wins Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition

Szymon Nehring. Photo by Piotr Markowski

Incoming YSM artist diploma candidate Szymon Nehring was named the first prize-winner of the 15th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv, Israel. In addition to winning the Arthur Rubinstein Award (Gold Medal), Nehring won the Best Performer of a Chopin Piece, Advanced Studies, and Junior Jury prizes, as well as the Audience Favorite in the Periphery prizes for Or Yehuda and Jezrael Valley. In addition to earning $49,000 in cash awards, Nehring will perform numerous recitals as part of a concert tour organized by the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society, which administers the competition. One of those performances, on October 26, will take place in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. MORE

Published May 16, 2017
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Emanuel Ax performs Beethoven, Schoenberg, and Chopin Feb. 6

Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by the pianist Emanuel Ax on Wednesday, February 6. Ax, “a musician of scope and confidence” (Post-Gazette), will perform a program of music by Beethoven, Schoenberg, and Chopin.

This concert will open Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 2, No. 2 in A major, whose structure – with four movements instead of three – creates a format like that of a symphony through the addition of a minuet or scherzo. Following is a complete antithesis of the symphonic sound with Schoenberg’s Six Little Piano Pieces, Op. 19.

The first half of the concert will close with one of Beethoven’s most famous works Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, commonly known as the “Pathétique.”

“Emanuel Ax is one of our most gifted Chopin pianists – a rare breed – and his playing has finesse and suitable power, says Classic CD. He will close the evening with two works by Chopin: the Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1, and the Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58.

This concert takes place at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College St., corner of Wall Street). The Horowitz Piano Series is directed by Boris Berman. Tickets are $20–30, $10–15 with student ID.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published January 24, 2013
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Pianist Ryo Yanagitani opens 2013 with Jan. 10 concert

Doctor of Musical Arts recital includes music of Handel, Debussy, Chopin, and more

The Yale School of Music presents a Doctor of Musical Arts recital featuring pianist Ryo Yanagitani on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

The gold medal medal winner of the prestigious San Antonio International Piano Competition in 2009, Yanagitani will play a program featuring music from the Baroque to today. The concert begins at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven.

Yanagitani will open the program with Handel‘s Keyboard Suite No. 3 in D minor, HWV 428, followed by Debussy‘s suite Pour le Piano. The first half closes with the evocative Butterflies and Bobcats by the contemporary Canadian composer David L. McIntyre.

The recital concludes with Chopin‘s popular and virtuosic Ballades, a set of four pieces that earned Yanagitani a special prize in the San Antonio Competition.

The concert begins at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. The Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) is the highest degree awarded by the School of Music. MORE

Published December 21, 2012
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Yves Henry performs on historical pianos at the Collection Oct. 28

“Smooth virtuosity… a real ability to stage-manage musical line.”
–The New York Times

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the New Haven debut of French pianist Yves Henry on Sunday, October 28. The recital will explore the musical colors of pieces by Chopin and Debussy on two of the Collection’s French pianos.

Mr. Henry will perform music of Chopin on the Pleyel grand piano (1842), and music of Debussy on the Érard grand (1881). The pianist Madeleine Forte has said, “There is an ease on the Érard and Pleyel, the French pianos, it flows… You have more lightness, you have more clarity of sound.”

Mr. Henry, who is noted for his performances on historical instruments, has been praised by the New York Times for “not only the smooth virtuosity we associate with French pianism at its best but also a real ability to stage-manage musical line.”


Published October 10, 2012
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Pianist Wen-Yin Chan performs January 12th

Recital features music of Chopin, Schubert, George Crumb, & more

The Yale School of Music presents the pianist Wen-Yin Chan in a Doctor of Musical Arts recital on Thursday, January 12, 2012. Ms. Chan, who was born in Taiwan, lives in Washington, D.C., and has performed around the world, will play a diverse program of music by Chopin, Szymanowski, Schubert, and George Crumb.

Chan’s performance will open with Crumb’s “A Little Suite for Christmas,” an intimate suite of seven pieces written in 1979. Chan will then play Chopin’s Three Mazurkas, Op. 56. The first half will conclude with Szymanowski’s virtuosic “Serenade de Don Juan,” the last of the three Masques, Op. 34 (1915).

The second half of the concert will feature Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960, one of the last works the composer wrote before his death at age 31. MORE

Published January 5, 2012
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Peter Frankl performs piano concertos on Horowitz Piano Series Nov. 16

Concert also features Linden String Quartet & tenor James Taylor

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a concert by the pianist Peter Frankl on Wednesday, November 16. While the series most often presents solo recitals, Frankl will be joined by the Linden String Quartet and double bassist Gregory Robbins. The recital will take place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall at 470 College Street.

Frankl will perform two concertos with the string players: Mozart’s Piano Concerto in F major, K. 413, and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21. Frankl will also play solo piano works of both composers: Mozart’s Menuet in D major, K. 355, and Sonata in D major, K. 576, and Chopin’s Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49.

