… It’s audition season!!!!!

January 22, 2016

You can tell it’s coming – you can smell it in the air, you can feel it in your mind, you can see it in the panicking eyes of your colleagues… It’s audition season!!!!! I don’t know who decided audition season should be during the coldest, snowiest possible time of year. I know it makes […]

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Backstage…….

December 3, 2015

Imagine: everything you’ve done at Eastman has led up to this moment. All the practicing and rehearsals, the studying, every moment of frustration and triumph as you push yourself to exceed your teacher’s expectations. And finally, suddenly, your degree recital is here. I waited as the usher read the fire safety announcement for Kilbourn Hall. […]

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Bach: Six Suites for Solo Cello Recital

September 24, 2015

This performance of the 6 Bach Suites will be unique, and informative…….. Dr. Steven Laitz will talk about things he sees in Bach`s process of composing, and set the scene for each suite. To quote Dr. Laitz; “What I’m thinking: 15 minute (20 max) intro to the suites…….before Suite I is played, to set the […]

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French composer, Nicolas Bacri’s “Piccolo Concerto Notturno” to be performed

September 17, 2015

This past year, the Eastman School of Music Viola Department joined together with the Paris Conservatoire to commission a work for solo viola and viola ensemble by the renowned French composer, Nicolas Bacri, whose music we featured at the 2012 International Viola Congress here at Eastman. The piece he wrote for us in 2015 is […]

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Benefit Concert for Foodlink

October 28, 2014

(TWC 10/19/2014) ROCHESTER, N.Y. — A concert benefiting Foodlink took place Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Rochester. It’s part of the “If Music Be the Food” series, which is in its 6th season. It raises awareness and support for those who go hungry in the Rochester community. The price of admission was an […]

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Extraordinary People: Alexander Pena

October 28, 2014

(WROC-TV © 10/22/2014) Rochester is in many ways a city of the arts – and its wealth of classically-trained musicians is one reason why. One of them is violist Alexander Pena. Pena is the director of RocMusic — a non-profit that teaches music to children who live downtown. “You cross here into the inner loop […]

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Good News from the Harp Department

October 23, 2014

Sarah Kramer and Sophie Rusnock will be inducted into the Beta Pi Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda. Sarah Kramer, Harp and International Relations majors Hannah Chute, Harp and Comparative Literature majors have been nominated for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. They are 2 of 5 ESM students nominated this year. Sophie Rusnock has been awarded […]

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Eastman Guitarists win at 2014 Great Lakes Guitar Competition

October 23, 2014

Eastman Guitarists swept all prizes in this 2014 Great Lakes Guitar Competition in Buffalo.  Guitarists from the US, Australia and Canada competed. First Prize:  Daniel Nistico Second Prize:  Kahlil Sarikey Third Prize:  Austin Wahl  

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Daniel Nistico Wins Second Place in The World Competition

December 11, 2013

Daniel is a classical guitarist from Melbourne Australia, originally taught by his father at an early age. Daniel studied at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Young Academy and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS), a specialist music and dance school and subsequently completed his undergraduate at the Victorian College of […]

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Graduate Arts Award for Erika Pinkerton

December 2, 2013

Erika Pinkerton, an MM degree violin student in the studio of Juliana Athayde, is one of 20 recipients of a Graduate Arts Award from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Chosen from approximately 450 applicants, Pinkerton stood out because of her community service work, academic achievement, and artistic goals. Congratulations, Erika! To read the entire Eastman […]

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Important Dates

  • 10/01/16 Butterfly Lovers Concerto Lecture with Lina Yu in Rochester at Hatch Recital Hall
  • 10/02/16 Violin Master Class with Lina Yu in Rochester at Ciminelli Lounge
  • 10/19/16 Violin Master Class with Movses Pogossian in Rochester at Howard Hanson Hall