Inna Faliks (BM ’99, MM ’01, GPD ’03, Piano) performed Mahler 6 with Daniel Schlosberg (BM ’00, MM ’01, Piano; KSAS BA ’00, History) at the National Gallery in December. The Washington Post called this a “Herculean performance.” In November, Faliks performed and gave master classes in the nation’s top conservatories for her second tour in China. She also presented master classes and recitals at Mondo Musica Cremona, Italy, and served on the International Symposium on Conservatory and University Music Education in September. In August, she gave her Ravinia debut with Schlosberg in the four-hand transcription of Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 by Alexander von Zemlinsky and Schlosberg. She performed Beethoven Third Concerto at Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado, and gave solo and chamber music performances at Newport Festival, including the premiere of the one-woman show “Polonaise-Fantasie, Story of a Pianist” in July. She also released a recording on Delos Label, titled Polonaise-Fantasie, the Story of a Pianist – a recital-monologue based on autobiographical essays, interspersed with a wide range of pieces from Bach, Mozart, and Chopin to Gershwin, Carter, and Birtwistle. Finally in June, she created, directed and performed in UCLA’s Dialogues and Reimaginings Festival, a three-day festival exploring connections between music old and new.
Alon Goldstein (GPD ’95, MM ’96, Piano) will be featured as part of the Washington Conservatory Concert Series on Friday, January 19, at 8:00 pm, at Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church in Bethesda, Md. This concert is free. Goldstein will perform three piano sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti. The concert will also feature the Fine Arts Quartet.
Faculty artist Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet, will join Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Nicholas Canellakis, cello; and Adam Golka (’08, Piano) for the culminating concert of the fifth Sedona Winter Music Festival, on Sunday, January 14 at 2:30 pm, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center in Arizona. Fiterstein and Canellakis will serve as the co-artistic directors of the festival, which will take place January 10-14. It will showcase some of the world’s most talented musicians in a celebration of chamber music and the performing arts.
Matthew Bengtson (MM ’97, DMA ’01, Piano) is co-author of The Alexander Scriabin Companion, published in summer of 2017 by Rowman and Littlefield Press, the first major English language book on Scriabin in decades. This summer, he also released his three-CD recording of violin/piano duo and solo piano music of Karol Szymanowski, with violinist Blanka Bednarz, on the Musica Omnia label. In December, he released another recording project, the complete cello/piano music of Roberto Sierra, with cellist John Haines-Eitzen, on Albany Records. Bengtson is assistant professor of piano literature at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
Jennifer Nicole Campbell (BM ’14, MM ’15, Piano) was featured in Main Line Today in an article that talks about her collaboration with the Academy of International Ballet in Media. There, she composes and plays short pieces for the dancers. The article outlines her training, her experiences with the company, and what things are coming up in her career.