Christian Lundqvist (BM '16, percussion) has become the associate principal percussionist with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.
In November, Julian Schwarz (MM '16, cello) and Marika Bournaki (Pre-College '08; BM '12, MM '14, piano) won first prize in the Art of Duo Boulder (Colo.) International Chamber Music Competition with Debussy's Cello Sonata.
Anthony J. Stillabower (MM '16, composition) composed the title track on the Mana Quartet's debut album, Vide Supra (Mark Records), which was released in September.
Ruth Reinhardt (MM '15, orchestral conducting) stepped in at the last minute to make her debut leading the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in November.
Drummer Dag Markhus (MM '14, jazz studies) plays with the Konrad Paszkudzki Trio, which made its debut on the Venus Records label in December with Taking a Chance on Love, an album comprised of pieces from the Great American Songbook. Bass player Dylan Shamat ('10, jazz studies) is the third member of the trio.
Colin Stokes (MM '12, cello) is a member of the Berlin-based Symphoniacs, an electro-classical crossover group of seven musicians, which released an album called Symphoniacs in October.
In November, Grigory Smirnov's (MM '11, composition) Dowson Songs, featuring his song cycle of the same name, was released by Naxos. It also includes his Chaconne for cello and piano; among the musicians on the recording are tenor Martin Bakari (MM '13, voice), Adrian Daurov (BM '07, MM '09, cello), and doctoral candidate Konstantine Valianatos (BM '12, MM '14, piano).
♦ On February 19, the Attacca Quartet—Amy Schroeder (BM '06, MM '08, violin; Artist Diploma '13, resident quartet), Keiko Tokunaga (BM '07, MM '08, violin), Nathan Schram (an alumnus of the Academy, the joint Carnegie Hall-Juilliard teaching-performing program), and Andrew Yee (BM '06, MM '08, cello)—performs music by Michael Ippolito (MM '10, DMA '14, composition) as part of their new series Recently Added, which explores the work of living composers, at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.
♦ On February 14, the French horn quartet Genghis Barbie—which includes Danielle Kuhlmann (BM '07), Leelanee Sterrett, Alana Vegter (MM '07, French horn), and Rachel Drehmann—performs at Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts, as part of its Pop-Up Concerts series. The program includes music ranging from Bizet to Queen. Kuhlmann and Sterrett are also alums of the Academy, the joint Carnegie Hall-Juilliard teaching-performing program.
Trumpeter and composer Dominick Farinacci's (BM '05, jazz studies) album Short Stories (Mack Avenue Records) was released in June; Christian McBride (BM '90, double bass) plays on it.
During the summer, soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra (Artist Diploma '05, opera studies) (pictured) and Eric Silberger (Pre-College '07; Barnard-Columbia-Juilliard Exchange '11; MM '13, violin) co-founded the multidisciplinary Hawaii International Music Festival. They presented concerts featuring six artists on three islands, including one for the troops at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Silberger also released his debut album, Timeless, with pianist Kwan Yi (Pre-College '04; MM '10, piano) in November. The album features sonatas by Brahms and Fauré.
♦ Adam Brown (MM '02, AD '04, guitar) will play a solo recital of music by Latin American composers on Feburary 24 as part of the Late Shift Recital Series at London's National Portrait Gallery. Other London performances this fall were at Conway Hall and Hampton Court Palace.
Conductor Speranza Scappucci (Certificate '95, piano, MM '97, conducting) made her Vienna State Opera debut in November leading Rossini's La Cenerentola; she is the first Italian woman to conduct at the house. She returned later that month to conduct Verdi's La Traviata and will conduct Donizetti's Don Pasquale there in June.
At Baldwin Wallace University in October, Jack Sutte (MM '97, trumpet) and pianist Christina Dahl performed premieres including Sutte's Travels and sonatas by David Loeb and Clint Needham. The program opened with Robert Pound's (MM '94, DMA '98, composition) sleep cycle, which was written for Sutte and his family in 2011.
