Ying Quartet Welcomes Robin Scott as First Violinist

April 15, 2015

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.–Robin Scott, an award-winning musician described as one of America’s rising stars on the classical music stage, is joining the Ying Quartet as the Grammy-winning ensemble’s first violinist.

As the quartet’s newest member, he is joining siblings and founding members David, cello; Janet, violin; and Phillip, viola. Scott also will receive an appointment to the faculty of the Eastman School of Music, where the ensemble is the string-quartet-in residence.

Scott has built a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. He has competed internationally, winning first prizes in the California International Young Artists Competition and the WAMSO Young Artist Competition in Minnesota, and second prizes in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and the Stulberg International String Competition.

“Robin is both an insightful, creative musician and top-shelf violinist, and we are thrilled to begin the next chapter of our quartet’s life with him,” said David Ying. “From the first phrases we played together, the musical chemistry was alive and electric. It is easy to imagine a rewarding and stimulating musical future with Robin.”

Scott has appeared as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Montgomery Symphony, Orchestre National de Lille in France, and many others. He has given numerous recitals and performances throughout the United States and abroad, in such venues as Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and the Schubert Club in St. Paul, Minn.

As an avid and passionate chamber musician, Scott has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, Boston’s Jordan Hall, the Morgan Library, Town Hall in New York City, and other venues. His festival appearances include the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists, Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall, and the Saratoga and Chesapeake Chamber Music Festivals, MusicIC in Iowa City, and others. He has participated in the acclaimed Music From Marlboro tours, as well as tours under the auspices of the Ravinia Festival, and was a member of the Gesualdo String Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame.

Scott, who will move to Rochester from Indianapolis, is also an accomplished and in-demand orchestral leader and has served as concertmaster of the New York Classical Players. He was guest concertmaster with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as guest principal second violin.

From 2011 to 2013, Scott was the Montgomery Symphony’s artist-in-residence. In that position, he was the concertmaster of the symphony, and also performed with the orchestra and throughout the community as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician.

A native of Indiana, Scott began studying the violin at age five and also took piano lessons. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree at the New England Conservatory and his Artist Diploma at Indiana University, where he was a student of Miriam Fried. He pursued additional studies at NEC with Donald Weilerstein, the founding first violinist of the Cleveland Quartet, and violist Kim Kashkashian. Previously, he was a student of Mimi Zweig at Indiana University’s preparatory program.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Ying Quartet and to be coming to Rochester to teach at the Eastman School of Music,” said Scott. “The prospect of exploring the great quartet repertoire with wonderful colleagues is an honor. To pass on what we believe as musicians and instrumentalists is a great responsibility, and something which I look forward to with my students.”

The Ying Quartet receives praise around the world for its high-caliber and affecting performances in concerts and festivals including Aspen, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Caramoor, and others. The ensemble teaches and performs each summer at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, for which David and Phillip Ying serve as artistic directors. The ensemble has worked on collaborative projects at Symphony Space in New York City and with musical partners such as pianist Menahem Pressler, cellist Paul Katz, and folk musician Mike Seeger, among others. Upcoming projects include a collaboration and recording with cellist Zuill Bailey, and piano quintet commission and recording with pianist and composer Billy Childs.

The Quartet’s album 4 + Four, recorded with the Turtle Island String Quartet, received a 2006 Grammy Award for best classical crossover album. In addition, The Ying Quartet received a Grammy nomination for best chamber music performances for its album Tchaikovsky: Three String Quartets, Souvenir de Florence. The Ying Quartet also has released Dim Sum, a recording of music by Chinese-American composers; American Anthem: The Music of Samuel Barber and Howard Hanson; and a recording of Anton Arensky’s String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 and Piano Quintet.

Through its LifeMusic project, supported by the Institute for American music, the Ying Quartet has commissioned established and emerging composers to produce a distinctively American string quartet repertory. Their first recording of Life Music works, The Ying Quartet Play LifeMusic, was named Editor’s Choice by Gramophone magazine. Their second recording of commissions is titled The United States.

As students at the Eastman School of Music in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Yings studied with members of the Cleveland Quartet, the school’s quartet-in-residence. The Ying Quartet first came to national professional as the quartet-in-residence in Jesup, Iowa, under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The quartet was awarded second prize in the 1992 Banff International String Competition and the following year won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. They were appointed faculty quartet-in-residence at Eastman in 1997.

