Andrew Norman (Norfolk ’08) Wins 2017 Grawemeyer Award

Grawemeyer.org   (November 28, 2016)  By Kim Butterweck Play, a 47-minute orchestral work by American composer Andrew Norman, is the winner of the prestigious 2017 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. In three movements, “Play” explores the relationship of choice and chance, free will and control. It investigates the ways musicians in an orchestra can play with, against, […]

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Meet the Festival’s New Director

As most of you know, Melvin Chen has joined the Festival as the new Director. We begin our “Meet The Director” Series with a few questions and answers that we hope will help you get to know him a little. What was the first work of music that grabbed your attention? Any thoughts of what specifically […]

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Eighth Blackbird Named Musical America’s
2017 Ensemble of the Year

In addition to being named Musical America’s 2017 Ensemble of the Year, Eighth Blackbird (Norfolk ’97) celebrates its 20th anniversary with its fourth GRAMMY® Award, Chamber Music America’s inaugural Visionary Award, and the coveted MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

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Andrew Norman Named Musical America’s
2017 Composer of the Year

Andrew Norman (Norfolk ’08) has been named Musical America’s 2017 Composer of the Year. Norman’s work draws on an eclectic mix of sounds and notational practices from both the avant-garde and classical traditions. They have been described by the New York Times as showcasing “daring juxtapositions and dazzling colors.” His symphonic works have been performed by leading ensembles worldwide, including […]

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Rolston String Quartet Named A Winner Of
2016 Astral National Audition

Selected from an initial nationwide pool of several hundred applicants, and following a competitive audition and interview process, the Rolston String Quartet (Norfolk ’16) has been named one of the seven winners of the Astral National Auditions. As a winner the quartet will receive customized career development mentorship, a full complement of marketing materials, superior […]

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Two Norfolk Alumni Quartets
Earn Top Prizes At Banff
International String Quartet Competition

The Rolston String Quartet (Norfolk ’16) has been named the First Prize Laureate and the Tesla Quartet (Norfolk ’11) earned second prize at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition. The competition concluded after five rounds on Saturday, September 4.

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David Kaplan appointed Lecturer
in Piano at UCLA

Pianist David Kaplan (Norfolk ’08 and  YSM ’07MM, ’08MMA, ’14DMA) has been appointed Lecturer in Piano for the 2016-2017 academic year at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Kaplan has appeared in programs presented by the Ravinia Festival, National Gallery of Art, Tanglewood Music Center, Mostly Mozart Festival, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln […]

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Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Celebrates 75th Year, Says Goodbye to Longtime Director

YaleNews | Karin Shedd (August 9, 2016) This summer, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Norfolk, CT, celebrates its 75th anniversary and bids farewell to longtime director Paul Hawkshaw. The festival’s roots lie with Ellen Battell Stoeckel and her husband, Carl Stoeckel — son of Yale’s first music professor, Gustav Stoeckel. They dedicated their lives to supporting […]

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A Chat with Simon Carrington

By Janet Reynolds If you want a musical sampler of choral music, you won’t want to miss the Norfolk  Choral Festival, a concert of music from the Renaissance to the 21st century performed Saturday, August 20. Conducted in part by the acclaimed choral director  Simon Carrington, who leads the Festival’s week-long choral workshop, the concert will […]

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A Chat with Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman

By Janet Reynolds Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman is well known to Norfolk Chamber Music Festival-goers. He started as a student there in the 1960s and has returned to perform many summers since. This time around Stoltzman is mixing the old with the new, performing in a Beethoven trio and a piece by contemporary composer Martin Bresnick. […]

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