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MUSIC REVIEW: BAE MEMORIAL CONCERT Nov 14, 2014

Concert a beautiful memorial to Ik-Hwan Bae By Peter Jacobi   “A Concert in Remembrance of Ik-Hwan Bae” brought family, …

MUSIC REVIEW: Pacifica Quartet performs at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall Nov 13, 2014

Pacifica Quartet @ Chamber Music Society   Friday November 7th, 2014 – Tonight the phenomenal Pacifica Quartet were at Alice …

MUSIC REVIEW: Pacifica Quartet performs at Lincoln Center Nov 13, 2014

From Eerie Shards to Vivid Emotion Pacifica Quartet Presents Shulamit Ran Premiere and Classics By Zachary Woolfe Encores in opera …

Music Review: Pacifica Fall Concert Nov 7, 2014

Pacifica Quartet continues to impress By Peter Jacobi   Every time the Pacifica Quartet sits down to perform a concert …

Grigory Kalinovsky, Joseph Swensen named Starling Professors Oct 30, 2014

BLOOMINGTON — Professors Grigory Kalinovsky and Joseph Swensen have been named the inaugural Starling Professors of Violin by the Indiana …

Jacobs School of Music mourns death of alumna Mary Whitaker Aug 27, 2014

The Jacobs School of Music mourns the death of alumna Mary Whitaker, 61, who was slain on Aug. 20, 2014, …

Beth Ilana Schneider-Gould (BM ’93) appointed principle 2nd violinist for the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra Aug 22, 2014

Beth Ilana Schneider-Gould was recently appointed principle 2nd violinist for the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra in Ontario, Canada. She is a …

Jacobs alumna Sara Caswell featured in “Strings” magazine Aug 13, 2014

Congratulations to Jacobs alumna and jazz violinist Sara Caswell (BM’00, AD’02), who is featured on the cover of the September 2014 …

Remembering Professor Ik-Hwan Bae Jul 24, 2014

Ik-Hwan Bae, 57 Nov. 19, 1956 – July 24, 2014  The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music mourns the loss …

Lawrence P. Hurst Medal in Double Bass awarded to Kurt Riecken Jun 4, 2014

Jacobs School student Kurt Riecken is the second recipient of the Lawrence P. Hurst Medal in Double Bass. The annual …

Dana Navarro appointed IU Jacobs School of Music director of marketing and publicity

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Dana Navarro as director of marketing and publicity, effective Nov. 10.

IU Jacobs School of Music hosts ‘Music of Terezin’ symposium

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will present the day-long symposium “Terezin: Music and Memory during the Nazi Period” on Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Musical Arts Center and Auer Hall.

IU Jacobs School of Music presents lecture by musicologist Richard Taruskin

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Lecture Series will present "Resisting the Rite" by noted musicologist and Igor Stravinsky scholar Richard Taruskin at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13, in Room 040 of the Musical Arts Center.

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announces two Starling professors

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that professors Grigory Kalinovsky and Joseph Swensen will be named the inaugural Starling Professors of Violin, beginning this fall.

IU Jacobs School String Academy student Gabriel Martins a winner at 2014 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians

Gabriel Lynch Martins, a student at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music String Academy, received the silver medal in cello earlier this month at the 8th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, in Moscow.

Remembering Professor Ik-Hwan Bae

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music mourns the loss of Ik-Hwan Bae, 57, who died July 24, in Bloomington, Ind.

IU Jacobs School Summer Philharmonic presents explosive performance June 28

Offering diverse programming in a symphonic presentation, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will present a unique concert by the Summer Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jacobs professor David Effron, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, in the Musical Arts Center.

IU Jacobs School's Summer Music series features assortment of world-class concerts

As part of Indiana University's fourth annual Summer Festival of the Arts, the Jacobs School of Music will present Summer Music, a series of more than 40 free and ticketed events from June 7 through July 25. The series will include an array of world-class concerts featuring orchestra, jazz, chamber music, piano, choral, band, percussion, opera and other special events.

Alain Barker appointed director of entrepreneurship and career development at IU Jacobs School of Music

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Alain Barker as director of entrepreneurship and career development, and lecturer, effective July 1, 2014.

