Congratulations to Dasha Koltunyuk '2015, Marketing & Outreach Manager for the Music Department, who won first place at the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition. First place prize was $2000. Second and third place winners were students from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music. READ MORE
The daylong tribute at Princeton University's Taplin Auditorium includes three free concerts: a 1 p.m. performance of chamber music and solos by the Composers Guild of New Jersey, with remarks by former Babbitt students and collaborators; a 3 p.m. piano recital by Robert Taub, who premiered many of Babbitt’s piano works, in a program that also includes Beethoven, Brahms, Schoenberg and Scriabin; and an 8 p.m. concert featuring the work of Lansky, Tymoczko, Seo and others.
Our congratulations to Dr. Cohen, Class of 2015! "After reviewing 346 submissions from 31 countries, the judging panel awarded Gilad Cohen, of Ridgewood, New Jersey, the $12,000 Barlow Prize to compose a major new work in 2017 for violin and piano." READ MORE
Musicology Prof. Simon Morrison has published a delightful response to the popular phenomenon Pokemon GO for the American Musicological Society. READ MORE
Congratulations to our newly appointed Director of Jazz, Rudresh Mahanthappa, who has again been named a winner in the 2016 DownBeat International Critics Poll in the category of Alto Saxophone. The August issue of DownBeat, which arrives on newsstands on July 19, has features on winning artists as well the complete results for all 62 categories, listing more than 1,200 artists who received votes in the poll.
A profile on Caroline Shaw has recently been published in The Guardian (London). Check it out!
The New York Times: "Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Prism and So Percussion presented Steven Mackey’s “Blue Notes and Other Clashes.” In introductory remarks from the stage, Mr. Mackey, an electric guitarist with a strong background in blues and rock, said he had been inspired by the “blue note” in jazz, “the right wrong note that hurts so good.” READ MORE
Princeton University's Department of Music has appointed the esteemed saxophonist and composer as the Anthony H. P. Lee '79 Senior Lecturer in Jazz Studies. READ MORE
The New York Times: "...the Hindemith score was played with exceptional élan (conducted by Michael Pratt, with Martha Koeneman as the piano soloist and with sensitive phrasing by the strings). The masterpiece was alive." READ MORE