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Joshua Bell Joins IU Faculty

Violin virtuoso JOSHUA BELL will be returning to his alma mater to join the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He will follow in the footsteps of his late mentor and longtime Jacobs School violin professor, JOSEF GINGOLD, and join the school as a senior lecturer in the strings department. The Grammy Award-winning Bell began studying the violin at the IU School of Music at age eight and received an artist diploma in violin performance from IU in 1989. His involvement at the Jacobs School begins in the 2008-09 school year and consists of two week-long residencies during which he will be involved in a variety of activities, including coaching ensembles, working with students both individually and in groups, and participating in performances, among other activities.

Avery Fisher Grants Awarded

Double Bassist DAXUN ZHANG, a member of YO-YO MA's Silk Road ensemble; the BORROMEO STRING QUARTET; and violinist YURA LEE are recipients of 2007 Avery Fisher Career Grants. The Borromeos (violinists NICHOLAS KITCHEN and KRISTOPHER TONG, violist MAI MOTOBUCHI, and cellist YEESUN KIM) are the quartet-in-residence at New England Conservatory; Lee is a member of the KORYO STRING QUARTET and a soloist. The grants of $25,000 give professional assistance and recognition to talented instrumentalists and ensembles considered to have great career potential.

CMA Awards

Former cellist JOAN JEANRENAUD joined her old colleagues in the KRONOS QUARTET in March when the ensemble received the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award from Chamber Music America in recognition of their contribution to the arts. Meanwhile, the DAEDALUS QUARTET is among those chamber outfits sharing $239,000 in CMA grants through the organization's Residency Partnership programs. The Daedaluses received the 2007 Guarneri String Quartet Residency, a special grant endowed in 2005 by the Sewell Family Foundation to recognize artistic excellence in a young quartet. …

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