Bergamot Quartet, comprised of Ledah Finck (BM ’16, MM ‘18, Violin); Sarah Thomas (BM ’17, MM ’19 Violin); Amy Huimei Tan (GPD ’20, Viola); and Irène Han (MM ’18, Cello), released its first full length recording title In the Brink on May 6, 2022.
Kasia Bryla (AD ’11, Viola) has been appointed 4th chair viola with the San Francisco Symphony. Bryla has previously played with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the New York City Ballet Orchestra. She will join Leor Maltinksi (GPD ’03, Violin) and Florin Parvulescu (AD ’96, Violin) in the symphony.
Amit Peled’s performance of Joshua Bornfield’s new Houses of Peace was featured in The Strad magazine. Peled is the cello soloist of the Handel Choir of Baltimore, conducted by Brian Bartoldus.
Symphony orchestras have started adding the late Ukrainian composer Myroslav Skoryk’s Melody in A Minor to their concert programs to acknowledge the current humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. The short piece, which appeared as theme music in a 1980s Soviet film, became popularly known as the “spiritual hymn” of Ukraine over the ensuing decades. It’s the […]
Cello Professor Amit Peled began the Every Child Deserves a Voice program through Mount Vernon Virtuosi with the goal to raise funds to purchase 1,000 string instruments to be distributed to schools in the Baltimore and Montgomery County school systems. The program recently received a donation of an 1850 German-made cello from Czechoslovakia from Holocaust […]
Victoria Chiang, Professor of Viola, was featured on violinist.com in an article entitled “Wisdom on Efficient Practice from Four Top Violists and Teachers.” In the article, Chiang discussed the importance of learning to have intonation within a key, embracing the process of practicing, and having patience when confronted with difficulties.
Cello Professor Amit Peled was featured in the Baltimore Sun for his founding of the Mount Vernon Virtuosi. Regarded for his “idea of music as a public right,” the Sun profiled Peled about his life before the Virtuosi and how his experiences have shaped his philosophy around performing accessible concerts. Following the article, the Virtuosi […]
Doctorate of Music Arts students Steph Zimmerman and Nonoka Mizukami presented Inspiring A New Generation of Luthiers: A New Organology within the Curriculum of an American Conservatory in a live session on Early Musics in the 21st Century at the American Musicological Society Annual Meeting. Alongside Associate Professor of Musicology Susan Weiss, Zimmerman and Mizukami […]
Cello Professor Amit Peled and his Mount Vernon Virtuosi orchestra were featured in The Strad, a UK-based music magazine. Following their performance of Bernard Herrmann’s “Psycho Suite for Strings,” composed for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1960’s thriller, Psycho.
Dr. Anastasia Pike (MM ’07, Harp), a former student of the late harpist Jeanne Chalifoux, opened the 2021 Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education’s virtual conference with “For Good: How a Wicked Pandemic Has Forever Changed Arts Entrepreneurship,” a presentation featuring compelling interviews with Clive Gillinson, artistic and executive director of Carnegie Hall, and Jeffrey Sharkey, […]