Composer Jake Runestad (MM ’11, Composition; MM ’12, Music Theory Pedagogy) is one of four artists chosen for a McKnight Fellowship for Composers by the McKnight Foundation. The award, which includes $25,000 in unrestricted funds for each recipient, acknowledges excellence in the field of music composition. The four fellows were chosen from a pool of 55 applicants.
Peabody Symphony Orchestra has been selected as a semi-finalist for The American Prize/Ensembles division 2016 for their performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, under the direction of Teri Murai. As a semi-finalist, The Peabody Symphony Orchestra will be considered for a position as a finalist, runner-up, or winner for the American Prize/Ensemble division 2016.
DMA candidate Xiao-Hui Yang, a piano student of Boris Slutsky, won the gold medal at the 26th New Orleans International Piano Competition at Loyola University. Re Zhang, a graduate student of Boris Slutsky, won the silver medal. They were awarded cash prizes, solo recitals, and performance opportunities with various orchestras including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
MM cello student Jacques-Pierre Malan (GPD ’12, Cello; GPD ’13, Chamber Music) is a finalist in the Getting to Carnegie competition. The competition was started by Peabody alumnus Julian Gargiulo (MM, ’97) and is described as “the Hunger Games of Classical Music.” The finalists compete January 17 at 7:30pm at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall in New York. Each will perform a movement of Gargiulo’s Cello and Piano Sonata in front of a live audience. It will be the premiere of the cello sonata and the audience will choose the winner.