Eastman News Highlights October 23, 2017

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

LIBRARY’S KOUSSEVITZKY FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES COMMISSION WINNERS

(Library of Congress 10/18/2107) 

The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to six composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present performances of the newly composed works. 

Award winners and the groups co-sponsoring their commissions are Jerome Combier and Argento New Music Project, Georg Friedrich Haas and Third Coast Percussion, Yotam Haber and Collide-O-Scope Music, Juri Seo and the Argus Quartet, Diego Alberto Tedesco and Plural Ensemble of Madrid, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and Cygnus Ensemble. … 

Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon was born in Mexico and moved to the U.S. to pursue music studies in composition, culminating in a doctorate, from the University of Pennsylvania. He is professor of composition at the Eastman School of Music. Zohn-Muldoon’s works have been programmed and commissioned by foremost ensembles such as Eighth Blackbird, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, Ensemble Hanover and San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Zohn-Muldoon was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize. Other honors include fellowships from Tanglewood and the Guggenheim and Carmago foundations. He is commissioned to write a new chamber work for Cygnus Ensemble. … 

Put Down the Scalpel and Textbooks and Sing

(The New York Times, 10/22/2017) 

Bard Hall Players includes students have never acted before and those who have worked in the theater professionally. … Cory Chang, one of the production’s music directors, earned a master’s degree in collaborative piano from Eastman School of Music. 

SC Philharmonic Remained Impressive as Its Conductor Kicked Off His 10th Season

(Free Times 10/20/2017) 

Marina Lomazov is indeed a major international virtuoso who clearly understands the power of the piano and of Beethoven’s monumental offering. … 

Unknown to the audience at this concert was the fact that Lomazov would announce just 36 hours later that she has been made professor of piano at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, beginning next fall. Those of us in the profession know very well that the Eastman School is in the top echelon of music schools in the world. … 

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