In December, Karina Canellakis (MM ’13, orchestral conducting) was named assistant conductor for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; the conductor/music director is Jaap van Zweden (’79, violin).
On March 4, pianist Kris Bowers (BM ’10, MM ’12, jazz studies) will release his debut recording on Concord Jazz, Heroes + Misfits.
Bryan Carter’s (BM ’12, jazz studies) group, the Bryan Carter Quintet, was in residency through March 1 at the new Jazz at Lincoln Center venue in the St. Regis Hotel in Doha, Qatar. The quintet includes his fellow Jazz Studies alums Lucas Pino (MM ’11), Matthew Jodrell (MM ’10, Artist Diploma ’12), and Philip Kuehn (BM ’08, MM ’10).
Ryan Francis (MM ’05, DMA ’10, composition) was commissioned by the Augustine Foundation to write a guitar concerto for Mattias Jacobsson (Graduate Diploma ’08, guitar). The piece will be premiered by the Pittsburgh (Pa.) New Music Ensemble on July 25 and 26.
Richard Masters (MM ’07, collaborative piano), who joined the faculty of the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech in the fall, was appointed as a diversity fellow for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in December. Masters will chair the college’s diversity committee for two years and represent the college in promoting diversity and inclusion.
In September, Jacob Nissly (MM ’07, percussion) began as principal percussionist for the San Francisco Symphony. Nissly was previously the principal percussionist of the Cleveland Orchestra.
In December, Luke Rinderknecht (BM ’05, MM ’07, percussion), Frank Rosenwein (MM ’02, oboe), and guitarist Daniel Lippel performed at the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art.
Tenor Simon O’Neill (’02, voice) sings the role of the Drum Major in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Berg’s Wozzeck (March 6-22), with James Levine (Diploma ’63, orchestral conducting) conducting.
In January, Simone Dinnerstein (BM ’96, piano) released Bach, a recording of the composer’s inventions and sinfonias on Sony Classical. Also in January, she began a tour in support of the record, along the way performing at Columbia University’s Miller Theater, where she gave the New York premiere of You Can’t Get There From Here, which Nico Muhly (MM ’04, composition) wrote for her.
Barrington Coleman (DMA ’93, voice) is musical director of a concert of sacred and secular music to be presented by the University of Illinois Varsity Men’s Glee Club on March 8 at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City. John McCauley (MS ’64, piano) will provide accompaniment for the concert, which will also feature a motet composed and conducted by ear training faculty chair Wayne Oquin (MM ’02, DMA ’08, composition).
In December, tenor Ricardo Tamura (’93, voice) debuted at the Metropolitan Opera; he sang Cavaradossi in Tosca. He is currently in Germany singing Alfredo in La Traviata at the Staatstheater Nürnberg and Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Staatsoper Hannover.
In September, the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Symphony premiered Alexander Miller’s (BM ’90, MM ’92, oboe) Madame Bovary, Concerto for Cello—which it commissioned—at DeVos Performance Hall.
On April 17, Anne Akiko Meyers (Pre-College ’87; Certificate ’90, violin) will perform Mason Bates’s (MM ’01, composition) Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by former faculty member Leonard Slatkin (BM ’67, orchestral conducting). Meyers co-commissioned the piece with the Pittsburgh Symphony and premiered it with them in 2012. Join Juilliard alums for the performance and postconcert pizza party on April 17. In February, Four Seasons: The Vivaldi Album, which includes Meyer’s recording of all three parts of the Triple Concerto, came out on eOne Records.
A heavy metal rendition of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Katherine Thomas (Pre-College ’79; Diploma ’89, violin), a.k.a. the Great Kat, was used in a television commercial for the Call of Duty video game franchise.
Mary Hastings (MM ’86, trumpet) has been named the chief development director of the Boys’ Club of New York. She is also on the trumpet faculty of Queens College’s Copland School of Music.
In August and September, an album of works by Kenneth Fuchs (MM ’83, DMA ’88, composition) was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London; it will be released on Naxos later this year. JoAnn Falletta (MM ’83, DMA ’89, orchestral conducting) conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in Fuchs’s Falling Man for baritone voice and orchestra; Movie House, based on seven poems by John Updike for baritone voice and chamber ensemble; and Songs of Innocence and of Experience, based on William Blake’s poems, for baritone voice and chamber ensemble.
In April, Stephen Hough (MM ’83, piano) will play Chopin’s Four Ballades; Brahms’s Fantasies, Op. 116; short works by Bruckner, Wagner, and R. Strauss; and Schoenberg’s Six Little Piano Pieces at Alice Tully Hall. Hough will perform one of his own compositions as an encore. In January, he was named a Commander of the British Empire for his services to music. In September, he'll join the Juilliard faculty.
Yefim Bronfman (’81, piano) will perform all five Beethoven piano concertos and the Triple Concerto with violin faculty member Glenn Dicterow (BM ’71, violin) and former cello faculty member Carter Brey as part of the New York Philharmonic’s Biennial festival in May and June. Juilliard director of conducting and orchestral studies Alan Gilbert (Pre-College ’85; MM ’94, orchestral conducting) will conduct, and the program will also feature commissions by Sean Shepherd (MM ’04, composition), composition faculty member Christopher Rouse, and incoming faculty member Matthias Pintscher.
