YSM welcomes two artist diploma candidates to prestigious program

Sirena Huang, left, and Szymon Nehring

In the fall, the Yale School of Music will welcome two new artist diploma candidates to the program. Violinist Sirena Huang, who is currently enrolled in YSM’s master of music program, will now pursue an artist diploma. Pianist Szymon Nehring will enter the AD program having previously studied at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Huang and Nehring will join pianist Vyacheslav Gryaznov in the program, whose curriculum was revised in 2014 to serve instrumentalists and vocalists who are on the cusp of major international solo careers.

“The artist diploma is our highest performance degree,” YSM Deputy Dean Melvin Chen said. “The two entering the program in the fall exemplify the type of artist diploma candidate we are looking for — bright, inquisitive, and unique artists who are gaining recognition through top prizes in major international competitions.”

Huang, who studies with Hyo Kang, recently won the New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Audition for Violinists and the inaugural Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition. Earlier this month, Nehring won the 15th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. He will study with Boris Berman at YSM. MORE

Published May 17, 2017
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Sirena Huang ’18MM wins inaugural Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition

Sirena Huang

Sirena Huang

Violinist Sirena Huang ’18MM has won the inaugural Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, the final round of which was held on Saturday and Sunday at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music, in Boca Raton, Florida. Huang earned a $30,000 prize, artist management and promotional support, and a new instrument, bow, and case, according to a press release issued on Sunday by competition organizers.

In the competition’s final round, Huang performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Lynn Philharmonia under the direction of music director Guillermo Figueroa. Performances by four finalists were streamed live on YouTube and on the competition’s Facebook page.

“The 2017 judges were Andrés Cárdenes, Charles Castleman, Alexander Gilman, Gudny Gudmundsdottir, Daniel Heifetz (chairman of the jury), Ilya Kaler, and Vera Tsu Wei-ling,” the press release said. “The 20 competitors who were selected to compete in the inaugural 2017 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition were chosen from more than 80 applicants from 16 countries.” The competition was established by its namesake, violinist Elmar Oliveira, who is a distinguished artist-in-residence at Lynn University. MORE

Published February 6, 2017
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Age of Global Success: Hyo Kang

Korea On Demand has created a documentary on violinist Hyo Kang in their series The Age of Global Success. The video is mostly in Korean, but there are several segments in English. Meet some of Kang’s students, watch him in rehearsal, see his work with the Sejong Soloists, and more.


Published August 12, 2013
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Daewon Music Awards Grand Prize given to Hyo Kang

Hyo Kang, a member of the YSM violin faculty, was honored with the Daewon Music Awards Grand Prize, the most prestigious music award in Korea, for his contribution to the field of music through his establishment of the Great Mountains International Music Festival.

Hyo Kang has led a flourishing and versatile career as a performer, teacher, and artistic director for the past three decades. He has made numerous concert tours in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, and Central America. As a member of the highly acclaimed Theatre Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for more than twenty years, he has given many works their American premieres.

Hyo Kang joined the Yale faculty in 2006. He has been on the faculty of the Juilliard School since 1978, and was on the faculty of the Aspen Music School in Colorado from 1978 to 2005. His students have distinguished themselves with top prizes at the world’s most prestigious competitions and are performing with major orchestras worldwide; former students include Gil Shaham, Sarah Chang, and Chee-Yun, among many others. Hyo Kang was born in Seoul, Korea and graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay. In 1995, Mr. Kang founded Sejong, which has performed more than 300 concerts on major stages around the world and is in its thirteenth season.

In March 2003 Mr. Kang was appointed Honorary Ambassador by the Governor of Gangwon Province, Korea and was asked to bring the first international music festival to PyeongChang. Mr. Kang launched the Great Mountains Music Festival and School in August 2004 and still serves as its artistic director. He has been the subject of four television documentaries, including KBS-TV’s Teaching Genius. In 2004, the Korean government awarded him the National Arts Medal.

Published March 3, 2011
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