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Overtones: Spring 2018

Overtones: Spring 2018

NOTATIONS Augusta (Ga.)

NOTATIONS Augusta (Ga.) in October. His wife, violinist Anastasia Petrunina, won the position of concertmaster in the same orchestra. Anastasia and Denis Petrunina HAN YO SON (Clarinet ’06) has been appointed associate principal clarinet and solo E-flat clarinet of the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul. SHERIDAN SEYFRIED’s (Composition ’07) double concerto for violins was premiered by NIKKI CHOOI (Violin ’12) and TIMMY CHOOI (Violin ’17) at the 2017 Lake George Music Festival, of which BARBORA KOLÁROVÁ (Violin ’12) is co-founder and artistic director. The work explores the sibling relationship of the brothers in musical terms. Another of Sheridan’s compositions was premiered last summer by an ensemble including YVONNE LAM (Violin ’05) and MATTHEW McDONALD (Bassoon ’09) at Twickenham Fest in Huntsville (Ala.). MELISSA WHITE (Violin ’07) and ELENA URIOSTE (Violin ’08) launched Intermission Sessions and Retreat, a program that combines music and yoga and encourages injury prevention, mindfulness, and optimal health within music-making. Participants in the first Retreat, held last August in Manchester, Vt., included DANIEL MATSUKAWA (Bassoon ’92), JOSEPH CONYERS (Double Bass ’04), YUMI KENDALL (Cello ’04), and GABRIEL CABEZAS ALUMNI AND PARENT OFFICE NOTES Welcome Jason Ward Curtis is pleased to announce that JASON WARD has joined the advancement staff as director of alumni and parent relations. A native of South Carolina, Jason holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in horn performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He comes to Curtis from the Philly POPS, where he was director of external affairs, overseeing fundraising, education, and community engagement. He has also worked at the League Jason Ward of American Orchestras, Lincoln Center Education, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Jason can be reached at or (215) 717-3128. A New Alumni Network Chair Beginning with the 2017–18 season, JANELLEN FARMER (Opera ’84) is the new chair of the alumni network executive committee. Janellen previously served as chair of the Opera Task Force, and was recently elected alumni representative to the Curtis board of trustees. In addition to her studies at Curtis, she holds a degree in English and Irish studies from Villanova University and is pursuing postgraduate work at Westminster Choir College. She is Janellen Farmer a member of the voice faculty at DeSales University, and music director at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church of Valley Forge. OTHER CURTIS FAMILY NEWS NINA ALBERT, a trustee emerita of the Curtis Institute of Music, passed away in December. Ms. Albert served as a Curtis trustee from 2005 to 2017, and as chair of the board of the Friends of Curtis in 2006–07. A generous supporter of the school, she and her husband, Billy, endowed the faculty chair held by cello faculty Carter Brey. The Curtis Institute of Music expresses its deep sorrow to Ms. Albert’s family and friends. (Cello ’13). Melissa and Elena have also offered capsule sessions to institutions such as the Heifetz International Music Institute, Royal Northern College of Music, Mannes School of Music, and Project 440, guiding students through yoga workshops, discussions, and instrumental master classes with an emphasis on alignment and breathing. Last fall RINNAT MORIAH (Voice ’08) sang with the Berlin Philharmonic’s Karajan Academy at the Philharmonie in Berlin Rinnat Moriah and in Paris; and toured Korea singing in J. Strauss’s Die Fledermaus with the Moerbisch Festival. In June she made her Israel Philharmonic debut singing the role of Susanna in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro. Last April she debuted with the Rheingau Music Festival and the Baden-Baden Festival. In 2017 she also performed with the Ensemble Modern at the newly opened Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. NATHAN J. LAUBE (Organ ’09) has been appointed international consultant in organ studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (U.K.), starting this spring. He will visit the Conservatoire several times a year to perform, teach master classes, lecture, and coach students. Nathan continues as assistant professor of organ at the Eastman School of Music, and recently completed his tenure as the first artist in residence at the 1738 Müller organ of St. Bavo-Kerk in Haarlem, the Netherlands. CHRIS ROGERSON (Composition ’10) has been commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony to write two new works, including one for Yo-Yo Ma. The orchestra premieres his Virunga in March. In August RACHEL KUIPERS YONAN (Viola ’11) began teaching viola at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Since then she has performed at Duke as a guest artist with the Ciompi Quartet and in the premiere of Steve Jaffe’s Migrations. As the artistic director of the Marinus Ensemble, Rachel performed in September with the Rochester Chamber Music Society and opened the season of the Smede’s Parlor Series in Raleigh (N.C.) along with Hannah Kuipers and MARON KHOURY (Flute ’09). In April Marinus appears at Field Concert Hall with MICHAEL RUSINEK (Clarinet ’92) as part of the Curtis Presents series. BARBORA KOLÁROVÁ (Violin ’12) joined the roster of Price Rubin and Partners Artist Management in August. JUNPING QIAN (Viola ’13) won the first prize at the International Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest in September. In October DANIEL TEMKIN’s (Composition ’13) Time Capsule was premiered by NIKKI CHOOI (Violin ’12) and TIMOTHY CHOOI Daniel Temkin (Violin ’17) at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. Daniel has also been commissioned by the Weis Center for the Arts to compose a new work for XAVIER FOLEY (Double Bass ’16) and by the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association to compose a new solo piano work. In March Daniel will be in residence at the Willapa Bay artist colony in Washington. AUSTIN LARSON (Horn ’14) joined the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in September. Aizuri Quartet After winning first prize in the string quartet division at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition last May, the AIZURI QUARTET (Quartet ’16) returned to Japan in November for a nine-concert Grand Prix Tour. The quartet is also the 2017–18 quartet in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, giving five performances over the course of the season. In December the quartet performed on the Curtis Presents series, joined by JONATHAN BISS (Piano ’01). 34 OVERTONES SPRING 2018

