Preparatory students performed well at the Rockville Competition. Elena Shih, Liana Kai, and Ryan Kim, cellos, are all students of Alicia Ward all performed on Friday, May 24, in the Winners Recital. It took place at Montgomery College in the Recital Hall at 7:30 pm. Peabody alum Xuan Song (MM ‘19, Piano) also performed. The competition took place on Sunday, May 19.
Viacheslav Dinerchtein (MM ’99, GPD ’01, Viola; GPD ’02, Chamber Ensemble) recorded a 2-CD set of the complete viola sonatas by Mieczysław Weinberg. This is a major three-year project, about to be released worldwide by Sony Music in a special centenary edition – that is, with rare photos, texts by personalities such as Gidon Kremer. Dinerchtein also contributed to the booklet with a mini-essay, The Butterfly Effect: An attempt to understand why I recorded the Four Viola Solo Sonatas by Mieczysław Weinberg, which he hopes to share via several journals in form of an article.
Emily Noël (MM ’06, Voice) and Andrew Arceci (BM ’08, Double Bass, Viola da Gamba) are just two members of the folk group Floyds Row, which just released a video on Facebook called “Jackaroe.”
The Bergamot Quartet, comprised of Ledah Finck (BM ’16, MM ‘18, Violin) and current Peabody students Sarah Thomas (BM ‘17, Violin); Amy Tan, viola; and Irène Han (MM ’18, Cello), was featured in the Baltimore Sun. The article talks about how they got their start and their plans for the future. Members of the quartet comment on their experiences with and hopes for the group.
Peabody violin students have accepted orchestra positions to begin in September. Huan Ci, violin, will join the Symphony Orchestra of Central Conservatory of Music in China as section violin. Chuanzi Wang, violin, has accepted a position as section violinist with the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra in mid-western China. Finally, Yat Sze Wong, violin, has accepted a section violin position with the Phoenix Symphony.