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Wenbin Jin appointed Associate Director of Performing Arts for Keystone Academy

wenbin-jinPianist and YSM alum Wenbin Jin ’13 MM, ’15 AD has been appointed Associate Director of Performing Arts at the Keystone Academy in Beijing. His position, which also includes serving as the music instructor for the program, begins fall 2016. Located in Beijing’s Shunyi District, the Keystone Academy is one of China’s foremost private schools, serving students from primary through high school.

Wenbin Jin began playing the piano at the age of 5, was accepted into the China Central Conservatory of Music middle school program at 12, and entered Yale University under the tutelage of Boris Berman at the age of 18. He has performed around the world, including in the U.S., China, Holland, Italy, Canada, Japan, South Korea, France, Germany, and Australia. Jin has won top prizes in all three major Chinese international piano competitions including the Shanghai, China, and Shenzhen International Piano Competitions.


Published April 11, 2016
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Alumni Wenbin Jin, Kendra James take prizes in competitions


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Pianist Wenbin Jin ’09 MM won third prize in the China International Concerto Competition. Twenty-eight Chinese pianists and seventeen overseas participants took part in the competition, which was held in Shenzhen, China. The competition is held every three years; the first was held in 2006.

Violist Kendra James ’12 MM won the Primrose Prize in the Primrose International Viola Competition, held in Los Angeles in June. The prize is for the best performance of a virtuoso transcription by the late William Primrose.

Kendra James was also a finalist and scholarship winner in the CMC (Canadian Music Competition/Concours de musique du Canada) / Canadian Music Competition “Stepping Stone,” held in Toronto in May.


Kendra James

Published July 3, 2014
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YSM students perform at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in February 2014

kennedy1Yale School of Music students will soon take part in two performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Both events — on February 19 and 23 — will be streamed live via the Kennedy Center’s website.

In honor of the Kennedy Center’s recently debuted 5,000-pipe organ, Yale School of Music faculty and students will perform an organ showcase in Washington, D.C. The concert, featuring Yale School of Music student Robert Bennesh, will take place on Wednesday, February 19 at 6 pm.

In addition, YSM students will be performing as part of the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage Conservatory Project, a semi-annual event presenting the nation’s finest young musical artists. This year’s concert, which takes place on Sunday, February 23 at 6 pm, will feature three pianists:  Yevgeny Yontov ’14 MM, Lo-An Lin ’14 AD, and Wenbin Jin ’14 AD.  MORE

Published February 17, 2014
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Wenbin Jin ’09MM wins second prize in China International Piano Competition

jin_wenbin_webOn November 26, 2013, Wenbin Jin ’09MM won second prize in the Sixth China International Piano Competition in Xiamen, China. The competition, organized by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, was open to pianists of all nationalities between the ages of 17 and 32.

Jin was awarded second place out of 59 pre-selected competitors. WU Zuqiang was the artistic director of the competition; Zhou Guangren was the artistic advisor. The jurors were Arie Vardi (Israel), Aquiles Delle Vigne (Italy), Han Dong II (United States), John O’Conor (Ireland), Jacques Rouvier (France), Joaquin Soriano (Spain), Li Mingqiang (Hong Kong), Li Qifang (China), Kyung-Sook Lee (Korea), Philip Jenkins (Britain), Sheng Yiqi (China), and Tamas Vesmas (France).

In the preliminary round, selected contestants perform a recital of 25 to 30 minutes. The semi-final round features a 55–60-minute recital program. In the final round, contestants perform two piano concertos, one by Mozart. As the second-place winner, Jin takes home a prize of $20,000.


Published December 4, 2013
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YSM pianists share top prize in Shanghai International Piano Competition

At the sixth Shanghai International Piano Competition earlier this month, Henry Kramer ’13AD and Wenbin Jin ’09CERT were jointly awarded the second prize. The first prize was not awarded.

Both also won additional prizes: Jin for Best Performance of the Chinese Commissioned Work and Best Chinese Contestant, and Kramer for Best Performance of Lieder.

Wenbin Jin attended the middle school attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing under Professor Zhang Lin. At the age of 18 he entered the Yale School of Music to study with Boris Berman and received the Certificate of Performance in 2009. Later that year, he began studying with Hung-Kuan Chen at the New England Conservatory; Chen also teaches at the Yale School of Music. Jin has performed recitals in the United States, Holland, Italy, Canada, Japan, Korea, France, Germany, and Taiwan. In 2004 Wenbin performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra. He has been an official accompanist at the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea for the last three years.Wenbin Jin has worked closely with musicians such as Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Ani Kavafian, David Shifrin, and Alfred Brendel. He was a semifinalist in the 2011 Clara Haskil Competition and has received prizes in the China National Piano Competition, among others.

Henry Kramer was a top prizewinner in the 2010 National Chopin Competition and the 2011 International Concours Montreal. In recent seasons, he has performed a solo recital at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, a concerto engagement with The Portland Symphony, and with fellow Yale pianists in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Henry has appeared as a soloist with the Orchestre Metropolitan du Montreal, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Miami Frost School of Music Orchestra, as well as in recitals across the US and internationally.  He has been featured on National Public Radio and WQXR (New York City). In addition to his solo performances, Henry is active as a chamber musician. He has been featured in performances at Lincoln Center and has participated in the Music Academy of the West, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Henry holds a MM and BM from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Robert McDonald and Julian Martin. He currently studies with Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music.

Published November 14, 2012
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