Si-Yan Darren Li (MM, AD ’08, Cello) is a member of the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He coaches student ensembles, including the Callisto Quartet, who won the grand prize and the first prize at the 2018 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. In April, they were awarded a special prize at the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London. Li also coached the Razumovsky Quartet, which was awarded the silver medal in the junior division of the Fischoff Competition. Li is also a member of the Cavani String Quartet.
Nola Richardson (MM ’10, Voice Pedagogy; MM ’11, Early Music Voice) won first prize in the 2018 Audrey Rooney Bach Competition. This competition is presented by the Kentucky Bach Choir, where she will return for as a soloist next season as a part of her prize. She recently sang at the National Cathedral with ACRONYM.
Festival Baltimore will return June 3-17, and will feature a number of Peabody alumni and faculty. Svet Stoyanov (BM ‘03, GPD ‘05, Percussion) will play on Friday, June 8, at 7:30 pm. He will perform music by Bartok and Crum for two pianos and percussion. Faculty artist Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet, will perform on Saturday, June 9, at 7:30 pm. He will play on a program featuring the complete works for viola, clarinet, and piano by Robert Schumann. Netanel Draiblate (MM ’07, GPD ’09, Violin) will play on Sunday, June 17, at 7:30 pm, in the final concert of the festival, which will feature Mendelssohn’s piano trios and a sextet.
Peter Bay (MM ’80, Conducting) has organized and will conduct a production of Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers. The production, in his home of Austin, Texas, will include 300 cast and crew members, the involvement of all of the major performing arts organizations in Austin, and an opening night Gala event featuring the families of Leonard Bernstein and John F. Kennedy. This collaboration of all the major performing arts organizations in Austin is unprecedented. A project of this magnitude has been a lifelong dream of Bay, and comes at a particularly poignant time, the 100th birthday of Bernstein. This production is presented as a part of Bernstein100Austin, and will take place on June 29 and 30 at the Long Center in Austin.
Peabody was featured in Baltimore Magazine’s Music Issue. The story highlights the classical music institutions in Baltimore that are making music accessible and relevant to new audiences. In the Peabody feature, Dean Fred Bronstein and DMA candidate Yoshi Horiguchi (MM ’17, Double Bass/Pedagogy) are interviewed. It also mentions the Peabody Chamber Opera’s production of Out of Darkness: Two Remain and some of the new classes offered to Conservatory students.