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Suliman Tekalli joins Catalyst String Quartet

Catalyst Quartet

Catalyst Quartet

The Catalyst Quartet announced in January that Suliman Tekalli ’16 AD has been named the newest member of the ensemble. He replaces Jessie Montgomery, who left to devote her time to composing.

Tekalli will rotate first and second violin parts with Karla Donehew-Perez. Winner of the 2015 Seoul International Music Competition, he brings a wealth of solo and chamber music experience to the quartet. MORE

Published February 2, 2016
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Suliman Tekalli plays for South Korean President Park Geun-hye

Suliman Tekalli, violin

Suliman Tekalli, violin

Violinist Suliman Tekalli ’16 A.D., who recently won second prize in the 2015 Seoul International Music Competition, was invited to perform as a soloist for the South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Washington D.C.

The performance took place at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium last Wednesday night with the International Sejong Soloists during President Park’s visit with President Obama.

“To come on stage as a soloist in front of this world class group of musicians to face a whole audience of world leaders was certainly a singular rush and a great honor,” Tekalli said. MORE

Published October 21, 2015
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Suliman Tekalli wins second prize in Seoul International Violin Competition

Suliman Tekalli

Suliman Tekalli

Violinist Suliman Tekalli ’16 AD was awarded second prize in the Seoul International Music Competition this weekend. He shared the prize with Japanese violinist Ayana Tsuji. 

No first prize was awarded in this year’s competition, which takes place annually in South Korea. The competition rotates among violin, piano, and voice. MORE

Published March 30, 2015
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YSM violinists advance in Seoul and Queen Elisabeth Competitions

Suliman Tekalli

Suliman Tekalli

Suliman Tekalli ’16 AD and Wonyoung Jung ’12 MM are among the twelve semifinalists in the Seoul International Competition. The competition is taking place in Seoul through March 29.

The Seoul International Music Competition was established by The Dong-A Ilbo, one of the most prestigious national newspapers in Korea, and the Seoul Metropolitan Government. The Competition’s aim is to promote international cultural exchanges through music, and to support talented young musicians from around the world. The competition is held annually for piano, violin, and voice, in a rotating sequence. The category for 2015 competition is violin, and the competition is being held from March 18 to 29 in Seoul. MORE

Published March 27, 2015
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[ events ]

School holds opening Convocation Sep. 3

YSM-Convocation-103At the Yale School of Music’s annual Convocation, which took place Wednesday, September 3, 2014 in Morse Recital Hall, Provost Benjamin Polak installed the incoming class of YSM students. Robert Blocker, Dean of the School of Music, hosted the event and honored several attendees.

Gregory E. Sterling, Dean of the Yale Divinity School, gave the invocation. Dean Blocker recognized Paul Berry, Assistant Professor Adjunct of Music History. Berry was one of only ten recipients of the Provost’s inaugural Teaching Prize (story here).

YSM-Convocation-039Dean Blocker conferred the Cultural Leadership Citation upon Dorothy K. Robinson, Vice President and General Counsel of the University. MORE

Published September 5, 2014
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Chamber music competition winners perform concert May 6

chamber_music3The Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music features the winners of the annual chamber music competition in a concert on Tuesday, May 6.

This showcase of winning student performances, which includes music by Beethoven, Kurtág, and Franck, takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The concert will also stream live online. LIVE STREAM

The performance will open with Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 12, No. 3, performed by Matheus Garcia-Souza, violin, and Miki Sawada, fortepiano. Next will be the Hommage à R. Schumann  by the 20th-century Hungarian composer György Kurtág, a five-part work replete with references to works by Schumann and Machaut, synthesized and retold in Kurtág’s own voice. This trio will be played by Isabella Mensz, viola; Eric Anderson, clarinet; and Peter Klimo, piano.

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Published April 21, 2014
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YSM students advance in competitions

Violinists Wonyoung Jung and Suliman Tekalli, pianist Sean Chen compete this week


Sean Chen ’14AD advances to semifinals of Cliburn Competition

chen-sean-cliburnPianist Sean Chen advanced to the semifinal round of the Cliburn International Piano Competition. His recital in this round includes Ligeti: Étude No. 13, “L’escalier du diable:; Brahms: Variations on an Original Theme, op. 21, no. 1; Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales; Theofanidis: Birichino (the required piece commissioned for the competition); and Stravinsky: Trois movements du Pétrouchka. Chen will also perform the Brahms Piano Quintet with the Brentano String Quartet.

Second-prize winner at the 2011 Seoul International Music Competition and Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow of the American Pianists Association, Sean Chen has performed with several orchestras, including the Indianapolis Chamber, Juilliard, New West Symphony, and Suwon Philharmonic. He has presented solo recitals in Albuquerque, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Taipei, among other cities. Additional awards include top prize at the 2010 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at Julliard, the 2010 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, Best Performance of an American Work at the 2009 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Award, and an NFAA ARTSweek award. Born in Florida, Mr. Chen grew up in Oak Park, California and now resides in New Haven, Connecticut, where he is pursuing his artist diploma at the Yale School of Music. When not at the piano, he enjoys tinkering with computers and composing.

Wonyoung Jung ’13MM advances to semifinal Round III in Michael Hill Violin Competition

In the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, held in New Zealand, Wongyoung Jung ’13MM was one of six competitors selected to advance to Round III of the semifinals. MORE

Published June 4, 2013
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