IU Jacobs School of Music student quartets win at Coleman and Chesapeake chamber competitions

Two student quartets from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music have scored five prestigious competition wins between them this spring.

Pacifica Quartet, Jacobs School quartet-in-residence, launches blog

The Pacifica Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, has launched its first blog, “Conversations with the Pacifica Quartet.”

IU Jacobs School of Music and WFIU host ‘Says You!’ with focus on student ensembles

Two live tapings of the nationally syndicated radio show “Says You!” will take place in Bloomington this weekend, May 3 and 4.

Jacobs School of Music presents cellist Janet Horvath, tenor Mathew Polenzani and choral conductor Vance George in lectures and master classes

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music welcomes three more renowned guests this year as part of its Lecture Series and "Five Friends Master Class Series."

Jacobs School of Music presents performance by students at the Kennedy Center

Several students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will perform Saturday, February 22, at 6 p.m. EST, at the Terrace Theatre on the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The performance is free, open to the public, and will be streamed live on the Web at http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium.

IU Jacobs School of Music appoints violinist and conductor Joseph Swensen to full-time faculty

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of violinist and conductor Joseph Swensen as professor of music (violin) effective fall 2014, pending approval of the Trustees of Indiana University.

Musical America names IU Jacobs School of Music alumnus instrumentalist of the year

Concert pianist Jeremy Denk, an Indiana University Jacobs School of Music alumnus who also served on the school's faculty, has been named 2014 instrumentalist of the year by Musical America. Founded in 1898, Musical America now publishes an online magazine and an annual musical directory. It is the leading source of information for international performing arts professionals.

IU Jacobs School of Music presents the 'Beethoven Fifth Project: Behind the Score'

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music presents an in-depth view into the creation of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony as it presents the "Beethoven Fifth Project: Behind the Score," including several free public events this month.

IU Jacobs School of Music to present memorial event honoring Distinguished Professor Janos Starker

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will host a special event honoring the life of Distinguished Professor Janos Starker at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, in the Musical Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Summer Music Chamber Series showcases wide range of contemporary works, including premieres
Rubens Quartet

The chamber music leg of the Jacobs School's 2013 Summer Music series begins at 8 p.m. this Thursday, June 27, in Auer Hall with the Rubens Quartet performing Stravinsky's Three Pieces for String Quartet, Dutilleux's "Ainsi la nuit" and Bartók's String Quartet No. 4.

Indiana University String Academy Virtuosi to perform in Argentina and Brazil
String Virtuosi Summer 2013

Members of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music String Academy, directed by Jacobs professor Mimi Zweig, will leave this Sunday, June 2, for a performance tour of Argentina and Brazil, returning June 19.

IU community mourns passing of Distinguished Professor, cellist Janos Starker
Janos Starker

The Indiana University and Jacobs School of Music community mourns the passing today of Distinguished Professor of Music and Grammy Award-winning cellist Janos Starker.

IU Jacobs School faculty violinist Alexander Kerr receives Distinguished Hoosier Award

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie bestowed the Distinguished Hoosier Award on violinist Alexander Kerr during an April 24 ceremony at Bryan House on the Bloomington campus. Kerr is professor of music and Linda and Jack Gill Chair in Music at the IU Jacobs School of Music.

IU Jacobs School of Music appoints violinist, composer and conductor Joseph Swensen to faculty

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of violinist and conductor Joseph Swensen as visiting professor of music (violin). He will join the faculty in the fall of 2013.

Jacobs School appoints Espen Jensen director of admissions and financial aid

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that Norwegian-born Espen Jensen is its new director of admissions and financial aid. He began his activities as director March 18, 2013.

IU Jacobs School of Music presents quartet concert at Kennedy Center

Four students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, all members of the recently formed Wasmuth Quartet, will perform at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The performance is part of the center's Conservatory Project, a concert series showcasing artists from America's leading music schools.

Students of Pacifica Quartet -- IU Jacobs School quartet-in-residence -- to present community chamber music series

Student chamber ensembles studying with the Pacifica Quartet -- the quartet-in-residence at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music -- will present a series of eight free community concerts in Bloomington from Monday, March 25, through Saturday, April 20.

