Adria Benjamin (MM ’78) was recently appointed Professor of the Professional Practice at Mannes College The New School for Music and Orchestra Artistic Director of the OK Mozart International Festival.
Louise Toppin (MM ’85, Piano; MM ’86, Voice) has been hired as professor and chair of voice at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She continues an active career as a soprano most recently appearing as soloist with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra (Oregon). Her fourteenth CD Heart on the Wall, of African American art songs with orchestra, is due for release on Albany Records in the spring.
Yury Shadrin, student of Leon Fleisher, was awarded a first prize in the 2011 Yale Gordon Competition for piano. Shadrin received a prize of $1000, and will play Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83 with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra next season, and give a recital on the Homewood campus.
Sejoon Park, student of Boris Slutsky, was awarded a second prize of $500, and Michael Delfin, student of Boris Slutsky, was awarded a third prize of $100.
Master of Music candidate Ronaldo Rolim (BM ’10), a student of Benjamin Pasternack, won the Bösendorfer US-ASU International Piano Competition at Arizona State University in January. Rolim also won the The Sarra and Emmanuil Senderov Award for the most outstanding performance of a composition by a Russian composer. As winner, Rolim will perform a solo recital at the Bösendorfer Saal in Vienna, Austria, and concerto performances with The Phoenix Symphony.