NOTATIONS FACULTY In June The Silent Flame, an award-winning piece for horn and piano by KE-CHIA CHEN (Composition ’09), was performed at the 49th International Horn Symposium in Brazil. MICHAEL DJUPSTROM’s (Composition ’11) string quartet was premiered by the DOVER QUARTET (Quartet ’13) at the 25th Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival in March. He wrote the work while in residence at the MacDowell Colony. A piano trio by DAVID LUDWIG (Composition ’01) was premiered at the same festival by the Morgenstern Trio. JENNIFER HIGDON’s (Composition ’88) Viola Concerto, performed by Curtis President ROBERTO DÍAZ (Viola ’84) with the Nashville Symphony, won the 2018 Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in January. The Viola Concerto was also featured on the album that won the Grammy for Best Classical Compendium. Also in January, Dr. Higdon received the 2018–19 Eddie Medora King Award from the University of Texas at Austin. DAVID LUDWIG (Composition ‘01) was presented with the A.I. Dupont Award by the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, given annually to “recognize a distinguished living American composer or conductor who has made a significant contribution to contemporary classical music.” The presentation took place at a performance of his bassoon concerto, Pictures from the Floating World, written in 2013 for DANIEL MATSUKAWA (Bassoon ’92) and performed by the DSO with soloist WILLIAM SHORT (Bassoon ’10). ALAN MORRISON (Organ ’91, Accompanying ’93) performed at the Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills (S.D.) last July, alongside CHARLES WETHERBEE (Violin ’88), ROBERT KOENIG (Accompanying ’91), EUNICE KIM (Violin ’14), WILLIAM GOODWIN (Viola ’90), and MICHAEL HILL (Double Bass ’92). In November Mr. Morrison appeared with CHRISTINA SMITH (Flute ’91) at Spivey Hall (Morrow, Ga.), gave a master class at Baylor University, and performed the closing recital for the East Texas Pipe Organ Festival. In October DANIELLE ORLANDO participated in residencies for the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Baldwin Wallace University’s opera department. She appeared in a recital for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society with soprano Angela Meade in January. Ms. Orlando also served as a judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in October (Cincinnati) and January (Memphis). THOMAS PATTESON received the 2017 Lewis Lockwood Award from the American Musicological Society for his Thomas Patteson book Instruments for New Music (University of California Press, 2016). HARVEY SACHS has been invited to speak at Harvard University, NYU, UCLA, and the University of Southern California about the material in his biography Toscanini: Musician of Conscience. The book has been reviewed in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist. Shift and Riff by ERIC SESSLER (Composition ’93), as performed by Curtis guitar students, was featured in online video posts for Classical Guitar magazine and on the website This Is Classical Guitar in Summer 2017. MANUEL SOSA’s music was featured in multimedia art exhibitions by Laura Karetzky at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery (Santa Monica, Calif.) in Summer 2017 and the Amelie A. Wallace Gallery (SUNY— Old Westbury) in Fall 2017. His Geometria I was performed by Manuel