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. MORE
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
Mount Allison University (May 27, 2016)
SACKVILLE, 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
Matt Albert (Norfolk ’97) Joins University of Michigan As First Chair of
New Department of Chamber Music
University of Michigan (May 3, 2016)
ANN 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
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
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Japanese-American composer and conductor Yoshiaki Onishi was appointed Associate Professor of Music Composition and Theory at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Japan in April of 2015. MORE
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New 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.
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On 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
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LOS 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
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Zorá String Quartet (Norfolk ’15) Wins First Prize at 2015 Young Concert Artists
The Strad (November 11, 2015)
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