Distinguished Visiting Artist Midori is among this year’s Kennedy Center honorees to receive the 43rd Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements. The Honors events are scheduled to be held May 17- 22, 2021 with a gala broadcast to CBS on June 6, 2021 at 9:00 pm ET.
Daniel Kazez (MM ’82, Cello) recently launched a redesigned version of InTune, an iPhone app designed to improve and test intonation. The app has been a top-10 music app in 70 countries.
Three cello students were awarded prizes in the Mount Vernon Virtuosi Online Cello Competition. Junior Jorge Giménez was awarded first place with a cash prize of $1,000 and an appearance with the Mount Vernon Virtuosi in the 2020-21 season. Second year Master’s student Natalia Vilchis was awarded second place and senior Mafalda Santos was awarded third prize. The Mount Vernon Virtuosi Online Cello Competition is a competition for students in Maryland started by cello faculty member Amit Peled.
Violin student Yanxiong Kevin Huang performed with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in the closing concert of the 23rd Beijing Music Festival conducted by Yu Long. Huang, concert master of the China Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, performed “You and Me” by Qigang Chen. Huang is a sophomore in the studio of Herbert Greenberg.
Joelle Arnhold (MM ’12, DMA ’17, Viola) created an app, with co-creator and developer Garrett Arnhold, to facilitate remote music ensemble collaboration, called Cyborg Llama. The app automatically syncs video and audio recordings to create large or small ensemble ‘virtual choir’ videos without any editing and can accommodate up to 200 video windows.