Faith Sherman (Artist Diploma ’07, voice) was among 15 semifinalists in the 2011 Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition in Gütersloh, Germany. In January, she sang Charles Martin Loeffler’s Quatre poèmes for voice, viola, and piano with Aperio Music of the Americas in Houston. Also in January, Sherman soloed with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic in Berlioz’s La Captive, Orientale and Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 (“Jeremiah”).
In February, Maksim Shtrykov (MM ’07, clarinet) performed works by Schubert, Mozart, and Brahms with the Neos Quartet as part of the Astoria Soiree Musicale series in Queens, of which he is the artistic director.
Jonathan Chu (MM ’05, violin) has been appointed to the viola section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and will begin with the orchestra for the 2012-13 season.
In February, Richmond Punch (BM ’03, viola) performed at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Brothers in Action summit in Atlanta.
In January, Sabina Rakcheyeva (MM ’02, violin) received a Ph.D. in music and cultural diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Her CD, UnVeiled, was released last April and is a mix of improvisations based on Eastern traditional and Western classical music. Rakcheyeva is a member of the European Cultural Parliament and is on the advisory board for the European Azerbaijan Society.
Michi Wiancko’s (MM ’02, violin) latest album, which features the works of Émile Sauret, was chosen as WQXR’s album of the week last August. Her arrangement of Geminiani’s La Follia Variations for string orchestra was recorded for East Coast Chamber Orchestra’s debut album, which was released in January. In 2011, Wiancko’s band, Kono Michi, released two new albums, One More Day (Shark Batter Records) and My Monster (Kenji Records).
In February, Simone Dinnerstein (BM ’96, piano) performed works by Brahms, Bach, Schubert, Chopin, and David Felsenfeld at Columbia University’s Miller Theater. The recital was part of the theater’s Bach and the Baroque series.
A new work for flute and orchestra by Lowell Liebermann (BM ’82, MM ’84, DMA ’87, composition) was premiered by the InterSchool Orchestras of New York at their gala benefit concert in February at Carnegie Hall.
The Buck in the Snow, a string quartet by Howard Kilik (BM ’84, MM ’85, composition), received its premiere in February at the 30th annual Bardavon Gala in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., presented by the Vassar Repertory Dance Theater. The piece accompanied the dance Drumlin, by Katherine Wildberger.
Rondi Charleston (BM ’82, BM ’83, voice; Group 9) recently completed a national tour to coincide with the release of her latest album, Who Knows Where the Time Goes. Charleston also wrote an article on songwriting for the January issue of JazzEd magazine.
David Frost (Pre-College ’78; B.M. ’82, M.M. ’83, piano) was inadvertently left off the list of Grammy nominees (Juilliard Journal, February 2012). He was nominated for best producer, and while he didn’t win, one of the albums he produced, Lonely Motel—Music From Slide with Rinde Eckert, Steven Mackey, and Eighth Blackbird (Cedille Records), received the best small ensemble recording Grammy.
In December and January, David Bernard (Pre-College ’82) led the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony on a nine-city tour of China. Orchestra members live-blogged their experiences at SymphonyNow.org. In February, Bernard appeared as guest conductor with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble in a program of Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Schumann. Fourth-year violinist Diomedes Saraza Jr. soloed in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.
In December, Judith Lynn Stillman (Pre-College ’73; BM ’77, MM ’77, DMA ’82, piano) directed a program at Rhode Island College called “Musicals in the Making,” which featured excerpts from new musical theater works with discussion and commentary. In November, Stillman performed on a concert tour of Canada with trumpet player Paul Merkelo.
Rozanna Weinberger (MM ’82, viola) is the founder of Rozanna’s Violins, a company that produces colorful violins, some of which are painted with sunflowers, butterflies, and other designs. She also sells cases and bows as well as plain violins, cellos, and violas.
Mats Lidstrom (’81, cello) recently self-published his fifth volume of Bach transcriptions in his series If Bach Was a Cellist, which is available on his Web site, CelloLid.com. “The series toys with idea that everything Bach wrote was meant for the cello,” Lidstrom said. Another of Lidstrom’s publications, The Essential Warm-Up Routine for Cellists, is featured in this month’s issue of Strad magazine.
This month, Wynton Marsalis (’81, trumpet) will collaborate with Paul Simon on three performances. The first, on April 18, will be at a gala to honor Lisa Schiff, chairwoman of Jazz at Lincoln Center. On April 19 and 20 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, the two will join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for arrangements of Simon’s songs.
In February, Ann Alton (Pre-College ’74; BM ’78, MM ’79, cello); Cristine Coyiuto (MM ’77, piano); Coyiuto’s daughter, flutist Caitlin Alisa Coyiuto; and pianist Michael Emery performed works by Jean-Baptiste Loeillet, Brahms, Glière, Halvorsen, Rachmaninoff, and Piazzolla as well as Psst!, a new work for flute and piano by Josefino Chino Toledo, at the Audi Global City, Makati, and at the Luce Auditorium at Silliman University, in Dumaguete, the Philippines. Also that month, Alton, Coyiuto, and Emery performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in C Major with the Metro Manila Concert Orchestra at the Francisco Santiago Hall in Makati and at the Insular Life Auditorium in Alabang, the Philippines.
Richard Kogan (Pre-College ’73) was given the Liebert Award for Applied Psychoanalysis by the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. In December, he gave the Liebert Memorial Lecture, on the subject of “The Mind and Music of Beethoven” at the New York Academy of Medicine.
James Conlon (B.M. ’72, orchestral conduction) has a new blog, A Rich Possession, on the Musical America home page, ma.com.
An interview with Madeleine Hsu Forte (BM ’70, MS ’71, piano) about her book, Simply Madeleine: The Memoir of a Post World War II French Pianist (AuthorHouse) is in the March/April issue of Fanfare magazine.
The late Henry Mancini (’43, piano) is the subject of a new biography by John Caps called Henry Mancini… Reinventing Film Music (University of Illinois Press). The book notes that Mancini won a scholarship to Juilliard when he was 17, in 1942, and that he had to major in piano because “the classes he wanted to take in orchestration and composition were not scheduled until the second year.” For a break he would go to the library and read scores while listening to 78s of Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, and Mozart. A few months after starting, however, he enlisted, eventually joining the 28th Air Force Band (on Glenn Miller’s recommendation). After the war, Mancini became a big-band arranger and pianist, eventually fulfilling the dream he’d had since he was 11 of being a film composer.
This year, Zvi Zetlin (Postgraduate Diploma ’39, violin) is retiring from the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, after serving 45 years on faculty. In February, he gave a farewell recital two days before his 90th birthday.