Master’s candidate Misael Tambuwun, composition, was appointed artistic director of Overture 1215, a classical and jazz Christmas concert in Philadelphia. This concert will feature a number of Peabody students and alumni, including Tambuwun, master’s candidate Emma Dickinson, soprano; sophomore Lawrence Hutfles, jazz bass; senior Gabriel Petkaitis, jazz drums; and Noah Dion (BM ’17, Jazz Piano; BS ’17, Political Science), and it will take place on Saturday, December 15, at 6:30 pm in Philadelphia, Penn.
Jacomo Bairos (GPD ’11, Conducting) made his conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony on November 3, 2018. This concert was the symphony’s annual Dia de los Muertos community celebration, and featured ensembles and musicians from around the San Francisco area coming together to perform and connect. The Davies Symphony Hall performance was successful, and Bairos was invited back for a future engagement, to be announced soon. He also conducted the Fort Worth Symphony on their Veteran’s Day concert in November, which was given a glowing review. Bairos also took his Nu Deco Ensemble to Saratoga, N.Y., for their first performance outside of Florida, which received a wonderful review. Coming up, Bairos will conduct the Nu Deco Ensemble in another concert at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, December 15 in Miami, Fla. In January, he travels to Singapore to conduct the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for their “Rock in 60 Minutes” concert.
Faculty artist Marin Alsop, conducting, has won the Crystal Award for 2019. Crystal Awards celebrate the achievements of leading artists and cultural figures whose leadership inspires inclusive and sustainable change and are funded by the World Economic Forum. Alsop won the award for her leadership in championing diversity in music.
The winners of Peabody’s Harrison Winter Piano Competition have been announced. Chengcheng Yao won a first prize of $1,000 and will play with orchestra during the 2019-20 academic year. She played Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Sz. 95. Eugene Chan won a second prize of $500.
Kyle Jones (MM ‘18, Saxophone) won the University of Texas-Austin’s annual Brass/Wind/Percussion Concerto Competition on November 11, 2018. He performed Florent Schmitt’s Legende for alto saxophone and orchestra, and as part of the winning package, he will have the opportunity to perform this rarely staged concerto with the UT orchestra.