YSM Alumni News | May 2018

Pianist Tanya Bannister CERT was named president of the Concert Artists Guild. She succeeds Richard S. Weinert, who plans to retire in June after 18 years at the organization.

Violinist Qi Cao ’10MM won a position with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra and will join the ensemble in September 2018. Cao has been a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for five years.

The Jasper String Quartet. Photo by Dario Acosta

The Jasper String Quartet, which includes violinists John Freivogel ’10AD and Sae Chonabayashi, violist Sam Quintal ’10AD, and cellist Rachel Henderson Freivogel ’10AD, had their album Unbound named one of The New York Times’ “Top 25 Classical Albums of 2017.” The recording includes works by YSM alumni Judd Greenstein ’04MM, Caroline Shaw ’07MM, Missy Mazzoli ’06MM, Ted Hearne ’08MM ’09MMA ’14DMA, and David Lang ’83MMA ’89DMA and was released on the Sono Luminus and New Amsterdam labels.

Composers Michael Gilbertson ’13MM ’21DMA and Ted Hearne ’08MM ’09MMA ’14DMA were named co-finalists for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Gilbertson was nominated for his work Quartet, which was commissioned by the Verona Quartet, Concert Artists Guild, and BMI Foundation, and Hearne was nominated for his work Sound from the Bench, which was commissioned by Volti and The Crossing.

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Darren Hicks ’14MM was appointed associate principal bassoonist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Hicks has been a fellow at the New World Symphony, in Miami Beach, Fla., for the past three years.

Alumna Molly Joyce ’17MM and incoming students Alexis C. Lamb ’20MM and Peter Shin ’20MMA received ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.

Violinist Dennis Kim ’98MM was named concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony in Orange County, Calif. Kim has served as concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra since 2015.

Composers Yoshiaki Onishi ’07MM ’08AD and Carl Schimmel ’99MM were awarded Guggenheim Fellowships for music composition.

Two alumni received awards from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. Bass-baritone Christian Van Horn ’02MM ’03AD received the Richard Tucker Award, and bass David Leigh ’14MM received a Sara Tucker Study Grant.

Published May 9, 2018
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Domenic Salerni joins Dalí Quartet and wins silver in the M-Prize Competition


Domenic Salerni

Domenic Salerni ’11 MM has been appointed first violinist of the Dalí Quartet, an ensemble that is known particularly for its excellence in Latin-American repertoire.

Furthermore, as a part of the septet Foundry, Salerni and YSM alumni Ian Rosenbaum ’10 MM ’11 AD, Andy Akiho ’11 MM, and Samuel Suggs ’14 MM, won second prize in the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition in the open division. Foundry is an ensemble that crosses and transcends genres, innovating new sounds through the synthesis of contemporary classical techniques and jazz, reggae, Caribbean, and Soca.  The M-Prize Competition (through the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance) awarded Foundry $7000.


Published June 28, 2016
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Henry Kramer wins Second Prize at Queen Elisabeth Competition

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Henry Kramer

Henry Kramer ’13 AD, ’15 MMA has been awarded Second Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and Larry Weng ’12 AD, ’14 MMA was named a laureate. The competition was held in Brussels from May 2 to May 28, bringing together 76 pianists of 23 various nationalities to compete in front of a prestigious international jury. The win earned Kramer a cash prize of €20,000, and was one of twelve awards distributed for the laureates and the semi-finalists which totaled €128,500.

As laureates, Larry gave a recital on Thursday, June 2, and Henry will perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major with the Brussels Philharmonic on June 10 and 11.



Published June 5, 2016
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Pianist Scott MacIsaac ’14 CERT wins OSM Competition

macisaac-scott_osm-competitionPianist Scott MacIsaac ’14 CERT won the grand prize and a number of other prizes in the OSM (Orchestre Symphonique de  Montreal) Competition.

In addition to cash awards, MacIsaac’s prize includes a performance with Orchestre Symphonique de  Montreal, a concert tour with the YOA Orchestra of the Americas in six Nordic andBaltic countries, a concert with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, four solo recitals, a professional recording and Radio Canada broadcast, and a number of residencies and scholarships for further study.

