YSM alumni take home Grammys

Michael Daugherty. Photo by Grant Leighton

Michael Daugherty. Photo by Grant Leighton

Yale School of Music alumnus Michael Daugherty ’82MMA ’87DMA received three 2017 Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, for his Tales of Hemingway for cello and orchestra, which was recorded by cellist Zuill Bailey and the Nashville Symphony conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero. The piece won in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo, Best Contemporary Classical Composition, and Best Classical Compendium categories.

Tales of Hemingway was commissioned and premiered by Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony, whose live recording of that performance was released on an album with Daugherty’s American Gothic and a 2015 revision of his Once Upon a Castle, a work for organ and orchestra whose solo part was performed by YSM alumnus Paul Jacobs ’02MM. Guerrero recently conducted the Yale Philharmonia in a program that included Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde and Shostakovich Symphony No. 10.

Percussionist David Skidmore ’08MM earned a 2017 Grammy as a member of Third Coast Percussion, whose recording of works by Steve Reich won in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category. MORE

Published February 13, 2017
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Christopher Theofanidis receives Grammy nomination

Christopher Theofanidis

Christopher Theofanidis

Yale School of Music faculty composer Christopher Theofanidis’ Bassoon Concerto has been nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category. The piece was recorded by bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann ’02MM and the Northwest Sinfonia, under the direction of Barry Jekowsky.

“Anything like this, which has a visibility beyond the immediate circle of concert music, that’s a really good thing for the field,” Theofanidis ’94MMA ’97DMA said. “It’s kind of like the thing that both your musical and nonmusical friends know.”

Talking about his Bassoon Concerto, Theofanidis said, “It’s a piece that I wrote 20 years ago that had never had a recording until now.” Kuuskmann, whom he’s known since their time at Yale, “really championed the piece.” MORE

Published December 7, 2016
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The latest student and alumni news

Graduates of the Yale School of Music are all over the news lately. A few highlights:

Vesselin Todorov ’09MM, ’10AD

We’ve got a new acronym: YSMA = “Yale School of Music alum.” Read Daniel Stephen Johnson’s take on the Ecstatic Music Festival – curated by Judd Greenstein ’04MM – and its wealth of YSMA participants.

Vesselin Todorov ’09MM, ’10AD is named the new violist of the Harrington String Quartet; members of the quartet also are employed as members of Amarillo Symphony and as faculty at West Texas A&M University.

Rosemary Kimura Hatch ’81MM and Richard Hatch (a graduate of  Yale College) open the Hatch Academy of Magic and Music.

Third Coast Percussion performs, with group member David Skidmore ’08MM.

The New York Times writes about the baroque ensemble Rebel, directed by Karen Marie Marmer ’89MM.

The Day reviews the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, including Kathryn Salfelder‘s (’11MM) “appealing” new orchestral work Dessin No. 1.

Published February 1, 2011
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