Domenic Salerni joins Dalí Quartet and wins silver in the M-Prize Competition


Domenic Salerni

Domenic Salerni ’11 MM has been appointed first violinist of the Dalí Quartet, an ensemble that is known particularly for its excellence in Latin-American repertoire.

Furthermore, as a part of the septet Foundry, Salerni and YSM alumni Ian Rosenbaum ’10 MM ’11 AD, Andy Akiho ’11 MM, and Samuel Suggs ’14 MM, won second prize in the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition in the open division. Foundry is an ensemble that crosses and transcends genres, innovating new sounds through the synthesis of contemporary classical techniques and jazz, reggae, Caribbean, and Soca.  The M-Prize Competition (through the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance) awarded Foundry $7000.


Published June 28, 2016
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Artist Profile: Ian David Rosenbaum, Brooklyn-Based New Music Percussionist

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By Joel Garten

Ian David Rosenbaum works extensively with new music, specializing in chamber music. He is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program, as well as a number of other music ensembles including Sandbox Percussion, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Novus NY, Le Train Bleu and Time Travelers.

As a percussionist, Rosenbaum plays the whole gamut of percussion instruments, from marimba to timpani to temple bowls to beer bottles. This multitude of expressive outlets keeps him having fun with his performances, which acts as a balance to his very serious and intelligent engagement with music. He is very active with the music of living composers, regularly performing and commissioning new works. Rosenbaum has also performed numerous innovative percussion works which have taken music for percussion to new places. MORE

Published February 12, 2014
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Fresh Sound presents Ian David Rosenbaum Oct. 1

By Robert Bush
San Diego Reader

rosenbaumAdventurous music promoter Bonnie Wright continues her dynamic concert series Fresh Sound with an evening of solo percussion by Ian David Rosenbaum on Oct. 1 at Bread & Salt, located at 1955 Julian Ave, at 8 pm.

This is the San Diego debut for Rosenbaum, 25, who will join the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program as only the second percussionist ever selected. He has already recorded for the Bridge, Cantaloupe, Innova and Naxos recording labels.

His Fresh Sound performance will concentrate on percussion music (with and without electronics), featuring works by Andy Akiho, Frederic Rzewski, Alejandro Vinao and Chris Cerrone.


Published September 29, 2013
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Classical music’s “gateway drug”

James Chute
U-T San Diego


Consider yourself warned: Exposing yourself to solo percussion music could prove dangerous.

Although there are no formal studies, anecdotal evidence has shown that percussion can be a gateway drug into a full-scale addiction to classical music.

“Percussion is so cool,” said Ian David Rosenbaum, who performs Oct. 1 on the Fresh Sound series at Bread & Salt.

“We get to go on stage and hit things, from beautiful concert instruments to trash can lids. It’s a lot of fun. So it’s a great way to get someone who might never listen to classical music interested in classical music.”

You have to be careful about the Brooklyn-based, Yale-educated percussionist. At age 26, he’s not always playing by the time-honored classical music rules in his quest to expose people to his musical pleasures.


Published September 25, 2013
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Feb. 13 concert features music of Martin Bresnick

“Bresnick is a major voice.”
–Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

The Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents a concert of music by the award-winning composer Martin Bresnick on Monday, February 13. Featuring performances by pianist Robert Blocker, the acclaimed piano-cello duo TwoSense, and alumni of the School of Music, the concert is a tribute to Bresnick’s thirty years on the Yale faculty. Bresnick, a professor of composition, is also the coordinator of the composition department at the School of Music.

“Bresnick’s legacy as a teacher is secure,” writes John Schaefer on emusic, “but it has threatened to overshadow the fact that Bresnick can just flat-out write.” As evidence of this, Bresnick also the winner of such prestigious awards as the Rome Prize, a Fulbright grant, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among many others.

The piano-cello duo TwoSense, featuring Bang-on-a-Can All-Stars Ashley Bathgate (’07 MM, ’08 AD), cello and Lisa Moore, piano, will open the concert with “Ballade,” an homage to Brahms. Bathgate will join with violinist Sarita Kwok (’06 AD, ’09 DMA) to perform “Bird as Prophet” (1999), a piece that Fanfare Magazine considers “an expansive yet concentrated power of expression.”

Robert Blocker, the dean of the Yale School of Music, will perform “Strange Devotion,” a movement from Bresnick’s collection “Caprichos Enfaticos” (inspired by Francisco Goya’s masterful series of paintings, Los Destastres de la Guerra).

Percussionists Robert van Sice (a YSM faculty member) and Ian Rosenbaum (’10 MM, ’11 AD) will join with pianist Moore to perform the double concerto “Grace.” In the piece, writes Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times, “extended passages of halting rhythms and quizzical restraint are broken up with bursts of precise and telling gestures.”


Published January 20, 2012
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Four YSM alums win CMS Two auditions

Four graduates of the Yale School of Music were among the twelve musicians selected as the winners of this year’s CMS Two auditions.

CMS Two, a program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, offers valuable professional opportunities to performers in the early stages of major careers. During their three-year residency, members participate in all aspects of musical life at CMS, including national and international tours; radio and television broadcasts; recordings, and performances in venues including Alice Tully Hall.

From an initial pool of more than two hundred applicants from around the world, fifty-three were invited to participate in the live auditions. The four Yalies selected were cellist Mihai Marica ’04CERT, ’08AD; clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois ’06MM, ’07AD; oboist James Austin Smith ’08MM; and percussionist Ian Rosenbaum ’11AD. The other eight musicians selected were pianists Gloria Chien and Soyeon Lee; violinists Benjamin Beilman, Nicolas Dautricourt, Sean Lee, Alexander Sitkovetsky, and Areta Zhulla; and bassoonist Bram van Sambeek.

The panel for the live auditions included CMS artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han; cellist Laurence Lesser, a faculty member and former president of the New England Conservatory of Music; Anthony Fogg, artistic administrator of the Boston Symphony; Jeremy Geffen, director of artistic planning for Carnegie Hall; and additional musicians and members of the CMS artistic staff.

View the announcement on the CMSLC website here.

Published August 31, 2011
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YSM students perform at the Kennedy Center

kennedy-center-lobby_webFourteen students from the Yale School of Music will perform at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on Monday, May 25 at 6:00 pm. The concert is part of the the Conservatory Project, a series of events presenting the finest young artists from the country’s foremost conservatories.

The varied program includes solo and ensemble performances of music by Haydn, Verdi, Bizet, and Prokofiev, as well as less well-known composers such as Keiko Abe, Jorge Morel, and Robert Beaser. Solo piano, guitar, and marimba are featured, as well as vocal works, a string quartet, and a brass quintet. MORE

Published May 18, 2009
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