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Reflections on

BACH a collaboration of

Yale School of Music Student Composers

& YALE BAROQUE ENSEMBLE robert mealy Director, Yale Baroque Ensemble martin bresnick Director, Composition Program music of J.S. Bach Daniel Schlosberg Paul Kerekes Benjamin Wallace Bรกlint Kรกrosi Stephen Feigenbaum William Gardiner

Robert Blocker, Dean


february 27, 2013 · 8 pm Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall

Reflections on

BACH Holly Piccoli & Edson Scheid, baroque & modern violins Soo Jin Chung, baroque & modern cello David Fung, harpsichord & piano

Johann Sebastian Bach 1685—1750

Trio Sonata in G major, BWV 1038 Largo

Stephen Feigenbaum b. 1989

Steady Steady–Persistent Steady–Languid Steady–Comfortably

Daniel Schlosberg b. 1987

trill and slow gliss after Bach’s Prelude in F-sharp major, BWV 858

Bach/ Benjamin Wallace* b. 1989

Sonata in A minor, BWV 1003 Grave Fuga Andante* Disco Allegro* * movements composed by Wallace Intermission

As a courtesy to the performers and audience members, turn off cell phones and pagers. Please do not leave the theater during selections. Photography or recording of any kind is not permitted.


a collaboration of

Yale School of Music Student Composers Martin Bresnick, director

& YALE BAROQUE ENSEMBLE Robert Mealy, director

Bach

Suite for Solo Cello in E-flat major, BWV 1009 Prelude

Paul Kerekes b. 1988

release Lightly dancing

William Gardiner b. 1987 / Bach

The Camel’s Nose Sonata in E major, BWV 1016 Adagio ma non tanto

Bach/ Bálint Karosi* b. 1979

Trio Sonata in G major, BWV 1039 Bach Studies No. 1, BWV 1039* I. Adagio II. A Place to Stay* – Allegro ma non presto III. Harmonic Landscape* – Adagio e piano IV. Devolving Fugue* – Allegro Presto * movements composed by Karosi


director profiles

One of America’s leading historical string players, Robert Mealy has been praised for his “imagination, taste, subtlety, and daring” (Boston Globe); the New Yorker described him as “New York’s world-class early music violinist.” He has recorded over 50 cds on most major labels, ranging from Hildegard of Bingen with Sequentia, to Renaissance consorts with the Boston Camerata, to Rameau operas with Les Arts Florissants. Mr. Mealy has appeared at music festivals from Berkeley to Belgrade, and from Melbourne to Versailles; he has also performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group and accompanied Renée Fleming on the David Letterman Show. In New York he is a frequent leader and soloist with the New York Collegium, ARTEK, the Clarion Society, and Early Music New York. Since 2004, he has been concertmaster for the distinguished Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, leading them in their Grammy-nominated recordings of Lully’s Thésée and Psyché and Conradi’s Ariadne. A devoted chamber musician, he is a member of the medieval ensemble Fortune’s Wheel, the Renaissance violin band the King’s Noyse, and the 17 th-century ensemble Quicksilver. Mr. Mealy is Professor of Music (adjunct) at Yale University, where he directs the Yale Collegium and teaches courses on rhetoric and performance; for a decade previously, he directed the Harvard Baroque Orchestra. Currently, he is the director of the historical performance program at Juilliard. In 2004, he received Early Music America’s Binkley Award for outstanding teaching at both Harvard and Yale.

Charles T. Wilson Professor in the Practice of Composition, Professor Martin Bresnick’s music has been performed in festivals and concerts throughout the world. He has been acclaimed for compositions in virtually every medium from chamber and symphonic music to film and computer music. He has won numerous honors including the Rome Prize, the Stoeger Prize for Chamber Music from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the first Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Aaron Copland Award for teaching from ASCAP, a Berlin Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was recently elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has had commissions from the Koussevitzky and Fromm foundations, Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as individual ensembles and performers. Martin Bresnick’s compositions are published by Carl Fischer Music Publishers, New York; Bote & Bock, Berlin; CommonMuse Music Publishers, New Haven; and have been recorded by Cantaloupe Records, New World Records, Albany Records, Bridge Records, Composers Recordings Incorporated, Centaur, and Artifact Music. He joined the Yale faculty in 1981 and is currently the coordinator of the composition department. » www.martinbresnick.com


the yale baroque ensemble & the composition program

The Yale Baroque Ensemble, directed by Professor Robert Mealy, is a postgraduate trio sonata ensemble of two violins, cello, and keyboard dedicated to the highest level of study and performance of the Baroque repertoire. String players in the Ensemble go through an intensive one-year program of study, immersing themselves in the chamber and solo repertoire from 1600 to 1785. The program is designed for modern players to develop virtuosity and fluency in various historical styles, and to allow the participants to find their own eloquent voice on baroque instruments. Through coachings and individual lessons, the participants learn to read early notation, develop a familiarity with primary source material and treatises, and become fluent with improvisation in various styles. The ensemble prepares and performs a series of concerts together during the year.