IU Jacobs School of Music appoints violinist Grigory Kalinovsky to faculty

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that violinist Grigory Kalinovsky will join its String Department faculty full time as professor of music in the fall of 2013, pending approval by the Trustees of Indiana University.

Jacobs School students win in National Society of Arts and Letters competitions

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music students received numerous awards in the Bloomington Chapter of the 2013 National Society of Arts and Letters voice, instrumental and ballet competitions recently held at the school.

Nicholas Mariscal wins 2013 Latin American Music Center Recording Competition

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's Latin American Music Center is pleased to announce cellist Nicholas Mariscal as winner of the final round of the third Latin American Music Recording Competition, held Jan. 27, in Auer Hall. He is a junior studying with Professor Eric Kim.

IU Jacobs School of Music appoints double bassist Kurt Muroki to faculty

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that double bassist Kurt Muroki will join its faculty as professor of music (double bass) in the fall of 2013, pending approval by the Trustees of Indiana University.

IU Jacobs School of Music faculty and alumni contend for Grammys
Eric Guinivan

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music continues to be a contender on the nominee list for the annual Grammy Awards, to be presented live on Feb. 10, 2013, on CBS by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

Indiana University String Academy Virtuosi will play Carnegie Hall
String Virtuosi

Twenty-one members of the String Academy Virtuosi -- a gifted group of violinists, violists and cellists between the ages of 12 and 18 who study in the pre-college program at the Jacobs School of Music -- will perform in Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall at 7:30 p.m. March 11, 2013.

Pacifica Quartet performs first concert as Jacobs School ensemble-in-residence

Celebrating its appointment as the first quartet-in-residence at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 50 years, the Pacifica Quartet will offer a free public performance in Auer Hall at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Violist Edward Gazouleas appointed to IU Jacobs School of Music faculty

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that violist Edward Gazouleas will join its faculty as professor of music this fall, pending approval of the Trustees of Indiana University.

Pressler, complete Beethoven string quartets highlight IU Jacobs School's Summer Music series

As part of Indiana University's second annual Summer Festival of the Arts, the Jacobs School of Music has assembled a Summer Music series of more than 40 free and ticketed events from June 13 through July 27. In all, the series offers an array of world-class concerts featuring orchestra, chamber music, piano, band, percussion, opera, jazz and other special events.

2012-13 Jacobs School of Music Kuttner Quartet announced

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that the student Donatello String Quartet has been named the school's Kuttner Quartet for the 2012-13 academic year.

European Union Youth Orchestra communicates through music at IU Auditorium
European Union Youth Orchestra

The European Union Youth Orchestra, an ensemble of Europe's finest young musicians, will give its Bloomington debut concert at IU Auditorium at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 22. Founded in 1976, the 116-member orchestra is the only cultural project to include musicians from all 27 European Union member countries, a symbol of European harmony and future hope.

World-renowned Pacifica Quartet appointed quartet-in-residence at IU Jacobs School of Music
Pacifica Quartet

The Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet, one of the leading chamber music ensembles worldwide, has been appointed quartet-in-residence at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

IU Jacobs School of Music students featured on 'Performance Today' Dec. 5-9

Cellist Cicely Parnas and accompanist Kati Gleiser, students at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, will be featured each day next week, Dec. 5-9, on American Public Media's Performance Today, the most-listened-to classical music radio show in America.

Jacobs School's new Kuttner Quartet gives debut concert
Kuttner Quartet

The new Kuttner Quartet at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music debuts this Sunday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. in Bloomington's Auer Hall.

Jacobs School faculty and guest to perform complete Beethoven works for cello and piano

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music visiting assistant professor and collaborative pianist Liang-yu Wang will join Belgian guest cellist Thomas Landschoot in two concerts to present Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano, including five sonatas and three variations. The concerts will take place Nov. 5 and 6 at 4 p.m. in Auer Hall.

