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The Latest From Faculty, Staff, and Students September 2016

Faculty member Itzhak Perlman (Pre-College ’63; ’68, violin) played “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a Mets-Yankees game in August.

 (Photo by New York Mets)

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Noname Quintet

Nonamé Quintet: flutist, Nicholas Ioffreda (Pre-College ’16), oboist Laura Michael (Pre-College ’16), first-year clarinetist Alec Manasse (Pre-College ’16), Pre-College hornist Michael Stevens, and bassoonist Steven Ekert (Pre-College ’16)

(Photo by David Stevens)



Piano faculty member Emanuel Ax (Pre-College; Diploma ’70, Postgraduate Diploma ’72, piano), soprano Renée Fleming (’86, voice/opera), mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard (BM ’04, MM ’06, voice), Yo-Yo Ma (Pre-College ’71; Professional Studies ’72, cello), and violin and chamber music faculty member Itzhak Perlman (Pre-College ’63; ’68, violin) performed for Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary gala in May.

Alan Gilbert (Pre-College ’85; MM ’94, orchestral conducting), director of conducting and orchestral studies, received an honorary degree from Westminster Choir College in May; he also delivered the commencement address.

In May, Pre-College orchestral conducting faculty member Adam Glaser (Pre-College ’88, composition) led the N.Y.U. Symphony in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler, and Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane, which featured harpist Alix Raspe (Pre-College ’11).

In April, Graduate Studies faculty member Michael Musgrave spoke at a symposium on Brahms’s German Requiem at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta to mark the centenary of conductor Robert Shaw (faculty 1946-50); it was organized by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus America. The celebration included performances of the Requiem by the Atlanta Symphony and Chorus. In June, Musgrave gave a paper called Joachim at the Crystal Palace at the Boston Goethe Institut’s Joseph Joachim at 185 conference.

♦A collection of viola faculty member Paul Neubauer’s (BM ’82, MM ’83, viola) live performances from the Music @Menlo chamber music festival is showcased on an album called Paul Neubauer Live, which the festival made available in April. On it, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke (MM ’06, voice) joins Neubauer for Brahms’s Zwei Gesänge for voice, viola, and piano.

A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will support the commission of a new symphonic poem in homage to Mount Rainier and its melting glaciers by composition faculty member and Washington native Daniel Ott (MM ’99, DMA ’04, composition). The Tacoma Symphony will premiere the work on May 17, 2017, during its 70th-anniversary season; the grant is part of the celebration of the centennial of the National Parks Service and the 50th anniversary of the N.E.A.

This summer, Pre-College faculty member Tali Roth taught at the Narnia Festival in Narni, Italy, and the 4Strings Music Festival in Ellenville, N.Y.

♦An album of works by composition faculty member Christopher Rouse featuring the New York Philharmonic led by conducting faculty member Alan Gilbert (Pre-College ’85; MM ’94, orchestral conducting) was released in May by Dacapo Records. It includes Rouse’s Odna Zhizn, Prospero’s Rooms, and his Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4.

In May, Evening Division faculty member Mark Shapiro conducted the Cecilia Chorus of New York in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis at Carnegie Hall. Soprano Christine Taylor Price (Pre-College ’10; MM ’16, voice) and mezzo Amanda Lynn Bottoms (MM ’16, voice) were soloists.

Pre-College assistant faculty member Rion Wentworth (BM ’03, MM ’05, DMA ’11, double bass) has been appointed to the New York Philharmonic’s double bass section.


Wynton Marsalis (’81, trumpet), director of Juilliard Jazz, was among five leaders in business, arts, and social enterprises honored at the Harvard Business School Club of New York’s 49th Annual Leadership Dinner in May.

A reading of Mercy, a new play by Adam Szymkowicz (Playwrights ’07), the literary manager and program administrator of the Playwrights Program, was given at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 in New York City in July.


At the Menuhin Competition, which took place in London in April, Pre-College violinist Elli Choi advanced to the semifinals in the junior section and fourth-year violinist Ariel Horowitz and Pre-College violinist Qing-Yu Chen advanced to semifinals in the senior section.

Second-year cellist Daniel Hass won the Stulberg International String Competition, which was held in Kalamazoo, Mich., in May.

In June, incoming Artist Diploma candidate Bomsori Kim (MM ’16, violin) placed second in the Montreal International Music Competition; faculty member Ida Kavafian (Pre-College ’70; BM ’74, MM ’75, violin) was on the jury.

This summer, organ master’s students Colin MacKnight (BM ’15) and Greg Zelek (BM ’14) received third prize and the audience choice prize respectively in the second Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition.

In May the Nonamé Quintet won first prize in the junior winds division in the inaugural M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition in Ann Arbor, Mich. Below, from left: flutist, Nicholas Ioffreda (Pre-College ’16), oboist Laura Michael (Pre-College ’16), first-year clarinetist Alec Manasse (Pre-College ’16), Pre-College hornist Michael Stevens, and bassoonist Steven Ekert (Pre-College ’16).

In May, doctoral candidate Jared Miller’s (MM ’12, composition) Palimpsest was premiered by the Victoria (B.C.) Symphony. Miller, who is composer in residence with the orchestra, delivered a talk about the piece before the performance. The program also featured two short Bottesini works performed by Gary Karr (BM ’65, double bass).

In May, violinists Jonathan Ong and Dorothy Ro, violist Abigail Rojansky, and cellist Warren Hagerty of the Verona Quartet, Juilliard’s graduate resident string quartet, performed as part of the Electric Earth Concerts series at the First Church in Jaffrey (N.H.). Their program included music by Mendelssohn, Webern, and Bartók.

In April, Graduate Diploma candidate Jakub Józef Orlinski won first place in the Oratorio Society of New York’s 2016 Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition. He is the first countertenor to have won the competition, which is now in its 39th year.

Second-year master’s harpist Katherine Siochi (BM ’15) won first prize in the U.S.A. International Harp Competition at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in June. She’ll receive cash, a harp, concert tours in Israel and China, and record a CD.

In May, Pre-College student Justin Zeitlinger received the Carlos Surinach Prize for his Miniatures for two violins. It is given to the youngest of the nine winners of the BMI Student Composer Awards.

Fourth-year Angie Zhang (Pre-College ’13) won second prize in the eighth New York International Piano Competition. The awards ceremony and winners’ concert were held in June.

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