Meng Su (PC ’09, GPD ’11, Guitar; GPD ’15, Chamber Music) won the gold medal in the fourth triennial Parkening International Guitar Competition in Malibu, Calif., on May 30, after a performance of the Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo in the final round of the competition. The Parkening International Guitar Competition is one of the world’s foremost guitar competition with the largest prize purse of any classical guitar competition. After three days of public performances, Meng Su was awarded the gold medal, the Jack Marshall Prize of $30,000. She is a master’s student of Manuel Barrueco and a member the Beijing Guitar Duo. View the newly uploaded video of the performance here.
Norman Huynh (MM ’13, Conducting), who studied with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar, has been selected for the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship. This includes a three-week residency in September at the Mendelssohn Festival in Leipzig to study privately with Kurt Masur.
Elena Yakovleva (MM ’08, GPD ’10, Flute; GPD ’11, Chamber Music) is the new principal piccolo of the United States Navy Band, Concert/Ceremonial Band.
Russian-born, Israeli-raised, and San Francisco Bay-based classical guitarist Yuri Liberzon (BM ’04, GPD ’05, Guitar) will use Indiegogo for a fundraising campaign for his debut album, release, and promo concert tour. The CD, Ascension, will feature compositions by Bach, the Beatles, and Keith Jarrett and is estimated to be released in July 2015.
Sarah Chan (MM ’96, Piano) recently performed at the Kammermusiksaal, giving her solo debut recital on April 27. She was interviewed by Fueilletonscout, an online arts and culture interest website based in Berlin. Chan will spend her upcoming summer in residency in China, performing and giving master classes at Beifang University for Nationalities.