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Joshua Cerdenia (MM '16, composition) and doctoral candidate Jared Miller (MM '12, composition) have been commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and its music director, Leonard Slatkin (BM '67, orchestral conducting), to compose orchestral pieces to be premiered during the 2017–18 season.
A number of Juilliard alumni were among 16 composers who received music awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in March: Saad Haddad (MM '16, composition), Hilary Purrington (MM '15, composition), Evening Division faculty member Dalit Warshaw (MM '97, DMA '03, composition), and Jan Krzywicki ('68, composition). Current students William Healey, Andrew Hsu, and Jake Landau (Pre-College '13) also received awards.
Sirena Huang (Pre-College '12; BM '16, violin) won first place in the Young Concert Artists Debut Auditions. Her prize includes a Berlin Philharmonie debut recital and a concerto with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra.
In March, Meng-Sheng Shen (BM '13, MM '15, piano), as the fourth-prize winner in the Hastings (U.K.) International Piano Competition, performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”) with the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
In February, the Manhattan Chamber Players, made up of Luke Fleming (MM '07, DMA '12, Artist Diploma '13, viola), Grace Park (ACJW '12, violin), and piano doctoral candidate Mika Sasaki gave a concert at Le Poisson Rouge called A Year in the Life of Gabriel Fauré: A Love Story, which consisted of songs the French composer wrote during one of the most turbulent years of his life.
Baritone Will Liverman (MM '12, voice) and soprano Lara Secord-Haid (MM '13, voice) each received $10,000 prizes as winners of the George London Foundation Awards Competition. Mezzo-soprano Carolyn Sproule (BM '10, voice) won a $1,000 prize.
In February, Emilie-Anne Gendron (Pre-College '02; Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard Exchange '05, MM '07, Artist Diploma '09, violin) and Yelena Grinberg (Pre-College '99; Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard Exchange '02, MM '04, DMA '08, piano) performed Handel's complete works for violin and piano during a salon at a residence on the Upper West Side.
In February, David Coucheron (MM '07, violin), accompanied by William Ransom (BM '80, MM '81, piano), made his Mexican debut with two recitals in the Pro Musica Series in San Miguel de Allende.
In February, Greg Anderson (BM '04, MM '06, piano) and Elizabeth Joy Roe (BM '04, MM '06, piano) played a recital at Washington State University's Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall. The program included music by Mozart, Piazzolla, and Rachmaninoff as well as arrangements of “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Let It Be.”
Composer and vocalist Matt Boehler (Artist Diploma '06, opera studies) won the National Association of Teachers of Singing Art Song Composition Award for his song cycle Foursquare Cathedral for bass-baritone and piano.
In March Wei-En Hsu (MM '06, collaborative piano) was named an associate of the Royal Academy of Music, an award given to RAM alumni who have made significant contributions to their profession. In July, Hsu was appointed a visiting professor at the Chengdu Radio and Television University through 2019.
In April, Kati Agócs's (Certificate '00, MM '02, DMA '05, composition) The Debrecen Passion for chorus and orchestra, from the album by the same name (released on the BMOP/sound label), was nominated for a Juno award.
In February, Eleonore Oppenheim's ('04, double bass) modern classical band Bonjour gave a concert at the Jewish Museum in conjunction with the exhibit Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design.
In April, Morgan James (BM '03, voice) released Reckless Abandon, her second studio album of original soul music, which
she is touring this spring and summer.
Baritone Valentin Lanzrein (BM '02, MM '03, voice) updated us on what he's been doing since graduating. Having gotten his DMA at SUNY Stony Brook, he taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and DePauw University School of Music before moving to China last fall to become an associate professor of voice and coordinator of the Graduate Voice Performance Program at Soochow University School of Music. He and his wife, Wonmin Kim (Advanced Certificate '99, Professional Studies '00, accompanying), have a daughter, Eileen Gina.
In March, Malina Rauschenfels (MM '03, cello) released In D: Solo Cello Through the Ages, an album which includes Baroque pieces by J.S. Bach and Giovanni Gabrieli and modern works by Kala Pierson, Toby Twining, William Walton, and herself.
Paola Prestini (BM '98, MM '00, composition) was one of the creators of Aging Magician, a new opera-theater work that was presented at the New Victory Theater in March. The work was performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus along with the Attacca, which was Juilliard's graduate string quartet in residence. Its members are Amy Schroeder (BM '06, MM '08, violin, Artist Diploma '13, resident quartet), Keiko Tokunaga (Pre-College '03; BM '07, MM '08, violin, Artist Diploma '13, resident quartet), Nathan Schram (ACJW '12, viola), and Andrew Yee (BM '06, MM '08, cello, Artist Diploma '13, resident quartet).
Makia Matsumura (MM '99, composition) wrote an original score to accompany the 1927 silent film The Scar of Shame, which was made available for streaming on Netflix in February.
In April, Evelyn Chen (DMA '98, piano) and her husband, Brinton Smith (MM '91, DMA '98, cello), performed a concerto by Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the Houston Symphony.
