Netanel Draiblate Founder and Director of Annapolis Symphony Academy Reply

DraiblateNetanel Draiblate (MM ’07, GPD ’09, Violin) is the founder and director of the Annapolis Symphony Academy, which will launch Fall 2018. The academy is run by the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and half of its students will be African-American or Hispanic-Latino. The goal of the academy is not only to provide affordable classical music training, but to work to help diversify the classical music world, starting from a young age. The program will strive to prepare young students to get into undergraduate programs and thus into the professional world. Draiblate is the symphony orchestra’s concertmaster.

World-Renowned Violinist Vadim Gluzman to Join Peabody Conservatory Faculty Reply

Vadim Gluzman Photo: Marco BorggreveUniversally recognized among today’s top performing violinists, Vadim Gluzman has been appointed to the violin faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. As Distinguished Artist in Residence beginning in 2018-19, Gluzman will teach a private studio of Conservatory violin majors, coach ensembles, and present public master classes. More…

danah bella Leads New Music, Improv, and Dance at Baltimore’s Blank Space Reply

danah belladanah bella, chair of the Conservatory dance program, will be performing new music, improv, and dance featuring master’s candidate Ledah Finck (BM ’16, Violin), master’s composition student Jamie Leidwinger, and master’s computer music and composition student Sam Torres on January 19 at Baltimore’s Blank Space.

Nikita Borisevich, Martin Sher, and Zuill Bailey Perform in Alaska Reply

Nikita BorisevichIn September, Nikita Borisevich (GPD ’13, Violin; GPD ’15, Chamber Ensemble; MM ’17, Violin) will perform at the Sitka Summer Music Festival’s Alaska Airlines Autumn Classics in Anchorage, Alaska. He will play works by Bach and Arensky with violist Martin Sher (BM ’96, Violin) and cellists Zuill Bailey (BM ’94, Cello) and Jia Kim on Saturday, September 9, at 7:30 pm, as well as Milstein/Paganini’s Paganiniana on Sunday, September 10, at 4:00 pm. This summer Borisevich gave his Alaska debut at the 2017 Sitka Summer Music Festival, where Bailey serves as artistic director. Borisevich and Bailey were also a guest artists at the Northwest Bach Festival in Spokane, Wa., on  August 27.

Megan Ihnen Wraps up her June Performances Reply

Megan IhnenMezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen (MM ’09, Voice), clarinetist Gregory Oakes, percussionist Adam Groh, and composer and electronic musician Erik Spangler performed a site-specific program of contemporary classical and electronic music in the Devonian fossil gorge at Coralville Lake on Friday, June 16, 2017. The outdoor musical experience culminated with the premiere of a new piece by Spangler, Devonian Geometry, composed for the occasion and incorporating texts written by local students at Iowa Montessori School along with video projections by Jaeho Lee. More…