I just got advance copies of my first CD! It features repertoire from the Romantic era that had never been recorded. The composer, Théodore Akimenko, happens to be from my hometown, Kharkiv. Anastasia Dedik (Graduate Diploma ’08) is the pianist and it’s on Toccata Classics. In other news, my husband and I still live in the Washington, D.C., area and I got my doctorate in May from Catholic University. I’m also performing modern and historical violin all over the country, and I’m the concertmaster of the Washington Bach Consort.
Tatiana Chulochnikova (Graduate Diploma ’12, Historical Performance)
It’s been my mission to show that great art isn’t necessarily of any specific type but transcends the barriers of time, medium, and genre. Hence Yeethoven, a concert I co-created that compares the music of Kanye West and Beethoven. I conducted it with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra (I’m the music director) and was thrilled by its reception. I also recently made my debut with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra—and I work as a software engineer on image search at Google. Photo: Masataka Suemitsu
Yuga Cohler (MM ’13, orchestral conducting)
In my job managing the Young Patrons of Lincoln Center program, I create experiences for arts enthusiasts in their 20s through early 40s, everything from swing-dance classes to performance parties and behind-the-scenes events. I’m also the director of development for Ensemble Échappé, a start-up new music ensemble co-led by Jocelin Pan (BM ’12, MM ’14, viola)—I oversee all fund-raising and partnerships. And Alice Hwang (BM ’13, piano) and I co-founded and launched CultureRush.co, a biweekly email of curated concert listings that often calls out free performances and unknown rush ticket policies across N.Y.C.’s classical music scene. Photo: Alice Hwang (BM '13, piano)
Kathryn Peterson (BM ’13, French horn)
I’m dancing all over the world with Complexions Contemporary Ballet (recently featured in the Jill Scott video “Back Together”) and as I write, we’re finishing the fifth summer of the Nehemiah Project, an arts program for kids that I created back home in Cleveland for summer. This year we had the support of Coca-Cola, free Wednesday concerts in a park, and our culminating benefit concert, which supports a high school graduate with unmet needs for their freshman year. Photo: Matt Powell
Nehemiah Spencer (BFA ’15,dance)