In April, Simona Frenkel (MM '98, organ), Emilie-Anne Gendron (Pre-College '02; Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard Exchange '05; MM '07, Artist Diploma '09, violin), and Caleb F. van der Swaagh (Pre-College '05; Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard Exchange '09, cello) performed a recital at the First Presbyterian Church in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
On May 7, Inbal Segev (BM '97, cello) will premiere Dan Visconti's Tangle Eye Cello Concerto with the California Symphony in Walnut Creek.
In January, bass clarinetist Yann Ghiro ('96, clarinet) was appointed to the Cleveland Orchestra. He had been playing with the orchestra since August.
Conductor Elizabeth Askren (Pre-College '93) was featured on PBS NewsHour as one of the participants in the Dallas Opera's Hart Institute for Women Conductors, which was held in November.
In March, Anne Akiko Meyers (Pre-College '87; Certificate '90, violin) premiered Einojuhani Rautavaara's ('56, composition) Fantasia for violin and orchestra, which she commissioned from the composer, with the Kansas City (Mo.) Symphony. In April, at the 92nd Street Y in New York, Meyers also premiered a violin-piano arrangement of the work with Akira Eguchi (MM '90, piano).
Moshe Knoll's (BM '82, MM '84, piano) chamber cantata Simplicity, based on texts from Thoreau's Walden, was premiered in February at Symphony Space. It was performed by the Ark Trio—Reiko Uchida (Artist Diploma '08, collaborative piano), soprano Allison Charney Epstein, and cellist Kajsa William Olson. In April, Knoll's string quartet Memories of Novardok had its premiere at the Museum at Eldridge Street in New York. The quartet was composed of Pre-College faculty member Laura Jean Goldberg (Pre-College '80; BM '84, MM '85, violin), master's student Ani Bukujian (BM '15, violin), Lisa Heffter (BM '82, MM '83, viola), and Roberta Cooper (Pre-College '75; BM '79, MM '80, cello).
Judith Lynn Stillman (Pre-College '73; BM '77, MM '77, DMA '82, piano) played Schumann's Piano Quintet with the Muir String Quartet at the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts at Rhode Island College. Stillman's Corriente De Cambio, with music and lyrics (based on texts by Octavio Paz) she composed, was given its world premiere by tenor César Sánchez and Stillman at the inauguration of the president of the college, in February.
In March, Michael Shapiro's (MM '75, composition) Second Violin and Piano Sonata was released on the Paumanok Record label. The album, Sonata, features Tim Fain (MM '00, violin) and Steven Beck (BM '01, MM '03, piano).
In March, Sondra Tammam (MM '75, piano) was a guest speaker at the annual conference of the Music Teachers National Association in Baltimore. She also presented a workshop on the Taubman Approach to the Piano Teachers Congress of New York. Her most recent master classes were at the University of Graz in Austria and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
In March, Nancy Steltmann (BM '73, MM '74, cello) and pianist Robert Byrens released an album called Music From the Opera. It includes arias from Carmen, Tosca, La bohème, Gianni Schicchi, and Porgy and Bess as well as the Fantasy on Don Giovanni by Auguste Franchomme and is available on CD Baby. Also available on CD Baby and Amazon is her album of music by Alan Hovhaness (OgreOgress), which was released in January.
The Emerson Quartet—Eugene Drucker (Pre-College '68; Diploma '72, Professional Studies '73, violin) and Philip Setzer (BM '73, MM '74, violin), Lawrence Dutton (Pre-College '72; BM '77, MM '78, viola), and cellist Paul Watkins—concludes its yearlong celebration of its 40th-anniversary season with a concert at Carnegie Hall on May 7.
In January, Sandra Rivers (BS '70, MS '72, piano) gave a master class and adjudicated a competition at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. In February she performed on the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players Series, and in March, she played three concerts at the Phoenix Chamber Music Society Winter festival, stepping in for André Watts for two of them.
In March, the German edition of Madeleine Forte's (BM '70, MS '71, piano) memoir, Einfach Madeleine, became available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions.
In February, Bill Gati (Pre-College '69, piano) played the organ and keyboard as a hand double in the feature film First Reformed. The movie, directed by Paul Schrader and starring Ethan Hawke, is in post-production and is slated for release in 2018.
In February, John Lounsbery (BM '67, French horn) played one of the horn parts in the premiere of Brian Wilson's Ancient Calls and Echoes for two horns and organ, which Lounsbery commissioned, at Sonoma State University in Calif., where Wilson is the
chair of the department of music theory and composition.
Stephen Crosby's (BS '62, MS '63, piano) Look Toward Heaven for choir, soloists, and organ had two premiere performances in March by the Carolyn Eynon Singers, in Carefree and Prescott, Ariz. The piece features a Biblical text and is accompanied by projected images by He Qi.
Noel Tipton's (BS '56, MS '57, piano) arrangement of This Place, Our Anchorage was made available by Paraclete Press in January. He is also the featured pianist in the movie Year by the Sea, which was released in February.