MacIsaac’s addtional prizes included the new Schulich Music School Award, the People’s Choice Award, and the Banff Centre Award. MORE

Published November 25, 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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Clarinetist Bixby Kennedy wins silver medal in Ima Hogg Competition

bixby-kennedyClarinetist Bixby Kennedy ’16 MM took second prize in the Ima Hogg Competition, winning a silver medal, a cash prize, and the opportunity to perform with the Houston Symphony. Kennedy will perform the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the orchestra on Saturday June, 27 at the Miller Outdoor Theatre.

The 2015 Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition took place June 4–6 at the Shepherd School of Music on the campus of Rice University. From the ten musicians selected to perform in the semi-finals, four finalists advanced to perform with the Houston Symphony in the final round.

Named to honor the memory of Miss Ima Hogg, a co-founder of the Houston Symphony, the prestigious competition is open to young musicians who play standard orchestral instruments and piano. Since 1976, through the support of the Houston Symphony League, this competition has provided performance opportunities for musicians ages 13 through 30.  MORE

Published June 25, 2015
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Pianist Ronaldo Rolim wins third prize in Geza Anda International Competition

ronaldo-rolimPianist Rolando Rolim won both the third prize and the Schumann prize at the Géza Anda International Competition. Rolim is a DMA candidate at the Yale School of Muic, where he studies with Boris Berman.

The competition, founded in memory of Hungarian pianist Géza Anda, is held every three years in Zurich.

About Ronaldo Rolim

Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim is the winner of more than 30 awards in competitions around the globe. Recent accolades include top prizes at the Bösendorfer, San Marino ,and James Mottram International Piano Competitions. Ronaldo has performed extensively in his native Brazil, as well as in the United States, Mexico, South Korea, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria, having played at prestigious venues in four different continents, such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Steinway Hall (London), Theatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro), and Seoul Arts Center (Korea), among others. MORE

Published June 18, 2015
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Bassist Sam Suggs wins 2015 ISB Competition

sam-suggsSamuel Suggs ’14 MM, a DMA candidate at the Yale School of Music, won first prize at the 2015 International Society of Bassists (ISB) Competition. The first place award, named the Gary Karr Prize, includes a monetary award, a bow, and an expenses-paid recital to open the 2017 ISB Convention.

The competition, which took place June 1–2, 2015, was held in conjunction with the ISB 2015 Convention at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo.

Published June 8, 2015
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Noël Wan wins second prize in Korea International Harp Competition

noel-wanThe first-ever Korea International Harp Competition was held in Seoul May 23–26, 2015. In the Young Professional Division, Noël Wan ’16 MM won second prize. Wan is a student of June Han at the Yale School of Music.

Taiwanese-American harpist Noël Wan (1994) is an international prize winner and critically acclaimed concert artist whose “exquisite musicality, impeccable technique, and mature interpretation of music in different styles” has earned her the commendation of being “one of the best harpists in this generation” (Dan Yu). The first harpist to win the Carmel Music Society Instrumental Competition and the Pacific Musical Society Competition, Noël is also the youngest winner in the history of the Dutch Harp Festival Competition. Other accolades include First Prize in the 22nd and 25th Chi-mei Arts Award Competition, Second Prize in the 2013 Nippon International Harp Competition, the Aharon Zvi and Mara Propes Foundation Special Award, and the Forgotten Lore Prize in the 1st Dutch Harp Festival Competition. MORE

Published June 2, 2015
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Isabel Gleicher wins Myrna Brown Flute Competition

Izzy_Gleicher.jpgIsabel Lepanto Gleicher ’14 MM won first prize in the 30th annual Myrna W. Brown Artist Competition. The event, held by the Texas Flute Society, took place in Denton, Texas on May 14 and 15, 2015.

The winner of the competition receives a cash prize and is invited to appear as a guest artist at the Texas Flute Festival the year following the competition.


Flutist Isabel Lepanto Gleicher is a versatile performer who enjoys a career filled with a variety of music. She has performed internationally in venues including Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall, and the Galapagos Art Space; the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China; the National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan; and in the Rolston Recital Hall at the Banff Center in Canada. MORE

Published May 22, 2015
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