Two YSM pianists will compete in 2013 Cliburn Competition

This year’s Cliburn Competition will feature two YSM pianists, Sean Chen ’14AD and Lindsay Garritson ’10MM, ’11AD. The two are among the thirty young musicians selected through a jury screening who will compete May 24 through June 9, 2013 in Fort Worth, TX.

Chen, 24, is a student of Hung-Kuan Chen at the School of Music. Garritson, 25, studied with Boris Berman for her Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma.

In the preliminary round, all competitors will perform two 45-minute solo recitals. Twelve semifinalists will be selected to perform a 60-minute solo recital, including the commissioned work by YSM faculty composer Christopher Theofanidis ’97DMA, and a piano quintet with the Brentano String Quartet. The six finalists will perform two piano concerti with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin.

All performances will be streamed live in their entirety and available on-demand at Additional media exposure will be generated through a documentary film, to be aired nationally on PBS; radio broadcasts; and commercial recordings produced and distributed by Harmonia Mundi U.S.A.

Sean Chen, second-prize winner in the 2011 Seoul International Music Competition, has performed with orchestras including the Indianapolis Chamber, New West, Suwon Philharmonic, and Juilliard Orchestras. He has presented solo recitals in Indianapolis, New York, Albuquerque, Miami, Los Angeles, Ventura, and Taipei. Among his other awards are MORE

Published March 5, 2013
Share This Comments

Pianist Lindsay Garritson takes third prize in Bosendorfer ASU piano competition

Lindsay Garritson ’10MM, ’11AD won the bronze medal at the Bosendorfer ASU Piano Competition this past Sunday, January 13. The competition took place at the ASU School of Music in Tempe, Arizona.

Forty-two outstanding pianists from around the globe traveled to Tempe, Ariz. in January as the ASU School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts hosted the Sixth Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competitions in collaboration with the Phoenix Symphony, the Arizona Young Artist Committee, Bösendorfer, Yamaha, and the Arizona Piano Gallery.

A total of 198 pianists from 31 countries applied to compete. The 42 selected by a screening committee competed in the semi-final and final rounds for prizes including over $50,000 of cash awards, engagements with the Phoenix Symphony, and recital performances in the United States, Austria, and Germany for the winners. Read about the competitors here.

Pianist Lindsay Garritson has performed throughout the United States and abroad since the age of four. She has appeared as soloist with the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal), Orquestra Sinfônica Barra Mansa (Brazil), the Yale Philharmonic Orchestra, the European Philharmonic Orchestra (France), St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, University City Symphony, Alton Symphony, Belleville Philharmonic, and the Principia College Orchestra.

Lindsay has received top prizes at the 2011 Montreal International Piano Competition, the 2011 Woolsey Concerto Competition (Yale), the 2010 Mozarteum International Chopin Competition (Salzburg), the Fite Family Competition, the St. Louis Artist Presentation Society, the Sarasota Artist Series Competition, the Connecticut Music Teachers Young Artist Competition, and the Music Teacher National Association’s Young Artist’s Competition. MORE

Published January 15, 2013
Share This Comments

Yale Philharmonia performs with Shinik Hahm, Lindsay Garritson Nov. 17

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale in a concert featuring Romantic music on Thursday, November 17, 2011. Shinik Hahm will conduct the orchestra, and Lindsay Garritson will be the piano soloist. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, corner of Grove Street).

Mendelssohn’s Overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will open the concert, and pianist Lindsay Garritson will perform the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor. Garritson, a graduate of the School of Music, appears as a winner of the Woolsey Concerto Competition. She is also a prizewinner in competitions such as the Montreal International Piano Competition, Mozarteum International Chopin Competition, and MTNA Young Artist Competition.

The second half of the concert will feature Rachmaninoff’s three-movement Symphonic Dances. The last work that Rachmaninoff completed, it showcases the orchestra’s rich variety of tone colors.