With a stellar faculty and numerous performance opportunities, the composition program at Yale attracts the finest students from around the world. In addition to studies in composition, the program offers instruction in computer music, recording techniques, and the analysis of tonal and non-tonal music. Composers are also encouraged to continue their work as instrumentalists and conductors. Student works are performed on the New Music New Haven series, comprising six to eight concerts each year, including, for second-year students, a performance of an orchestral composition by the Yale Philharmonia. A highlight of the composition program is the instruction from distinguished visiting composers. Visiting composers have included Louis Andriessen, Lukas Foss, Tania LĂŠon, Nicholas Maw, Poul Ruders, Frederic Rzewski, and Charles Wuorinen. During their two-year residency, composers are expected to produce enough work for a full-length concert.


Violinist Holly Piccoli is an alumna of the Yale School of Music, graduating from the Certificate in Performance program and as a Student Marshall, having studied with Professor Syoko Aki. Holly began violin in 1994, gaining a scholarship in 1999 to the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. She graduated in 2004 as valedictorian of the school, achieving perfect scores in Music Solo Performance and Group Performance. She was awarded the Lenton Parr Academic Award, three Premier’s Awards, and the 2004 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra String Award. Holly studied at the Australian National Academy of Music from 2005 to 2008 in the Advanced Performance Program with principal teacher Mark Mogilevski. As a soloist, she performed regularly in the Young Virtuoso Series and Lunch Hour Concerts, as well as giving annual recitals. In July 2006, Holly received the Australian fellowship to the National Symphony Summer Music Institute (SMI). She successfully auditioned for the role of concertmaster of the National Symphony SMI Orchestra, performing the violin solo in Stravinsky’s La Pulcinella Suite in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Holly returned to Washington, D.C. in 2007, having been invited to perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Virginia Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Luis Haza.

toured with them on their Transatlantic Tour to the U.S. and Europe in 2010, and this year joined them for their Beethoven 9 tour and their September Europe tour. In January 2011, Holly was invited by ACO2 to perform in Niseko, Japan, in a quartet of emerging artists and with ACO artistic director Richard Tognetti and principal flautist of the Berlin Philharmonic Emannuel Pahud. In her first year at the Yale School of Music, Holly performed at Carnegie Hall with the Yale Philharmonia, under the direction of composer Krystoff Penderecki conducting his own works. Holly was concertmaster of the Yale Opera Orchestra in 2011, performing Don Giovanni. In April 2011, as part of their winning performance in the Woolsey Concerto Competition, Holly and Metropolitan Opera baritone Tyler Simpson performed Strauss’s Notturno for voice and solo violin with the Yale Philharmonia.

Edson Scheid earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, Austria (2009) where he studied with Igor Ozim, and received his Master of Music degree (2011) and Artist Diploma (2012) at the Yale School of Music, studying under Hyo Kang. He is currently a member of the Yale Baroque Ensemble. At the age of 18, Scheid was the first Brazilian violinist ever to record Paganini’s 24 Caprices for Solo Violin. Born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, he has given concerts in Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, the United In 2009, Holly was an Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist. Since then she has States, and South Korea. Recent performances worked in the Australian Chamber Orchestra include concerts at the Norfolk Chamber Music on many of their National Subscription Tours, Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Zankel Hall at


artist profiles

Carnegie Hall, and the Seoul Arts Center in South Korea (as a member of the Sejong Soloists). In May 2011, he received the Broadus Erle Prize, awarded to outstanding violinists at the Yale School of Music.

Described as “stylish and articulate” in The New York Times and praised as having “undoubted talent” by the Los Angeles Times, Australian pianist David Fung has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Canberra Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Israel Camerata, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa of Japan, Queensland, San Diego Symphony, Sydney Symphony, and the Xiamen Philharmonic, among numerous others. Festival highlights include recital invitations at the Aspen Music Festival (Colorado), Goslar Festival (Germany), Der Internationaler Klaviersommer (Germany), Music at Menlo (California), Sarasota Festival (Florida), and the Edinburgh International Festival Queen’s Hall Series, where Fung was acclaimed as being “prodigiously talented... probably [doing] ten more impossible things daily before breakfast,” by Jonas Green in the Edinburgh Guide. Mr. Fung was a top prizewinner at the 12 th Arthur Rubinstein Piano International Masters Competition in Tel Aviv, where he was also distinguished by prizes for Best Classical Concerto and Best Performance of Chamber Music. In addition, he won the Grand Prize at the 2002 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award, Second Prize and the Audience Prize at the Third Lev

Vlassenko Piano Competition, and the J. Wight Henderson Prize at the 2004 Scottish International Piano Competition. Mr. Fung has recorded albums for NAXOS, Yarlung Records, Linn Records, and ABC Classics/ Symphony Australia. He is the artistic director of the Bari International Music Festival (Italy) and is a Steinway Artist.