In December, seven Juilliard alumni were profiled in one of Musical America magazine's Special Reports, which featured 30 top innovators in the field: Zuill Bailey (MM '96, cello), Helen Eaton (Certificate '94, viola), Alan Fletcher (MM '79, DMA '83, composition), Adrian Fung (Artist Diploma '11, resident quartet), Kristin Olson (MM '12, historical performance), Paola Prestini (BM '98, MM '00, composition), and William Ransom (BM '80, MM '81, piano).
In October, Massimiliano Mainolfi (Advanced Certificate '96, piano) was appointed a professor of chamber music for piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Nuremberg, Germany.
Elizabeth Askren (Pre-College '93, piano) conducted Verdi's Nabucco at the National Romanian Opera in November. The following month, as one of six participants in the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors, Askren conducted the Dallas Opera Orchestra; she was also the guest conductor for the gala concert of the 26th Mozart Festival, which was sponsored by the Societatea Româna Mozart in Romania.
♦ Soprano Wonjung Kim (Advanced Certificate '88, voice) performs Kenji Sakai's Borders for soprano and five musicians as part of the 42nd Music From Japan Festival, which takes place February 18 and 19 at New York City's Scandinavia House. Also performing as part of the festival are Elizabeth Brown (Professional Studies '78, MM '77, flute), Samuel Budish (BM '11, MM '13, percussion), Academy double bass alum Brian Ellingsen, Eriko Sato ('74, violin), C.J. Camerieri (BM '04, trumpet), and faculty members Stephanie Griffin (MM '97, DMA '03, viola), Alan Kay (BM '82, MM '83, clarinet, Advanced Certificate '90, orchestral conducting), Fred Sherry (Diploma '69, cello), and Wendy Stern (MM '82, flute).
Zoia Bologovsky (MM '87, violin) served as concertmaster for the performances of the national tour of Lincoln Center Theater's production of The King and I in October and November in Providence, R.I. She teaches at Saint Paul's School in Concord, N.H.
In October, Douglas Hedwig's (MM '76, DMA '86, trumpet) new choral work, Gitanjali, which is based on poems by Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, received its world premiere by Choral Arts of Chattanooga (Tenn.). Hedwig's Tone Poem on Taps for concert band was performed at Blossom Music Festival in July.
Sam Ruttenberg (MM '86, percussion) received an artist endorsement from Ludwig-Musser Drums and Percussion, a manufacturer of mallet and percussion instruments based in Elkhart, Ind.
In November, Jeffrey Biegel (BM '83, MM '84, piano) played the New York premiere of Jake Runestad's Dreams of the Fallen with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony and a chorus of 200 voices conducted by David Bernard (Pre-College '82) at Carnegie Hall. In October, Biegel presented the world premiere of Jimmy Webb's Nocturne for Piano and Orchestra with Orchestra Kentucky. In September, Biegel premiered the Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra, which he commissioned from P.D.Q. Bach—also known as Peter Schickele (MS '60, composition)—with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Biegel is booked to perform the piece with more than 16 orchestras through 2018.
Pascal Nemirovski ('84, piano) has been appointed international chair of piano and professor at Birmingham (England) Conservatoire, which is part of Birmingham City University.
In October, Bruce Stark's (MM '84, composition) Symphonic Dances was given its world premiere by the Baton Rouge (La.) Symphony Orchestra; Stark gave a preconcert talk. His Suite for Two Tenor Trombones and Piano had its world premiere as part of the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro's (UNIRIO) international trombone festival in September.
In November, conductor Jaap van Zweden ('80, violin), in his first appearance with the New York Philharmonic since the announcement of his appointment as its music director, conducted the orchestra
in the New York premiere of Julia Adolphe's Unearth, Release as part of a program that also included Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and music by Wagner.
