In May, Robert Knopper (BM ’09, percussion) was appointed to the Metropolitan Opera orchestra’s percussion section.
In August, violinist Kyung Jun Kim (Pre-College ’06) won third prize in the strings category at the fifth Yokohama (Japan) International Music Competition.
Julianne Marie (BM ’04, MM ’05, viola) is currently a captain and a physician in Canada’s armed forces.
In May, the sixth annual Keys to the Future festival celebrated contemporary solo piano music with 27 recent works and three premieres at the Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center in New York City. Five out of the 10 performers were alumni: Stephen Gosling (BM ’93, MM ’94, DMA ’00, piano), Marina Lomazov (MM ’95, piano), Eric Huebner (BM ’99, MM ’01, piano), Blair McMillen (MM ’95, piano), and Tatjana Rankovich (BM ’84, MM ’85, piano).
Zachary Smith (BM ’01, double bass) recently became the chief operations officer at Voxel in New York City. The appointment was made after he successfully led the Internet infrastructure and content delivery company’s first institution round of funding. Prior to working at Voxel, he worked in information technology support at Credit Suisse First Boston and founded a company that provides electronic transaction technology for Internet Web sites. He lives in Battery Park City with his wife and son.
In May, Hazel “Hazy” Malcolmson (BM ’00, bassoon) became the assistant general counsel at American Realty Capital in New York City. Prior to that, she was an associate in the corporate department of Proskauer Rose, LLP, in New York City. In addition to corporate work at Proskauer, she also advised arts-related pro bono clients with respect to co-production, rights, employment and services agreements, corporate governance policies, and obtaining and maintaining nonprofit tax exemption.
We Are the Knights, a documentary about a Brooklyn-based orchestra (the Knights), aired in September on Thirteen/WNET. The ensemble, founded by brothers Colin Jacobsen (Pre-College ’94; BM ’99, violin) and Eric Jacobsen (Pre-College ’00; BM ’04, cello), is made up mainly of Juilliard alumni.
Benjamin Rankin (MM ’98, percussion) is the international training director at Givenchy Parfums in Paris.
Jennifer Gartlan (Pre-College ’94; ’96 bassoon), who received a J.D. from Catholic University in 2002 and an LL.M. from Georgetown Law Center in 2009, is counsel to the managing director for the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission.
Tenor Jeff Prillaman (MM’94, voice) recently collaborated with Charles Hulin (MM ’96, piano) on Hulin’s new song cycle Come Thou Fount, which they will be performing at festivals across the country in the coming year. Both are also on the board of a community music startup Da Capo Virginia that merges education, performance, and community service. Prillaman’s passion for integrating technology and the arts is also echoed in his career outside performing. In October 2010, he resigned from his position as director of information technology at Capital One and became a managing solutions architect at Cisco Systems.
Audra McDonald (BM ’93, voice) is currently on a tour of North America (including an October stop at Carnegie Hall) performing show tunes, movie songs, and new works with an orchestra led by conductor Ted Sperling. Upon completing the tour, McDonald will open on Broadway as Bess in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at the Richard Rodgers Theater. Previews of the show, whose original book was reimagined by playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, begin on December 12; the show’s out-of-town previews took place in Cambridge, Mass., in August and September.
The New York Women’s Ensemble, under the direction of Virginia Luque (Advanced Certificate ’91, guitar), will be making its debut on November 29 in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall with an all-Mozart program.
Gabe Wilson (Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard Exchange ’93, violin) is associate medical director of New York City’s St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital emergency department, where he has worked for 11 years. He appears on television newscasts locally and nationally discussing medical issues, most recently on Fox 5 Evening News in August.
Lisa Lind (MM ’89, French horn) has worked in property management, information technology, administration, and operations since 1998. Currently, the urban biking aficionado lives in a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul with her son and daughter and is the assistant to the executive director and building coordinator at Resources for Child Caring, a nonprofit organization.
An Die Musik, whose members are Frank Almond (BM ’87, MM ’89, violin), Nicholas Cords (’94, viola), pianist Constance Emmerich, cellist Daniel Rothmuller, and Robert Ingliss (BM ’78, oboe), will be performing works by Jerzy Sapieyevski, Schubert, Mozart, and Mendelssohn at New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall on November 6.
Steve Sigurdson (BM ’88, cello) was the principal cellist of the Florida Philharmonic until 2003, when the orchestra folded. After that, he worked as a freelance cellist and cello teacher for several years until he moved to Chicago to pursue an M.B.A. at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Sigurdson expects to graduate in June 2012, at which point his goal is to apply his newly gained knowledge toward improving the business of arts education and nonprofit management.
Emine Aysegul Durakoglu (MM ’87, piano) presented a lecture-recital at Bilkent University in Turkey on April 19. The program included works by Debussy and Chopin. Earlier that month, she performed at Drom, a club in New York City, in celebration of the release of her newest album, of Debussy’s 12 piano études.
