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 String Teachers Association National Solo Competition – and former major prize winner, as a member of the Viano String Quartet, at the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. MORE

Published June 6, 2019
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Mozart Vs. Atomization at the Music Shed

The Millbrook Independent  (July 8, 2017)  By Kevin T. McEneaney

(From left) Boris Berman, Serena Canin, Nina Lee, Mark, Misha Amory

Melvin Chen, the new music director of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, offered a program entitled “First & Second Viennese School.” A student sextet opened with a Divertimento by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, K 213. Written in 1775 this Divertimento was one of the numerous outdoor entertainment numbers that Mozart wrote to uplift a wedding, birthday, or festive al-fresco banquet. One might enjoy such a public piece of music while conversing without losing the ability to enjoy the music or conversation. Musically slight, but charming and cheerful, Mozart could enhance the memories of any occasion. MORE

Published July 11, 2017
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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 musical excellence in Norfolk, establishing a local music society in 1899 that eventually became the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. MORE

Published August 23, 2016
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Andrew Norman (Norfolk ’08) on Loving ‘Star Wars’ and Pushing Musical Boundaries

Norman_Andrew_byBryanSheffieldNYTimesLOS 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

Published December 2, 2015
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Zorá String Quartet (Norfolk ’15) Wins First Prize at 2015 Young Concert Artists
International Auditions

The Strad  (November 11, 2015)  

ZoraStringQuartet_2015AlumThe Zorá String Quartet is one of six artists and ensembles to be named a First Prize Winner of the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.

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

Published November 18, 2015
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Olga Bell (Norfolk ’04) Releases “Incantation”

OlgaBellOlga Bell’s 2014 album, “Krai,” was fearlessly obscure: a collection of songs in Russian that revealed grand compositional ambitions and a dynamic voice. (Ms. Bell was born in Moscow and raised in Alaska, and studied classical piano and electronic composition; she also sang and played keyboards with Dirty Projectors.) Her new EP, “Incitation” (One Little Indian), brings her to the arty, adventurous edge of pop. MORE

Published October 20, 2015
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Discovering Connecticut:
Winsted, Norfolk Lure With Charm, History

Winsted and Norfolk (the locals pronounce it Nor-Fork), adjoining towns in the northern Litchfield Hills, aren’t often spoken of in the same breath, but together provide for an outstanding Connecticut day trip adventure. MORE

Published July 21, 2015
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Claude Frank, Pianist
Admired for Performing Beethoven, Dies at 89

New York Times  By Anthony Tommasini

Claude Frank, then 82, performing Schubert at the Morgan Library in New York in 2008. Credit Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

Claude Frank, then 82, performing at the Morgan Library in New York in 2008. Credit Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

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, said his daughter, Pamela Frank, a violinist and his only immediate survivor.

Mr. Frank was a pianist in the tradition of the Austrian-born master Artur Schnabel, with whom he studied in New York. He also greatly valued lessons with the Italian pianist Maria Curcio, another Schnabel devotee. MORE

Published January 7, 2015
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Inside the Music Factory:
From Rehearsal to Performance at the
Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

Norfolk Now
By Wiley Wood  – August 1, 2014

press_norfolknowpicThe campus of the Yale Summer School of Music in Norfolk is almost deserted on a sunny day in July, but fragments of music float in the air from all sides. A brass ensemble is rehearsing in a stone structure near Mountain Road. A pianist is banging out a passage in the studio next to Spaulding Brook. And up on the hillside, near the site of the old greenhouse, a low brick building is leaking music out of every corner. This is where the Amici Quartet is rehearsing.

Director Paul Hawkshaw explains that some groups come to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival pre-formed. The members of the East Rock Brass Quintet, for instance, attend the Yale School of Music and perform together during the year. The string players of the Amici, however, had never met before the previous week. They will play together throughout the six weeks of the festival, sometimes accepting an extra player for a particular piece or going on loan to another group. MORE

Published August 2, 2014
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