In November, Joanne Polk (Pre-College '67; BM '77, MM '78, piano) and Joel Pitchon (BM '79, MM '80, violin) performed a duo recital of music by J.S. Bach, Hindemith, Prokofiev, and Gershwin at Smith College.
In December, Victoria Bond (MM '75, DMA '77, orchestral conducting) conducted the premiere of her opera The Miracle of Hanukkah as part of a double bill with Amahl and the Night Visitors presented by Chamber Opera Chicago. In November, she gave a preperformance talk at the Met about its production of Rossini's William Tell.
David Deveau (MM '77, piano) gave a recital of Schubert sonatas at M.I.T., where he's a senior lecturer in chamber music and piano, in December.
Madeline Frank (BM '76, MM '77, viola) performed in December at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York. Her program included music by Luigi Boccherini, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and arrangements by Fritz Kreisler. In October, she performed Max Bruch's Kol Nidrei at Congregation Emet v'Or in Newport News, Va.
Bruce Adolphe's (Pre-College '71; BM '75, MM '76, composition) album Chopin Dreams (Naxos)—which features Adolphe's six-movement piano piece by the same name—was released in November. The album also includes Adolphe's Seven Thoughts Considered as Music for piano; both pieces are performed by Carlo Grante ('84, piano). In 2017, Adolphe's popular public radio show Piano Puzzlers celebrates its 15th anniversary.
In November, Douglas Riva (BM, '74, MM, '75) performed Elisenda by Enrique Granados in in Granada and Cádiz, both in Spain, with the City of Granada Orchestra under the direction of Cristóbal Soler. A CD of the concerts is to be released by Deutsche Grammophon this year. Riva also presented lectures for the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of the Canary Islands in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and at the International Congress of the Spanish Musicological Society in Madrid, and his critical edition of Granados's complete orchestral works (there are 11, eight of which had never previously published) was released by the Institute of Musical Sciences of the Complutense University in Madrid in November. Also that month, his article “The Role of the Piano in the Music of Enrique Granados and his Relationship With Isaac Albéniz” was published by the Spanish Musicological Society in the book The
Piano in Spain Between 1830 and 1920.
In October, Michael Shapiro's (MM '75, composition) Frankenstein: The Movie Score had performances in Texas, Tennessee, and Nebraska. His Bamboula for band received its premiere in October by the Piedmont Wind Symphony.
Rita Chen Kuo (Diploma '67, Postgraduate Diploma '68, piano) was honored at the Scarsdale (N.Y.) Woman's Club's New Life Member luncheon in April.
Christina Britton Conroy (Pre-College '67) recorded an audiobook of her 2008 novel One Man's Music, the story of a Juilliard soprano's obsession with a symphonic composer. It's available at audible.com and on iTunes. Her book I Want to Go to Lithuania or How to Have Fun With Your Aging Parents will be released by Black Lyon Publishing in May. She has signed a contract with Endeavour Press for her four-novel historical fiction series His Majesty's Theatre, which is slated for publication this year.
In November at the Mississippi Music Teachers Association Conference, Julie Jaffee Nagel (BM '65, MS, '66, piano) presented two lecture-workshops on stage fright, gave a presentation called Melodies of the Mind, and taught a joint master class with her husband, Louis Nagel (BS '64, MS '66, DMA '73, piano), on the pedagogy and psychology of teaching piano. In October, her article “Orlando Requiem” was published in Free Associations, the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute's newsletter. In the piece, Nagel describes the impact of singing with the chorus for a community performance of Mozart's Requiem in Ann Arbor, Mich., 48 hours after the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
Dorita Berger's ('61, piano) book Kids, Music 'n' Autism: Bringing Out the Music in Your Child was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in November.
In November, a concert of music by Aaron Blumenfeld ('54, composition), including Sacred Psalm Songs: Prayers of Supplication, Songs of Biblical Women, and two sonatinas for violin and piano, was performed at Temple Sinai in Oakland, Calif.