Cellist Soo Jin Chung began studying cello at age eleven in South Korea. In 2001 she gave her first concert performance with orchestra, performing Haydn’s Concerto in D major with the Prime Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2004, she gave a solo recital and performed with the Ewha University Symphony Orchestra. She was a prizewinner in the Strad Competition, Ewha-Kyunghyang Competition, and Eumyoun Competition. She was invited to participate in the Tong-Yeoung International Music Festival and performed as a member of a string quartet. She received a full scholarship from Ewha Womans University, where she studied with Hyungwon Chang and Il-hwan Bae and earned her Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude. As a winner of the Chamber Music Competition at the Yale School of Music, she performed in the Competition Winners Concert in Sprague Hall as part of the Oneppo Chamber Music Series. In 2011 and 2012, respectively, she earned her master’s degree and Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Aldo Parisot. She is currently a member of the Yale Baroque Ensemble and the Sejong Soloists.


Stephen Feigenbaum is an award-winning 24-year-old composer of music for the concert hall and the theater. When he was 19, his Serenade for Strings was recorded by the Cincinnati Pops under Erich Kunzel and released on a CD by Telarc. Stephen is a past winner of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer award and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble competition. Recently he won the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Composer to Center Stage competition, which resulted in a reading of his work and mentoring by John Corigliano. The National Public Radio show From the Top has featured Stephen as a composer, and he has appeared as an a cappella singer on The Martha Stewart Show and NBC’s The Sing-Off.

musicals at Yale and has orchestrated, music directed, and conducted others. A native of Winchester, Massachusetts, Stephen majored in music at Yale College and is pursuing a master’s degree at the Yale School of Music. He is a student of Ezra Laderman, and has studied with Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis, Samuel Adler, Claude Baker, Kathryn Alexander, and Rodney Lister.

Stephen’s music has been heard at Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge in New York, Jordan Hall and the Hatch Shell in Boston, the Green Room in San Francisco, and in several international venues. It has received performances by musicians including the JACK Quartet, TwoSense (Lisa Moore and Ashley Bathgate), and Grammy-nominee violinist Caroline Goulding. Stephen was the 2010 ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Fellow at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and is a past fellow at the Norfolk (Connecticut) Chamber Music Festival.

Composer and pianist Daniel Schlosberg (b. 1987) is currently in the second year of his master’s degree in composition at Yale University, where he has studied with Martin Bresnick, Aaron Kernis, and Christopher Theofanidis, and has studied piano with Hung-Kuan Chen, Peter Frankl, Wei-Yi Yang, and Melvin Chen. He has written works for the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, New Morse Code, Encompass New Opera Theater, and (counter)induction. Recently, the Buffalo Philharmonic read his piece Five Stuck as part of the American Composers Orchestra’s EarShot series. Basement Hades: Songs of the Underworld, a music-theater work for which he wrote original music, premiered at the Yale Cabaret last March and was revamped for the Norfolk Music Festival in July.

At Yale, Stephen has created several theatrical productions that incorporate all-original instrumental music, stage lighting, elaborate sets and media effects, tied together with loose narratives to tell musical stories that have attracted diverse audiences. He has also written the music for two full-length original

Daniel performs regularly and remains dedicated to playing works of his contemporaries. Concerts this year include Thomas Adès’s Living Toys with Le Train Bleu, George Crumb’s Vox Balaenae, and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. Daniel has played Barber’s Piano Concerto and Scriabin’s


composer profiles

Prometheus with the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and will be performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue as a guest artist on their tour to Brazil in late May. He recently made his screen debut as a pianist in the film Malorie’s Final Score. Recently, Daniel conducted his new orchestration of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park With George at the Yale School of Drama. Daniel is known around the composition department for his homemade doughnuts and cookies.

Benjamin Wallace grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he attended the Albuquerque Academy and began playing percussion and piano. He received a Bachelor’s of Music in Percussion and Composition from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he studied with Allen Otte and Percussion Group Cincinnati, Joel Hoffman, Michael Fiday, and Mara Helmuth. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Music in composition at the Yale School of Music where he has studied with David Lang and Christopher Theofanidis. Ben has participated in masterclasses with Frederick Rzewski, Meehans Perkins duo, and eighth blackbird. His music has been performed at the Music10 and Music11 festivals in Blonay, Switzerland as well as various other venues in New Haven, New York, Cincinnati, and Albuquerque.

