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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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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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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Ilya Poletaev and friends perform a tribute to George Enescu

Program includes a newly-discovered violin work by the Romanian composer



Canadian pianist and Yale faculty member Ilya Poletaev brings together his faculty colleague, tenor James Taylor, guest violinist Jennifer Curtis, and alumni cellist Mihai Marica for a tribute to the Romanian composer George Enescu on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Enescu (1881-1955), described by Pablo Casals as “the greatest musical phenomenon since Mozart,” was a virtuoso violinist, pianist, and conductor as well as an educator and composer. His mature works are noteworthy for their refinement, complexity, and emotional depth, but have been celebrated little outside of Enescu’s native Romania.

This concert will introduce to the public some of the most important chamber works in Enescu’s oeuvre: Sept Chansons de Clement Marot, Op. 15; the newly-discovered Airs in Romanian Style for solo violin; the Cello Sonata, Op. 26, no. 2; the Piano Sonata, Op. 24, no. 1; and Impressions d’Enfance for violin and piano, Op. 28. This will be the first time the Airs in Romanian Style has been performed in New Haven; Curtis recently gave the work its New York premiere. Admission to the performance is free. For a live video stream of the concert, and for more information, visit the School of Music’s website.


Published January 12, 2010
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