Magazine article Strings

Bench MARKS

Magazine article Strings

Bench MARKS

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Awards and Accolades

The fifth PAGANINI MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION gets under way this month, with $25,000 and a statuette of Paganini reserved for first place, $12,000 for second, and $8,000 forthird. Since its inception in 2003, the competition has awarded the grand prize to three Russians, a South Korean, and last year's winner, KyokoYonemoto, of Japan.

Russia's ATRIUM QUARTET beat out 13 other ensembles to take first place at the 5th BORDEAUX INTERNATIONAL STRING QUARTET COMPETITION. The St. Petersburg-based quartet earned euro20,000 and a trophy for the win. At the competition, to be held every three years, nine other countries were represented, with Spain's QUIROGA QUARTET placing second and French quartets BENAÏM and VOCE coming in third and fourth, respectively.

BEN MORRISON, a 21-year-old violinist from the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University, won the ROTORUA CONCERTO COMPETITION, taking home $8,000.

Musical Chairs

THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL has added to its faculty cellist RICHARD AARON and violinists DAVID CHAN, KYUNG-WHA CHUNG, and SYLVIA ROSENBERG. Aaron, a member of the ELYSIAN TRIO, has taught and given master classes around theworld. Chan, concertmaster of the METROPOLITAN OPERA ORCHESTRA, has worked as a soloist with most ensembles of note. Chung, a soloist and chamber musician, has been a recording artist since 1988. Rosenberg, who has been teaching at the MANHATTAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC since 1989, has performed with many orchestras and at festivals, and has shared her knowledge with several affluent programs.

Conductor JAMES CONLON and the BIAVA QUARTET return to their alma mater. At the JUILLIARD SCHOOL, Conlon conducts, lectures, moderates, coaches, and leads discussions and performances related to composers from the World War ll-era and today as part of a two-year artist's residency.

The Biava Quartet-violinistsAUSTIN HARTMAN and HYUNSU KO, violist MARY PERSIN, and cellist JASON GALLOWAY-was chosen as Juilliard's graduate resident string quartet for the 2007-08 performance season.

OBERLIN COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL OF THE OBERLIN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC has selected violist and educator LOUISE ZEITLIN to be its new director. Zeitlin, who has been a faculty member since 1993, is a founding member and past president of the Ohio Viola Society, and she is the secretary of the American Viola Society. She serves as principal violist for the Baldwin-Wallace College Bach Festival, and has held numerous positions elsewhere.

Husband and wife team JESUS and DARA MORALES left Utah to take their skills to Philadelphia. Dara assumes the role of principal second violin at the PHILADELPHIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, and Jesus takes the principal cello position at PHILADELPHIA'S VIRTUOSI CHAMBER ORCHESTRA. The couple had been in Utah since 2004; Dara was principal second violin of the Utah Symphony, and Jesus was substituting in the symphony's cello section and had been touring as a recitalist and chamber musician. …

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