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Joanna Wu wins Eastern Connecticut Symphony Instrumental Competition

joanna-wuFlutist Joanna Wu, a second year master’s student at YSM, has won first place in Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Instrumental Competition. Wu’s win earns her the opportunity to reprise her performance of Nielsen’s Concerto for flute and orchestra with the ECSO and conductor Toshi Shimada on February 25, 2017. She will also receive a cash prize of $3,000.

Shimada, who also serves as director of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, spoke highly of Wu’s performance, noting that she earned a unanimous vote among the jurors. MORE

Published March 16, 2016
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Toshi Shimada appointed music director of Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra

shimada_toshiThe Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in New London, CT., is thrilled to announce the appointment of Toshiyuki (Toshi) Shimada as its new music director. Shimada, currently the music director of the Yale Symphony Orchestra (the university’s undergraduate orchestra), will be the fifth music director in the ECSO’s 63-year history.

Toshiyuki Shimada has been music director of the Yale Symphony Orchestra of Yale University since 2005. He is also music director laureate of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, in Portland, Maine, where he served as music director from 1986 to 2006. Prior to his Portland engagement, he was associate conductor of the Houston Symphony Orchestra for six years, beginning in 1981.  Since 1998, he has also served as principal conductor of the Vienna Modern Masters record label in Austria. In addition, he is music director and chief creative officer of the Trinity Music Partners, LLC, which holds the worldwide rights to the Vatican Library Music Collection, and he has been serving as artistic adviser of the Tulare County Symphony Orchestra in California since 2007. MORE

Published June 1, 2009
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