GPD candidate Adam Brakel (MM ’09) toured England in July, performing four recitals, ending at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
Faculty artist Seth Knopp is artistic director of Yellow Barn Music School and Festival in Putney, Vt. At this year’s festival Knopp performed a Mendelssohn piece for four hands with Yundu Wang on July 16 and will perform Beethoven’s An die Hoffnung with his Peabody faculty colleague William Sharp, baritone, on August 3.
The Peabody Trio, made up of Knopp, faculty artist Violaine Melançon, violin, and Natasha Brofsky, cello, performed Wolfgang Rihm’s Fremde Szene III at the festival on July 24.
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).