Norfolk Alumni To Receive Awards from American Academy of Arts and Letters

Hannah Lash, composition faculty

The  American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced the 2016 Music Ward Winners. Among the winners are Hannah Lash (Norfolk ’12, Yale School of Music ’12 AD) Keith Fitch (Norfolk ’93) and Thomas Kotcheff (Norfolk ’12).

Composer Hannah Lash (Norfolk ’12, Yale School of Music ’12 AD) has been named a recipient of a 2016 Charles Ives Fellowship. Harmony Ives, the widow of Charles Ives, bequeathed to the Academy the royalties of Charles Ives’s music, which has empowered the Academy to give Ives awards in composition since 1970. MORE

Published March 10, 2016
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Owen Dalby (Norfolk ’03) Joins St. Lawrence String Quartet

OwenDalby_bySasithonPhotographyMandONew York-based violinist Owen Dalby is the new second violinist with the St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ). He joined the group in June, 2015. Mr. Dalby, a graduate of Yale University, and  is an acclaimed soloist and chamber musician. As a native of Berkeley, California, his relocation will be as much a homecoming as a new beginning. “I’ve always considered string quartet playing as the pinnacle of what I could possibly do with my musical career,” Dalby explains, “so for me, this is the opportunity of a lifetime.”

“Owen has an incredibly generous spirit and shares our passion not only for the quartet repertoire but for all that goes into bringing music to life,” says founding member and first violinist Geoff Nuttall. “We are thrilled that he has agreed to join the SLSQ family!”

Departing violinist Mark Fewer has been appointed William Dawson Scholar at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. In their brief tenure together, Mark Fewer and his St. Lawrence String Quartet colleagues received critical and audience acclaim for their dynamic ensemble-playing. Geoff Nuttall adds: “Mark is a longtime friend, a terrific violinist, and one of the world’s great pedagogues. McGill is truly lucky to have him!”

Owen Dalby will first took the stage with the group in June, at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina, where his SLSQ colleague, Geoff Nuttall, also serves as the Festival’s Chamber Music Series Director.

Published December 11, 2015
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Florian Mitrea (Norfolk ’14)
Wins Chamber Music Award

FlorianMitreaPianoOn December 6th, Romanian pianist Florian Mitrea (Norfolk ’14)  won  Fourth Prize and the Chamber Music Award at the ninth annual Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (Japan). Mitrea performed Prokofiev’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26. MORE

Published December 10, 2015
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Andrew Norman (Norfolk ’08) on Loving ‘Star Wars’ and Pushing Musical Boundaries

Norman_Andrew_byBryanSheffieldNYTimesLOS ANGELES — When Andrew Norman was growing up, “Star Wars” was the only film his family owned on video. “We watched it every weekend for, seriously, years on end,” he said in October, during a short hike up a steep hill near his home. Fascinated by John Williams’s classic score, Mr. Norman decided when he was young that he wanted to be a composer. MORE

Published December 2, 2015
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Zorá String Quartet (Norfolk ’15) Wins First Prize at 2015 Young Concert Artists
International Auditions

The Strad  (November 11, 2015)  

ZoraStringQuartet_2015AlumThe Zorá String Quartet is one of six artists and ensembles to be named a First Prize Winner of the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.

The winners each receive three major debuts next season in New York, Washington, DC, and Boston, and join the roster of Young Concert Artists Inc, which provides a minimum of three years of management services, concert engagements, promotion, and career development. MORE

Published November 18, 2015
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Olga Bell (Norfolk ’04) Releases “Incantation”

OlgaBellOlga Bell’s 2014 album, “Krai,” was fearlessly obscure: a collection of songs in Russian that revealed grand compositional ambitions and a dynamic voice. (Ms. Bell was born in Moscow and raised in Alaska, and studied classical piano and electronic composition; she also sang and played keyboards with Dirty Projectors.) Her new EP, “Incitation” (One Little Indian), brings her to the arty, adventurous edge of pop. MORE

Published October 20, 2015
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Alumnus Dan Visconti Joins
Creative Team of ANDY: A Popera.

DanViscontiOpera Philadelphia and The Bearded Ladies are thrilled to announce that composer Dan Visconti (Norfolk ’04) has joined the creative team of ANDY: A Popera, a cabaret/opera hybrid inspired by the life of Andy Warhol.

Mr. Visconti’s work has been internationally recognized by the Rome Prize, the Naumburg Award, the Berlin Prize, BMI and ASCAP, the American Academy of Arts and Letters and through commissions from the Kronos Quartet, Fromm Foundation and the Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble. MORE

Published December 18, 2014
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Jasper Quartet Receives
2014 Chamber Music America Grant

Jasper_quartetThe Jasper Spring Quartet (Nofolk ’07-’09) was awarded a 2014 Classical Commissioning Grant from Chamber Music America.

The Quartet, together with The Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Northwest, Chamber Music Monterey Bay, Classic Chamber Concerts and Wigmore Hall is commissioning Aaron Jay Kernis’ Third String Quartet. MORE

Published October 23, 2014
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