João Kouyoumdjian (MM ’10, guitar) won first place in the XXI Souza Lima Guitar Competition at the Conservatório Souza Lima in São Paulo, Brazil in November. Among the pieces he performed were Étude No. 12 by Villa-Lobos and J.S. Bach’s Sonata, BWV 1003.
Blind Ear Music, founded by Jakub Ciupinski (MM ’08, composition) and Cristina Spinei (Pre-College ’02, BM ’06, MM ’08, composition), teamed up with Flutronix, a new music duo comprising Allison Loggins-Hull and Nathalie Joachim (Pre-College ’01, BM ’05, flute), for a December performance at the Cell in New York City. Other performers included Andrew Roitstein (BM ’06, MM ’08, double bass), Pala Garcia (BM ’06, MM ’08, violin), Crista Kende (Pre-College ’03, MM ’10, viola), Historical Performance graduate diploma student Joan Plana, and Joshua Modney. Also in December, loop-based compositions by Ciupinski and Ryan Francis (MM ’05, DMA ’10, composition) were performed by Vicky Chow (BM ’05, MM ’07, piano) at Faust Harrison Pianos in New York City.
A CD by Hilary Demske (MM ’06, piano), Henry Martin: Selected Piano Music (Albany Records), has been reviewed by the Deseret News, American Record Guide, Fanfare, and Gramophone. Demske became a Steinway artist in September.
Wei-En Hsu (MM ’06, collaborative piano) conducted the Opera Company of Brooklyn’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in November at Studios353 in New York City.
Ryan McAdams (MM ’06, orchestral conducting) led the New York Youth Symphony in its season-opening concert at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium in December. The performance featured works by Strauss, Respighi, and Mozart, as well as the premiere of Verge, by Robert Honstein (Pre-College ’98), which the symphony commissioned.
Cynthia Lee Wong’s (BM ’04, MM ’05, composition) Piano Quartet will be performed by Tokyo String Quartet members Martin Beaver (violin) and violist Kazuhide Isomura (Diploma ’71, violin), with Joyce Yang (BM ’99, MM ’01, DMA ’10, piano) and cellist Felix Fan. The work will be presented by the La Jolla (Calif.) Music Society in August. It was premiered by Jennifer Gilbert (Pre-College ’87, MM ’96, violin), viola faculty member Hsin-Yun Huang (MM ’94, viola), Stephen Gosling (BM ’93, MM ’94, DMA ’00, piano), and Felix Fan at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in August 2010. Wong is working on a piece commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, to premiere at Carnegie Hall on October 13, 2011, in celebration of the orchestra’s 40th-anniversary season.
Yibin Li (Graduate Diploma ’02, violin), Joyce Hammann (BM ’81, MM ’84, violin), Entela Barci (BM ’02, MM ’04, viola), and Sean Katzuyama (MM ’84, MM ’96, cello) performed works by Debussy, Wolf, Halvorsen, Albéniz, and Piazzolla as a benefit for the New Amsterdam Early Childhood Center on December 8. The concert took place at the Scandinavia House in New York City.
Young-Ah Tak (BM ’01, piano) performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra at the Lakeland (Fla.) Center in November. In June she served as a judge for the Lee University Piano Competition in Cleveland, Tenn., and also gave a recital and a master class there.
In November, Jens Georg Bachmann (Advanced Certificate ’99, orchestral conducting) conducted the Gävle (Sweden) Symphony Orchestra in a concert of works by Brahms and Chopin. Also in November, Bachmann led the Florida Orchestra in performances of works by Ravel, Mozart, and Stravinsky at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa and at the Richard B. Baumgardner Center’s Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Fla.
As a contender for the position of concertmaster of the Los Angeles Opera, Tereza Stanislav (MM ’99, violin) performed in the company’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, conducted by Plácido Domingo, in September and October. Also in October, InFrequency, a new electro-acoustic music series co-founded by Stanislav and People Inside Electronics, presented works by Annie Gosfield, performed by the composer and other musicians. In July Stanislav recorded Gernot Wolfgang’s Rolling Hills and Jagged Ridges (Albany Records) with pianist Bryan Pezzone and Judith Sherman as producer.