President of Curtis, violist Roberto Diaz, to perform at Jacobs School

President and CEO of the Curtis Institute, violist Roberto Díaz, and collaborative pianist Kwan Yi will perform a guest recital at the IU Jacobs School of Music Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. in Auer Hall. The program will include three Brahms sonatas for viola and piano (Op. 120, No. 1 and 2; No. 1 in G Major, arranged by Csaba Erdéli).

Midori to give master class at the Jacobs School of Music Oct. 10

Acclaimed violinist Midori will visit the IU Jacobs School of Music to offer a master class on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7:00 p.m. in Auer Hall. Four Jacobs School violinists--two graduates and two undergraduates--will participate in the class. The event is free and open to the public.

Laredo and Robinson celebrate 35 years in concert this Sunday

Marking their 35th anniversary as both life- and artistic-partners, Jacobs School faculty members Jaime Laredo, violin, and Sharon Robinson, cello, will perform a free concert in Auer Hall Sunday, Oct. 9, with students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Part of the Jacobs School's "Sundays in Auer" chamber series, the program includes Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins and Strings in B Minor, Fauré's Elegie for eight cellos, Schulhoff's Duo for Violin and Cello and the Brahms Sextet in B-Flat Major.

IU Jacobs School's 'Summer Music' performances open with world-class chamber music series
Weiss-Kaplan-Newman Trio

Indiana University's inaugural Summer Festival of the Arts moves into top gear June 20 with the opening performance of the Jacobs School of Music's Chamber Music Series, a world-class collection of free and ticketed events that feature high-profile visiting artists and members of the prestigious Jacobs School faculty.

Cellist Peter Stumpf appointed to the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music faculty

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announced today (June 15) the appointment of cellist Peter Stumpf to its full-time faculty, following two years as an adjunct faculty member.

IU Jacobs Professor Jorja Fleezanis receives honorary doctorate from New England Conservatory
Jorja Fleezanis

Jorja Fleezanis, professor of violin and Henry A. Upper Chair in Orchestral Studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, received an honorary doctorate from New England Conservatory May 22 during its commencement ceremonies. Additionally, she delivered the commencement address.

Joshua Bell, Menahem Pressler among artists to perform at Jacobs School's 'Summer Music' series
Joshua Bell

As part of the inaugural Indiana University Summer Festival of the Arts, the Jacobs School of Music has assembled a "Summer Music" series of more than 40 free and ticketed events from June 20 through Aug. 10. In all, the series offers an array of world-class concerts featuring orchestra, chamber music, piano, band, percussion, opera, chorus and other special events. Highlights this year include violin virtuoso and Jacobs faculty member Joshua Bell, legendary pianist Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler and eclectic string trio Time for Three.

IU Jacobs School students participate in 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra

For the second time in succession, two IU Jacobs School students have been chosen to participate in the YouTube Symphony Orchestra project under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. The host for this year's international musical celebration is the Sydney Opera House in Australia, one of the most innovative performing arts complexes in the world.

IU Jacobs School of Music presents Nelli Shkolnikova Memorial Concert

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will honor one of its former faculty members during the Nelli Shkolnikova Memorial Concert on Monday, March 7, at 8 p.m. in Auer Concert Hall. Professor Shkolnikova was a member of the string faculty at the Jacobs School from 1987 until her retirement in May 2005. She passed away in Australia on Feb. 2, 2010.

IU Jacobs School of Music announces winners of Concerto Competition

The Jacobs School of Music has announced the recent student winners of concerto competitions in areas of violin, cello, brass and harp. The instrumentalists will perform with the Philharmonic, Symphony and University Orchestras as well as with the Wind Ensemble. A concerto will be included in IU Ballet Theater's spring ballet. All of the concerts are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. The first concert features harpist Emily Levin March 2 at 8 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center.

IU Jacobs School of Music students to perform at Kennedy Center
Cicely and Madalyn Parnas

Five students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will perform Sunday, February 27, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The performance is part of the center's Conservatory Project, a weeklong concert series showcasing artists from America's leading music schools. The 6 p.m. performance on the Millennium Stage in the Terrace Theater is free and open to the public and will be streamed live on the Web at 6 p.m. EST. The streamed concert will be available at http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium.

