Maverick Brass Quintet Places Third At Jeju International Brass Competition

The Maverick Brass Quintet (Norfolk ’17, ’18) has been awarded third prize at 14th Jeju International Brass & Percussion Competition.

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Viano String Quartet Wins First Prize At Banff

The Los Angeles based Viano String Quartet (Norfolk ’17, ’18) and UK based Marmen Quartet have been awarded joint First Prize at the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition — a first in the history of the competition. “This is unbelievable and for us a perfect outcome … we love the Marmens — we’re huge fans […]

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Violinist Sophia Mockler (Norfolk ’16) Joins the Minnesota Orchestra

(music.yale.edu | June 25, 2019) Violinist Sophia Mockler ’17MM ’18MMA (Norfolk ’16) recently won a position in the second violin section of the Minnesota Orchestra. It was her first professional orchestra audition. Asked about her preparation for the audition, Mockler, who studied with Ani Kavafian at YSM, talked about the value of position-specific instruction. “Since this […]

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Musical Bridges: A New Approach to
Classical Chamber Music

Melvin Chen is taking the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival to the next level with “Musical Bridges,” a new program of commissioned works kicking off in 2020. The 2019 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival season may be winding down but Director Melvin Chen is already thinking ahead to next season — in fact, seasons beyond that — with […]

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The Sounds of Silents… Silent Films That Is

This year’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival open house features silent films accompanied by Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton. Learn more about how they create this special music. The idea of offering silent films as part of this year’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival annual Open House initially seems strange. Silent films at a festival devoted to […]

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Allan Dean: 35 Years and Counting
at the Norfolk Festival

Trumpet player Allan Dean has a long history with Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. He shares some of the reasons why the Festival remains so special. Anyone wanting proof that Norfolk is a special place for Faculty, need look no further than trumpet player Allan Dean. Recently retired from the Yale School of Music Faculty where […]

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Cellist Raman Ramakrishnan:
Why Chamber Music?

Cellist Raman Ramakrishnan has played in orchestras, trios, and quartets. Here he talks about the different role a cello plays in each. Wondering what it’s like to be a faculty member at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival? Cellist Raman Ramakrishnan, who is back for his second summer, and who is married to Norfolk faculty violist Melissa […]

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Blast from the Past: Concerts à la 1810

Concerts à la 1810 were much different from today’s. Here are five ways concerts à la 1810 were more relaxed. Hint: eating and booing. The relatively restrained classical music concerts of today are a far cry from those of yesteryear. In the 19th century, for instance, it was common for people to talk during performances and […]

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The Miró Archive Project:
Celebrating the Past in the Present

The Miró Quartet brings the Miró Archive Project, a celebration of influential string quartets who shaped chamber music today, to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival on July 20. Sometimes repeating the past is exactly the right move to make for the present. The Miró Quartet plans to prove that point as they enter their 25th anniversary […]

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Julian Pellicano On Drumsticks And Batons

Julian Pellicano may have traded his drumsticks for a baton, but his percussion roots are never far from his work on the podium. “I couldn’t be happier than when I’m on the podium. I get to be in the middle of that sound,” he says. “One of the reasons I was drawn to conducting in […]

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Hao Zhou (Norfolk ’19) Awarded 1st Prize At 2019
Concours Musical International de Montréal

The Violin Channel (June 5, 2019) 22-year-old Hao Zhou from the United States has just minutes ago been awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Concours Musical International de Montréal – Montreal, Quebec, Canada. A graduate of the Colburn School, where he studied with Martin Beaver, Hao is the former 1st prize winner at the American […]

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One, In A Roomful Of Teeth

Roomful of Teeth kicks off the 2019 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Founding member (and returning Norfolk artist) bass-baritone Dashon Burton talks about the ensemble and his singing. On paper, Roomful of Teeth is an eight-person vocal ensemble that sometimes expands to greater numbers depending on the work. In concert, Roomful of Teeth is a musical […]

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Pianist Hilda Huang (Norfolk ’19)
Receives Soros Fellowship

music.yale.edu  (May 6, 2019 | By David Brensliver) Pianist and current School of Music student Hilda Huang ’19MM ’20MMA has received the prestigious Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. The Soros Fellowship is a merit-based scholarship for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate work in the United States. Thirty winners are selected […]

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Melvin Chen On Chamber Music’s Hidden Influences

Festival Director Melvin Chen explains why he chose Hidden Influences for this year’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival theme. Director Melvin Chen would like to change that, or at least raise the idea that classical chamber music is not static but rather an art form that is of the world, one whose enjoyment can be expanded even […]

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Composer Daniel Kellogg Named
President of Young Concert Artists

Young Concert Artists (February 25, 2019 | by Karin Sansaricq) It was announced today that Daniel Kellogg (Norfolk ’97) will become the President of Young Concert Artists, effective July 1, 2019. This follows the incredible 58-year-tenure of Founder and current Director, Susan Wadsworth, who will continue as Creative Consultant through 2020-2021 helping to plan the 60th Anniversary […]

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Yale School of Music Faculty Composer
Aaron Jay Kernis Wins Grammy Award

music.yale.edu  (February 11, 2017 | By David Brensliver) Several Yale School of Music alumni took home Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10. Please join us in congratulating the following musicians on this exciting accomplishment. Faculty composer Aaron Jay Kernis ‘83MM won a Grammy Award in the “Best Contemporary Classical Composition” category for his Violin Concerto, which was […]

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