This year’s incoming fellows in the Academy, the joint Carnegie Hall-Juilliard teaching/performing program, include Doug Balliet (MM ’12, historical performance), Liam Burke (BM ’11, MM ’12, clarinet), Megan Griffin (BM ’10, MM ’11, viola), Caleb Hudson (BM ’10, MM ’12, trumpet), Clara Lyon (BM ’08, violin), Michelle Ross (Pre-College ’06; MM ’12, violin), and Ian Sullivan (MM ’12, percussion).
Avigail Bushakevitz (BM ’10, MM ’12, violin) was one of two recipients of a Southern African Music Rights Organization scholarship for international study in Western art music.
Alexander Hajek (BM ’04, MM ’06, Artist Diploma ’12, voice), Nathalie Mittelbach (MM ’12, voice), and Artist Diploma candidate Naomi O’Connell are each recipients of Juilliard’s Novick Career Advancement Grants in Vocal Arts.
Spiritual Nature (Resonance Records), a new album by Donald Vega (Artist Diploma ’09, jazz studies) was released in August.
Augustin Hadelich (Graduate Diploma ’05, Artist Diploma ’07, violin) made his New York Philharmonic subscription debut performing Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole in October.
The music of Zhou Tian (MM ’07, composition) was performed in subscription concerts during the 2011-12 season by the Houston, Indianapolis, Hong Kong, Reno (Nev.), Spokane (Wash.), Hawaii , and Columbia (Md.) orchestras. In March, Mei-Ann Chen will conduct the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of a piece it commissioned from Zhou.
In October, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performed the New York premiere of Alternative Energy by Mason Bates (MM ’01, composition) at Carnegie Hall.
Noah Stewart (BM ’01, voice) plays a Detroit Opera singer in Detropia, a documentary by Rachel and Heidi Ewing about the decline of Detroit that opened in September.
In August, Eddy Malave (BM ’93, MM ’95, viola) performed works by Mozart, Turina, and Mendelssohn at the Templo de la Comunidad Amijai in Buenos Aires. Also that month, he presented the Alexander Technique at El Centro de Técnica Alexander Buenos Aires.
In September, Mark Niehaus (BM ’92, trumpet) was appointed president and executive director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; he had been principal trumpet of the orchestra since 1998.
David Phillips (MM ’92, double bass) and his group Freedance released their new CD Confluence (Innova) in September.
Gary Levinson (BM ’88, MM ’91, violin) and pianist Daredjan Baya Kakouberi performed works by Beethoven and Ravel at New York City’s Peter Norton Symphony Space.
In March, Viviana Guzman (MM ’90, flute) performed with her group, Festival of Four, at Fort Walton (Fla.) First United Methodist Church, Gulfport (Miss.) First United Methodist Church, and Rabobank Theater (Bakersfield, Calif.). Also that month, Guzman gave master classes at the Northwest Florida State College in Niceville and California State University at Bakersfield. In April, Guzman performed at the Red Poppy in San Francisco and in Brazil and Spain. Guzman also led a residency at the Cate School in Los Angeles. This summer she hosted the San Francisco Flute Festival, of which she is the founder and artistic director.
Monte Maxwell (MM ’90, organ), has been appointed director of chapel music at the United State Naval Academy after 15 years of service at the academy.
Bassist Christian McBride (’90, double bass) opened Miller Theater’s Jazz series in October in a concert with Inside Straight: saxophonist Steve Wilson, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, pianist Peter Martin, and drummer Carl Allen, the artistic director of Jazz Studies.
On December 1, Anne Akiko Meyers (Pre-College ’87; Certificate ’90, violin) will perform Barber’s Violin Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. On December 7, Meyers will perform the premiere of Mason Bates’s (MM ’01, composition) Violin Concerto with the Pittsburg Symphony at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall; a repeat performance will be held on December 9.
In June, Maria Radicheva (BM ’84, MM ’85, violin) was honored with an honorary doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa), the highest award given by Bulgaria’s National Academy of Music. In July, Radicheva was on faculty at the Violines en Valencia international violin master class, of which she and Anabel Garcia del Castillo (BM ’87, MM ’88, violin) are founding faculty members.
This month, Orchid Classics is releasing volume one of the complete harpsichord works of François Couperin recorded by Andrew Appel (DMA ’83, harpsichord).
In October, scenes from Ethan Frome, a new opera based on the novella by Edith Wharton by Caryn Block (MM ’83, composition), were premiered by the Cantilena Chamber Choir at Trinity Church in Lenox, Mass. That same weekend, Block gave two lectures on the adaptation of the libretto from the novella at the Mount (Wharton’s home) and the Lenox Library.
David Bernard (Pre-College ’82) was awarded first prize in the American Prize Competition for orchestral conducting. Bernard is in his 13th season as music director of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, and this summer, he released two recordings with it: Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 4, 6, and 9.
In September. Eliza Garth (Postgraduate Diploma ’82, piano) performed John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes at St. Mary’s College of Maryland as part of Cage’s 100th birthday celebration.
The album Beethoven Shreds by Katherine Thomas, a.k.a. the Great Kat (Pre-College ’79; Diploma ’82, violin), was in the New and Noteworthy section of iTunes in September.
Sara Davis Buechner (BM ’80, MM ’81, piano) will perform all-Beethoven programs with violinist Stephanie Chase at the Yamaha Piano Salon in New York City from November 26 to 28.
An interview with Sophia Agranovich (BM ’77, MM ’78, piano) was posted in Fanfare magazine in September. In July, she was seen on the television program Access New Jersey with her student Tyler Fengya. In July, she gave a recital at the Steinway Gallery in Coral Gables, Fla.
In September, the Japan Art Association presented Philip Glass (Diploma ’60, MS ’62, composition) with a Praemium Imperiale award, which recognizes lifetime achievement in the arts and carries a prize of $187,000.
An autobiography by Harvey Phillips (’53, tuba) called Mr. Tuba was released in September and it describes the late musician’s experiences at (among others) Juilliard, as a circus performer, and as vice president of the New England Conservatory.
Joan Rothman Brill (’50, piano) performed a concert-band arrangement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor with the Sag Harbor Community Band in July.