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The Sebastians perform at the Collection of Musical Instruments Oct. 25

sebastians-webThe Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents The Sebastians in a concert on Sunday, October 25 at 3:00 pm.

The performance, called Orfeo del Violino, will feature solo and trio sonatas by Arcangelo Corelli and his predecessors.

“As the legendary Orpheus used his music as a rhetorical weapon, Corelli brought a new level of virtuosity and expression to violin playing,” explain The Sebastians about this program. “Corelli’s infectious harmonic and structural language took Europe by storm, but it was his older Roman compatriots, including Lelio Colista, Girolamo Frescobaldi, and Alessandro Stradella, who set the stage.”

Published October 14, 2015
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New York Times: Violin Sonatas Suffuse Lent

New York Times
By Vivien Schweitzer

The Sonata No. 10 “The Crucifixion,” by the 17th-century virtuoso violinist Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, unfolds in a blaze of effects, beginning with slashing chords perhaps intended to depict the nailing of Jesus to the cross.

The violinist Daniel S. Lee offered a fleet-fingered, passionate interpretation of the work on Saturday at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, part of Tenet’s TENEbrae series commemorating Lent.

The 18th-century English historian Charles Burney wrote that “of all the violin players of the last century, Biber seems to have been the best, and his solos are the most difficult and most fanciful of any music I have seen of the same period.” Biber composed a large catalog of instrumental and vocal music, but is largely remembered for his violin sonatas. MORE

Published March 24, 2014
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Yale ensembles win silver, bronze medals in Fischoff Competition

jasper_quartetTwo ensembles from the Yale School of Music won accolades in the 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Ind. The Jasper String Quartet (J Freivogel, violin; Sae Niwa, violin; Sam Quintal, viola; and Rachel Henderson, cello) won the silver medal in the senior string division, and the Lorien Trio (Nicholas DiEugenio, violin; Ashley Bathgate, cello; and Ilya Poletaev, piano) won the bronze. The Grand Prize winner, the Linden String Quartet of the Cleveland Institute of Music, enjoys a Yale connection as well: the quartet will study at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival this summer.

The Jasper Quartet is the 2008-09 Fellowship Quartet in Residence at Yale, where they study with the Tokyo String Quartet. The Lorien Trio is a mix of alumni (Bathgate and Poletaev) and current students (DiEugenio). “We are all excited and proud to represent Yale on the national scene,” said DiEugenio.

The Fischoff Competition is the world’s largest chamber music competition. In 2009, ensembles representing 14 nationalities competed in five rounds of competition over three days.

Published May 11, 2009
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Violinist Nicholas DiEugenio ’08AD appointed Assistant Professor at Ithaca College

Nicholas DiEugenio, violinNicholas DiEugenio ’08AD has been appointed Assistant Professor of Violin at the Ithaca College School of Music. The position is tenure-track and begins this August.


Praised by the Cleveland Plain Dealer for his “invigorating, silken” playing and “mysterious atmosphere,” violinist Nicholas DiEugenio leads a versatile musical life as a multi-faceted performer of composers from Buxtehude to Carter. This year’s projects include concerts at Town Hall in Seattle and Merkin Hall in New York, as well as concerts at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Recently, Mr. DiEugenio performed Ezra Laderman’s Violin Duets in Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) along with violinist Katie Hyun. He has premiered chamber works by composers Yevgeniy Sharlat, Matthew Barnson, and Timo Andres at Yale, as well as at Roulette in New York, and by Stephen Gorbos at Cornell. MORE

Published April 30, 2009
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