Alumni Month

Dear Friends,
We start the New Year with news of some of our fantastic alumni:

Violinist Sarah Grimes was recently appointed to the Minnesota Orchestra.
The Telegraph Quartet is the 2016 winner of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation 2016 Chamber Music Competition. The ensemble’s members are Eric Chin and Joseph Maile, violins; Pei-Ling Lin, viola and Jeremiah Shaw, cello. They will be at Kneisel Hall in August.

The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, which prepares young musicians for leadership roles in orchestras and ensembles worldwide, has six Kneisel Hall alums playing this season: Benjamin Carson, Greg Cardi, Clare Semes, violin; and Jane Mitchell, Hannah Nicholas, Jesse Yukimura viola.

The Chicago-based Spektral Quartet has news- they were nominated for at 2017 Grammy! Violinist Maeve Feinberg was appointed second violin in November – she joins Clara Lyon first violin, Doyle Armburst, viola and Russell Rolen, cello.

Pianists Daniel Anastasio & Erika Dohi launched a piano series called blueprints in NYC. The programs mix traditional, classical works with new music, jazz, and improvisation with 4-6 guest artists per concert. The three concerts are on January 29, April 2, and May 28, all at Spectrum (121 Ludlow Street, 2nd floor).

Cellist Chris Gross produced Cello Solos Today, a collection of 12 new pieces for solo cello written for young cellists. Composers include: Anthony Cheung, Mario Davidovsky, Jonathan Dawe, Mario Diaz de Leon, James Dillon, David Fulmer, Michael Gordon, Hannah Lash, Steve Lehman, Wei-Chieh Lin, Augusta Read Thomas, Charles Wuorinen. Chris conceived the idea, got the grants and commissioned all the works! If you have a young cellist Cello Solos Today is the perfect gift.

Cellist Kate Dillingham recently released a cd of JS Bach Sonatas for Viola d Gamba and Harpsichord with Jory Vinikour, harpsichord.

Cellist Gwen Krosnick is teaching at Oberlin Conservatory this semester.

Gal Nyska has been appointed Principal Cello of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

April is Kneisel Hall Alum Month. We invite all alums to do something for Kneisel Hall – play a concert, mention KH in a program – wear your sweatshirt!

Alums let us know what you are doing, send us your news, the pictures – we’ll post them! email festival@kneisel.org or fill out our online form to send us your event.

And if you wish to experience Kneisel Hall and become part of the community – make sure your applications are in by midnight January 31 – www.getacceptd.com

We hope your life in 2017 is filled with great chamber music,
Laurie and Ellen