Each month alumni submit their videos for consideration as the Alumni Video of the Month. Here is a look at the 2014 winners:
Alumna Andrea Fisher (M.M. '04, B.M. '02, flute), a.k.a. Fluterscooter, is a flutist, producer, and entrepreneur. A student of Carol Wincenc, she has played live with rock flute legend Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, R&B superstar John Legend, and has most recently played on Rick Ross’ album Mastermind and Puff Daddy’s upcoming album MMM. She has also had the honor of being the first flutist to play the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden for the New York Knicks. Click here for her website.
Alumnus Bruce Lazarus (M.M. '79, B.M. '78, PC, composition) performs a two-minute excerpt from the October 11, 2014 concert of his astronomy-themed work as composer-pianist, a live performance of his CD Musical Explorations of the Messier Catalogue of Star Clusters and Nebulae. The short piece on the video clip is a musical description of the M31 Orion Nebula. On the right there's a projection of an image of M31. The Messier CD was produced by Composer Concordance Records (ComCon0014) with global distribution by Naxos, and a five-movement suite is published at Swirly Music. For more information please visit Bruce's website.
The Allant Trio 알란트 트리오
Beth Nam DMA '13, MM '08, BM '06, piano (남효경); Anna Park MM '11, BM '09, violin (박지현);
Alina Lim MM '12, BM '11, cello (임서경). (Video directed by Jaesun Song in N.Y.C.)
Members of the Toomai String Quintet: Emilie-Anne Gendron (A.D. '09, M.M. '07) and Pala Garcia (M.M.' 08, B.M. '06), violins; Erin Wight (M.M. '08), viola; John Popham, cello; Andrew Roitstein (B.M. '06, M.M. '08), bass. The Toomai String Quintet performs “Estrellita,” by Manuel Ponce (arr. Jascha Heifetz/Andrew Roitstein). Filmed at University of Miami’s Gusman Hall, Miami, FL; presented by Miami Civic Music Association; March 18, 2012.
Featuring 2014 Juilliard graduates Riley Mulherkar and Andy Clausen: "Sweeter Than the Day" by Wayne Horvitz, performed by the Westerlies: Riley Mulherkar, trumpet; Zubin Hensler, trumpet (solo); Andy Clausen and Willem De Koch, trombones.
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Video by Andrew J.S.: Filmed August 2013 on Lopez Island, Wash., on break from the recording sessions of Wish the Children Would Come on Home: The Music of Wayne Horvitz.
Cellist Meta Weiss (current doctoral candidate, M.M. '11) and Arianna Solange Warsaw-Fan (M.M. '11, B.M. '09) have recently released a new music video, featuring alumnus Bruce Dukov's (B.M. '73, M.M. '74, violin) virtuosic arrangement of The Stars and Stripes Forever, which they recorded on their recently released album, Entendre (for the Grammy-winning label Sono Luminus).
Congrats to Grigory Smirnov (M.M. '11, composition), winner of the June Alumni Video of the Month: featuring fellow alumni Adrian Daurov (B.M. '07, M.M. '09, cello) and David Kaplan, piano (ACJW '12) performing at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, New York, April 7, 2014. World premiere. Commissioned by Carol A. Whitcomb.
A native of Siberia, Grigory Smirnov is a New York-based composer of classical music and pianist. His compositions have been performed around the globe, including Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, Merkin Concert Hall, Moscow Philharmonic Society and The Copenhagen Opera House. Among his recent commissions is a song cycle, Dowson Songs, commissioned by the ASCAP Foundation Charles Kingsford Fund and premiered at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center in New York. Grigory Smirnov's music has been featured on WQXR, America's leading classical music radio station, and in a number of festivals worldwide, including Tanglewood Music Center (MA, USA), Brevard Music Center (NC, USA), ppIANISSIMO (Sofia, Bulgaria), Chamber Music Sessions (Kiev, Ukraine), CTAM Festival (Moscow, Russia). His Romance for English horn and orchestra was premiered by Hassan Anderson and the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Jeffrey Milarsky at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in 2011. Besides being a composer, Grigory Smirnov is a pianist who actively performs classical, contemporary, and improvisational music.
Born in Novosibirsk (Siberia, Russia), Smirnov studied as a pianist at the Novosibirsk Music College and as a composer with Yuri Yukechev at the Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory. During his years in Russia, he was a prizewinner of the prestigious Prokofiev International Competition and debuted as a composer of orchestral music with his composition Pastorale, which was premiered by the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra. Since coming to the United States, he has received his master of music degree in composition from Juilliard, where he was a full scholarship student under Christopher Rouse. His other mentors include John Corigliano, Richard Danielpour, and Robert Aldridge.
