Eric Peterson (MM ’87, Horn) was a finalist for The American Prize in Orchestral Conducting (Community) last year, and a semi-finalist for opera conducting. He has been working with Troupers Light Opera of Stamford, Conn., (The Gondoliers, Die Fledermaus and The Mikado) and Blue Hill Troupe of New York, N.Y. (A Funny Thing… Forum), as well as the Queer Urban Orchestra (QUO). He will make his international conducting debut on Aug. 8, leading the Savoynet Performing Group’s production of The Sorcerer at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England.
Cellist Dmitry Volkov, an Artist Diploma candidate studying with Amit Peled, was awarded first prize in Peabody’s Yale Gordon Competition, held on Feb. 15. He will perform the Shostakovich Cello Concerto in E-flat major with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra next season. Second prize was shared by violinists Nikita Borisevich, a student of Victor Danchenko, and Colin Sorgi, a student of Herbert Greenberg, both of whom are Graduate Performance Diploma candidates.
Dmitry Volkov, a cello student of Amit Peled, was awarded first prize in the 2012 Yale Gordon Competition for orchestral bowed strings. Volkov will play the Shostakovich Cello Concerto in E-flat major, Op. 107 with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra next season, and a recital on the Homewood campus.
Violinists Nikita Borisevich, a student of Victor Danchenko, and Colin Sorgi, a student of Herbert Greenberg, shared second prize.
Judges for the competition were Natalia Khoma (cello, College of Charleston), Boris Galitsky (violin, Paris Conservatory), and Kurt Muroki (bass, SUNY Stony Brook).
Soprano Sara MacKimmie (MM ’11, Voice) and lutenist Brian Kay, a junior studying with Richard Stone, have been chosen to participate in Baroque music master classes by L’Arpeggiata, a European early music group led by Christina Pluhar, at Carnegie Hall on March 17 and 18.
Kristen Dubenion-Smith (MM ’05, Voice) released her first CD with her ensemble Concerto delle Donne featuring the sacred Music of Chiara Margarita Cozzolani. Other alumni on this recording are Sara MacKimmie, Nola Richardson, and Lizzi Merrill and Heaven’s Noyse members Kevin Payne, John Armato, and Jeffrey Grabelle.