Sylvia Reynolds Eckes (BM ’68, Piano), a Sarasota resident and professor emerita of piano from Ohio University, was recently appointed Officer, Knight First Class, of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit and received the award from the Consul General of Norway, Jostein Mykletun in Tampa, Florida in July 2011. She received the Medal of St. Olav and a citation signed by King Harald V of Norway. A performer and researcher of the music of Edvard Grieg, Eckes was recognized for enhancing ties between the U.S. and Norway as a top-level performer and promoter of Grieg’s music.
On June 4, guitarist David Starobin (BM ’73), joined by pianist Vassily Primakov, premiered new works by Starobin and William Bland in a concert at the Carl Nielsen Museum in Odense, Denmark. Starobin’s Variations on a Theme by Carl Nielsen for solo guitar is based on Nielsen’s Song Behind the Plow (Sang bag Ploven).
Ken Lam (MM ’08) won the Memphis International Conducting Competition. Lam took home a cash prize and will have the opportunity to conduct the Memphis Symphony Orchestra in a concert next October. Ten contestants were selected from 236 applications representing 35 countries and 30 states in the U.S. The competition included three rounds over two days. Lam, a native of Hong Kong, is assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Lee Mills (GPD ’11) will be the 2011-2012 Peabody-BSO Conducting Fellow. Mills will make his BSO debut at Artscape, conducting works by Mozart and Vaughan Williams on July 16.