In January, Brian Flescher (BM ’09, percussion) was appointed principal timpanist of the New World Symphony in Miami.
Matthew Morris (BM '07, voice) sang the role of Slimane Ehnni in Missy Mazzoli's Song From the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt, as well as the roles of L'horloge Comtoise and Le Chat in Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortilèges at Bard College's Sosnoff Theater in February. In December, Morris performed Copland's "The Boatmen's Dance" at a Bard gala honoring James Levine (Diploma '63, orchestral conducting) at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City.
Eugene Tzigane (MM '07, orchestral conducting) was appointed principal conductor of the Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra in Herford, Germany, in December. In November, his Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra debut was broadcast on HR2-Kultur.
In February, the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theater announced the joint commission of an opera by Nico Muhly (MM '04, composition) and playwright Craig Lucas. The opera, which was given the working title Two Boys, is based on the true story of a 14-year-old boy who assumed a false identity on the Internet in order to plot his own murder. The piece was chosen from a pool of 12 works by composer-librettist teams. It is scheduled to premiere in June 2011 at the English National Opera in London and debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the 2013-14 season.
As the gold medal winner of the 2008 World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Yoonjung Han (Pre-College '03, MM '09, piano) will give her debut recital at Alice Tully Hall on April 16. In September, she won the Gawon Award from the Gawon International Music Society in Seoul, South Korea, and gave a recital at the city's Sejong Concert Hall.
Morgan James (BM '03, voice) will make her Broadway debut in the new musical The Addams Family, opening April 8.
Inbal Segev (BM ’98, Professional Studies ’99, cello) performed with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players—an ensemble that includes Vadim Gluzman (Advanced Certificate ’96, Professional Studies ’99, cello) and William Wolfram (BM ’78, piano)—in December at the Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church in New York City. In February, Segev played Elgar’s Cello Concerto in a series of concerts in Israel with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra. Segev performed C.P.E. Bach’s Concerto in A Minor with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra at the First Congregational Church of Boulder, Colo., and at the Broomfield (Colo.) Auditorium, in October. That same month, she joined the Barrett Vantage Artists roster and played with the newly formed Amerigo Trio, which includes violin faculty member Glenn Dicterow (BM ’71, violin) and violist Karen Dreyfus, at Bargemusic in Brooklyn, marking the group’s first performance. In November, the trio played in the Concert Meister series at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York. The group will record its first CD for M.M.C. Recordings in June. On April 10, Segev will play the Monn Cello Concerto in G Minor and Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Major, RV 403, with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra at the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall in Waterloo, Ontario. She will premiere a string trio by Ronn Yedidia (BM ’86, MM ’88, DMA ’91, composition) with violinist Dmitri Berlinsky (Professional Studies ’93, violin) and violist Maurycy Banaczek at Merkin Concert Hall in N.Y.C. on April 18.
In February, Barry Shiffman (’93, resident quartet) was announced as the associate dean of the Glenn Gould School and dean of the Young Artists Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. He will begin his new positions in September, while continuing as the director of music programs at the Banff Center in Alberta and executive director of the Banff International String Quartet Competition.
Sang Mi Chung's (BM '87, MM '87, piano) CD Muzio Clementi: Piano Sonatas was released by Centaur Records in February.
As an engineer with the ExxonMobil Development Company in Houston, Robert Albrecht (BM '84, MM '85, DMA '90, cello) managed a two-year program of geophysical testing, geotechnical drilling, and earthquake assessment for a proposed multibillion dollar liquefied natural gas plant and marine terminal in Papua New Guinea. The project was completed in the fourth quarter of 2009. In January, Albrecht began his fourth year of ballet study at the Hope Center in Houston.
Maria Radicheva (BM '84, MM '85, violin) performed in the concert series In Real Time at New Jersey City University in November, accompanied by pianist Svetlana Gorokhovich. The program included works by Prokofiev, as well as Sonatas No. 1 and 2 by Bulgarian composer Parashkev Hadjiev, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his birth. In July, Radicheva served on the faculty of Violins in Valencia 2009 in Valencia, Spain. The program is directed by Anabel Garcia del Castillo (BM '87, MM '88, violin). In August, Radicheva joined the faculty of the Summit Music Festival at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y.
