Kim Mai Nguyen (BM ’11, MM ’13, viola) and Avery Waite (MM ’12, cello) are moving to Jamaica to spend three to six months working with the El Sistema School in Kingston.
Chelsea Knox (BM ’10, MM ’12, flute) has been named principal flutist of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Knox has also been serving as principal flutist of the Princeton (N.J.) Symphony.
Zhang Zuo (MM ’12, piano) has been named a BBC New Generation Artist. As such, for the next two years, she will appear in a number of concerts around Great Britain, including at the BBC Proms, record with the BBC Orchestras, and perform on BBC Radio 3.
In August, Mattias Jacobsson (Graduate Diploma ’08, guitar) made video recordings for the Augustine Foundation and the Metropolitan Museum of Art using a guitar from the museum’s musical instruments collection.
Stephen Beus (MM ’06, Artist Diploma ’08, piano) has joined the University of Oklahoma School of Music faculty. He will teach applied piano and keyboard literature.
Cynthia Lee Wong (BM ’04, MM ’05, composition) was selected to participate in New Voices, a multi-organizational residency with the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, and Boosey & Hawkes. As part of the residency, Wong will receive mentorship and compose two new works to be premiered during the orchestras’ 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons: a chamber work, which debuts next month, and an orchestral work, which will be performed in April, both by the New World Symphony at the New World Center in Miami Beach, Fla. The works will receive their West Coast premiere with the San Francisco Symphony in its 2014-15 season.
The 5 Browns will make their Carnegie Hall debut on October 18. The ensemble consists of siblings Ryan Brown (Pre-College ’03, piano), Melody Brown (Pre-College ’00; BM ’04, MM ’06, piano), Gregory Brown (Pre-College ’00; BM ’04; MM ’06, piano), Deondra Brown (BM ’01, piano; MM ’03, collaborative piano), and Desirae Brown (BM ’01, MM ’03, piano). Their live recording of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring arranged for five pianos will be released this month on Steinway and Sons’ new record label.
In August, Mark Kosower (MM ’01, Artist Diploma ’03, cello) was the soloist in the Cleveland Orchestra’s premiere performance of the Barber Cello Concerto. Kosower is the orchestra’s principal cellist.
In July, Edward Malave (BM ’93, MM ’95, viola) performed four recitals in Buenos Aires with pianist Agustin Muriago and guitarist Maria Luisa Harth-Bedoya. Also in July, Malave gave two presentations on Alexander Technique at the Orquesta Academica de Buenos Aires and the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival at Juilliard.
Hai-Ye Ni (MM ’95, cello) served on the jury of the International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki, Finland, in April. She is the principal cellist for the Philadelphia Orchestra.
In August, Taka Kigawa (MM ’94, piano; pictured at left) performed at Le Poisson Rouge; the program included works by Sean Shepherd (MM ’04, composition), John Zorn, and Elliott Carter (faculty 1966-’84).
In January and February, Viviana Guzmán (MM ’90, flute) presented the Viviana Guzmán Show in Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. In March, Guzmán also performed at the Bret Harte Theater in Angels Camp, Calif., with her quartet, which included pianist and fellow alum Frank Levy (DMA ’92, piano). She also performed with Korine Fujiwara (MM ’91, violin) in Columbus, Ohio, as part of the Carpe Diem String Quartet. In April she performed in Papeete, Tahiti, and Fakarva, French Polynesia. In May she performed for the Chilean president. In June, Guzmán performed and held a master class for the Canadian Flute Convention, and in July she co-produced the Flutes by the Sea Master Class San Francisco with Carol Wincenc (MM ’72, flute; faculty), Barbara Siesel (MM ’80, flute), and Andrea Fisher (MM ’04, flute). Guzmán, Fisher and Siesel also co-founded TheFluteView.com, an online music magazine for flutists.
