Gregory Luce (BM ’07, Viola) has been performing in the pit orchestra for the national tour of Hamilton the Musical since January.
The Peabody Peled Cello Gang will be collaborating with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra next season. They will spend a long weekend in Fairfax County going into public schools, giving cello lessons, and performing a gala for the symphony on May 31, 2019.
Igor Yuzefovich (BM ’02, GPD ’04, Violin) has been named the new joint leader of the BBC Symphony. He will continue as concertmaster of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as well until March 2019, after which he will relinquish his position with the SSO.
Faculty artist Nasar Abadey, jazz, was interviewed in Stay Thirsty magazine about his career and was featured in the International Musician for his upcoming Lifetime Achievement Award. In the interview, he answers questions about his inspirations, his current and past work, and how he thinks about his music. Also featured in this issue is Peabody senior Kahler Suzuki, cello, as their Spotlight Artist.
Helen Callus (GPD ’94, Viola) recently released a recording on Naxos of the Walton viola concerto, and collaborates with recent graduates and educates them about making their own recordings. Helen Callus’s critically acclaimed recording “British Music for Viola and Orchestra” was re-released on Naxos May 12, and it features features music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Herbert Howells, William Walton, and York Bowen. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Marc Taddei. Collaborating with students on their recordings, Callus helps them to create a polished and professional product and teaches them about the behind-the-scenes work that must happen before the recording can even begin. She comments, “There is something very unique about the recording process that really allows us as artists to refine a performance in ways we might not be able to do in a live performance. It is not as is often misunderstood, a medium where we can try things over and over again to get them right – there is no time for such indulgences and it is far too costly. The final product can sound staged and artificial if not done right, and we want to create something that can be listened to over and over but also feel live.”