In February, David Bernard (Pre-College '82) conducted Beethoven's Fifth Symphony with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University in New York City.
Wynton Marsalis ('81, trumpet) was featured in the CBS pre-game studio show Super Bowl Today in February, performing a special tribute to New Orleans that mixed words and music. On April 5, he will perform in the United Arab Emirates at Emirates Palace Auditorium in Abu Dhabi, as part of the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation's Abu Dhabi Festival.
In January, William Ransom (BM '80, MM '81, piano) celebrated his 25th anniversary on the faculty of Emory University in Atlanta with the first concert in a yearlong series honoring the bicentennials of Chopin and Schumann. The series is presented by the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, which Ransom founded and directs. Laura Ardan (BM '80, MM '81, clarinet) and Vega String Quartet first violinist Fia Mancini Durrett (BM '01, MM '03, violin) also performed in the concert.
Yefim Bronfman ('81, piano) was named the winner of the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in piano performance by the Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music in Evanston, Ill., in February. The prize honors the attainment of national and international recognition and includes an award of $50,000, a three-week residency at Northwestern, and a recital at the university's Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Joanne Polk (BM '77, MM '78, piano) recorded a two-CD set of solo piano music by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, with liner notes by Hensel expert Victoria Sirota. In February, the album was released by Newport Classic, which hosted a release party that included a performance by Polk and a talk by Sirota at the Cornelia Street Café in New York City.
Ted Lane (BM '76, MM '77, clarinet) will perform and serve on the faculty at the 2010 International Chamber Music Courses and Festival in Positano, Italy, in July and in Shanghai in August.
In January, Andreas Klein (Postgraduate Diploma '74, piano) gave recitals at the Goddard Center in Ardmore, Okla., Davidson College in Charlotte, N.C., and Reinhardt College in Waleska, Ga., performing works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Schumann. In December, he recorded Schubert's "Wanderer" Fantasy and the composer's Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960, at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City. The recording will be released by Eroica Classics in May. Klein also produced and recorded a CD for the Chamber Orchestra of New York featuring works by Respighi, including the rarely-heard Violin Concerto in A Major, to be released by Naxos this fall.
Judith Shatin (MM '74, composition) was commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation in January to compose a piece for amplified string quartet and electronics for the Cassatt String Quartet. Rotunda, Shatin's music and video collaboration with filmmaker Robert Arnold, was exhibited at the University of Virginia Art Museum in Charlottesville during the fall 2009 semester, and at a U.V.A. symposium titled "Jefferson, Palladio, and the Fine Arts in America" in November. In January, Shatin's For the Birds was performed by cellist Madeleine Shapiro at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Shatin's Spring Tides was performed in March by the Da Capo Chamber Players at Connecticut College's John C. Evans Hall in New London, Conn., as part of the 12th Biennial Arts and Technology Symposium. The piece was also featured in Juilliard's Beyond the Machine festival in March.
Rita Chen Kuo (Diploma '67, Postgraduate Diploma '68, piano) performed Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor with the National Taiwan University Symphony Orchestra at the National Concert Hall in Taipei in January. The concert commemorated the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth and was part of the orchestra's 42nd concert series.
In December, Deniz Arman Gelenbe (BM '67, MS '69, piano) served as adjudicator for the BBC Young Musician 2010 category auditions for piano.
A recording of Leonardo Balada's (Diploma '60, composition) opera Cristóbal Colón, with José Carreras and Montserrat Caballé, was released by Naxos in August 2009. In September, the opera's sequel, La Muerte de Colón, was also released by Naxos.
Herbert Chatzky (BS '57, MS '58, piano) will give a solo recital of Jewish music on July 29 at Calvary Methodist Church in Long Lake, N.Y. The program will include his arrangement of Copland's Lincoln Portrait, with Kenwyn Smith as narrator.
John Williams ('55, composition) received a National Medal of Arts by President Obama and the first lady in a White House ceremony on February 25. The award honored Williams's accomplishments as a symphonic composer and conductor for motion pictures.