Student winners announced for Concerto Competitions in the IU Jacobs School of Music

The Jacobs School of Music today (Feb. 4, 2011) announced the winners of recent piano, violin and double bass competitions for performances with the Chamber, Concert, Philharmonic and University orchestras. All of the following concert events, performed by competition winners, are free and open to the public.

Jacobs Professor Alexander Kerr appointed concertmaster of Dallas Symphony Orchestra

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announced today that the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has appointed Alexander Kerr as concertmaster, effective Sep. 1, 2011. While taking on these duties, Kerr will maintain his post as a full-time professor of music in the Jacobs School.

IU Jacobs School of Music hosts two visiting quartets this semester
Pacifica Quartet

In addition to hundreds of concerts by its world-renowned faculty, students and guests, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will host performances by two distinguished quartets this semester. The Pacifica Quartet will perform several quartets by Shostakovich this Sunday, Jan. 23, at 4 p.m. in Auer Hall. The Orion Quartet, an ensemble eagerly anticipated whenever they visit the Jacobs School, will take the Auer Hall stage on Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.

IU Jacobs School of Music hosts four visiting quartets this year

In addition to the hundreds of concerts by its world-renowned faculty, students and guests, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will host performances by four distinguished quartets this season. The São Paulo City String Quartet kicks off the series Thursday (Oct. 14), at 8 p.m. in Auer Hall.

Jacobs School's new Kuttner Quartet in debut performance this weekend

This year's Kuttner Quartet at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music debuts this Sunday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. in the "Sunday Chamber Music in Auer" concert series kickoff. The quartet, whose student members change annually, features four of the top string players in the school. This year's group comprises Colin Sorgi and Rena Kimura, violin; Rose Wollman, viola; and Kevin Künkel, cello.

IU Jacobs School of Music presents Auer Hall Sunday chamber music series

Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music will revive a favorite Bloomington concert series with "Sunday Chamber Music in Auer," returning to Auer Hall Sept. 26 at 4 p.m.

Violist Stephen Wyrczynski appointed to the faculty of the IU Jacobs School of Music

Following a year as visiting professor, violist Stephen Wyrczynski has been appointed professor of music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, pending approval of the Trustees of Indiana University.

Teen members of Violin Virtuosi grow musically, personally on concert tour of Argentina
Violin Virtuosi

The eight teenagers who comprise the Violin Virtuosi recently returned to the U.S. from a three-week concert tour in Argentina. The talented young musicians of the Virtuosi share with Live at IU writer Alyssa Goldman what it's like to pursue a classical music career (think lengthy practice sessions and less time with iPods and Facebook).

2010 IU Summer Music Festival includes soprano Angela Brown, USA International Harp Competition, tributes to Schumann and Chopin

Featuring more than 50 free and ticketed events running from June 19 through Aug. 10, the 2010 Indiana University Summer Music Festival on the IU Bloomington campus welcomes alumna soprano Angela Brown and the 8th USA International Harp Competition, and celebrates the 200th anniversary of composers Robert Schumann and Frederic Chopin's birth. In addition, an array of world-class orchestral concerts, chamber music, piano recitals, band concerts, percussion and other special events will be offered. Tickets are on sale starting Friday, May 28.

Woon Joo Park wins Jacobs School viola competition

Indiana University Bloomington student Woon Joo Park, a student of Professor Atar Arad, is the winner of the Jacobs School of Music's annual Viola Concerto Competition. She will perform Ernest Bloch's Suite for Viola and Orchestra with the Concert Orchestra on April 11.

IU math, music freshman in top 20 of 4,036 undergrads taking Putnam exam
Miles Edwards

Indiana University freshman Miles Edwards, a cello performance and math student from Marietta, Ga., is in some heady company. He recently scored in the top 20 students nationally in the prestigious William Lowell Putnam Mathematical competition.

Joshua Bell to perform April benefit concert in IU's Musical Arts Center

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announced today (March 24) that Grammy Award-winning violinist and faculty member Joshua Bell will join acclaimed British pianist Sam Haywood in a recital on Tuesday, April 13, at 8 p.m. in IU's Musical Arts Center on the Bloomington campus.

