Andrew Norman (Norfolk ’08) Wins 2017 Grawemeyer Award

Grawemeyer.org   (November 28, 2016)  By Kim Butterweck Play, 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, […]

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Meet the Festival’s New Director

As most of you know, Melvin Chen has joined the Festival as the new Director. We begin our “Meet The Director” Series with a few questions and answers that we hope will help you get to know him a little. What was the first work of music that grabbed your attention? Any thoughts of what specifically […]

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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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Rolston String Quartet Named A Winner Of
2016 Astral National Audition

Selected 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 […]

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Two Norfolk Alumni Quartets
Earn Top Prizes At Banff
International String Quartet Competition

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.

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David Kaplan appointed Lecturer
in Piano at UCLA

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 […]

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Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Celebrates 75th Year, Says Goodbye to Longtime Director

YaleNews | Karin Shedd (August 9, 2016) This summer, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Norfolk, CT, celebrates its 75th anniversary and bids farewell to longtime director Paul Hawkshaw. The festival’s roots lie with Ellen Battell Stoeckel and her husband, Carl Stoeckel — son of Yale’s first music professor, Gustav Stoeckel. They dedicated their lives to supporting […]

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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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A Chat with Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman

By Janet Reynolds Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman is well known to Norfolk Chamber Music Festival-goers. He started as a student there in the 1960s and has returned to perform many summers since. This time around Stoltzman is mixing the old with the new, performing in a Beethoven trio and a piece by contemporary composer Martin Bresnick. […]

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A Chat with An Unlikely Muse Creator Harry Clark

By Janet Reynolds Cellist Harry Clark calls himself a “doubler.” But unlike other musicians who play two instruments professionally — itself fairly rare— Clark is a professional cellist and playwright. As he notes in his website biography, “I know of one banjoist-playwright doubler — Steve Martin.” (Who, some might suggest, is actually a tripler since he’s […]

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A Chat with Min Jung Kim, Director, New Britain Museum of American Art

By Janet Reynolds The turn of the 20th century was a time when many of America’s prominent families collected art, creating mini-museums in their homes. Ellen Battell Stoeckel and her family were part of that movement, and you have a rare opportunity to see their impressive collection of American art on Saturday, July 23. That’s […]

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A Chat with Brentano String Quartet
Cellist Nina Lee

By Janet Reynolds Cellist Nina Lee has a busy week coming up at the festival. This weekend, she’s performing Friday and Saturday nights, and next Saturday, July 23, the Bretano Quartet, where she is the regular cellist, will perform alone before being joined by Norfolk Festival Fellows, the Argus Quartet, in the iconic Mendelssohn Octet […]

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A Chat With Pianist Boris Berman

By Janet Reynolds Joining a quartet, even one that a musician has played with a number of times, can be a delicate dance. After all, the quartet is a finely-tuned machine, each player aware of every nuance of colleagues who have played together for years, even decades. Add another instrument and you’ve got the proverbial […]

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Letters from Argentina:
A Chat With Héctor del Curto

By Janet Reynolds People often think of rhythm when they call up tango music. But the real heart of all things tango is the bandoneón. We caught up with Héctor del Curto, who will be performing on the opening special event on July 8 (An Evening of Tangos), to learn more about this instrument. The bandoneón […]

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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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The First Concert at the “Norfolk Music School” 75 Years Ago On June 27

On June 23, 1941, the newly formed “Norfolk Music School” opened its doors.  Five days later on June 27, at 3:00 in the afternoon, the first concert was held at Battell House. “The Music Shed… is now used by students for organ practice and will be the scene of concerts and community singing later on.” […]

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Tesla Quartet (Norfolk ’11) Named Quartet-in-Residence at Mount Allison University.

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 […]

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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) 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 […]

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

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 […]

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Paul Hawkshaw to retire as Director
of Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

Yale School of Music  (January 15, 2016) Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music, announced today that the School of Music and the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival will have a major leadership transition in 2016. Paul Hawkshaw, who has served as the festival’s director since 2004, will retire after the 2016 season. Melvin […]

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Yoshiaki Onishi (Norfolk ’04) Joins the Faculty of the Toho Gakuen School of Music

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.

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