On April 4, 2018, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of 173 Guggenheim Fellowships. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s ninety-fourth competition. Composer Yoshiaki Onishi (Norfolk ’04) was named a recipient of one of these Fellowships. MORE
Concert Artists Guild has announced the appointment of pianist Tanya Bannister (Norfolk ’99) as President of CAG effective July 1, 2018. She will succeed Richard S. Weinert who is stepping down on June 30 after 18 years.
A 2013 CAG competition winner and board member since 2015, Bannister expressed enthusiasm upon learning of her appointment: “I have a long-standing and deep connection with CAG’s programs and core values. I feel not only a passion for the mission of the organization but also an embodiment of the core values that CAG has instilled in me.” MORE
Two ensembles attending the Festival’s Chamber Music Session this summer, the Vera Quartet and AYA Trio, have been announced as semi-finalists in this year’s prestigiuos M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition.
Since their formation in in 2015, the Vera Quartet have been named the Winners of the Grand Prize at the 2017 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, First Prize at the 2017 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition and Second Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition. The Quartet (Justin Goldsmith, Ines Picado Molares, Patricia Quintero, Pedro Rodriguez) has held residency at the Beethovenhaus in Germany, as well as completed their first international tour in South Korea. As Quartet-in-Residence of the Jacobs School of Music New Music Ensemble under David Dzubay, the quartet recently collaborated with world-renowned pipa player Wu Man as part of the China Remixed Festival. The Vera Quartet is also involved in outreach projects in the Bloomington area and beyond; they have recorded pieces for the album Bloomingsongs produced by the Jacobs School of Music’s Musical Beginnings and have partnered with Bloomington’s Musical Arts Youth Organization to teach and coach chamber music to members of their youth orchestra.
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