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Han Chen Releases Thomas Adès Album!

D.M.A. piano candidate Han Chen released his newest album, Thomas Adès: Works for Solo Piano, this month. Composer, conductor and pianist Thomas Adès has been described by The New York Times as ‘among the most accomplished all-round musicians of his generation’. His Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face reflects the glamour of the opera’s subject in the grand manner of […]

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Magdalena Filipczak Makes Carnegie Hall Debut

The Graduate Center, CUNY DMA candidate in performance and Polish violinist Magdalena Filipczak makes her Carnegie Hall Debut on March 18th at 8PM in a program inspired by the phantasy motive, including master Phantasies by Schubert and Schönberg. Filipczak also showcases selections from her debut Album Essence of Violin, featuring works by Saint-Saëns, Britten, Lutosławski, […]

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John Popham and Pala Garcia Receive MAW Alumni Enterprise Award

John Popham and Pala Garcia have received a 2020 Alumni Enterprise Award from the Music Academy of the West, for States of Listening, a podcast pilot project that frames listening experiences within various mindfulness practices. Episodes will feature performances by their trio Longleash and others, as well as discussions with selected mindfulness practitioners. Music Academy of the […]

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Han Chen Releases Third Album

Pianist Han Chen may only be two years into his D.M.A. at The Graduate Center, but he’s already a celebrated performer and seasoned veteran in the recording studio. He released his debut album — of Liszt’s operatic translations — in 2016, and will follow it Jan. 24 with an album of Anton Rubinstein’s sonatas. Not one to rest on his laurels, Chan has already […]

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Emily Eagen Makes Solo Debut with NY Philharmonic

Graduate Center doctoral candidate Emily Eagen (D.M.A. in Music Performance) will ring in 2020, or rather whistle it in, with the New York Philharmonic’s “New Year’s Eve: Celebrating Sondheim,” a tribute to the legendary composer whose 90th birthday is in March 2020. A two-time international champion whistler, Eagen was invited by the nation’s oldest symphony orchestra to perform […]

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Sylvia Kahan’s Book Reviewed in “Diapason”

“Winnie” the Majestic review by Benoît Fauchet, Diapason, November 2018 translated by Sylvia Kahan What do Fauré’s theater music for Pelléas et Mélisande (1898), Stravinsky’s Renard (1916), Satie’s symphonic drama Socrate (1918), Falla’s El Retablo de Maese Pedro (1923) and Poulenc’s Organ Concerto (1938) have in common? All of these remarkable works, and many others, […]

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DMA Pianists Win Top Prizes at Honens

The Graduate Center Music Program is pleased to share that DMA pianists Nicolas Namoradze won first place and Han Chen won the Raeburn Prize at the 2018 Honens International Piano Competition. These accomplished DMA pianists represent what the Honens Competition deems “complete artists”: The Complete Artist is a thoughtful interpreter, a consummate collaborator, an awe-inspiring […]

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DMA Pianist Quynh Nguyen places Twice in The American Prize 2017-18 Competition

The Graduate Center Music Program is pleased to share that DMA pianist Quynh Nguyen was named as the second prize winner of The American Prize Lorin Hollander Award, as well as the second prize winner in the Solo Piano Professional Division of The American Prize 2017-18 competition.  Praised by the Boston Globe as “a musical and expressive player,” pianist Quynh Nguyen has […]

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Alumna Pianist Mirna Lekić named as a Winner in The American Prize 2017-18 Competition

The Graduate Center Music Program is pleased to share that pianist and alumna Mirna Lekić was named as a winner in the The American Prize 2017-18 Competition, in the solo piano performance professional division. Mirna Lekić is a Bosnian-American pianist active as a recitalist, chamber musician and educator. Praised for her “intelligent and sincere pianism” (Examiner), and “natural inventiveness and […]

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