IU String Academy cellists win top prizes at Popper International Cello Competition

Several cellists from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music String Academy received top honors at the David Popper International Cello Competition Nov. 12-15 in Varpalota, Hungary. Michael Zyzak won first place in the junior (11-14 year-old) division. His win was the only unanimous decision by the judges in the competition. Zyzak has studied with head of the academy's cello department, Susan Moses, for seven years.

IU Jacobs School of Music introduces Starling Chamber Players

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has partnered once again with the Starling Foundation—this time to form a new musical ensemble, the IU Jacobs School of Music Starling Chamber Players. The six-member ensemble is co-directed by Alexander Kerr, professor of violin and Linda and Jack Gill Chair, and Eric Kim, professor of cello.

Jacobs School of Music faculty member Josh Bell named 'Instrumentalist of the Year'
Josh Bell

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music faculty member Joshua Bell -- today's most celebrated American violinist -- has been honored as the 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America.

Violin legend Josef Gingold remembered in 100th birthday celebration

A celebration befitting the centennial birthday of one of the greatest violinists and violin pedagogues of all time, Josef Gingold, will be presented, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. at the Indiana University Auditorium. Joshua Bell and Jaime Laredo to be among featured artists. The concert is free and open to the public.

IU President's Concert to feature Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, violinist Kerr

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra returns to Bloomington Sunday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. for the inaugural Indiana University President's Concert in the Musical Arts Center. The concert, offered free by the university to the campus and Bloomington community, will be conducted by renowned maestro Juanjo Mena and will feature Jacobs School of Music Professor Alexander Kerr in a performance of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. Kerr is also the principal guest concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Additional works on the program include Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 5 and IU composer and Jacobs Professor Claude Baker's "Aus Schwanengesang."

IU Summer String Academy celebrates 25th year
Summer String Academy

This summer marks the 25th anniversary of Indiana University's prestigious Jacobs School of Music Summer String Academy, which brings together students and renowned faculty from around the world. Led by Jacobs Professor Mimi Zweig, the Summer String Academy is geared toward serious students ages 12-18 who wish to study violin, viola or cello in an intensive environment.

Orion String Quartet to premiere work by Jacobs composer David Dzubay

The Orion String Quartet, the resident quartet at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, will be premiering a new work by Jacobs Professor and Composition Department Chair David Dzubay in a free concert on Monday, April 13, at 8 p.m. in Auer Hall.

IU Jacobs School students to perform at Kennedy Center

Eight students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will perform a concert on Feb. 17 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., for an audience of aspiring young artists and music connoisseurs.

Jacobs School students prepare for Kennedy Center performance

Eight students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will perform a concert on Feb. 17 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., for an audience of aspiring young artists and music connoisseurs.

IU Jacobs School, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra to present free concert in Bloomington
Alexander Kerr

Bloomington and regional audiences will be treated to a free concert by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. at the Musical Arts Center at IU Bloomington. The concert will be conducted by music director Mario Venzago and features Alexander Kerr, principal guest concertmaster of the ISO and the Jacobs School's Linda and Jack Gill Chair in the Department of Strings and Zach De Pue, concertmaster of the ISO. Kerr and Pue will perform J.S. Bach's Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins.

IU Jacobs School, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra to present free concert in Bloomington
Alexander Kerr

Bloomington and regional audiences will be treated to a free concert by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. at the Musical Arts Center at IU Bloomington. The concert will be conducted by music director Mario Venzago and features Alexander Kerr, principal guest concertmaster of the ISO and the Jacobs School's Linda and Jack Gill Chair in the Department of Strings and Zach De Pue, concertmaster of the ISO. Kerr and Pue will perform J.S. Bach's Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins.

Renowned violinist, concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis to join the IU Jacobs School of Music

Adding to a growing list of renowned instrumentalists who have wide experience in orchestral performance, the IU Jacobs School of Music announced September 16 that concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra, Jorja Fleezanis, will join its faculty as Professor of Music (Orchestral Studies, Violin) and the Henry A. Upper Chair in Orchestral Studies, in the fall of 2009.

