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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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Andy Akiho Wins ACO’s
Underwood Emerging Composer Commission

AndyAkihoComposer Andy Akiho – Norfolk ’10, Yale School of Music ’11 MM – has been named the winner of the American Composers Orchestra’s 2014 Annual Underwood Emerging Composers Commission. Chosen from seven finalists during ACO’s 23rd annual Underwood New Music Readings in April, Akiho will receive $15,000 for a work to be premiered by ACO in a future season.

The Underwood Commission is one of the most coveted opportunities for emerging composers in the United States. Akiho won the prize with his work Tarnished Mirrors. MORE

Published September 24, 2014
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Florian Mitrea Wins Third-prize at the International ARD Music Competition in Munich

FlorianMitreaPianoRomanian pianist Florian Mitrea – Norfolk ’14 – was awarded one of two third-place prizes (no first-place prize was awarded) in the 63rd International ARD Music Competition in Munich, Germany. In addition to third-prize, Mitrea won a special prize for Best Mozart Concerto, which he performed in the semifinal. MORE

Published September 17, 2014
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Juan Carlos Fernández Nieto

Juan Carlos Fernández Nieto ’09 MM, ’10 AD won second prize in the prestigious 56th Jaén International Piano Competition. In the final round, Fernández Nieto performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, “Emperor.”

The competition featured forty-six pianists from sixteen countries across four continents.

Spanish-born pianist Juan Carlos Fernandez-Nieto made his debut at the age of sixteen with the Orquesta Ciudad de Granad,a performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor under the baton of Lutz Köhler to critical acclaim. This performance was broadcast live. MORE

Published June 5, 2014
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