Faculty artist Amit Peled, cello, was featured in the August issue of Strings Magazine in a story about the Prague Summer Nights Festival. Peled joined the festival in Salzburg, Austria, to perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto.
In August, Sahun (Sam) Hong (GPD ’15, MM ’17, Piano) won the 2017 Vendome Prize at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. He won the joint second prize (no first prize was given) with Do-Hyun Kim. Hong will return to Verbier next year for a debut recital. In the final round, he performed solo pieces by Ravel and Chopin and also Dvorak’s Piano Quintet with the Gringolts Quartet. Sejoon Park (BM ’12, AD ’17, Piano) was also a finalist in the competition. The final gala concert is available online.
Alex (Tuo) Wang (MM ’17, Computer Music) released his debut EP under the Beijing record label Dohits. In Black Dragon, he reflects on how artificial intelligence has invaded every aspect of human lives. He digs deep into the concept of sound design, turning high frequency noise into percussion, sampling from modular synthesizers to create brand-new sounds.
The Melodica Men – Joe Buono (BM ’13, MM ’15, Bass Trombone) and Tristan Lane Clarke (’12, Trumpet) – are at it again! Their video of Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide” went viral on Monday, July 24, surpassing a million views in two days. Notable mavens such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Norman Lebrecht, Classic FM, and even Bernstein’s own daughter shared the video.
GPD candidate Susan Zhang, piano, co-directs Concert Truck, a mobile performance stage in a 16-foot box truck, equipped with speakers, lights, and a donated Roland digital grand piano. Concert Truck performed in Baltimore in July and was featured in an article by Tim Smith in The Baltimore Sun.