At Eastman, the Ying Quartet teaches in the string department and leads a rigorous chamber music program. An integral part of the chamber music curriculum is the Music for All program, in which students perform in community settings beyond the concert hall.

Scott will succeed violinist Ayano Ninomiya, who has served as first violinist of the quartet since 2010. “Ayano has been a wonderful colleague and close friend, and we are grateful that she has shared her amazing musical talents with us and our audiences these past years,” said David Ying. “We wish her the very best in her future performing and teaching endeavors, and look forward to our paths crossing often in the future.”

© Eastman School of Music 2015

Jumpstart Entrepreneur of the Month: NEW VOICES OPERA

Emergent. Relevant. Opera… written, performed, and produced by Jacobs School of Music students!

NVO-logo-1-150pxNew Voices Opera was founded in 2012 by Chappell Kingsland to produce his doctoral thesis project Intoxication: America’s Love Affair with Oil. Since then, the organization has grown into a full student-run company that premieres two operas each year and trains young professionals in all aspects of opera production, from composing and performing to designing, directing, and administrating.

Project Jumpstart sat down with NVO’s Executive Director Benjamin Smith, a current doctoral student in the Jacobs School’s voice department, to talk about the organization’s current work and its exciting plans for the future.

READ THE INTERVIEW HERE >


The Jacobs School Zorá and Azalea Quartets receive awards at 69th Annual Coleman Chamber Competition

Congratulations to two quartets from the Jacobs School, who were awarded two out of three prizes from the 69th Annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition on Saturday, April 18, at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music in Pasadena, California.

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Azalea Quartet

The $7,500 Alice Coleman Prize was awarded to the Azalea Quartet, formed in 2013 by four devoted musicians pursuing their undergraduate degrees at the IU Jacobs School of Music. Members of the quartet, coached by Simin Ganatra of the Pacifica Quartet, include:

Jenna Barghouti, Violin
Joy Vucekovich, Violin
Ben Wagner, Viola
Graham Cullen, Cello

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Zorá String Quartet

The $4,000 Coleman-Barstow Prize for Strings was awarded to the Zorá String Quartet, formed in 2012 by four Jacobs School students. The quartet is coached by Sibbi Bernhardsson of the Pacifica Quartet and includes members:

Dechopol Kowintaweewat, violin
Pablo Muñoz Salido, Viola
Seula Lee, Violin
Zizai Ning, Cello

This is the second year in a row that quartet’s from the Jacobs School have taken two of the three prizes at the Coleman Chamber Competition. In April 2014 the Wasmuth String Quartet was awarded the Alice Coleman Prize and the Kenari Quartet was awarded the Coleman-Saunderson Prize for Woodwinds or Brass.

Ying Quartet Welcomes Robin Scott as First Violinist

ROCHESTER, N.Y.–Robin Scott, an award-winning musician described as one of America’s rising stars on the classical music stage, is joining the Ying Quartet as the Grammy-winning ensemble’s first violinist.

As the quartet’s newest member, he is joining siblings and founding members David, cello; Janet, violin; and Phillip, viola. Scott also will receive an appointment to the faculty of the Eastman School of Music, where the ensemble is the string-quartet-in residence.

Scott has built a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. He has competed internationally, winning first prizes in the California International Young Artists Competition and the WAMSO Young Artist Competition in Minnesota, and second prizes in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and the Stulberg International String Competition.

“Robin is both an insightful, creative musician and top-shelf violinist, and we are thrilled to begin the next chapter of our quartet’s life with him,” said David Ying. “From the first phrases we played together, the musical chemistry was alive and electric. It is easy to imagine a rewarding and stimulating musical future with Robin.”

Scott has appeared as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Montgomery Symphony, Orchestre National de Lille in France, and many others. He has given numerous recitals and performances throughout the United States and abroad, in such venues as Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and the Schubert Club in St. Paul, Minn.

As an avid and passionate chamber musician, Scott has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, Boston’s Jordan Hall, the Morgan Library, Town Hall in New York City, and other venues. His festival appearances include the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists, Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall, and the Saratoga and Chesapeake Chamber Music Festivals, MusicIC in Iowa City, and others. He has participated in the acclaimed Music From Marlboro tours, as well as tours under the auspices of the Ravinia Festival, and was a member of the Gesualdo String Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame.

