YSM alumni take home prizes in Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition

YSM alumni were among the winners of the recent Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. The annual event is open to instrumentalists, singers and chamber ensembles performing classical and non-traditional repertoire.

Among this year’s winners were the Amphion String Quartet and the string quintet Sybarite5, two ensembles whose members include YSM alumni. All winners receive a two-year management contract with with the Concert Artists Guild as well as a New York recital opportunity. Sybarite5 also won the Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist Prize.

Three of the Amphion Quartet’s members are alumni: Katie Hyun ’09AD, violin; David Southorn ’09MM, ’10AD, violin; and Mihai Marica ’04CERT, ’08AD, cello. Performing in Sybarite5 is violinist Sami Merdinian ’06MM, ’07AD. MORE

Published October 27, 2011
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Boris Berman plays Bach keyboard concertos April 6

Will perform with quartet of YSM faculty and alumni performers

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by pianist Boris Berman and guest artists on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The concert presents four concertos by J.S. Bach for keyboard and strings, performed as chamber music rather than with a full orchestra.

Berman will be joined by violinists Katie Hyun and David Southorn, violist Ettore Causa, and cellist Mihai Marica. Causa is on the faculty of the Yale School of Music and will also perform with Berman in a recital on March 26. Hyun, Southorn, and Marica are graduates of the School who play together in the award-winning Amphion String Quartet.

The music on this concert will include Bach’s Concerto in E Major, BWV 1053; Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056; Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055; Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1058; and Concerto in D Major, BWV 1054. Most of these are transcriptions by Bach of his own concertos written for other instruments such as violin or winds.


Published March 14, 2011
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Peter Oundjian to conduct Yale Philharmonia Jan. 22

Oundjian leads the orchestra in Rimsky-Korsakov, Walton, Vaughan Williams

oundjian_blogThe Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale with guest conductor Peter Oundjian on Friday, January 22 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven). Oundjian, music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia’s principal guest conductor, will lead the orchestra in music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Walton, and Vaughan Williams. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol opens the program. Violinist Katherine Hyun, a graduate of the School of Music and a winner of the 2009 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, will perform the solo in William Walton’s Violin Concerto. The demanding yet intimate piece was written for the legendary Jascha Heifetz, who premiered the work with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1939. Around that same time, Ralph Vaughan Williams began work on his Symphony No. 5 in D major, returning to a more romantic sound than he had used in his previous symphony. MORE

Published January 5, 2010
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Winners of the 2009 Woolsey Concerto Competition Announced

Katherine HyunThe Yale School of Music is pleased to announce the results of the 2009 Woolsey Hall Competition, held on March 28. In this annual event, the varied departments of the School of Music – from piano to winds and brass, from strings to percussion –  select a total of 20 finalists to compete for the privilege of performing as a soloist with the Yale Philharmonia in the 2009-10 season. Judges Melvin Chen, Robert Fitzpatrick, and Christopher Zimmerman selected three winners from the finalists.

In alphabetical order, the winners are:

Paul Won-Jin Cho: Nielsen, Clarinet Concerto

Ji-Yun Han: Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1

Katherine Hyun (pictured): Walton, Violin Concerto


Published April 2, 2009
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