Joseph Young (AD ’09, Conducting), Peabody’s Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Artistic Director of Peabody Ensembles, has been named Berkeley Symphony’s next music director. He won the position after a last minute substitution for a January concert, after which he was clearly the best fit for the position. He will start this position in the 2019-20 season.
Jacomo Bairos (GPD ’11, Conducting) will make his subscription debut conducting the Boston Pops on June 13 and 14. In addition to this, he is scheduled to perform with Ben Folds with the Atlanta Symphony on June 28 and will also conduct in both the Appalachian and Sewanee Summer Music Festivals. He has also announced that he has renewed his contract with the Amarillo Symphony for two more seasons as music director.
Si-Yan Darren Li (MM, AD ’08, Cello) coached award-winning ensembles at the Cleveland Institute of Music. His Arcus Trio won the grand prize at the 6th Coltman Chamber Music Competition in Austin, Texas. They also won first prize for the string and piano division. As winners, they will be featured at the Chamber Music Society’s Lincoln Center Young Artists Concert at Alice Tully Hall next season. His other group, the Callisto Quartet, won third prize at the Melbourne International Competition and have been selected to participate in the Bordeaux International Competition in France this June.
Doctoral candidate Zach Gulaboff Davis, composition, was awarded second prize in the Emil and Ruth Beyer Composition Award, Chamber Music Category, sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs. His piece On Fractured Memories, a concerto for piano and 12 instruments, won him the award, which comes with a $4,000 prize.
Soprano Kisma Jordan (GPD ’12, Opera) is featured in ProFellow’s recent article about her experience winning and using the Kresge Arts Fellowship. In the article, she talks about how the award has changed her life and offers advice to artists applying for it.