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Suzana Bartal releases first CD

Suzana Bartal ’13 MM, ’14 MMA released her first CD, Suzana Bartal plays Schumann, on March 4, 2016. The album, which has already received favorable reviews in French music publications, was recorded in Morse Recital Hall by Gene Kimball, senior recording engineer at YSM. The album was released on the French label Paraty and features Schumann’s beloved Kreisleriana, Op. 16, alongside Waldszenen, Op. 82, and Geistervariationen WoO 24.  MORE

Published March 21, 2016
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Leon Fleisher gives a master class Nov. 14

Intl_Piano_LF1120.pdfThe Yale School of Music presents a master class with legendary pianist Leon Fleisher on Thursday, November 14. Once hailed by the French conductor Pierre Monteux as “the pianistic find of the century,” Mr. Fleisher began studying piano at age 9, when he became the youngest-ever student of Arthur Schnabel.

In the master class, Fleisher will work with three Yale School of Music student pianists. Jenny Chen will play Beethoven’s Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, “Waldstein.” Suzana Bartal, a past winner of the Woolsey Concerto Competition, will play Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960. Larry Weng will also play Schubert, concluding the class with the Sonata in A major, D. 959 (Op. posth). MORE

Published November 1, 2013
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Suzana Bartal wins NYCA Concerto Competition

Suzana Bartal. foto VINCENT MENTZEL/NRCH 2010Suzana Bartal has been named the winner of the NYCA (New York Concert Artists and Associates) Concerto Competition.

There have been three rounds: the first one – preliminary on recording, and semifinal and final live auditions in New York. 12 pianists advanced to the semifinals and 4 to the finals

As the winner, Bartal will perform a concerto with the NYCA Symphony Orchestra in the Winner’s Evening, as a part of next season’s “Evenings of Piano Concerti” Concert Series. The Winner’s Evening will be fully promoted by NYCA to media and journalists in New York City, and will be written up by the New York Concert Review.

Born in 1986 in Timisoara (Romania), Suzana Bartal started playing the piano at the age of 8 and made her debut with orchestra at the age of 13. She has appeared in such prestigious venues as Musee d’Orsay in Paris, Radio France, and the Music Academy in Budapest, and her numerous recital appearances have taken her through Romania, Hungary, France, Italy, Holland, and Germany.

A prizewinner in numerous national and international competitions since the age of 11, Suzana has also been awarded scholarships by the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe, Nadia et Lili Boulanger Foundation (Paris), Mécénat Musical Société Générale, the ADAMI and the Williamson Foundation. Her appearances were broadcasted on several national radio and television channels in Romania, Hungary, as well as in France. MORE

Published May 7, 2013
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Woolsey Hall Competition Announces Winners

Suzana Bartal, piano

The winners of the Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition were announced Saturday.

The three winners will perform as soloists with the Yale Philharmonia during the 2012-2013 season. In alphabetical order, the winners are:

Suzana Bartal, piano
Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major

The Handsome Dans, trombone quartet
Jeffery Arredondo, Hana Beloglavec, Benjamin Firer, Timothy Hilgert
Jan Koetsier: Concertino for trombone quartet and string orchestra

Esther Park, piano

Esther Park, piano
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor

In addition, the judges awarded three honorable mentions.

First Honorable Mention
On You Kim, viola
Walton: Viola Concerto

Second Honorable Mention
Melody Quah, piano
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2

Third Honorable Mention
Laura Keller, violin
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

This year’s adjudicators were Shmuel Ashkenasi (violin), Ayako Oshima (clarinet), and Benita Valente (soprano). The competition took place this past Saturday, March 31. The judges were impressed with the high level of performance of everyone involved.

The Woolsey Competition is one of only two competitions at the Yale School of Music; the other is open to chamber music ensembles and offers the chance to perform on the Oneppo Chamber Music Series.

Published April 2, 2012
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