Preparatory piano student Eric Lin and his partner Carter Johnson tied for second place in the One-Piano, Four Hands Ensemble category in the 2018 New York International Piano Competition. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony at Manhattan School of Music on Friday evening, June 22. Prizes and awards totaling $50,000 were presented.
Charles Halka (BM ’06, Piano; MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy) accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory in the Department of Music at Western Washington University beginning Fall 2018.
Peabody sophomore Tianyuan Liu, piano, won first place in PianoArts 2018 North American Competition and Festival. He was also awarded Best Performance of a Composition Written By J.S. Bach and Best Performance of a North American Work Written After 1950. He was awarded these honors during a grand finale concert featuring Liu and other winners of the competition on June 5, 2018.
Juliet McComas (BM ’71, MM ’74, Piano) created the Annual Keyboard Marathon as a forum to present the great works of piano literature to the public. The idea was inspired from her studies with Dr. Konrad Wolff who hosted several piano marathon projects at Peabody, including the complete Well-Tempered Clavier and the Debussy Preludes. The Annual Keyboard Marathon is presented by the piano faculty of the San Francisco Community Music Center. This festive concert is going into it’s 16th year and has become one of the most popular musical events in the community.
Juliet McComas (BM ’71, MM ’74, Piano) recently released her CD “A Musical Retrospective.” The two-disc set covers a broad spectrum of music including many favorite pieces from past and present studies. It is available on CD Baby, as well as Amazon, iTunes and similar sites.