Scott, who will move to Rochester from Indianapolis, is also an accomplished and in-demand orchestral leader and has served as concertmaster of the New York Classical Players. He was guest concertmaster with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as guest principal second violin.

From 2011 to 2013, Scott was the Montgomery Symphony’s artist-in-residence. In that position, he was the concertmaster of the symphony, and also performed with the orchestra and throughout the community as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician.

A native of Indiana, Scott began studying the violin at age five and also took piano lessons. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree at the New England Conservatory and his Artist Diploma at Indiana University, where he was a student of Miriam Fried. He pursued additional studies at NEC with Donald Weilerstein, the founding first violinist of the Cleveland Quartet, and violist Kim Kashkashian. Previously, he was a student of Mimi Zweig at Indiana University’s preparatory program.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Ying Quartet and to be coming to Rochester to teach at the Eastman School of Music,” said Scott. “The prospect of exploring the great quartet repertoire with wonderful colleagues is an honor. To pass on what we believe as musicians and instrumentalists is a great responsibility, and something which I look forward to with my students.”

The Ying Quartet receives praise around the world for its high-caliber and affecting performances in concerts and festivals including Aspen, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Caramoor, and others. The ensemble teaches and performs each summer at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, for which David and Phillip Ying serve as artistic directors. The ensemble has worked on collaborative projects at Symphony Space in New York City and with musical partners such as pianist Menahem Pressler, cellist Paul Katz, and folk musician Mike Seeger, among others. Upcoming projects include a collaboration and recording with cellist Zuill Bailey, and piano quintet commission and recording with pianist and composer Billy Childs.

The Quartet’s album 4 + Four, recorded with the Turtle Island String Quartet, received a 2006 Grammy Award for best classical crossover album. In addition, The Ying Quartet received a Grammy nomination for best chamber music performances for its album Tchaikovsky: Three String Quartets, Souvenir de Florence. The Ying Quartet also has released Dim Sum, a recording of music by Chinese-American composers; American Anthem: The Music of Samuel Barber and Howard Hanson; and a recording of Anton Arensky’s String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 and Piano Quintet.

Through its LifeMusic project, supported by the Institute for American music, the Ying Quartet has commissioned established and emerging composers to produce a distinctively American string quartet repertory. Their first recording of Life Music works, The Ying Quartet Play LifeMusic, was named Editor’s Choice by Gramophone magazine. Their second recording of commissions is titled The United States.

As students at the Eastman School of Music in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Yings studied with members of the Cleveland Quartet, the school’s quartet-in-residence. The Ying Quartet first came to national professional as the quartet-in-residence in Jesup, Iowa, under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The quartet was awarded second prize in the 1992 Banff International String Competition and the following year won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. They were appointed faculty quartet-in-residence at Eastman in 1997.

At Eastman, the Ying Quartet teaches in the string department and leads a rigorous chamber music program. An integral part of the chamber music curriculum is the Music for All program, in which students perform in community settings beyond the concert hall.

Scott will succeed violinist Ayano Ninomiya, who has served as first violinist of the quartet since 2010. “Ayano has been a wonderful colleague and close friend, and we are grateful that she has shared her amazing musical talents with us and our audiences these past years,” said David Ying. “We wish her the very best in her future performing and teaching endeavors, and look forward to our paths crossing often in the future.”

Major Premieres for DiOrio: Lincoln Center, eighth blackbird, and more

April is a busy time for choral conducting faculty member Dominick DiOrio: in a
span of two weeks, he has four world premieres of new works for chorus.

Included in that list are a Lincoln Center / Alice Tully Hall
premiere on Friday April 17th with the Ithaca College Choir (“We Dance!”), and a
new work for the University of Richmond Schola Cantorum and Grammy-winning
chamber ensemble eighth blackbird on April 19th, with DiOrio conducting (“An
Equal Humanity”). Other premieres include Macalester College Concert Choir on
April 11th (“You Do Not Walk Alone”) and NOTUS on April 24th (“Stravinsky
Refracted”).

More information about these premieres and other
performances are on DiOrio’s website.

http://www.dominickdiorio.com/

 

Neil Hicks, IU JSOM Music Education student recognized with national award

Neil Hicks has been recognized by the National Association for Music Education
for his commitment and dedication to music education and has been awarded a
Professional Achievement Award. He has distinguished himself through his service
as an officer for the IU chapter of NAfME over the past several years and has
been instrumental in the success of the organization.

