YSM pianists participate in Rubinstein Competition

Yevgeny Yontov. Photo by Grace Song

Two YSM students are competing at the 15th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Pianist Yevgeny Yontov ’14MM, who’s currently a DMA candidate studying with Boris Berman, is scheduled to perform a first-round recital of works by Haydn and Debussy on Saturday, April 29. And pianist Szymon Nehring, an incoming artist diploma candidate who’ll also be studying with Prof. Berman, is slated to perform an opening-round program of music by Scarlatti, Beethoven, and Szymanowski on Sunday, April 30.

The competition’s second and final rounds are scheduled to take place in the first week and a half of May and require each of those who advance to present a recital program of different pieces than they performed in the first round, along with chamber music and concertos. Thirty-one competitors are vying for medals, cash prizes, the chance to perform a string of concerts in Israel, Europe, Asia, and North America, and recording opportunities. The competition is a program of the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society. MORE

Published April 28, 2017
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Yale Baroque Ensemble performs Dussek, Haydn, and Mozart Apr. 4

Concert explores hallmarks of European Classical period

The Yale School of Music will present the Yale Baroque Ensemble on Thursday, April 4, 2013. Directed by faculty member Robert Mealy, the ensemble will perform the works of European musical pioneers Dussek, Haydn, and Mozart.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble (YBE) is a postgraduate ensemble whose members undertake a year of intensive study. This year’s members are Holly Piccoli and Edson Scheid, baroque violin; Soojin Chung, baroque cello; and David Fung, fortepiano. MORE

Published March 22, 2013
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Arabella String Quartet performs Feb. 23

Concert features music from Haydn, Debussy, and Smetana

The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents the Arabella Quartet on Saturday, February 23, 2013. The quartet’s members include faculty members Sarita Kwok, violin, and Ettore Causa, viola, along with Julie Eskar, violin, and Alexander Lecarme, cello.

The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

After the quartet’s debut concert last season, the Boston Musical Intelligencer raved: “The group played like they had been together for years… with freedom, drive, and risk-taking that were quite astonishing in a debut performance.”

The program will include Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, Nº. 1, Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor, Op.10, and Smetana’s String Quartet Nº. 1 in E minor, From My Life.

Admission to the performance is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published February 14, 2013
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Tokyo String Quartet performs in Morse Recital Hall for the last time Jan. 22

Concert features string quartets by Haydn, Bartók, Mendelssohn

The Yale School of Music presents a concert featuring the Tokyo String Quartet on Tuesday, January 22. It will be the group’s last performance on the Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music; this is the ensemble’s last season before retirement. In this valedictory performance, the quartet will perform music by Hadyn, Bartók, and Mendelssohn.

For the past 42 years, the Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics with “rock-solid ensemble playing and immaculate, razor-edged precision” (Washington Post). Since 1976, they have also been in residence at the Yale School of Music, coaching chamber music and mentoring young ensembles.

The concert opens with Haydn’s String Quartet in G minor, Op. 74, No. 3, nicknamed “Rider” for the galloping rhythms in the last movement. Bartók’s Fourth String Quartet, composed in 1927, follows.

Mendelssohn’s Quartet No. 4 in E minor, written in 1837, was one of the composer’s favorites, and it was immediately popular with audiences as well. The piece will be the last that the quartet plays on the stage of Morse Recital Hall.

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Tickets are $30–$40, $20 with student ID. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

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Published January 3, 2013
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ISM holds symposium on Haydn’s Creation

The Creation in Context:
Symposium examining the musical, liturgical, and literary contexts of Haydn’s masterpiece

The Institute of Sacred Music presents a symposium this Saturday called The Creation in Context. The event will examine the musical, liturgical, and literary contexts of Haydn’s masterpiece.

The symposium is presented in conjunction with the performance of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung by Yale Schola Cantorum and Juilliard415 on Sunday, April 29.

Melanie Lowe, Associate Professor of Musicology Vanderbilt University, will give the keynote address, Creating Chaos in Haydn’s Creation.

The symposium takes place Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 1 pm in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall (120 High Street, New Haven; enter on Wall Street). The event is open to the public and requires no registration. MORE

Published April 25, 2012
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Yale Baroque Ensemble performs at the Collection Apr. 18

From Galant to Classical: chamber music of Couperin, C.P.E. Bach, and Haydn

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the Yale Baroque Ensemble, its ensemble in residence, in a concert on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

The concert, which will feature chamber music of Couperin, C.P.E. Bach, and Haydn, will take place at 8 pm at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).

The program is called From Galant to Classical and traces the transformation of style from the late Baroque to the Viennese Classical. The postgraduate Yale Baroque Ensemble (YBE) will perform sonatas, suites, and quartets using the Collection’s quartet of modern Baroque instruments. This concert will mark the debut of the Collection’s new set of Classical bows, made by Stephen Marvin.

One of Couperin’s Concerts Royaux will open the program, and a viola sonata by C.P.E. Bach will follow. The concert will conclude with Haydn’s Quartet in C major, Op. 20, No. 2.