In November, James Scott (BM ’80, MM ’81, trombone), who is principal trombonist for the Calgary (Alberta) Philharmonic, performed John Mackey’s (MM ’97, composition) Harvest Concerto with the University of Calgary Wind Ensemble. The performance was dedicated to Edward Herman Jr. (faculty 1970-83), who was Scott’s teacher at Juilliard and who died last summer.
In November, Meral Guneyman (Diploma ’76, Postgraduate Diploma ’78, piano) performed at the Ritz Theater in Tiffin, Ohio, in a concert called Tango, Waltz and Milonga that featured works by Piazzolla, Ravel, and Pablo Ziegler.
In October, William Wolfram (Pre-College ’73; BM ’78, piano) performed Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety with the Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic at Grieg Hall under conductor Andrew Litton (BM ’80, piano; MM ’82, orchestral conducting). Also in October, Wolfram performed the Copland Piano Concerto with the BBC Wales Orchestra at the BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff.
In December, Bridges by Victoria Bond (MM ’75, DMA ’77, orchestral conducting), a work for traditional Western and Chinese instruments, was performed by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Amphitheatre; she gave a pre-performance talk for the Metropolitan Opera HD broadcast of Falstaff at Guild Hall in East Hampton, N.Y.; and she conducted Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera Amahl and the Night Visitors with Chamber Opera Chicago. In November, her second piano concerto, Ancient Keys, was performed by Orchestra Omaha (Neb.) at the First United Methodist Church in Omaha. Bond’s Binary premiered at Bargemusic’s Hear and Now Winter Festival in January.
Lee Bracegirdle’s (BM ’75, MM ’76, French horn) composition Legends of the Old Castle for harp and wind orchestra will be premiered by the American Wind Symphony in June conducted by musical director Robert Boudreau (BS ’49, MS ’50, orchestral conducting). On July 25, the Australian premiere of the work will be performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House.
In November, Ravello Records released a recording of works by Gheorghe Costinescu (Postgraduate Diploma ’71, composition) called An Evolving Cycle. These four works for solo piano were performed by Stephen Gosling (BM ’93, MM ’94, DMA ’00, piano). Also in November, Costinescu’s audio collage of New York City sounds, City Waves, was featured at the Technische Universität Berlin gallery.
In January, Lynn Habian (BM ’73, MM ’74, piano) released her 1981 recording George Gershwin: His Songs—Porgy and Bess—Rhapsody in Blue on Lynn Habian Classics.
Craig Sheppard (BM ’70, MS ’71, piano) released a two-CD set November on Roméo Records consisting of Debussy’s Estampes, Images (Books 1 and 2), and 12 Études. In October, Sheppard played the Shostakovich Quintet in Seattle’s Meany Theater with the Emerson Quartet, which includes Eugene Drucker (Pre-College ’68; Diploma ’72, Professional Studies ’73, violin), Philip Setzer (BM ’73, MM ’74, violin), Lawrence Dutton (Pre-College ’72; BM ’79, MM ’78, viola), and cellist Paul Watkins. The Emersons will perform Schubert’s Quartet in D Minor (“Death and the Maiden”) and the final quartets of Shostakovich, Mendelssohn, and Britten at Alice Tully Hall on March 23, April 23, and May 4.
In November, Nina Tichman (Pre-College ’66; BS ’71, piano) performed the premiere of Stefan Heucke’s cycle Skizzen, Ruinen, Adlerfittige at the German Consulate in New York City, and was an artist in residence at the Aichi University of the Arts in Nagoya, Japan, where she taught master classes and played two recitals.
William DeVan (BM ’71, MM ’72, piano) is the subject of the crowd-funded documentary Nothing to Fall Back Upon, which tells his story through interviews with his former students.
In December, psychiatrist Richard Kogan (Pre-College ’69) delivered a lecture and concert in New Delhi sponsored by the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit called The Power of Music in Healing.
In November, Brian Dykstra (BS ’64, piano), who’s a professor of music emeritus at the College of Wooster, released Ragtime Classics 1901-1919 (Centaur), a CD of 18 rags by Scott Joplin, Scott Hayden, Tom Turpin, Clarence Woods, Charles Johnson, Charles Cooke, and May Aufderheide.
In February, Donald J. Aibel (BS ’62, violin) visited Juilliard to speak about income taxes, tax-preparation tips, and contract negotiations for performers at a Lunch and Learn seminar. An earlier version of the seminar was recorded and is available in the Juilliard library.
In November, music by Aaron Blumenfeld (’54, composition) was performed at the First Wednesday Formal Poetry Group of Albany, Calif. On the bill were selections from his 42 Haiku Poems based on the poetry of Virginia Anderson and 13 songs based on the poetry of Judith Goldhaber. In June, Blumenfeld gave a concert at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland, Calif.