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Yang Jiao wins second place in Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales in Bucharest

YANG_JiaoYang Jiao ’12MM took second place in the fifth International Conducting Competition Bucharest Jeunesses Musicales. The competition took place September 1–5, 2014 in Bucharest, Romania.

On September 6, all three finalists conducted the George Enescu Philhamonic Bucharest in the opening concert of the Enescu International Competition. Yang and the other finalists will conduct future concerts with orchestras in Romania, Poland, and Serbia. MORE

Published September 15, 2014
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Yang Jiao ’12MM takes second prize in Li Delun Conducting Competition

Yang Jiao ’12MM was awarded the silver medal in the first Li Delun National Conducting Competition, held June 18–23 in Qingdao, China. Jing Huan took home the third prize; no first prize was awarded.

The Li Delun National Conducting Competition was organized by the Ministry of Culture, the China Symphony Development Foundation, and the local government of Qingdao. As Gramophone Magazine noted, “It was hoped the event will give China a much-needed conducting focus.” Competition juror Li Xincao, the principal conductor of the China National Symphony Orchestra, was quoted as saying: “We have many [world-class musicians], such as Lang Lang and Jian Wang, but we don’t have a top conductor.” Cellist Jian Wang ’88CERT is a graduate of the Yale School of Music.

In the first stage of the competition, twelve candidates were chosen from 68 entries. Six semi-finalists were then selected to conduct the first movement of the Sibelius Violin Concerto, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, and Tang Jianping’s Bao Leng Diao. The three finalists then conducted a selection of Brahms, Debussy, and Shostakovich.


Published July 5, 2012
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Conducting Fellows Lead the Philharmonia March 30

Program Features Two Beethoven Symphonies

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia on Friday, March 30. Conducting fellows Paolo Bortolameolli and Yang Jiao will lead the orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Symphony No. 7.

Bortolameolli, a first-year conducting fellow, will conduct the Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, written in 1806. Jiao, now in his second year, will conduct the Symphony No. 7 in A major, written in 1812. Beethoven – then in his mid-forties – considered the Seventh Symphony one of his strongest works to date.

The chamber-sized orchestra of 45 players will perform in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, corner of Wall Street). The concert begins at 5 pm. Admission is free, and no tickets are required.

For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

About the Performers

The Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale is one of America’s foremost music school ensembles. The largest performing group at the Yale School of Music, the Philharmonia offers superb training in orchestral playing and repertoire. Performances include an annual series of concerts in Woolsey Hall, as well as Yale Opera productions in the Schubert Performing Arts Center. In addition to its season of six Woolsey Hall concerts, the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale has performed on numerous occasions in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2008 the Philharmonia undertook its first tour of Asia, with acclaimed performances in the Seoul Arts Center, the Forbidden City Concert Hall and National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), and the Shanghai Grand Theatre. MORE

Published March 24, 2012
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Yale Philharmonia performs new music Dec. 8

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia in a concert on Thursday, December 8, 2011. Shinik Hahm will conduct the orchestra in new music by graduate students in the School of Music’s composition program. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven).

The program will open with Paul Kerekes’s “Timber” and Christopher Rogerson’s “Oaken Sky.” Daniel Wohl’s “Found Object – Faded Music” is written for orchestra and mixed media. The first half will conclude with Justin Tierney’s “Passa,” described by the composer as a “series of narrative-based variations on two different theme groups and a rhythm.” The distinct musical ideas “interact and overlap, driving the narrative forward to its explosive conclusion.”

The second half opens with Hannah Lash’s “Music for Loss.” Eric Barry ’11AD is the tenor soloist in “By the Open Window,” written by Emmy Award-winning composer Garth Neustadter.

Kathryn Salfelder will conduct her own work, “Lux Perpetua,” written for soprano saxophone and orchestra. Geoffrey Landman is the saxophone soloist. The piece, according to the composer, “explores the many facets of light.” It was commissioned by the Albany Symphony and premiered on October 22, 2011. The concert concludes with Loren Loiacono’s “Stalks, hounds.”

Yang Jiao and Paolo Bortolameolli, both conducting students at the School of Music, will serve as assistant conductors to the Yale Philharmonia. The concert is part of the New Music New Haven concert series, which is directed by faculty composer Christopher Theofanidis. MORE

Published November 23, 2011
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Grad Night with the Yale Philharmonia

Adrian Slywotzky ’11MM conducting the Yale Philharmonia.

All Yale graduate students are invited to come out for the last Yale Philharmonia concert of the year.

Adrian Slywotzky and Yang Jiao, the graduate conductors at the School of Music, will lead the Yale Philharmonia in an all-Beethoven concert. Slywotzky will conduct Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony in F major (“Pastoral”), and Yang Jiao will lead the orchestra in the iconic Fifth Symphony in C minor.

The concert starts at 5 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, corner of Wall Street).

After the concert, take a break for dinner and then bring your concert program to GPSCY for free cover, free dessert, and drink specials in the Lounge beginning at 8pm.

The event is free and tickets are not required, but a block of seats will be reserved for graduate and professional students, post-docs, and friends. Just let the usher know you are attending Grad Night.

RSVP on Facebook HERE.

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Published April 5, 2011
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Two conductors, two Beethoven symphonies

The Yale Philharmonia returns to Sprague Hall April 15

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale with its assistant conductors, Adrian Slywotzky (pictured at right) and Yang Jiao (pictured below) on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 5 pm. While the Yale Philharmonia usually performs in Woolsey Hall, this performance will take place in the more intimate space of Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street).

The conductors will lead the orchestra in two Beethoven symphonies. Yang Jiao will conduct the iconic Symphony No. 5 in C minor, and Adrian Slywotzky will lead the Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral,” in F major. Both Jiao and Slywotzky are studying orchestral conducting with Shinik Hahm at the Yale School of Music.


Published March 24, 2011
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