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.
The latest CD, Meng, by artist diploma candidate Meng Su (PC ’09, GPD ’11, MM ’16, Guitar; GPD ’15, Chamber Ensemble) was reviewed in the fall issue of Classical Guitar magazine. The headline was “Awe-inspiring ‘debut’ from young but seasoned artist” and the review ended with “This year’s finest debut by far.”
A performance by Finbarr Malafronte (BM ’08, MM ’09, Guitar) in the Grand Court Theatre on the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner was reviewed by Rick Perdian in Seen and Heard International, MusicWeb International’s live review section. He will perform on the Queen Victoria Cruise Ship on Saturday, December 2, at 7:00 pm.
Baltimore School of Music Director James Lowe (MM ’09, GPD ’12, Guitar), a classical guitarist by training, was among the 59 business owners who graduated August 2, 2017, from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in Baltimore. The graduates participated in more than 100 hours of in-class training held at Johns Hopkins University. “People often overlook the economic impact of the arts,” Lowe said. “We often hear how the arts are dying because of technology and cultural changes, but that simply isn’t true – it’s evolving and we need to evolve with it. The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program has given me the tools to prove just how much of a powerhouse arts entrepreneurship can be.”