Lisa Sinden-Gottfried (BM ’87, viola) received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology in 1999 and is currently a psychologist in private practice in St. Louis. Prior to this, she worked at Washington University in St. Louis as a staff psychologist for nine years.
Gretchen Gillis (Pre-College ’86) lives in Houston, where she works as a petroleum geologist and occasionally joins the viola section of the Houston Sinfonietta.
Mary Hastings (MM ’86, trumpet) recently accepted the position of director of development of the London Symphony Orchestra. She will launch a U.S. fund-raising arm of the orchestra with offices based in New York City. An active performer and teacher, Hastings continues to serve on the adjunct faculty of Queens College at the Aaron Copland School of Music.
On November 1, the Cross Island ensemble, whose members are Suzanne Mueller (Pre-College ’80; BM ’85, cello), Elinor Abrams Zayas (Pre-College ’69), and clarinetist Joseph Rutkowski, will perform a CD release concert for their latest album, Quiet Strength. The concert, held at New York City’s Saint Peter’s Church, will feature works by Roger Blanc (MM ’81, composition), Jeffrey Harrington (’79, composition), and others.
Yukari Saegusa (Pre-College ’85) is a managing director in investment banking for Barclays Capital in New York. Yukari studied Piano in the Pre-College Division with Jane Carlson. Saegusa received a B.S. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and then worked for Price Waterhouse’s management consulting division for four years before getting an M.B.A. from M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management. She worked for Citigroup before joining Barclays, in 2004.
Bruce Stark’s (MM ’84, composition) American Suite for flute and piano was performed by flutist Pamela Youngblood and Gabriel Bita (MM ’ 96, piano) at the National Flute Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on August 12. In July, a complete concert of Stark’s works was presented at the Nogata Kumin Hall in Tokyo. In May, pianist Tatjana Rankovich (BM ’84, MM ’85, piano) gave the U.S. premiere of Stark’s Six Dances at New York City’s Henry Street Settlement: Abrons Arts Center as part of the Keys to the Future festival.
This year, Dmitry Rachmanov (BM ’81, MM ’83, piano) has given performances and lectures in the U.S., China, and Russia. In March, he released an album, Beethoven and His Teachers, with pianist Cullan Bryant and soprano Maria Ferrante on the Naxos label. In October, he was a featured performer at Northwestern University’s Lisztomania, a celebration of Franz Liszt’s bicentennial year.
Throughout November, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenburg (Pre-College ’78; Diploma ’80, Professional Studies ’82, violin) will be leading the San Francisco-based New Century Chamber Orchestra on a tour of the East Coast as part of its 20th-anniversary season. The tour will include a November 15 performance at New York City’s Peter Norton Symphony Space and the program will consist of works by Rossini, Barber, Bolcom, and Mendelssohn.
Guitar World magazine’s list “The 50 Fastest Guitarists of All Time” includes Katherine Thomas, a.k.a. the Great Kat (Pre-College ’79; Diploma ’82, violin).
Maximo Flugelman’s (MM ’81, composition) Concerto Breve for piano and orchestra was performed on October 6 by the Buenos Aires Philharmonic at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires with Marouan Benabdallah as soloist.
Wynton Marsalis (’81, trumpet) and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, in partnership with the New York City Center, will be presenting a new production called Cotton Club Parade at New York City Center from November 18 to 22. A hybrid of jazz and musical theater, the show will celebrate Duke Ellington and his orchestra’s years at Harlem’s Cotton Club during the 1920s and 1930s.
This summer, the 30th-anniversary season of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival in Highlands, N.C., whose artistic director is William Ransom (BM ’80, MM ’81, piano), included performances by more than a dozen Juilliard alumni.
Robert Neu (BM ’80, MM ’79, clarinet) recently marked his 15th anniversary as vice president and general manager of the Minnesota Orchestra. He is also a freelance stage director in the Twin Cities, and his recent productions include On the Town for Skylark Opera and The Magic Flute for the Minnesota Orchestra in April. Upcoming productions include Hansel and Gretel with the orchestra (November 25-December 2), Patience with the Minneapolis Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company (March 9-April 1), and Wonderful Town with Skylark Opera (June 2012).
After graduating from Juilliard, Jules Putterman (BM ’78, MM ’79, clarinet) received an M.B.A. from Columbia University and then became a commodities trader. He is currently a managing director and head of the commodities group at Credit Agricole in New York.
Christine Radman (Pre-College ’73; BM ’77, MM ’78, voice), who has a master’s degree in speech and language pathology, currently treats voice professionals for various disorders (she specializes in patients who have experienced sudden voice loss) in addition to giving voice lessons. In addition, she has worked for the past seven years as an attorney for the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Professional Medical Conduct, a regulatory agency that oversees physicians to ensure the safety of patients they treat.
In October, the Isotone series, led by husband and wife duo Scott Lang Eddlemon (BM ’77, percussion) and Susan Eddlemon (BM ’71, MM ’72, DMA ’80, violin), made its New York City debut at Peter Norton Symphony Space. The program, which included new works by Victoria Bond (MM ’75, DMA ’77, orchestral conducting) and Larry Spivack (MM ’77, percussion), was a tribute to scientists Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and Steven Hawking.
