[ students & alumni ]

YSM alumna Christine Gangelhoff releases new album with C Force

Christine Gangelhoff ’95 AD recently released a new recording entitled Tour de Force with her ensemble, C Force. The 2-disc collection features art music of the Caribbean and includes works by composers from Guadeloupe, Haiti, the U.S. Virgin Islands and many more.

This release is the group’s third recording and follows the success of their first two albums, Tchaka Mizik, and Deep Blue. The latter was praised by musicologist Dominique de Lerma as “being destined to become a document in the evolutionary history of music in The Bahamas.” MORE

Published March 17, 2016
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[ alumni ]

Alumni receive Grammy nominations


Darrell Ang

Several Yale School of Music alumni were among the musicians nominated for Grammy Awards. The nominations for the 2016 awards were announced Monday, December 7.

In the category of Best Orchestral Performance, conductor Darrell Ang ’08 MM was nominated for his recording of Zhou Long and Chen Yi’s Symphony Humen 1839. The recording, which featured the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, was released on the Naxos label.

In the category of Best Choral Performance was Pablo Neruda: The Poet Sings, recorded on Harmonia Mundi with Craig Hella Johnson ’90 MMA, ’95 DMA leading the ensemble Conspirare.

Brad Wells ’05 DMA and the vocal octet Roomful Of Teeth were nominated in the category of Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for Render, released on New Amsterdam Records. There are numerous YSM alumni among the members of Roomful of Teeth. MORE

Published December 7, 2015
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[ in the press ]

Inbal Segev on Climbing the Mount Everest for Cellists

Epoch Times | By Milene FernandezCellist Inbal Segev

It was on her mind for at least 20 years. Inbal Segev had been preparing, practicing, gearing herself up to consummate her musical career by climbing what she called “the Mount Everest for cellists.” Recording J. S. Bach’s complete cello suites constitutes the pinnacle of her internal journey as an artist so far.

The Bach cello suites are so challenging because, as Segev said, they are so simple and yet complex, so structured and yet so free. It is something that any great cellist is expected to accomplish.


Published November 19, 2015
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[ alumni ]

Guitarist Yuri Liberzon ’07 MM releases debut recording, “Ascension”

liberzon-cover-webRussian-Israeli guitarist Yuri Liberzon ’07 MM has released his debut album, Ascension. The solo instrumental album features compositions by Bach, the Beatles, and Keith Jarrett.

Classical music critic Dan Cohen at The Muse’s Muse wrote: “…he’s all about melody, all about communication, all about heart. It’s his Ascension, to be sure, but he wants to take us with him. My advice to you—drop everything and go!”

Yuri’s success in the United States began with full scholarships to study with Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, and Benjamin Verdery at the Yale School of Music. Mr. Liberzon completed his Graduate Performance Diploma and bachelor’s degree from Peabody and then his master’s degree from Yale. MORE

Published August 14, 2015
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[ faculty ]

Ransom Wilson, Peter Frankl record CD together on Nimbus

Ransom Wilson

Faculty members Ransom Wilson, flute, and Peter Frankl, piano, have teamed up to record Works for Flute and Piano, released in June on the Nimbus label. The recording includes duos by Beethoven, Schubert, and Schumann.

The disc opens with Beethoven’s Serenade for flute and piano in D major, Op. 41, an arrangement of the Serenade, Op. 25. This is followed by Schubert’s Introduction and Variations on “Trockne Blumen” from the song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin, D. 802.

Concluding the recording is a collection of Schumann pieces: Three Romances, Op. 94; the songs “Widmung,” Op. 25, No. 1, and “Meine Rose,” Op. 90, No. 2; and another Romanze (No. 5 from Spanische Liebeslieder, Op. 138).

Peter Frankl, piano

For more information about the repertoire and its history, visit this page.

Published July 6, 2015
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[ students + alumni ]

Recordings by YSM alumni make Rhapsody’s Top Ten Classical Albums for March

CD_clapies_melanieRhapsody’s list of Top Ten Classical Albums for March, 2015 includes two by YSM alumni: Mélanie Clapiès’s Pierrots Lunaires at No. 4 and James Austin Smith’s Distance at No. 5.

Mélanie Clapiès ’15 AD, a violinist, recorded Les Pierrots Lunaires with cellist Yan Levionnois on the Fondamenta label. The recording, which includes works by Ligeti, Ravel, Villa-Lobos, Xenakis, Mařatka, and Schulhoff, is distributed in the U.S. by Naxos. Clapiès was recently named one of the winners of the 2015 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition. MORE

Published April 28, 2015
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[ alumni ]

Organist Andrew Scanlon ’03 MM releases “Solemn and Celebratory”

scanlon_andrew_webOrganist Andrew Scanlon ’03 MM recently released a new disc entitled “Solemn and Celebratory” (Raven Recordings, 2013).

Featuring music by Cook, Mendelssohn, Bach, Duruflé, Vierne and others, the CD shows the vitality and flexibility of the C.B. Fisk organ in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Greenville, North Carolina, where Scanlon is the Director of Music. MORE

Published August 14, 2014
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[ recordings ]

Matthew Barnson ’12 DMA releases ‘Sibyl Tones’ on Tzadik Records

barnson-sibyl-tonesUtah-born and New York City-based composer Matthew Barnson ’07 MM, ’08 MMA, ’12 DMA has released his latest CD, Sibyl Tones, on Tzadik Records.

The CD presents three original pieces for string quartet performed by the Arditti Quartet from London and the JACK quartet from New York City. Tzadik praises Barnson as a  “thrilling new American compositional voice.”

Barnson has studied at the Eastman School of Music, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Yale School of Music. At 34, the composer is the youngest recipient of a Barlow Commission from the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications, and was a 2009 recipient of the Charles Ives Prize.

Published March 12, 2014
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[ announcements ]

Yale School of Music and Naxos Records announce new collaborative venture

The Yale School of Music and Naxos are pleased to announce a new collaborative recording project. Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music, and Klaus Heymann, CEO of Naxos, have agreed to co-produce 20 compact discs of piano music in the next few years. The recordings will encompass piano music by Domenico Scarlatti, Muzio Clementi, Franz Lizst, and other Romantic-period composers, performed by the piano students of the School. 

The School of Music is one of several renowned professional music programs engaged with Naxos in this project, which will culminate in approximately 200 new recordings. The objective, according to Mr. Heymann, “is to record a wide range of piano literature that is not frequently performed or recorded. The partnership between Naxos and several elite institutions makes this literature more accessible and commercially viable.” MORE

Published February 20, 2014
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[ in the press ]

Frank Morelli: FROM THE HEART on MSR

morelliFanfare Magazine
By Maria Nockin

Frank Morelli was the first player to receive a doctorate in bassoon performance from the Juilliard School, and for many years he has been a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Gilbert Kalish was the pianist for the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for 30 years. On this disc they play a wide-ranging array of 20th-century music for bassoon and piano.


Published February 18, 2014
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