A Cultural & Musical Exchange with the Liszt Academy at CIM

Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary (Courtesy of Thaler/Wikipedia)
The Cleveland Institute of Music is honored to welcome a delegation from the historic and prestigious Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest, Hungary) to Cleveland this week for a special collaborative series focused on a sharing of musical cultural, including master classes and two free concerts.

Keith Fitch named Composer-in-Residence for Summer Festival

Cleveland Institute of Music Composition Department Head Keith Fitch has been named Composer-in-Residence for 2015 summer festival at Rocky Ridge Music Center.

Student Soloist and Guest Conductor Interviewed on Severance Hall Performance

Once conductor Kimbo Ishii arrived in Cleveland, he and Cleveland Institute of Music student Leah Ferguson got to work, preparing for their November concert at Severance Hall, home of The Cleveland Orchestra.  Ishii was to conduct the CIM Orchestra while Ferguson would be the soloist on Bartók’s Viola Concerto. In the rehearsals, Ishii made sure he had an understanding of what Ferguson wanted to achieve, musically “I’ve done this piece various times with different soloists,” says Ishii.  “I am really fortunate to have someone like this to work with.” Hear more about their collaboration on WCLV 104.9 FM.

Composer/Orchestra Matchup Winners Include CIM Alumni

The League of American Orchestras and New Music USA recently announced the winners of the Music Alive: New Partnerships Residencies which include Cleveland Institute of Music alumni Dan Visconti and Rick Robinson. The twelve composers chosen (out of a pool of 219 applicants) will receive a $7,500 grant and will be matched with an orchestra of the committee’s choosing to work on an original piece from the composer. The piece will be performed by the orchestra at the end of the week-long residency.

Students featured on CBS’s “On the Road with Steve Hartman”

On Friday, October 10 CBS Evening News with Scott Pelly aired it’s popular segment, “On the Road with Steve Hartman,” featuring Cleveland Institute of Music students Daniel Parvin and Marissa Plank, the artists-in-residence at Judson Manor, a senior living community.

CIM student performs with Joshua Bell and is featured on HBO show

Cleveland Institute of Music student Leah Ferguson was awarded a coveted spot in a National YoungArts Foundation program where she was given the opportunity to perform with world-renowned violinist and Grammy winner, Joshua Bell. HBO’s three-time Emmy® nominated documentary series Young Arts Master Class  featured Ferguson and eight other young string players on the show, which premiered on in October.

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