William Gardner, described as having “a coherent vision and a rare ability to incorporate outside influences seamlessly into it… Classical music needs more new blood like this” (Anthony D’Amico, brainwashed. com), is an Australian composer currently studying at the Yale School of Music with Martin Bresnick and David Lang. The product of a diverse musical pedigree, Gardiner was born to a pair of passionate early music enthusiasts, and spent his earliest years immersed in early music before becoming active in classical, rock, jazz, and electronic modes of music production. An interest in composing was provoked by hearing in concert the music of composers such as Astor Piazzolla and Alfred Schnittke. More recently Gardiner’s work has taken on the influence of innovative contemporary rock groups such as Animal Collective, the seething, virtuosic compositions of Italy’s Fausto Romitelli, and the meticulous electronic soundscapes of countryman Ben Frost. His work has been credited as “absolutely stunning…a bright beacon of things to come” (Adam Mills, Mess+Noise) and as having “a strong sense of grand sonic movement” (Adam Elmer, Cyclic Defrost). Born in 1987, Gardiner previously attended the University of Sydney, where he received degrees in Arts and Law.


composer profiles

Paul Kerekes was born in Huntington, New York. His music has been described as “striking…ecstatic…dramatic” (WQXR), “highly eloquent” (New Haven Advocate), and able to create “an almost tactile picture” (New York Times).

degree from Queens College, where he primarily studied with Bruce Saylor. Past teachers include Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis, Ezra Laderman, David Schober, and Eleanor Cory.

He has had the privilege of hearing his music performed by TwoSense, New Morse Code, American Composers Orchestra, Second Instrumental Unit, Stonewall Chorale, Mannes Preparatory Division Choir, Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble, cellist Nicholas Photinos, flutist Kelli Kathman, and saxophonist/composer Ed Rosenberg in such venues as Le Poisson Rouge, the Dimenna Center, Symphony Space, Centre de musique Hindemith, Lefrak Hall, and Central Park. He has also attended notable programs such as MusicX, Yale’s New Music Workshop in Norfolk, Connecticut, California Summer Music, the Young Artists Piano Program at Tanglewood, and Stony Brook Summer Music Festival. Additionally, he has participated in master classes as both a composer and a pianist with Lisa Moore, Lisa Kaplan, Joel Hoffman, and Bright Sheng.

Hailing from a musical family in Budapest, Hungary, Bálint Karosi is a doctoral candidate in composition at the Yale School of Music. Károsi’s compositional work draws on improvisation, modal and atonal elements, early music, and Hungarian folk music. Thanks to his mother, opera singer Julia Pászthy, he has a long-standing interest in vocal music.

In June 2012, Paul joined forces with five of New York City’s top pianists to form Grand Band, whose debut was featured on Bang on a Can’s annual marathon. Grand Band has been described by The New York Times as “the Traveling Wilbury’s of the city’s new music piano scene.” Paul is currently pursuing an M.M.A. degree at the Yale School of Music, studying with David Lang. He received his undergraduate

His recently performed works include an organ concerto and cantata commissioned by the National Concert Hall in Budapest. An expert in Baroque improvisation, Károsi was featured at the same hall in 2012 in a live improvisation duel with Dutch organist Sietze deVries. He studied organ, clarinet and composition in Budapest, Geneva, and at the Oberlin Conservatory. He has won first prize at numerous international music competitions, including the 16th International J. S. Bach Organ Competition in Leipzig, Germany, and he continues to maintain a serious performing career. Since 2012 Károsi has served on the faculty at Boston University and UMass Boston, teaching baroque improvisation and organ. He also plays historical clarinet.


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March 3 bach collegium japan Woolsey Hall | Sun | 5 pm Masaaki Suzuki, director. J.S. Bach: Motets BWV 225–230. All proceeds from this concert will benefit ongoing earthquake relief efforts in Japan. Tickets $20 | Students $10

March 4 vista Sprague Hall | Wed | 8 pm A fresh look at chamber music. Selected student performances illuminated by commentary on the repertoire. Free Admission

March 7 new music new haven Sprague Hall | Thu | 8 pm Michael Daugherty, featured guest composer. With Thomas C. Duffy, conductor. The program also includes music by Yale School of Music graduate composers. Free Admission

Robert Blocker, Dean

Reflections on Bach  

eflections on Bach: A Collaborative Project Between the Yale Baroque Ensemble and Yale School of Music Student Composers. Music by graduate...