Admission to the concert is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit


The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale is one of America’s foremost music school ensembles. The largest performing group at the Yale School of Music, the Philharmonia offers superb training in orchestral playing and repertoire. Performances include an annual series of concerts in Woolsey Hall, as well as Yale Opera productions in the Schubert Performing Arts Center. In addition to its season of six Woolsey Hall concerts, the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale has performed on numerous occasions in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2008 the Philharmonia undertook its first tour of Asia, with acclaimed performances in the Seoul Arts Center, the Forbidden City Concert Hall and National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), and the Shanghai Grand Theatre.

Shinik Hahm, the resident conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale, has been a professor of conducting at the Yale School of Music since 2004. A dynamic and innovative musician, Hahm is sought after among North American, South American, European, and Asian orchestras. In 2006 Maestro Hahm completed his tenure as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea, with which he toured the U.S. in 2004 and Japan in 2005. Hahm served as Music Director of the Abilene (Tex.) Philharmonic Orchestra for a decade (1993-2003), successfully converting the community ensemble into a professional regional orchestra.

As pianist and violinist, Lindsay Garritson has been touring the country and abroad since the age of four. As winner of several concerto competitions, Lindsay has performed with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, University City Symphony, and the European Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Most recently, she was awarded second prize in the 2011 Montreal International Piano Competition and first prize at the 2010 Mozarteum International Chopin Competition in Salzburg. She has participated in numerous music festivals including Aspen, Orford (Canada), and International Holland Music Sessions. Lindsay received her B.A. from Principia College and her M.M. and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music as a student of Boris Berman.

Published November 1, 2011
Share This Comments

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.


Published June 2, 2011
Share This Comments

Results of 2011 Woolsey Competition announced

The 2011 Woolsey Competition took place on Saturday, April 16, with twenty-two finalists from the Yale School of Music competing. The guest judges – violinist Sharon Yamada, hornist David Ohanian, and pianist André-Michel Schub – selected three winners:

Soo Ryun Baek, violin

Soo Ryun Baek
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy in E-flat major for violin and orchestra

Lindsay Garritson
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor

Kristan Toczko
Ginastera: Harp Concerto, Op. 25

The winners will appear as soloists with the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale next season.

The judges also awarded a First Honorable Mention to David Radzynski for the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1. The Second Honorable Mention went to soprano Sherezade Panthaki for Mozart’s Schon lacht der holde Frühling and Vorrei spiegarvi, o Dio!.

Published April 18, 2011
Share This Comments

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
Share This Comments

Messiaen Centenary Celebration at Yale

Dec 13: Yale Pianists perform Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

Twenty-movement work is a high point of the contemporary piano repertoire

The Yale Schol of Music presents Messiaen’s most important piano work, Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus, performed by eleven of the School’s most promising graduate-level pianists on Saturday, December 13 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall, 470 College St (at Wall St), New Haven.  This concert is part of the Messiaen Centenary Celebration at Yale.  Vingt Regards, composed in 1944 for Messiaen’s second wife, Yvonne Loriod, is considered one of the most significant works of the twentieth-century piano repertoire.  Here it will be performed by Jeannette Fang, Wei-Jen Yuan, Reinis Zarins, Jason Wirth, Amy Yang, Martin Leung, Jeong-ah Ryu, Lulu Yang, Katsura Tanikawa, Juan Carlos Fernandez-Nieto, and Lindsay Garritson.

The Messiaen Centenary Celebration at Yale will honor the hundredth birthday of influential French composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) with numerous events exploring the breadth and depth of his work. Sponsored by the School of Music, the festival takes place from Monday, December 8 to Sunday, December 14, 2008, encompassing Messiaen’s birthday on December 10.  William Purvis, a member of the YSM faculty and interim director of the Collection of Musical Instruments, is artistic director. Information on the Messiaen Centenary is available at

Admission to the concert is free.  For additional information, please call the Yale School of Music Concert Office at 203 432-4158 or visit the Sprague Hall Box Office during regular business hours.

Published December 11, 2008
Share This Comments