Student & alumni pianists perform in Ankara, Turkey

Maestro Isin Metin

On May 22, piano students Lee Dionne ’13MM, Henry Kramer ’13AD,  and Esther Park ’12AD, ’13MMA performed with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, Turkey.

The concert was conducted by the orchestra’s music director, Maestro Isin Metin (pictured at left).

Boris Berman, a faculty member and the chair of the piano program at the School of Music, noted that the concert received “great public acclaim.”

The performance was a conclusion of a week-long piano course given by Berman in Ankara. The program included movements of piano concerti by Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Schumann, Liszt, Ravel, Rachmaninov, and Tchaikovsky.

Along with the pianists from the Yale School of Music, four students from Bilkent Univerisity also participated.

Published June 4, 2012
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YSM pianists survey Prokofiev’s nine piano sonatas

The Yale School of Music presents all of the Prokofiev Piano Sonatas in two pairs of performances: December 5 and 7 at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall, and December 11 at 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

The concerts, which are presented by Yale in New York and the Horowitz Piano Series, feature performers selected in a competition open to all graduate-level piano students. The events mark the publication of a new performance edition of the sonatas, edited by faculty member and Prokofiev specialist Boris Berman.

The first program (Dec. 5 at 8 pm in New Haven, and Dec. 11 at 5:30 pm in New York) will frame the project by presenting the first and last of Prokofiev’s nine piano sonatas. Naomi Woo ’13MM will perform the Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 1; Euntaek Kim ’13AD will play the Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14; and David Fung ’12MMA will perform the second version of the Sonata No. 5 in C major. The second half of the concert opens with the Sonata No. 9 in C major, Op. 103, performed by Esther Park ’12AD. The concert closes with the Sonata No. 4 in C minor, Op. 29, played by Scott MacIsaac ’14CERT. MORE

Published November 17, 2011
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YSM pianists win prizes in Montreal Competition

Lindsay Garritson

Lindsay Garritson ’10MM, ’11AD won Second Prize in the 2011 Montreal International Musical Competition. Incoming Artist Diploma student Henry Kramer won the third prize. The competition’s first prize went to Italian pianist Beatrice Rana.

In the final round, Garritson played Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16. Kramer performed Ravel’s Concerto in G major.

Garritson, Kramer, and Rana will appear in the Winners’ Gala Concert on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Montréal’s Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts. Under the direction of Jean-François Rivest, the Orchestre Métropolitain will accompany the winners.

The members of the jury were Arnaldo Cohen (Brazil), Jean-Philippe Collard (France), Mari Kodama (Japan), James Parker (Canada), Benjamin Pasternack (United States), Imre Rohmann (Austria), and Lilya Zilberstein (Russia). André Bourbeau (Canada) was the president of the jury. More information is available at the competition’s website.

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Published June 2, 2011
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