The Rolston String Quartet (Norfolk ’16) credits attending the Norfolk Festival’s Chamber Music Session with helping them win the 2016 Banff International String Quartet competition. Cellist Jonathan Lo explains why. MORE
It’s been over a decade since Donna Yoo (Norfolk ’04) attended the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival’s Chamber Music Session, and she’s still close to the quintet she played with that summer. Not bad for a group that was randomly formed by the Eastman School of Music faculty when they were freshman.
They called themselves Destino Winds. “It was as if we were put together by destiny,” Yoo says of the name. “Historically, these groups don’t stay together. We were the only freshmen quintet that stayed together all four years.” MORE
The Argus Quartet (Norfolk ’16) has been named The Juilliard School’s Graduate Quartet in Residence. The Quartet will coach with the Juilliard String Quartet and teach During Juilliard’s 2017-18 academic year. MORE
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On March 1st, the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced sixteen recipients of this year’s awards in music. The awards will be presented at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. Candidates for music awards are nominated by the 250 members of the Academy.
Composer Andrew Norman (Norfolk ’08) is the recipient of a 2017 Arts and Letters Awards in Music which honors outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledges the composer who has arrived at his or her own voice. Established in 1941, the Arts and Letters Awards are now $10,000 each and are given annually. Composers receive an additional $10,000 toward the recording of a work. Composers Katherine Balch (Norfolk ’13) and Hilary Purrington (Norfolk ’13) have each been awarded a Charles Ives Scholarship of $7500, given to composition students of great promise. MORE
Grawemeyer.org (November 28, 2016) By Kim Butterweck
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, or apart from one another; and maps concepts from the world of video gaming onto traditional symphonic structures to tell a fractured narrative of power, manipulation, deceit and, ultimately, cooperation. MORE
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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. MORE
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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 the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, the BBC, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Orchestre National de France, and many others. MORE
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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 performance opportunities, community engagement experience, artistic exploration, and networking with top professionals in the field. MORE