Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CSU alum tops at Seoul International Violin Competition

CSU alumni violinist Suliman Tekalli won 2nd Prize, $30,000 and international engagements at Seoul International Violin Competition (Seoul, Korea). The First Prize of $50,000 was not awarded. http://www.thestrad.com/cpt-latests/suliman-tekalli-performs-bartok-at-the-seoul-international-music-competition/

He recently performed as a soloist with the world-renowned International Sejong Soloists at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., in honor of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, during her recent visit with President Obama. Dignitaries present at the event included Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert.

Suliman performed on an Antonio Stradivarius violin, Cremona, 1683, ex-Cobbett, on loan from Mr. Higgin Kim, Chairman of Byuckaan Engineering Co. Ltd, through the Stradivari Society® of Chicago and Sejong Soloists.

In addition to his solo performance with the Sejong Soloists, Suliman Tekalli was also commissioned by the international ensemble to write a special arrangement of Piazzolla's Libertango, the first ever transcription of Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin for violin and piano, and the orchestration of Ravel's Violin Sonata No. 2 as a concertino for violin and orchestra.

While he studied at the Schwob School of Music with Professor Sergiu Schwartz, the William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Faculty Chair  Suliman was a top prize winner at major international violin competitions including Sendai (Japan), Lipizer (Italy), Szeryng (Mexico) and a semifinalist at Montreal (Canada), Sarasate (Spain) and Young Concert Artists (New York).

Voice student places first at Southeastern NATS auditions

RANDALL PERKINS, a junior in voice performance, won First Place in the Upper Adult Men's Category at the Southeastern Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Auditions held at Auburn University. Over four hundred fifty singers from Alabama, Georgia and Florida participated. Randall is a student of Earl Coleman, Curry Eminent Faculty Scholar Chair in the Schwob School of Music.
Professor Coleman's freshman student, NICKLAUS WHITE, was a Semi-Finalist in the First Year Men's Classical Category at the same auditions.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Schwob students advance in National Trumpet Competition

Students of Dr. Robert Murray have advanced in the 2015 National Trumpet Competition. The CSU Trumpet Ensemble (Teal Ewer, Kristy Pavlis, Christian Gordon, Victor Boyda, Brandon Soloff,and Brandon Dicks) has advanced to the semi-final round of the Ensemble Division at the National Trumpet Competition, performing McKee's "Durrenhorn Passage."

Schwob School trumpeter Teal Ewer will be performing in the semi-final of the Graduate Solo Division, and Christian Gordon will be performing in the semi-final round of the Undergraduate Solo Division of this competition.

The competition, held this year at at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, will will move in its 25th anniversary year to the Schwob School of Music and RiverCenter for the Performing Arts on March 10-12, 2016

Trombonist Evan Williams advances to Minnesota-Zellmer competition finals

Senior trombonist Evan Williams is once again a finalist in the nation's most prestigious orchestral excerpts competition - the Minnesota-Zellmer competition. The competition is biennial, and in 2013 he was also one of five finalists. He competes in the finals in May. Evan is a student of Dr. Brad Palmer. Congratulations, Evan!

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