Joshua Bell and Leonard Slatkin help open IU Jacobs School of Music 2008-09 season in September

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music continues to nurture and present the world's greatest musicians. With four new IU Opera and Ballet Theater productions, in addition to the usual hundreds of other performances, the Jacobs School offers another ambitious season in 2008-09. Two internationally distinguished Jacobs faculty talents join forces to kick off the orchestral season on Sept. 17 as Leonard Slatkin conducts the IU Philharmonic Orchestra and violinist Joshua Bell at 8 p.m. in the IU Auditorium.

Virtuoso cellist Eric Kim to join IU Jacobs School of Music faculty
Eric Kim

Adding to a growing list of noteworthy faculty appointments, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announced today (May 22) that virtuoso cellist Eric Kim will join its faculty in the fall semester, 2009. Considered by many as one of the finest orchestral, chamber music and solo cellists of his generation, Kim has an international career that includes principal cello in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a position he will have held for 20 years in 2009.

Violinist Kevork Mardirossian appointed to IU Jacobs School of Music faculty

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announced today (May 1) that violin virtuoso and world-renowned teacher of the instrument Kevork Mardirossian will join the faculty this fall.

An Interview with Alex Kerr

Jacobs Professor Alexander Kerr, world-renowned violinist, added to his accolades this fall when he filled the newly-created position of Principal Guest Concertmaster with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO). He shares some of his thoughts in this interview, which includes a video version.

IU Jacobs School students in showcase performance at the Kennedy Center

A group of students from the IU Jacobs School of Music will reveal their talents on Saturday, May 26th, at 6pm at the John F.Kennedy Center Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C., as they participate in a concert series that focuses on the remarkable vitality and virtuosity being cultivated by America's top music programs.

Joshua Bell to join IU Jacobs School of Music faculty

Grammy Award-winning violin virtuoso, newly-crowned winner of the coveted Avery Fisher Prize and Indiana University's favorite son Joshua Bell will return to his alma mater to join the faculty of the IU Jacobs School of Music, school officials announced today (May 3).

IU Jacobs School leads Washington's musical life this weekend

Two world-class concerts will take place this evening in different venues in the nation's capital: the Kennedy Center's Hall of Nations and the Library of Congress. Both feature Indiana University Jacobs School of Music-related musicians.

IU Jacobs School of Music hopes to make noise at Grammy Awards

Move over Mary J. Blige and Justin Timberlake. Step aside Red Hot Chili Peppers. Some red hot musicians from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music are ready to crash the Grammy Awards. With one legendary faculty member and a host of alums competing, the school will be heavily represented at the annual awards ceremony, to be held on Feb. 11.

Laredo and Robinson to solo with Indianapolis Symphony in Bloomington

Following its acclaimed performance last year, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will return to Bloomington in November with a program featuring Indiana University Jacobs School of Music faculty members Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson. Laredo (violin) and Robinson (cello) will perform the popular Double Concerto in A Minor by Johannes Brahms. The free offering on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center will be conducted by the ISO's Music Director Mario Venzago.

Jaime Laredo Receives Vermont's Highest Arts Award

Vermont Governor James H. Douglas and the Vermont Arts Council will present the 2006 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts to Vermont Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Jacobs School Professor Jaime Laredo in a public ceremony at the State House in Montpelier beginning at 1:00 PM on Thursday, October 19, 2006.

Katrina benefit concert planned at IU Jacobs School of Music

A benefit concert in support of the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Habitat for Humanity Musicians Village will be performed on Sunday, October 15, 2006, at 1:00 p.m. in Auer Hall at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Faculty participants include violinist Federico Agostini, violist Atar Arad, cellist Emilio Colon, violist Yuval Gotlibovich, pianist Jean-Louis Haguenauer, violinist Mark Kaplan, violinist Alexander Kerr, violinist Jaime Laredo, cellist Sharon Robinson, and pianist Yael Weiss. International prize-winning student violinist Frederieke Saeijs will also perform. Works to be performed are by Brahms, Prokofiev, and Schumann.

Virtuoso violinist Alexander Kerr to join IU School of Music

Adding to a burgeoning list of recent noteworthy faculty appointments, the Indiana University School of Music announced today (Nov. 11) that virtuoso violinist Alexander Kerr will join its faculty ranks, pending approval of the IU Board of Trustees. Kerr comes to IU from the famed Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, where he is concertmaster.

