Peabody students won all three places in the Friday Morning Music Club voice competition for the 2011 Sue Goetz Ross Memorial Scholarship on Apr. 16. Freshman Alexandra Razskazoff won first place, junior Michael Maliakel won second, and junior Peter Drackely won third.
Keng-Yuen Tseng, Yong Siew Toh Music Conservatory Chair in Strings at Peabody, performed a benefit concert for Japan earthquake relief on Apr. 11. The concert in Taiwan, titled “The Legend,” included violinist Hao-Tun Teng and the Taipei Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
Andrew Cooperstock (DMA ’88) performed with the National Symphony of Ghana and taught at the University of Ghana Legon in March. He will serve as U.S. judge for the National Giant Cup Art Talent Contest in Shenzhen, China, this summer, as well as for the Iowa Piano Competition and the Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition, sponsored by the American Liszt Society.
Michael Kurth (BM ’93, Double Bass), a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, was invited by ASO Music Director Robert Spano to compose one of 10 celebratory fanfares to mark Spano’s decade with the orchestra. The piece, May Cause Dizziness, Kurth’s first work for full orchestra, was premiered by the ASO on Mar. 31.
Round and Round, a new work for violin, cello, and piano 4-hands by composer Charles Halka (BM ’06, Piano; MM ’08, Composition and Music Theory Pedagogy), was premiered in March at the historic Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress. The work was inspired by a little-known composition by the great American patron Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge as well as her correspondence with composer Rebecca Clarke, whose work also appeared on the program.