Following a five-month national search, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony announced in November that Benjamin Loeb (DMA ’98, accompanying) would be its executive director. Loeb is also the 2011 music director of the New Hampshire Music Festival, where he will program and conduct the classical and pops series as well as perform chamber music.
In November Jennifer Diamond (BM ’95, MM ’97, voice) performed with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J. The concert included works by Verdi, Puccini, and Grieg.
Miranda Cuckson (Pre-College ’90, BM ’94, MM ’01, DMA ’06, violin) played the Ligeti Horn Trio with faculty member Aaron Wunsch (MM ’03, DMA ’08, piano) and Angela Cordell Bilger as part of the Music Mondays series at Advent Lutheran Church in New York City in December. Later that month, as part of the Argento Ensemble’s concert series Lunar Movements: A Constellation of Contemporary Music Orbiting Pierrot Lunaire, Cuckson played the Schoenberg Phantasy and a new work for violin and electronics by James Falconi at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York. In January, Cuckson gave a solo recital at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City and also performed with the new-music ensemble Transit Circle at Mannes College the New School for Music. Cuckson’s Michael Hersch: The Wreckage of Flowers (Vanguard Classics) and a CD featuring music by Ralph Shapey (Centaur Records) were each released recently. Blair McMillen (MM ’95, piano) accompanied Cuckson on both recordings.
Paul Stetsenko (MM ’94, DMA ’00, organ) performed Part III of J.S. Bach’s Clavier-Übung at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Va., in October. The performance was part of a two-year cycle of Bach Vespers in which the complete organ works of Bach are played in their liturgical context.
Carolyn Guzski (MM ’92, accompanying), assistant professor at SUNY-Buffalo, spoke at “Fanciulla 100: Celebrating Puccini” at Boston University in December. Her article “Opera and Nation: Fanciulla in Context” appears on fanciulla100.org.
In October Viviana Guzman (MM ’90, flute) gave a recital in Livermore, Calif. She also hosted and produced the San Francisco International Flute Festival at the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Also in October Guzman played Vivaldi’s Flute Concerto in D Major as well as her own arrangements of three tangos with the San Jose (Calif.) Chamber Orchestra. In June, Guzman released an iPhone/iPad app providing updates on her activities.
An album by cellist Matt Haimovitz’s (Pre-College ’87), Meeting of the Spirits (Oxingale Records), was nominated in December for a best classical crossover album Grammy.
In July David Charles Abell (MM ’85, orchestral conducting) directed and conducted a BBC Prom at Royal Albert Hall in London to celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday. The concert was broadcast live on BBC television and radio and included performances by Judi Dench and Bryn Terfel. In October Abell conducted two gala performances of Les Misérables in London’s O2 Arena as part of a celebration of the musical’s 25th anniversary. In April Abell will conduct his first full performance of Sweeney Todd at Le Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, joined by American singers Rodney Gilfry and Deanne Meek. Currently, Abell is conducting Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, at London’s Adelphi Theater through March 12.
In September, Maria Radicheva (BM ’84, MM ’85, violin) was invited to lead master classes as part of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London’s guest artist series. She was a faculty member at the Violins in Valencia international master classes in Valencia, Spain, in July.
An interview with Tatjana Rankovich (BM ’84, MM ’85, piano) was published in the November/December issue of Fanfare magazine, along with reviews of her three live recordings released in 2010 on IBOX: Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (released in January), Live Recordings (February), and The Juilliard Recital (April).
The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony and conductor David Bernard (Pre-College ’82) were featured in a November/December Symphony magazine article about amateur and affinity orchestras. In October, iTunes released 11 of the orchestra’s albums, with Bernard conducting works by Berlioz, Bizet, Dvorak, and Rimsky-Korsakov, among others. Also in October, Bernard conducted Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, and the Cimarosa Oboe Concerto, with Juilliard faculty member Pedro Díaz (BM ’89, oboe) as soloist. In December, the symphony performed a holiday concert at All Saints Episcopal Church in New York City with guest artist faculty member David Chan (MM ’97, violin).
Who Knows Where the Time Goes, an album by Rondi Charleston (BM ’82, MM ’83, voice), is scheduled to be released on February 8 by Motéma Music.
Chin Kim (Pre-College ’75, BM ’82, MM ’83, DMA ’89, violin) and David Oei (Pre-College ’69; ’72, piano) gave their annual faculty recital at Mannes College the New School for Music in November.