Sosa pianist Matthew Harikian at the first Rayuela Festival at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. THOMAS WEAVER was commissioned by violinist Elmira Darvarova and the New York Chamber Music Festival to compose two new works premiered in January at the American Irish Historical Society in New York. In December ERIC WEN taught a three-day workshop on analysis at the Jerusalem Music Centre in Israel. AMY YANG (Piano ’06) appeared in recitals with the DOVER QUARTET (Quartet ’13) in September, the Jasper String Quartet in December, and ROBERTO DÍAZ (Viola ’84) and the Amelia Piano Trio in March. She performed Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto with Orquesta Juvenil Universitaria Eduardo Mata under the baton of GUSTAVO RIVERO WEBER (Piano ’84) in November and will appear alongside violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja in June. STUDENTS Omri Barak Amanda Lynn Bottoms OMRI BARAK (Trumpet) has been appointed principal trumpet of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. AMANDA LYNN BOTTOMS (Opera) performed El amor brujo with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra (Mich.) in October. EMILY COOLEY (Community Artist Fellow) was one of four composers chosen to participate in the Nashville Symphony’s Lab and Workshop in November. DAI WEI (Composition) received commissions from the Rock School for Dance Education for their annual gala and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for LEONARD BERNSTEIN’s (Conducting ’41) centenary year. Both performances take place in May. Last fall BRYAN DUNNEWALD (Organ) performed solo recitals at St. Paul’s Church (Greenville, N.C.), Princeton University Chapel, and the First Congregational Church of Boulder. This spring he plays recitals at Marble Collegiate Church and Central Synagogue (New York City); Church of St. Louis, King of France (St. Paul, Minn.); the Cathedral of St. Philip (Atlanta); Trinity Church (Boston), and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Portland, Ore.). JORGE ESPINO (Opera) performed operatic selections in a Winter 2017 tour with the Santa Fe Opera. STEPHEN FRANKLIN (Trumpet) won first prize at the Roger Voisin Memorial Trumpet Competition in January. EVAN LeROY JOHNSON (Opera) performed Die schöne Müllerin with Julius Drake at the Source Song Festival in Minneapolis in August and debuted at Opernhaus Zürich as Narraboth in Salome in Fall 2017. In May he will perform the role of Don José in Carmen with Opera Philadelphia. In November, HYUN JAE LIM (Violin) performed the Korngold Violin Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of KENSHO WATANABE (Conducting ’15). In September WEI LUO (Piano) received the 2018 Gilmore Young Artist Award. ANDREA OBISO (Violin) shared the top prize at the 2017 ARD International Violin Competition in Munich. He also received Andrea Obiso the prize for the best performance of a new work by Avner Dorman. ELENA PERRONI (Opera) appeared with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in October, singing excerpts from La bohème. EMILY POGORELC (Voice) performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in December. In November EMMA RESMINI (Flute) performed a solo recital, presented by Bowerbird, at the Rotunda in Philadelphia. OVERTONES SPRING 2018 35

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