Matthew Bengtson (MM ’97, DMA ’01, Piano) has released a three-CD set titled Karol Szymanowski: Works for Violin and Piano; piano solo on the Musica Omnia label, a collaboration with violinist Blanka Bednarz. Bengtson has also co-authored a new book, The Alexander Scriabin Companion: History, Performance, and Lore, with Lincoln Ballard. Published by Rowman and Littlefield Press, the book has contribution from John Bell Young and a foreword by Stephen Hough. Bengtson is an assistant professor of piano literature at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
In August, Sahun (Sam) Hong (GPD ’15, MM ’17, Piano) won the 2017 Vendome Prize at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. He won the joint second prize (no first prize was given) with Do-Hyun Kim. Hong will return to Verbier next year for a debut recital. In the final round, he performed solo pieces by Ravel and Chopin and also Dvorak’s Piano Quintet with the Gringolts Quartet. Sejoon Park (BM ’12, AD ’17, Piano) was also a finalist in the competition. The final gala concert is available online.
GPD candidate Susan Zhang, piano, co-directs Concert Truck, a mobile performance stage in a 16-foot box truck, equipped with speakers, lights, and a donated Roland digital grand piano. Concert Truck performed in Baltimore in July and was featured in an article by Tim Smith in The Baltimore Sun.
The Baltimore Lieder Weekend, founded and directed by Daniel Schlosberg (BM ’00, MM ’01, Piano; KSAS BA ’00, History), will take place at An die Musik from October 20 to 22 with the theme of “New American Song: Unusual Suspects.” Peabody contributions include performances by Schlosberg and Laura Strickling (MM ’06, Voice), a composition by Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition), and a panel discussion including Peabody Dean Fred Bronstein. All events are free, courtesy of Free Fall Baltimore.
In March, Matthew Odell (MM ’03, GPD ’05, Piano) completed a European tour of concerts, lectures, and master classes in France, Spain, and England. Highlights included a solo recital at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, a performance of the three piano sonatas of Pierre Boulez at the University of Sheffield, and lectures and master classes at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona and the Universitat de Barcelona in Spain.