David v.R. Bowles (BM ’81, MM ’82, cello) produced and engineered an album of music by David Carlson for MSR Classics in October. The disc, True Divided Light, features Geraldine Walther (viola), Emil Miland (cello), and David Korevaar (BM ’82, MM ’83, piano). Bowles was also the producer and engineer for an album of works by Barber, Strauss, and Mahler performed by the New Century Chamber Orchestra with music director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (Pre-College ’78; ’82, violin). The recording was released on Salerno-Sonnenberg’s label, NSS Music, in November. A recording of Schumann’s Piano Trios Nos. 1 and 3, for which Bowles was also the producer and engineer, was released by Avie Records that same month. The works were performed by the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio, including faculty member Monica Huggett (violin), Tanya Tomkins (cello), and Eric Zivian (MM ’91, piano) playing the fortepiano. In August, Bowles engineered and produced for the Kleos label an album of works by Ruth Lomon, Vincent Persichetti, Copland, and Albert Tiberio (BS ’58, trumpet) among others, featuring Charles Schlueter (BS ’62, trumpet), and conductor Ronald Feldman (Pre-College ’65).
In December, Wynton Marsalis (’81, trumpet) was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree from SUNY-Potsdam’s Crane School of Music in recognition of his commitment to music education. That same month, he was announced as a Grammy nominee for best improvised jazz solo for his performance in Van Gogh with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on Portrait in Seven Shades, composed by Ted Nash and released by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Marsalis performed in a series of concerts with Chick Corea (’61, piano) and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at the Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City in January. The concerts included arrangements of Corea’s compositions by Marsalis and members of the orchestra.
James Scott (BM ’80, MM ’81, trombone), principal trombone of the Calgary (Alberta) Philharmonic Orchestra, was the alto trombone soloist for an aria from Mozart’s early oratorio Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots (with tenor Fernando Portari). The concert, conducted by Roberto Minczuk (Pre-College ’85; BM ’87, French horn), was part of the orchestra’s Mozart Festival and took place at the Epcor Center’s Jack Singer Concert Hall in November.
In October, Thomas Brown (MM ’79, piano) gave an organ recital at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the school’s Klais organ.
Shinji Eshima (MM ’79, double bass) was commissioned to compose the orchestral score for a new work by choreographer Yuri Possokhov to be premiered by the San Francisco Ballet at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco on February 3. In October, Eshima’s compositions were performed by the Picasso Ensemble at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, Calif., and in the Music on the Hill series at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Eshima also began endorsing Pirastro’s new “Passione” strings in October. Eshima serves on the committee for the International Society of Bassists convention, which will be held at San Francisco State University June 6-11.
In December, Panayis Lyras (BM ’76, MM ’77, piano) gave a recital celebrating the bicentennials of Chopin and Schumann at the Indiana Historical Society’s Frank and Katrina Basile Theater in Indianapolis.
Instruments of Revelation, by Victoria Bond (MM ’75, DMA ’77, orchestral conducting), will be performed on April 11 by the Argento Ensemble at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater in New York City’s Peter Norton Symphony Space as part of the Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival, which Bond directs.
In November, Plácido Domingo, general director of the Los Angeles Opera, announced that James Conlon (BM ’72, orchestral conducting) had extended his contract with the company through 2013. That month, Conlon directed the company in Wagner’s Lohengrin and Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. He became the opera’s music director in the 2006-07 season.
Sarah Levine Simon (’72, voice) and Bruce Lazarus (Pre-College ’74; BM ’78, MM ’79, composition) collaborated to create a classical music video called Bread Today that can be viewed on YouTube.
Stephen Dankner (DMA ’71, composition) presented the premiere of his String Quartet No. 11 in Williamstown, Mass., in September. The concert featured a quartet comprising Alexandr Dziubinsky (BM ’08, MM ’10, violin) and Juilliard students Robyn Quinnett (violin), Adrienne Hochman (viola), and Christine Lamprea (cello). Dankner’s Ninth Symphony was premiered by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Klauspeter Seibel at First Baptist New Orleans in October.