Neil Hicks is a senior from Chesterton, Indiana majoring in music education at the Indiana University (IU) Jacobs School of Music. Interested in all aspects of teaching
instrumental music, Neil is pursuing a dual degree in both band and orchestra
education, as well as minors in conducting and jazz studies. His principal
saxophone teachers at IU have been Otis Murphy and Thomas Walsh, and he has
played with the IU Concert and Symphonic Bands, the Jeremy Allen Big Band, the
Steve Allee Big Band, and the Marching Hundred. Neil has also served as the
president of IU’s collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music
Education and is an active member of the National Band Association. He is
currently student teaching at North Central High School near Indianapolis, where
he works with each of the four concert bands and two jazz bands in the program.
In his free time, Neil enjoys cooking and reading.

Lecture this evening: “Music and the Atypical Learner: Strategies for Success”

ChrisChristine Barton, Board-certified Music Therapist and founder/director of Central Canal Creative Arts Therapies (Indianapolis), will present a guest lecture on “Music and the Atypical Learner: Strategies for Success” this evening (Thursday, April 16) at 6:30pm in room M 350 of the Simon Bldg.

Ms. Barton will give a brief overview of the learning disorders most frequently encountered in the music studio and classroom (Asperger’s, autism spectrum disorder,  attention deficit hyperactivity and dyslexia) and the personality and behavioral traits that characterize each.   She will discuss the challenges these conditions present to the music teacher, and will outline practical strategies for effectively teaching the various types of atypical learner.   Following the lecture there will be a Q/A session, in which teachers can ask advice on how best to deal with the issues of particular atypical learners they are working with.

This presentation, co-sponsored by Piano Pedagogy Studies and Music Education, is free and open to all Jacobs School students.  Interested music teachers from area schools and communities are also welcome.   For more info. about Christine Barton, see:  http://www.christinebarton.net/practice.html

An important Hearing Conservation Workshop for JSoM students

BE. HEAR. NOW.

Are you interested in hearing or playing music for a lifetime?
Then, this Hearing Conservation Workshop is for you!

WEDNESDAY, April 22
4-5:30pm, Music Annex, MA405
Benj Kanters, Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago, calls upon 40 years in the music and audio industries to present new strategies for promoting hearing conservation.

SIGN UP HERE >
(Once you log in, click on Events, then Workshops)

A workshop on hearing awareness for Jacobs School of Music Students and all SLHS students. The hearing conservation workshop offers a new approach to promoting awareness of the ever-increasing problem of noise and music-induced hearing loss.

For more information, visit heartomorrow.org

See you there!
Team JumpStart

Two DM students selected to compete in final rounds of international competition

Two of my DM students , JinHee Kim and Brent te Velde competed in the first
round of the Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition, North
American Round, which took place April 9-11.  The other two preliminary rounds
are to be held in Moscow and Hamburg.  Finalists from all three preliminaries
will take place in Kalingrad, Russia, in early September (4-9).

Both students were selected to compete in the Kalingrad final
round.  JinHee Kim was named winner of the North American Round.  As a result,
she will perform a recital at Bales Recital Hall, University of Kansas on a
future date.

Performance Today featuring Petar Jankovic Ensemble’s Piazzolla’s Primavera Portena from Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

352b4cd0071a3eAmerican Public Media’s Performance Today will be featuring the Petar Jankovic Ensemble’s September 2014 performance of Piazzolla’s Primavera Portena from Four Seasons of Buenos Aires on our Monday, April 13 show.

Performance Today is America’s most popular classical music radio program; the show is broadcast on 294 public radio stations across the country and reaches approximately 1.4 million listeners each week. For more specific information regarding broadcast times near you, please see our station list. The show audio is also available on our website, Performance Today, beginning at 9 a.m. ET the day of broadcast and for a period of thirty (30) days following the initial show broadcast. Please be aware that in rare cases programmatic changes do occur, generally in response to major news events or changes in our production calendar.

The PJE performs in the first hour of the show. Click here to listen to the broadcast now, or tune in to your local public radio station. Show will air at 1 p.m. on Bloomington’s WFIU 103.7 FM.