Si-Yan Darren Li (MM, AD ’08, Cello) is a member of the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He coaches student ensembles, including the Callisto Quartet, who won the grand prize and the first prize at the 2018 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. In April, they were awarded a special prize at the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London. Li also coached the Razumovsky Quartet, which was awarded the silver medal in the junior division of the Fischoff Competition. Li is also a member of the Cavani String Quartet.
Festival Baltimore will return June 3-17, and will feature a number of Peabody alumni and faculty. Svet Stoyanov (BM ‘03, GPD ‘05, Percussion) will play on Friday, June 8, at 7:30 pm. He will perform music by Bartok and Crum for two pianos and percussion. Faculty artist Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet, will perform on Saturday, June 9, at 7:30 pm. He will play on a program featuring the complete works for viola, clarinet, and piano by Robert Schumann. Netanel Draiblate (MM ’07, GPD ’09, Violin) will play on Sunday, June 17, at 7:30 pm, in the final concert of the festival, which will feature Mendelssohn’s piano trios and a sextet.
Peabody was featured in Baltimore Magazine’s Music Issue. The story highlights the classical music institutions in Baltimore that are making music accessible and relevant to new audiences. In the Peabody feature, Dean Fred Bronstein and DMA candidate Yoshi Horiguchi (MM ’17, Double Bass/Pedagogy) are interviewed. It also mentions the Peabody Chamber Opera’s production of Out of Darkness: Two Remain and some of the new classes offered to Conservatory students.
The Preparatory participated in an outreach event, led by Rebecca Henry, pedagogy faculty and director of the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program, and Claire Allen, (MM ’13, Violin), who is a faculty artist at the Mason Community Arts Academy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where Allen is developing a violin program. They organized a concert that included members of the Young People’s String Program and the Mason students playing together, a panel discussion on the value of group classes in string training, and performances by the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program. YPSP Assistant Director Lenelle Morse and Claire Allen led the younger groups, and PCVP students also contributed moving testimony about the value of their Peabody group and ensemble experiences. The night prior to the concert, PCVP took a field trip to the Kennedy Center to see the opera Candide, in which Conservatory faculty artist Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano, was singing.
Incoming freshman Kyle Victor, cello, was featured on ABC13 in Houston, Texas. He recently announced his attendance at Peabody for the fall.