In November Naoyuki Miura (BM ’71, double bass) received the Sen Kayoko Award, including ¥1 million from the Soroptimist Japan Foundation in recognition of his contributions to international understanding and cultural exchange. Miura is the artistic director of Music From Japan, which will present its 2011 festival at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York City on February 12 and 13 and in Washington at the Smithsonian on February 16. This year’s festival focuses on Japanese song and flutes and includes the premieres of two new commissions.
Larry Stempel (’71, orchestral conducting) is the author of Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater, published by W. W. Norton in September.
Diane Walsh (Pre-College ’67; BM ’71, piano) is the pianist for a Broadway revival of Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations currently at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles that runs through March 6. The show follows a modern-day musicologist’s inquiry into Beethoven’s obsession with the waltz that inspired his 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, many of which Walsh performs.
Max Lifchitz (BM ’70, MM ’71, composition) conducted the North/South Chamber Orchestra in January at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church in New York City. The performance included his Night Voices No. 16.
Nina Deutsch (BS ’64, piano) published an article in the Montague Street Journal, a publication about Bob Dylan in October, and one in Pan Pipes, the magazine of Sigma Alpha Iota, in July. She gave a concert titled “Classic Broadway With a Twist” at the United Presbyterian Church of Plainfield (N.J.) in November.
In November, Karl Signell (BS ’62, French horn) gave two talks on the influences of Ottoman and Western music on each other—one at Princeton University and one at an international congress meeting on cultural heritage and music at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.
In November, it was announced that Philip Glass (Diploma ’60, MS ’62, composition) was composing an opera based on Franz Kafka’s The Trial, to be premiered by Music Theatre Wales in 2013 as part of the company’s 25th anniversary celebrations.
In July, Thomas Mastroianni (BS ’57, MS ’58, piano) performed in Vietri sul Mare, Italy, as the piano director of the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. That same month, as president of the International Liszt Association, he performed in Weimar, Germany, at the association’s meeting. In August he gave two all-Beethoven concerts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In October, Mastroianni represented the American Liszt Society, of which he is also president, at the Great Romantics Festival in Hamilton, Ontario, and served as an adjudicator for the Panama International Competition in Panama City. In November, he was an adjudicator in the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, and he also arranged La Gesse Foundation’s festival, which took place at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. This month Mastroianni will officiate at the American Liszt Society’s annual meeting at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., and give a lecture-recital titled “Liszt, Religion, and Death” at both Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and in Richmond, Va. He’ll give the same talk at the University of Iowa in Iowa City in April.
Vocabularies (Emarcy/Universal) by Bobby McFerrin (Pre-College ’58) was nominated for a best classical crossover album Grammy in December.
Sarah Fleming Schickling (BS ’55, voice) performed at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Carson City, Nev., in November through the Retired Senior Volunteers Program.
Song of Songs for soprano and piano, by Aaron Blumenfeld (’54, composition), was presented in December at Ansche Chesed, a synagogue in Manhattan, as part of the Fourth International Festival of New Jewish Music, a program of Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music. Blumenfeld received an award for the composition from the foundation.
Robert Cowan (BS ’54, MS ’56, piano) performed at Berry College’s Ford Auditorium in Rome, Ga., in October.
Henry Grimes (’54, double bass) performed at the Stone in New York City on New Year’s Eve with guitarists Marc Ribot and Mary Halvorson, drummer Chad Taylor, and saxophonist John Zorn. The set culminated in a midnight rendition of Albert Ayler’s “Bells.”
This month, Jack Heller (Diploma ’52, violin) will lead the Tampa Bay Symphony in concerts in St. Petersburg and Tampa, Fla., featuring Scott Kluksdahl (MM ’88, cello) performing the Dvorak Cello Concerto. Heller will make his final appearances as the symphony’s music director in the spring, leading performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 at Mahaffey Theater at Progress Energy Center for the Arts in St. Petersburg on April 14 and at Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on April 17. Subsequently, Heller, professor emeritus at the University of South Florida, plans to focus on language and music cognition research.
In October, Herbert Handt (BS ’47, voice) was named an honorary citizen of Monte Carlo in recognition of his work to restore the local opera house and revive performances there.
In August Emanuel “Manny” Vardi (Diploma ’36, violin) and his wife, Lenore, hosted the Snoqualmie Valley Festival of Music at Mountain Meadows Farm in North Bend, Wash. The couple’s abstract paintings were exhibited at ING Direct Cafe’s Green Room Gallery in Honolulu in October and January.