Frankl has been described by Auditorium as “not a mere pianist, but a true artist.” The Linden Quartet, currently the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music, has been praised for its “remarkable depth of technique and brilliantly nuanced, sumptuous tonality….” (MusicWeb International). Bassist Gregory Robbins ’12MM was selected as a member of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. MORE

Published October 28, 2011
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Pianist Wing-Chong Kam plays Mozart, Brahms, Debussy, Chopin Oct. 20

The Yale School of Music presents the Hong Kong-born pianist Wing-Chong Kam in a Doctor of Musical Arts recital on Thursday, October 20, 2011. Kam will perform music of Mozart, Brahms, Chopin, and Debussy. His recital will take place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street).

Musical fantasies will frame the program: Mozart’s Fantasie in D minor, K. 397 will open the concert, and Chopin’s Fantasie in F minor, Op. 49 will close it.

Kam will also play Mozart’s Sonata in D major, K. 576; the Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118, by Johannes Brahms; and three pieces by Claude Debussy: Two Arabesques; “La plus que lent”; and “L’isle joyeuse.”

Admission to the concert is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit

About the Performer

Born in Hong Kong, Wing-Chong Kam is an active solo and collaborative pianist. Since his first public concert in Hong Kong at the age of ten, he has performed in many local and international festivals including the Carinthia Summer Festival, International Holland Music Sessions, TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival. Kam’s orchestral collaborations have included the Queensland Philharmonic, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Recently he premiered Eduard Schütt’s Paraphrase for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. A recipient of numerous prizes and awards, Kam has studied with pianists and pedagogues Eleanor Wong and Boris Berman. He is now an adjunct teaching faculty member of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Hong Kong Summer Music. Since 2008, he has given master classes and lectures, and has served as an adjudicator for competitions in Hong Kong, Macau, and China.

Published October 3, 2011
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Pianist Hung-Kuan Chen, visiting faculty at Yale School of Music, performs Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, Scriabin December 1

“This man plays music with uncommon understanding and the instrument with uncommon imagination.”
– Richard Dyer, Boston Globe

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents Hung-Kuan Chen in a recital on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. Chen, who is a visiting professor of piano at the School of Music this year, has been acclaimed by the Boston Globe as “a virtuoso… a deeply probing, imaginative player with an enormous palette of tone colors.” His sense of color will be particularly apt for the Romantic and post-Romantic repertoire on his program: Chopin‘s Deux Nocturnes, Op. 62; Ravel‘s vivid, fiendishly difficult Gaspard de la Nuit; Scriabin‘s even more virtuosic Sonata No. 5 in F-sharp, Op. 53; and Liszt‘s masterful Sonata in B minor, S. 178.

The Scriabin sonata has been described as the most difficult piece in the piano repertory by no less an artist than Sviatoslav Richter. The epigraph to the piece reads, “I summon you to life, hidden longings! You, drowned in the dark depths of the creative spirit, you fearful embryos of life, I bring you daring!” MORE

Published November 5, 2010
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Peter Frankl offers a recital of Chopin and Schumann to honor the bicentennial year of the two Romantic composers


The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents the internationally-renowned pianist Peter Frankl in a recital of Chopin and Schumann on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Both Chopin and Schumann were born in 1810, and this recital honors the bicentennial of both composers. The two musicians admired each other’s works and met on at least one occasion. Chopin dedicated one of his Ballades to his colleague; Schumann, a music critic as well as composer, proclaimed in a famous review of Chopin: “Hats off, gentlemen, a genius.”

Frankl, a professor at the Yale School of Music since 1987, has been hailed by the press as a “beguiling colorist” and “not a mere pianist, but a true artist.” He will perform Chopin’s Polonaise in C-sharp minor, Op. 26, no 1; Four Impromptus; Four Mazurkas, Op. 33; and the Scherzo No. 1 in B minor; and Schumann’s Fantaisiestucke, Op. 12, and Faschingsschwank aus Wien (Carnival Scenes from Vienna), Op. 26.


Published January 27, 2010
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Idil Biret, sensational Turkish pianist specializing in Romantic music, performs in Sprague Hall

biret_blogIdil Biret, the Turkish pianist who has won renown for her interpretations of the Romantic repertoire, will perform a recital of Chopin, Ligeti, Liszt, and others in Sprague Hall on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Ms. Biret is presented by the Horowitz Piano Series, directed by Boris Berman. Two transcriptions frame the evening, which opens with Brahms’s arrangement for the left hand of Bach’s Chaconne and concludes with Liszt’s transcription of the overture to Wagner’s Tannhäuser. The program will focus on the music of Chopin, including the Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Op. 22 as well as smaller works such as mazurkas and nocturnes. Biret will also play three etudes of György Ligeti and the Gondoliera and Tarentella movements from Liszt’s Venezia et Napoli, part of the Années de pèlerinage. Tickets to the performance are $11 to $20, $6 for students.

On Thursday, January 21 at 10:30 am, Ms. Biret will give a master class in Sprague Hall. She will work with three piano students from the Yale School of Music, coaching them in their interpretations. The master class is free and open to the public. MORE

Published January 7, 2010
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