Mark Wood (’76, viola) was featured in the October issue of Strings magazine for his workshop Electrify Your Strings, which teaches kids about contemporary music and electric string instruments.
On September 11, Jed Distler (Pre-College ’74) performed his composition 110 for 911 at New York City’s Jazz Gallery. The piece, which was written for piano and electronics, featured lines by 110 poets.
Harold Haff (MM ’72, trombone) had his first book published in February 2011: The Founders of American Cuisine; Seven Cookbook Authors With Historical Recipes (McFarland Publishers). Haff is a chef instructor at Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta and has written numerous magazine and journal articles about wine and food. For more information, visit HarryHaff.com.
Yo-Yo Ma (Pre-College ’71; Professional Studies ’72, cello) is one of five performing artists who will receive a John F. Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime contributions to American culture. The award will be presented by President and Mrs. Obama at the White House on December 4.
Helen Rosen (Pre-College ’66; MS ’71, BM ’70, piano) wrote a paper called “The Integration of Meditative Techniques into a Traditional Psychotherapy Practice” that was published in A Clinical Voice, a publication of the Pennsylvania Society of Clinical Social Work in September. In October, she led a workshop called “The Use of Buddhist Philosophy and Mindfulness-Based Psychology in Working with Difficult Emotions” at the Won Institute in Glenside, Pa.
After graduating from Juilliard, Bruce McLellan (BM ’68, French horn) played with several American and Canadian orchestras until 1985, when he went to law school in St. Paul, Minn. “I literally did not touch the horn for over 23 years,” he writes. “But I started playing again about three years ago. I rejoined the union in Minneapolis and have had a few freelance jobs since. As the result of a local audition, I have been hired to play one of the Minnesota Opera’s productions this winter. I still have a full-time day job as an attorney, but I practice the horn every day and wait for the next freelance job to come along.”
In July, Kirstin Synnestvedt (BS ’63, organ) became the principal organist at the Glenview (Ill.) New Church.
China II-Beijing by Dinos Constantinides (Diploma ’60, violin) received numerous performances this summer, including one by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra International at New York City’s Avery Fisher Hall. In September, his Piano Concerto was premiered by the Louisiana State University Symphony with Michael Gurt (MM ’82, piano) as soloist. The following month included a performance of his Violin Concerto No. 1 by the Louisiana Sinfonietta and his Saxophone Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 6 by the Constanta (Romania) Symphony Orchestra.
La Jolla, a quartet by John Williams (’55, composition), received its premiere at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s Sherwood Auditorium as part of the La Jolla Chamber Music Society’s Summerfest. The piece was dedicated to violin faculty member Cho-Liang Lin (Pre-College ’77; Diploma ’82, violin); movements of it were also dedicated to Deborah Hoffman (BM ’82, MM ’83, harp) and John Bruce Yeh (BM ’80, clarinet). The musicians were joined by cellist Joshua Roman for the performance.
Henry Grimes’s (’54, double bass) fall schedule included a four-night residency with the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project and a 30-minute solo improvisation in Aldo Tambellini’s installation Black Zero at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York City. His schedule also includes performances in England, the Netherlands, France, Hungary, and Germany. For a complete list of performances, visit
Kenneth Bennett Lane (’51, voice) will be performing two solo recitals at the Lake Hiawatha, N.J., branch of the Parsippany Public Library. The first, on November 5, will feature “catchy, upbeat melodies,” Lane wrote; his three-hour concert on December 3 will be titled Love as Expressed in All the Vocal Music Formats.
Doris Pines (Diploma ’47, Postgraduate Diploma ’49, piano) is a real estate broker with Century 21 on Long Island and also coaches performance-quality pianists.
Christian “Al” Jensen (’46, oboe) writes that he attended Juilliard for two years and served in the Army Air Force before moving back to his hometown, Dallas. Before leaving New York, Jensen played oboe with the NBC Symphony “as a result of Harold Gomberg’s recommendation as he was my teacher and best friend.” (Gomberg was on the Juilliard oboe faculty from 1947 to 1977). Jensen graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1948 and then moved to Enid, Okla., where he opened a music store that he closed in 2007 after his wife of 55 years became ill. He was a professor of oboe at Phillips University in Enid from 1969 to his retirement, in 1995, and in 2010 became an adjunct professor of oboe at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Enid and Alva. Jensen, who received the Oklahoma governor’s arts award in 1984, reports that he is “still teaching, playing, and feeling great,” and that he has 11 oboe students. “Juilliard has always opened so many doors for me.”
In July, Bernard Zaslav’s (Diploma ’46, violin) memoir, The Viola in My Life: An Alto Rhapsody, was published by Science & Behavior Books. The book comes with two full-length CDs with recordings by the Zaslav Duo and various string quartets of which Zaslav has been a member.