Eastman News Highlights, October 7, 2013

Here are some select clippings showing the variety of recent hits/mentions identifying musicians and scholars as Eastman School of Music alumni, faculty or students. (Note: Some links may have expired.)

Sad news: Dean of music school dies, eight days after becoming emeritus

Norman Lebrecht Arts Journal Blog  10/02/2013

Douglas Lowry, who stepped down as Dean of the Eastman School last week after eight years in office, died today of multiple myeloma. He was 62. Our sympathies to his family and many friends. (Also reported by The Cincinnati Enquirer, Musical America, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester Business Journal[rbj.net], Rochester City Newspaper[rochestercitynewspaper.com], WXXI News[wxxinews.org], YNN[rochester.ynn.com], WHEC-TV[whec.com], 13WHAM-TV[13wham.com], 1180 WHAM[wham1180.com], WROC-TV[rochesterhomepage.net], Campus Times)

Music Schools Attract International Talent
(IIP Digital © 09/30/2013)

Most international students attending U.S. colleges and universities pursue degrees in business, the sciences, math, engineering and computers. But talented young musicians from China, South Korea, Japan and other countries also flock to renowned music schools and conservatories such as Eastman and Juilliard.

Violinist CheHo Lam of Hong Kong, who performed with an Eastman School of Music quartet for President Obama after his second inauguration, chose Eastman “to grasp firsthand information from professors who are closest to Western culture.”

Fang Zhang, 34, who has degrees from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and Eastman, was also motivated to study in the U.S. after taking a master class from an American professor.

Chinese pianist Zhang Zuo, 24, who performed a recital recently at New York’s Lincoln Center, completed a bachelor’s degree at Eastman and master’s at the Juilliard School. Already the winner of international competitions, Zhang Zuo told the Julliard Journal her professors broadened her playing technique and “completely changed me.”

WSO season opens with ‘The 3 Giants’ of classical music
(Williamsport Sun Gazette © 10/03/2013)

“Eroica” is one of three pieces that make up the season opener, titled “The 3 Giants,” which will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Community Arts Center.  Guest artist Enrico Elisi, a piano soloist who also is an associate professor at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, will follow up with Brahms’ First Piano Concerto. This piece started out as a symphony but became a concerto instead.

JACK Quartet to kick off 2013-14 String Quartet Residency Program

Iowa Now   10/02/2013

The members of the quartet met while attending the Eastman School of Music and studied closely with the Arditti Quartet, Kronos Quartet, Muir String Quartet, Muir String Quartet, and members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain.

Pianist to open series at UT with concert, class

Toledo Blade   10/03/2013

This year’s Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series at the University of Toledo will open Oct. 12-13 with a weekend residency by Jill Dawe, a faculty pianist from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Dawe, a native of Newfoundland, Canada, has master’s and doctorate degrees in piano from the Eastman School of Music. She has performed around the country and taught at the Chautauqua Institution, Oberlin Conservatory, and Lenoir-Rhyne College