Robert Mealy, called “a world-class early music violinist” (New Yorker) and praised for his “imagination, taste, subtlety, and daring” (Boston Globe), directs the ensemble.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in performances and demonstrations in the fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery, the venue for this performance. MORE

Published April 3, 2012
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Horowitz Piano Series closes season with Robert Blocker on March 21

“A pianist of purified technique and enormous sensitivity.”
– La Provincia

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by the pianist Robert Blocker, on Wednesday, March 21. Blocker, hailed as “a pianist of purified technique and enormous sensitivity,” will perform a diverse program of music from the Baroque to the present day, including pieces by two Yale faculty composers.

Each half will open with musical fantasies, beginning with Haydn’s Fantasia in C major, Hob. XVII:4. The first half will also feature Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op. 12, a collection of eight character pieces, and Martin Bresnick’s Strange Devotion. Bresnick’s work, which is dedicated to Blocker, was inspired by Francisco de Goya’s etching Extraña Devoción, from the series Caprichos Enfáticos. Bresnick is a member of the School of Music’s composition faculty.

The second half of the concert reaches back to the Baroque, opening with J.S. Bach’s Fantasia in C minor. Next will be another collection from the Romantic period: Brahms’s masterful Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118.

The concert will close with another piece by a Yale faculty member, Ezra Laderman; Decade was written for Robert Blocker after his first ten years as Dean of the School of Music. After Blocker premiered the work in 2009, the Hartford Courant wrote: Decade is a new piano work worth getting excited about.” MORE

Published March 2, 2012
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“Brilliant” pianist Yefim Bronfman performs virtuoso program at Yale Feb. 28

“Stunning command, myriad colorings, incisive articulation and subtlety…”
–New York Times

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents the pianist Yefim Bronfman in recital on Tuesday, February 28. The “brilliant soloist” (New York Sun), hailed for both “technical brawn and a glittery grace” ­(Los Angeles Times), will perform a powerhouse program featuring sonatas by Haydn, Brahms, and Prokofiev.

Bronfman, who last performed at Yale in 2007, will open the concert with Haydn’s Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI:50. One of the last sonatas Haydn wrote, it showcases the composer’s balance of inventiveness, grace, and wit.

The next composer on the program is Brahms, who at the age of twenty wrote his third and final piano sonata. The five-movement Sonata in F minor, Op. 5, will complete the first half of the concert.

Particularly noted for his interpretations of contemporary Russian repertoire, Bronfman will crown the recital with a performance of Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 8 in B-flat major, Op. 84. The third of Prokofiev’s War Sonatas, the piece will show off Bronfman’s “uncanny ability to make the musical texture unfailingly clear throughout” as well as “his range of sonority – from lyrical to pungent, to explosive” (Wall Street Journal).

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 $18–28, $12–15 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published February 3, 2012
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Yale Philharmonia pairs Haydn and Mahler Feb. 24

Featuring guest conductor Xu Zhong, cellist Wang Jian, and more

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in a concert of music for chamber orchestra on Friday, February 24 at 8 pm.

Renowned cellist Aldo Parisot will conduct his former student Wang Jian (pictured at left) in a Haydn cello concerto, and Chinese conductor Xu Zhong will lead the orchestra in the chamber arrangement of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony.

While the Yale Philharmonia usually performs in Woolsey Hall, this concert will be performed in the more intimate space of Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, corner of Wall Street).

The concert opens with Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major, featuring soloist Jian Wang, a graduate of the School of Music (’88 CERT) and a protégé of the late Isaac Stern. The renowned cellist Aldo Parisot, who last year celebrated his fiftieth year on the Yale faculty, will conduct the concerto.

In 1921, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G major – already the most compact of Mahler’s symphonies – was arranged for a small chamber orchestra. The arrangement was created for Vienna’s Society for Private Musical Performances, which offered enthusiasts a way to hear new compositions. MORE

Published January 24, 2012
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London Haydn Quartet performs with clarinetist Eric Hoeprich at the Collection Feb. 4 & 5

Concerts feature Haydn string quartets, Mozart Clarinet Quintet

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the acclaimed London Haydn Quartet and clarinetist Eric Hoeprich in concerts featuring Haydn string quartets and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet.

The program will be presented twice: Saturday, February 4 at 8 pm and Sunday, February 5 at 3 pm. Both performances take place at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).

The London Haydn Quartet – Catherin Manson and Michael Gurevich, violins; James Boyd, viola; and Richard Lester, cello – specializes in historically-informed performances of Haydn. Described by The Times as “playing with clarity and character,” they perform with classical-style bows and gut strings to recreate the techniques and sounds of Haydn’s day.

Their performances at Yale will open with two string quartets by Haydn, who has become known as the father of the string quartet for his role in shaping the genre: the Quartet in G Major, Op. 33, No. 5, and Quartet in D Major, Op. 20, No. 4.

Historical clarinetist Eric Hoeprich will join the quartet to perform Mozart’s Quintet for clarinet and strings in A major, K. 581. Mozart wrote the piece for his friend Anton Stadler, a virtuoso on the basset clarinet (an instrument with a lower range than modern clarinets). Hoeprich owns a reproduction of Stadler’s basset clarinet; he made the instrument himself, basing it on an engraving from a program in Riga where Stadler performed Mozart’s clarinet concerto in 1794. MORE

Published January 17, 2012
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