Frederic Chiu (MM ’87, piano) and Ursula Oppens (MS ’67, piano) will be among the judges for the World Piano Competition in July, which will take place at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music between July 8 and 13.
In January, Moshe Knoll (BM ’82, MM ’84, piano) performed works by Bach at the Calhoun School in New York City. He also gave a piano master class at the Music Institute of Long Island in March, and performed Dvorak’s Four Pieces for Piano Solo, Op. 52, at the Bohemian National Hall in New York City. Also on that program were Laura Goldberg (Pre-College ’80; BM ’84, MM ’85, violin) and Anna Royzman (Pre-College ’05; BM ’09, MM ’11, piano), performing Dvorak’s Romance in F Minor.
In August, Andrew Litton (BM ’80, piano; MM ’82, orchestral conducting) was named the music director of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Litton had been serving as the orchestra’s artistic advisor since 2012, as well as music director of Norway’s Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and artistic director of the Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest. Litton is scheduled to conduct six of the C.S.O.’s programs this season.
Natalie Synhaivsky (MM ’82, piano) played a solo piano recital at the Lukassaal in Lucerne, Switzerland, in June. The program included works by J.S. Bach, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich, as well as the world premiere of Synhaivsky’s Cinquante Petits Morceaux.
An article by C. Matthew Balensuela (BM ’79, saxophone), “Dance Band Leader Joe Cappo and the Collections of his Memorabilia and Music at Michigan State University,” was published in the Spring 2013 issue of Fontes artis musicae.
In February and March, Cristine Coyiuto (MM ’77, piano) gave two performances of the Khachaturian Piano Concerto with the Metro Manila Concerto Orchestra at the Audi Global City in Taguig City, Philippines. In June, Coyiuto performed with her daughter, flutist Caitlin Alisa Coyiuto, and flutist Yuko Enomoto, at the Luce Auditorium in Silliman University in Dumaguete City, and at the Chapel of the Forgiving Lord in Alabang, both in the Philippines.
In August, Andreas Klein (Postgraduate Diploma ’74, piano) produced a recording of a new Triple Concerto by composer Kenneth Frazelle (BM ’78, composition) as part of the 70th anniversary of the Meadowmount School of Music in Westport, N.Y., as well as at the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.
In August, Albinas Prizgintas (Pre-College ’65, BM ’69, MS ’70, DMA ’73, organ) received the Celeste Judell Arts Award on New Orleans-based television program Steppin’ Out.
In August, William Schimmel (BM ’69, MS ’70, DMA ’73, composition) debuted his arrangement of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture for solo accordion at the Clark Studio Theater as part of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. He was joined by cellist Katinka Kleijn for Matthias Pintscher’s (BM ’99, oboe and harp) accordion-cello duo dernier espace avec introspecteur. David Bowlin (MM ’02, violin) and Maiya Papach (MM ’04, viola) then joined Schimmel and Kleijn for Pintscher’s Study II for Treatise on the Veil and Beethoven’s String Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No. 1.
On October 8, Robert Davidovici (Postgraduate Diploma ’73, violin), is scheduled to perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, under the conductorship of Grzegorz Nowak. Davidovici recorded the Kletzki Violin Concerto, Lutoslawski Partita for Violin and Orchestra, and the Szymanowski Second Violin Concerto with the R.P.O., scheduled to be released this month by RPO Records.
Last month, Robert DeGaetano (BM ’69, MM/Professional Studies ’71, piano) released a recording of his new piano concerto on Navona Records, which is distributed by Naxos.
Kenneth Bennett Lane (’51, voice) is recording a DVD series called The 300 Greatest Love Songs of Broadway Musicals, Movies, and Grammys for his Valhalla Record label. Later this month he will be performing for the New Life Expo at the New Yorker Hotel.
In July, a memoir by José Beth Smolensky (Diploma ’51, violin) was published by Inkwater Press. The book, Hide and Seek: Out of the Darkness and Into My Life, chronicles the author’s sexuality and escape from domestic abuse.