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Elizaveta Miller ’11MM wins Musica Antiqua Fortepiano Competition


Photo by David Fung

On March 9, 2013, Elizaveta Miller ’11MM became the first Russian fortepianist to win the Bruges Musica Antiqua Competition in Bruges, Belgium.

The competition, originally started in 1964, is open to young, highly qualified performers from all over the world who specialize in historically informed performance practice. Miller, a fortepianist, pianist, and harpsichordist, was awarded the first prize. MORE

Published September 9, 2013
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Cellist Jacques Wood gives a lecture-recital on historical performance and Beethoven May 5

Pianist Ryo Yanagitani joins Wood in performing sonatas on historical and modern instruments

The Yale School of Music will present a lecture-recital by cellist Jacques Lee Wood on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven). Wood, a graduate of the School of Music, is a member of the Yale Baroque Ensemble and studies historical performance practice with early music specialist Robert Mealy.

In his presentation, Wood will examine issues of historical performance practice in Beethoven’s cello sonatas and will discuss how they apply to today’s performers. The lecture, writes Wood, “will discuss and demonstrate the idiomatic writing, musical syntax, and performance practices of the Classical period – ultimately suggesting these elements as viable inclusions to current interpretation.”

Along with pianist Ryo Yanagitani, Wood will illustrate the lecture with examples played on both historical and modern instruments. On historical instruments, including the School of Music’s fortepiano built by Rodney Regier, the duo will play Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor and Sonata No. 3 in A major. Wood and Yanagitani perform frequently together as Duo Chrysalis.

Admission to the lecture-recital is free. MORE

Published April 15, 2011
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Smithsonian Chamber Players perform at Collection of Musical Instruments January 23

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments will present the Smithsonian Chamber Players in their Collection debut concert on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 3 pm. The players – Marc Schachman, oboe; Eric Hoeprich, clarinet; Andrew Schwartz, bassoon; and Kenneth Slowik, fortepiano – will be joined by William Purvis, the interim director of the Collection of Musical Instruments, on the natural horn. The Smithsonian Chamber Players, directed by Slowik, is a select group of virtuosi dedicated to exploring the cultural-historical sound worlds of historical instruments found in collections like Yale’s and the Smithsonian’s.

The ensemble will perform quintets for piano and winds by Mozart and Beethoven. Mozart wrote his Quintet in E-flat major for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon, K. 452, in 1784. After the piece’s first performance, Mozart wrote to his father that it was the best work he had ever written. Beethoven modeled his own Quintet (written in 1796) after Mozart’s, using the same instrumentation and the same key. MORE

Published December 21, 2010
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Malcolm Bilson inaugurates new fortepiano at YSM

Recital will feature music of Schubert, Beethoven, Schumann, and Brahms

bilson_v1Malcolm Bilson, acclaimed for his pioneering work in the period-instrument movement, will give the inaugural recital on the Yale School of Music’s new fortepiano on Tuesday, February 24 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall.  The program, which is part of the Horowitz Piano Series, will include Schubert’s Impromptu in F minor; Beethoven’s Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 31, no. 3; Schumann’s Forest Scenes; and selections from Brahms’s  Opp. 76, 118, and 119. Tickets are $10 to $18, students $5.  The fortepiano was built by R.J. Regier, whose Maine workshop designs and crafts fortepianos and harpsichords based on historical examples.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Yale School of Music website at music.yale.edu or call 203 432-4158. Box office hours are Monday–Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, in the Sprague Hall lobby.

Malcolm Bilson has been at the forefront of the period-instrument movement for over thirty years. A member of the Cornell Music Department since 1968, he began his pioneering activity in the early 1970s as a performer of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert on late 18th- and early 19th-century pianos. Since then he has contributed to the restoration of the fortepiano to the concert stage and to fresh recordings of the “mainstream” repertory. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Bard College and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Bilson has recorded three cycles of Mozart piano works: the piano concertos with John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists, the piano-violin sonatas with Sergiu Luca, and the solo piano sonatas. His traversal of the Schubert piano sonatas was completed in 2003, and in 2005 a single CD of Haydn sonatas appeared on the Claves label. In the fall of 1994 Bilson and six of his former artist-pupils presented Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, the first time that these works had been given as a cycle on period instruments. In addition to his activities at Cornell, Professor Bilson is adjunct professor at the Eastman School of Music. He gives annual summer fortepiano workshops in the United States and Europe, as well as master classes and lectures around the world.

Published February 25, 2009
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