Igor Yuzefovich (BM ’02, GPD ’04, Violin) has been named the new joint leader of the BBC Symphony. He will continue as concertmaster of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as well until March 2019, after which he will relinquish his position with the SSO.
Susan Zhang (GPD ’18, Piano), who studied with Boris Slutsky, was featured on WYPR on “On the Record.” The segment, called “Taking the Show on the Road,” features Zhang talking about her Concert Truck which is a mobile recital hall that delivers free classical music concerts to audiences in unexpected locations. Zhang and the Concert Truck were also featured on Voice of America, in a story by Faiza Elmasry. In this story, Zhang is interviewed about how the truck got started and what it does today. Finally, Zhang spoke on a panel about the music business, alongside faculty artist Wendel Patrick, on the Great Talk Series.
Helen Callus (GPD ’94, Viola) recently released a recording on Naxos of the Walton viola concerto, and collaborates with recent graduates and educates them about making their own recordings. Helen Callus’s critically acclaimed recording “British Music for Viola and Orchestra” was re-released on Naxos May 12, and it features features music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Herbert Howells, William Walton, and York Bowen. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Marc Taddei. Collaborating with students on their recordings, Callus helps them to create a polished and professional product and teaches them about the behind-the-scenes work that must happen before the recording can even begin. She comments, “There is something very unique about the recording process that really allows us as artists to refine a performance in ways we might not be able to do in a live performance. It is not as is often misunderstood, a medium where we can try things over and over again to get them right – there is no time for such indulgences and it is far too costly. The final product can sound staged and artificial if not done right, and we want to create something that can be listened to over and over but also feel live.”
Alumna Beatrice Long (MM ’88, AD ’92, Piano) joined the Music Conservatory of Brooklyn College CUNY as a faculty member. She was invited to perform at the 90th Anniversary Gala Concert of Music Educators Association of New Jersey at Drew University in April. On July 28, she will play Beethoven Emperor Concerto at the opening concert of Mozart Festival in San Antonio, Texas. From July 31 to August 12, Long will be teaching and performing at the InterHarmony festival in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Bavaria Germany.
Daniel Schlosberg (BM ’00, MM ’01, Piano) recently performed small ensemble works by Lindberg, Thorvaldsdottir, Ogonek, and Sam Adams on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. This concert was the final concert in the season and received a glowing review.