Alum performs with Des Moines Symphony during spring tour

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This past weekend, Cleveland Institute of Music alum Joshua Roman (BM’04, Aaron, MM’05, Hoebig) played the Dvořák cello concerto with the Des Moines Symphony. “The tightly integrated piece has juicy bits for both the soloist and the orchestra, and both played them well on Saturday,” said the reviewer from the Des Moines Register. Continue reading

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Sensational Scenes returns to the Kulas Hall stage this weekend

The CIM Opera Theater presents selections from renowned operas grand and light that move, thrill and entertain, this Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 19 at 3pm. Artistic Director David Bamberger has selected an array of brilliant opera scenes by composers ranging from Mozart to Massenet.

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Alumnus appointed concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic

Congratulations to alumnus Frank Huang (BM, ’02) who has been appointed concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. Huang completed his BM from CIM in 2002 and graduated from the CIM Young Artists Program in 1997. He was a student of Donald Weilerstein.

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“A musical home run” at the Cleveland Indian’s Home Opener

The much anticipated Cleveland Indians’ Home Opener this Friday, April 10, will include a special performance of the National Anthem by Cleveland Institute of Music alumna and pianist Arianna Korting (YAP ‘12, Teissonnière). To make a real grand slam of things, the piece Korting will perform is the world premiere of a new arrangement of the anthem by CIM graduate, Evan Fein (BM ’07, Brouwer). Continue reading

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CIM alumna wins second consecutive Juno Award

Cleveland Institute of Music alumna Amy Schwartz Moretti (BM ’98/MM ’01, Weilerstein) was awarded the 2015 Juno Award for “Classical Album of the Year: Solo or Chamber Ensemble” for her recording, Bartok: Chamber Works for Violin, Vol. 3 with Canadian violinist James Ehnes. Moretti’s recording, Prokofiev: Complete Works for Violin, which featured Ehnes and three others, received the 2014 Juno Award in the same category. The Juno Awards in Canada, comparable to the American GRAMMY awards, are awarded annually for excellence in music-making in a variety of categories. To win two in a row is a great accomplishment.

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Congratulations to the 2015 Spring Concerto Competition winners!

CIM would like to offer its congratulations to Yuri Noh (piano, Schenly / Paik), Michael Siess (violin, Preucil), Bethany Hargreaves (viola, Irvine) and Genevieve Smelser (violin, Rose) who were announced winners of Spring Concerto Competition and to Pablo Griggio (violin, Zenaty) and Chloé Thominet (viola, Irvine) who received honorable mentions. The winners of the competition earned coveted solo spots to perform with the CIM Orchestra in the fall.

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Music from the Western Reserve featured pianist Megan Lee in March Concert

Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory and Continuing Education Division piano student Megan Lee was the Music from The Western Reserve’s Featured Young Artist and performed on March 15 at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson.   Continue reading

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CIM faculty member and student shine at recent Cleveland Orchestra concert

Cleveland Institute of Music trumpet head and principal of The Cleveland Orchestra, Michael Sachs, teamed up with CIM alumnus and rising star Daniil Trifonov (AD ’15, Babayan) for a tremendous performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The first piece of the evening, Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, was complete with an “affecting solo” by principal clarinetist and CIM clarinet department head, Franklin Cohen.

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Antonio Pompa-Baldi performs all five Beethoven Concertos in one weekend

In concerts spanning three days, Cleveland Institute of Music piano faculty member Antonio Pompa-Baldi, along with the Fresno Philharmonic, did the remarkable: they performed all five Beethoven Concertos, three total hours of music, in a 36-hour performance window.

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CIM Faculty receive rave reviews on their performance with The Cleveland Orchestra in Miami

Bravo to The Cleveland Orchestra  on “an intense and audacious performance” of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony in Miami this past weekend, which included several Cleveland Institute of Music faculty members who were praised by name.

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