Eric Zuber Wins the Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition Reply

Eric Zuber, piano

Eric Zuber (BM ’05, AD ’09, Piano), a Preparatory and Conservatory alumnus who is currently a DMA candidate studying with Boris Slutsky, received first prize winner at the Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition in Tempe, Ariz. The David Katzin Award includes $15,000, a gold medal solo recital at the Bösendorfer Saal in Vienna, and a number of concerto performances with the Phoenix Symphony. Sejoon Park (BM ’12, Piano) received the Sarra and Emmanuil Senderov Award, a special prize for performance of a work by a Russian composer.

Jake Runestad composition performed at Pennsylvania Choral Festival and Carnegie Hall Reply

Jake Runestad

Jake Runestad
Photo courtesy lunarensemble.com

The Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Festival, with guest conductor Patrick Dupré Quigley, performed I Will Lift Mine Eyes by Jake Runestad (MM ’11, Composition) at Slippery Rock University, in Slippery Rock, Penn., on Feb. 16. The work was also performed by the University of South Florida Chamber Singers, under the GRAMMY-nominated conductor James Bass, in concert at Carnegie Hall with the National Festival Chorus on Feb. 25.

Ruby Fulton Wins b-grant Prize Reply

Ruby Fulton

Ruby Fulton

Ruby Fulton (DMA ’09, Composition) is one of this year’s winners of a b-grant Prize of $1,000 by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund. Fulton describes her work as groove-based concert music inspired by life, for ensembles ranging from duos to full orchestra. She was also featured in b newspaper in a photo sessions Baltimore musicians’ living spaces.

Update on Sungrai Sohn Reply

Sungrai Sohn (BA ’75, Violin) currently teaches violin and directs the chamber music program and string orchestra and is head of the string department at Sarah Lawrence College. He also serves as chair adjudicator for the New York Music Competition. His performance of the “Violinist in the Mall” was a co-winner of the contemporary music competition Friends and Enemies, and his Amasi Piano Trio recently (2012) released a CD (Misna Productions) of Parker, Piazzolla and Rachmaninoff Trios. Sungrai was recently featured in a documentary “To Have and To Give” (trailer on YouTube, and full version at Agricolamedia.com).

The documentary, which was premiered at Sarah Lawrence College in September 2012, describes the experience of his living-donor liver transplant from his brother-in-law David Esposito in 2001.  Sungrai was also featured in a cover story “ Will to Live” (www.slc.edu/magazine) for the award-winning Sarah Lawrence College magazine in the fall 2012 issue.