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Bench MARKS

Magazine article Strings

Bench MARKS

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MIDORI has started her position as Jascha Heifetz Chair at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, a post that had remained unfilled for several years. Meanwhile, Michael Hersch's new violin sonata, "the wreckage of flowers," written for Midori, receives its UK premiere in her hands at London's Barbican on October 27. The US premiere follows on December 7 at Carnegie Hall.

Violinists JASPER WOOD and EUGENIA CHOI have joined the faculty at the strings division of the School of Music at the University of British Columbia. Wood, who made his orchestral debut at age 13, has performed with various ensembles throughout the world, ranging from Baroque performance groups to contemporary ensembles. Choi, who established her solo career at a young age, is completing her doctoral degree at the Juilliard School.

On the Move

Carnegie Hall has selected CLIVE GILLINSON, 58, managing director of the London Symphony Orchestra and a former orchestral cellist, to be executive and artistic director of the venerable New York institution. He replaces ROBERT J. HARTH, who died on January 30 at age 47. "Carnegie Hall is the inspirational home for the world's greatest music and musicians," Giltison noted. "I cannot imagine a greater honor than to be asked to lead it into the 2ist century. . . ." Gillison will remain with the LSO throughout its Centenary and will start his Carnegie Hall job on July 1, 2005.

Delivering what by all accounts was a searing rendition of Szymanowski's violin concerto, i6-year-old NICOLA BENEDETTI has become the first Scottish player to win the title BBC Young Musician of the Year in the competition's 25-year history. …

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