Pianist Ilya Poletaev On The Art Of Listening

By Janet Reynolds Pianist Ilya Poletaev is a musical triple threat, as at home on the piano keyboard as he is on that of the organ or harpsichord. He’s also a master of many musical tasks and styles. While many musicians focus on orchestral careers or perhaps that of a soloist, Poletaev literally has his […]

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Violinist Harumi Rhodes’ First Visit to Norfolk

By Janet Reynolds This summer may mark violinist Harumi Rhodes’ first visit to Norfolk, but in another way it’s a return to her past. She and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Director Melvin Chen are close friends, who have played together in chamber music ensembles before. The music Rhodes will be performing is a return to […]

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Argus Quartet Named
The Juilliard School’s Graduate Quartet

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.

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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 […]

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Eighth Blackbird Named Musical America’s
2017 Ensemble of the Year

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.

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Andrew Norman Named Musical America’s
2017 Composer of the Year

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 […]

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A Chat with Simon Carrington

By Janet Reynolds If you want a musical sampler of choral music, you won’t want to miss the Norfolk  Choral Festival, a concert of music from the Renaissance to the 21st century performed Saturday, August 20. Conducted in part by the acclaimed choral director  Simon Carrington, who leads the Festival’s week-long choral workshop, the concert will […]

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New Music Workshop:
A Chat With Martin Bresnick

By Janet Reynolds Composer/conductor Martin Bresnick is a master of the new. As the longtime director of the festival’s New Music Workshop, Bresnick loves helping burgeoning composers and young musicians bring to life the notes on their pages. And Norfolk, a festival steeped in history but forward-looking in its commitment to contemporary music, is the […]

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Claude Frank, Pianist
Admired for Performing Beethoven, Dies at 89

New York Times  By Anthony Tommasini The American pianist Claude Frank, widely admired for his insightful, sensitive performances of the solo and chamber works of the Germanic masters, and an influential teacher to generations of pianists, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan, three days after turning 89. The cause was complications of dementia, […]

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Alumnus Dan Visconti Joins
Creative Team of ANDY: A Popera.

Opera 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, […]

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