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Norfolk Composition Alumni Awarded Prizes By American Academy of Arts and Letters

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

Published March 13, 2017
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Andrew Norman (Norfolk ’08) Wins 2017 Grawemeyer Award

Grawemeyer.org   (November 28, 2016)  By Kim Butterweck

Playandrew-norman-2, 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, 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

Published November 30, 2016
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Eighth Blackbird Named Musical America’s
2017 Ensemble of the Year

eighth_blackbird_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

Published October 21, 2016
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Andrew Norman Named Musical America’s
2017 Composer of the Year

andrewnormanAndrew 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

Published October 21, 2016
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Rolston String Quartet Named A Winner Of
2016 Astral National Audition

rolston_formalSelected 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

Published September 22, 2016
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David Kaplan appointed Lecturer
in Piano at UCLA

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David Kaplan | Photo by Samantha West

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 Center, among others. He is a core member of Decoda, an Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, and is the artistic director of Lyrica Chamber Music, a concert series in Chatham Township, New Jersey. MORE

Published August 26, 2016
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Tesla Quartet (Norfolk ’11) Named Quartet-in-Residence at Mount Allison University.

Mount Allison University  (May 27, 2016)

TeslaStringQuartetSACKVILLE, NB — The Tesla Quartet has been named the Marjorie Young Bell String Quartet-in-Residence in the Department of Music at Mount Allison University (New Brunswick, Canada) for the 2016-17 academic year. This residency, funded by the Marjorie Young Bell Endowment Fund, has been established in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Mount Allison’s first Bachelor of Music degree and the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music, and will kick off yearlong celebrations on campus.

“The Music Department of Mount Allison University is thrilled to welcome the Tesla Quartet in celebration of our dual anniversaries in 2016-17,” says Stephen Runge, head of Mount Allison’s Music department. “We know their presence on campus will enrich the musical education experience for our students, faculty, staff, as well as surrounding community members.” MORE

Published May 31, 2016
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Matt Albert (Norfolk ’97) Joins University of Michigan As First Chair of
New Department of Chamber Music

University of Michigan (May 3, 2016)

matt-albertANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance has appointed renowned violinist and violist Matt Albert as the first chair of its new Department of Chamber Music.

Albert (Norfolk ’97), currently director of chamber music and of SYZYGY at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, will begin his tenure at U-M in September. MORE

Published May 31, 2016
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