IU Violinist Frederieke Saeijs wins the Long-Thibaud International Violin Competition

The IU School of Music is pleased to announce that Artist Diploma violinist Frederieke Saeijs, a student of Mauricio Fuks, recently won the Long-Thibaud International Violin Competition in Paris. The prestigious event, with more than 200 competitors, was held October 21-31, 2005.

IU Jacobs School of Music, WTIU, and RIAX announces the release of a new documentary

WTIU Public Television and the Indian University School of Music are proud to announce that Circling Around: The Violin Virtuosi will premiere on public television stations throughout the United States beginning January 2006. The one-hour program, produced by RIAX in association with WTIU, documents the extraordinary life-journey taken by talented and dedicated young violinists from the IU School of Music String Academy (Mimi Zweig, Director.) Click here to buy the DVD!

Music Stars Align Again at IU

A few years into the new millinium, the stars seemingly are aligning themselves at IU once again in what might signal a new golden era for the School of Music .

IU Philharmonic to set stage for "moveable feast" in South Bend

The Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra, the premier orchestral ensemble of the IU School of Music, begins a new tradition this month on the university's South Bend campus with a performance that features violin virtuoso Jaime Laredo. The Sept. 18 concert will serve as a pilot project for IU's Moveable Feast of the Arts initiative, which is designed to showcase the university's cultural resources to IU campuses and communities across the state.

Leading violinist and pianist to join School of Music faculty

Violinist Mark Kaplan, who has played with nearly every major American and European orchestra and performs regularly around the world as both a soloist and a chamber musician, will join the faculty at the Indiana University School of Music. He will be joined on the faculty by renowned concert pianist Yael Weiss, it was also announced today.

Famed violinist and conductor Jaime Laredo to join IU faculty

Grammy-winning violinist and conductor Jaime Laredo has been appointed to the faculty of the Indiana University School of Music, it was announced today (April 29). He is the second faculty member appointed to the school through the university's "Commitment to Excellence" program, which is helping the school add four eminent master teachers. His wife, Sharon Robinson, an accomplished cellist, also will join the faculty.

Hurst and Starker receive distinguished awards from ASTA

Congratulations to Professor of Music Lawrence Hurst, chair of the department of strings, and Distinguished Professor of Music Janos Starker on their receipt of distinguished awards from the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).

Two Faculty Members and Music Theory Student Recognized at IU Founders Day

Two IU School of Music faculty members - Miriam Fried and Violette Verdy - and one doctoral student - Victoria L. Malawey - are recognized for their outstanding teaching and research at the annual Indiana University Founders Day celebration on March 6 at 1 p.m. in Bloomington's Assembly Hall.

IU Students in February showcase performance at the Kennedy Center

A group of students from the IU School of Music will reveal their amazing talents later this month at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C., as they introduce the 2005 Conservatory Project, a concert series dedicated to showcasing the remarkable vitality and virtuosity being cultivated by America's top music programs.

Music Notes

The following tip sheet provides information about music news and events happening at the Indiana University School of Music. This month we feature the release of a new memoir by Indiana University Distinguished Professor of Music Janos Starker, a visit by the great-grandson of German composer Richard Wagner, and appearances by the IU School of Music's finest performers at the Metropolitan Opera and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

New book by cultural anthropologist defines artistry in performance

Indiana University Chancellor's Professor of Anthropology Anya Peterson Royce seeks to distinguish virtuosity from the phenomenon known as "artistry " through a cross-cultural examination of performance, art and artists. Those artists include renowned cellist and Distinguished Professor of music Janos Starker.

IU music students to perform solo in New York City

The bright city lights will shine on two of Indiana University's most promising young musicians, violinist Fabian Wettstein and double bassist DaXun Zhang, when they make their solo debuts in New York City on May 10 and 18, respectively.

Israeli conductor Uriel Segal to join IU School of Music's orchestra program for the 2004-05 season
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With the addition of Israeli-born conductor Uriel Segal to its ranks, the School of Music may have cemented its status as one of the world's elite destinations for orchestral study and performance.