Berta Rojas (MM ’98, GPD ’00, Guitar) joined the faculty of Berklee College of Music in Boston this fall. She is an associate professor in the Guitar Department. Originally from Paraguay, Rojas is a three-time Latin Grammy nominee and has recorded 14 albums.
The Sacramento Guitar Society will present two virtuoso guitarists Grisha Goryachev, a native of St, Petersburg, and Yuri Liberzon (BM ’04, GPD ’05, Guitar), Russian-born and Israeli raised, in a concert on Saturday, October 7, at 7:30 pm in the 200-seat City Studio Theater, Harris Center, Folsom Lake College.
Łukasz Kuropaczewski (GPD ’05, Guitar) will make his debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, led by Peabody Conservatory Graduate Conducting Director Marin Alsop. He will perform the Joaquín Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Performances will take place Thursday, September 14, at 8:00 pm, at the Music Center at Strathmore, and Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16 at 8:00 pm in the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
Junior Junhong Kuang, a student of Manuel Barrueco, tied for the highest prize awarded for guitar in the 66th ARD International Music Competition in Munich. The jury did not award a first prize; Kuang tied for second and won the Audience Prize. He will perform with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra) on Friday, September 15 at 8:00 pm, at Philharmonie Gasteig. The concert will be broadcast live online and on BR-KLASSIK radio, the public-service radio broadcaster in Munich. See the video of his performance in the finals. The competition included over 40 participants from all over the world, many of them winners of past international competitions. The ARD International Music Competition is held by the German public broadcasting consortium.
Faculty artist Lura Johnson (‘01, Piano) will open the Chamber Music Society of Maryland‘s concert season with concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Jonathan Carney in a recital of LeClair, Beethoven, and Brahms on Sunday, September 17, at 3:00 pm. Their season continues with Xiaohui Yang, piano, the winner of the 2018 Yale Gordon Peabody Competition, on November 5; faculty artist Amit Peled, cello, with his students in a Cellobration on March 25; and Zane Forshee (MM ’01, GPD ’03, DMA ’11, Guitar) and Max Zuckerman (BM ’07, GPD ’09, Guitar), Duo Guitars, on April 22. DMA candidate Michael Repper is the artistic director of CMSMD.