Adrian Daurov is a versatile cellist who performs solos with orchestras and recitals as well as shows with pop artists like Alicia Keys, Josh Groban, and Sigur Ros. Following a summer that included a critically acclaimed Berkshires run of None But the Lonely Heart: A Strange Story of Tchaikovsky and Madame von Meck at Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts and a performance at Burt Bacharach’s Gala in Philadelphia, Adrian Daurov’s current season is highlighted with a return to the prestigious Embassy Series in Washington, DC, recitals and master classes at the Universities of Massachusetts, Florida, and Oregon, as well as performances with the symphony orchestras of Wyoming, Lima, Corvallis, Longwood and chamber orchestras of New York and Philadelphia, among others. The current season will also see Adrian touring with the composer/producer DBR (Daniel Bernard Roumain) and the instrumental rock band Break of Reality.
David Kaplan, pianist, has been praised for his “grace and fire” by the Boston Globe and by the New York Times for “striking imagination and creativity.” Recent seasons have brought him as a recitalist to Los Angeles, Berlin, Barcelona, Chicago, and New York, and as a chamber musician to the U.S., Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Denmark. He has appeared as a guest soloist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and performed at Miami’s Arscht Center with Itzhak Perlman. David is a veteran of many distinguished chamber music festivals and series: he has appeared at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, Bargemusic, and the Canadian festivals of Banff and Orford. In addition, he has been a guest at Ravinia, Tanglewood, Bard, and the Mostly Mozart Festival, where he performed in Avery Fisher Hall. As a member of the New York-based Metropolis, Le Train Bleu, Declassified, and ACJW Ensembles, David has performed frequently in New York’s most exciting venues, from Zankel Hall to Le Poisson Rouge. Since 2011, Kaplan has been co-artistic director of Lyrica Chamber Music, a New Jersey concert series now in its 26th season.
Juilliard alumna Elinor Frey (M.M. '05) plays both period and modern instruments. Her honors include a U.S.-Italy Fulbright Fellowship where she studied Baroque cello with Paolo Beschi. In recent seasons, she has performed with Ensemble Caprice, Tafelmusik, Les Idées hereuses, and Bradamante, as well as her quartet Pallade Musica, grand prize winners of the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition.
This video is from a performance at the Salle Bourgie, Musée des Beaux Arts, Montréal, in September 2013: Sonata pour violincello, composed by Carl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787); Elinor Frey, violincello piccolo, with Geneviève Soly, harpsichord. (audio: John Klepko, video: Arnold Brookhuis)
Click here for Elinor Frey's website.
This project was almost a half-year in the making. Dance alumnus Kristofer Weinstein Storey worked with 350 school children from eight different schools (grades 1-12) every week to develop the choreography that they ultimately performed with the German National Youth Ballet (bundesjugendballett.de), two school orchestras, and a choir. The three sold-out performances took place in January at Kampnagel, a large theater in Hamburg, Germany. As guest choreographer for the G.N.Y.B., Kris was the choreographic director for the project. It was the biggest choreographic and organizational project he'd ever undertaken and one of which he is incredibly proud. Feel free to contact Kris through facebook or email.
Additional credit to John Neumeier, American choreographer and artistic director of the Hamburg Ballet, who is the also the artistic director of the German National Youth Ballet. Recording credit to Maurice Ravel's Boléro by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Videographer and film credit goes to Vincent Klueger.
Check out this video featuring Konstantin Soukhovetski (B.M. ’03, M.M. ’05, A.D. ’07, piano) as he performs his own transcription of Jules Massenet's Manon, St. Sulpice Scene, which he premiered in the New York Chamber Music Festival at New York City’s Symphony Space. Visit his website to learn more about him and view his touring schedule.
Enjoy this dress rehearsal video of Half-Life Reloaded from alum and faculty member Henning Rübsam's company SENSEDANCE. For more information, visit SENSEDANCE's Facebook page. Henning will also be teaching an Evening Division course on the Spring Dance Concert and Twyla Tharp.
Choreography: Henning Rübsam
Music by: LAIBACH
Video by: Steven Speliotis
Lighting design by: Brant Thomas Murray
Dancers of SENSEDANCE include Juilliard graduate Juan Rodriguez
Watch this beautiful performance as Ying-Hsueh Chen (B.M. ’06, percussion) performs Iannis Xenakis’ Psappha for solo percussion at her 2011 debut concert in Copenhagen.
Don't forget to submit your performance video by the 25th of the month for consideration as the next month's selected video. Please keep in mind that you are entitled to one submission per month; that it must be a complete piece and not contain press quotes. You are also permitted to submit the same video in subsequent months until it is chosen.