Santa Barbara, CA — Ten outstanding young instrumentalists have been selected to study and perform with the New York Philharmonic under an innovative new partnership involving the celebrated orchestra and the Music Academy of the West. Chosen by audition, the participating musicians will take part in a 10-day musical and educational immersion with the Philharmonic in New York City beginning January 3, including a week of subscription concerts led by Music Director Alan Gilbert in which they will train with, observe, and perform side-by-side with members of the Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall. The 10 instrumentalists inaugurating the training program – the first of its kind in the United States – are all attending the Music Academy’s 2014 Summer Festival.
“This is a remarkable milestone for the Music Academy of the West, and we are exceedingly pleased to be able to help bring these two exceptional organizations together,” said longtime Music Academy benefactor Michael Keston, lead sponsor of the initiative along with his wife, Linda.
The selected musicians are: Douglas Aliano (bass), Anthony Bellino (trumpet), Matthew Cohen (viola), Sean Krissman (clarinet), Simon Michal (violin), Charlie Rosmarin (percussion), Michael Severance (bassoon), William Shaub (violin), Genevieve Tabby (cello), and Jennifer Zhou (flute). Bios appear below. A total of 68 Academy instrumentalists auditioned to participate in the program.
The training program is a component of an unprecedented four-year agreement between the Music Academy and the Philharmonic that was announced in March. It is part of the Philharmonic’s Global Academy initiative. The partnership calls for Philharmonic conductors and musicians to be in residence for portions of Academy Summer Festivals through 2017, performing and taking part in masterclasses, chamber music coaching sessions, private lessons, and lectures. Mr. Gilbert formally launched the partnership this summer, leading members of the Academy Festival Orchestra in a sold-out performance at Santa Barbara’s Lobero Theatre on July 26. Also filling inaugural Philharmonic residencies this summer are cellist Eric Bartlett, Principal Flutist Robert Langevin, and Principal Trombonist Joseph Alessi, who together selected the 2015 class of Global Academy Fellows. Next summer the Philharmonic will make its debut at the Santa Barbara County Bowl and participate in a side-by-side orchestra reading with the Academy Festival Orchestra. In 2017 the orchestras will perform together under the baton of Mr. Gilbert in Santa Barbara to commemorate the Music Academy’s 70th anniversary.
“This collaboration with the Music Academy taps into multiple facets of the New York Philharmonic,” said Mr. Gilbert. “Our musicians have an astounding amount to share, in terms of both performance and education. Their ability to give uplifting and excellent concerts is integrally linked with their potential to inspire and educate future orchestral musicians. This partnership with the Music Academy will give us the opportunity to showcase both of these sides through performances in beautiful Santa Barbara and ongoing work with their very promising Fellows.”
“This historic collaboration with the New York Philharmonic is transformative for the Music Academy, our Fellows, and the Santa Barbara community,” said Academy President Scott Reed. “The training opportunities this partnership provides our musicians are unparalleled, both in the summer and throughout the year. We are enormously proud to be working so closely with this iconic musical institution.”
Remaining highlights of the Music Academy’s 2014 season include a new production of Georges Bizet’s popular opera Carmen as well as a conducting turn by Thomas Adès. Featuring the Academy’s exceptionally talented Fellows, together with illustrious guest performers and faculty, the events are being presented in venues throughout Santa Barbara. The Music Academy’s 67th annual Summer Festival concludes August 9.
Founded in 1947, the Music Academy of the West is among the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted young classical musicians. The Academy provides these promising musicians with the opportunity for advanced study and frequent performance under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists. Admission to the Academy is strictly merit based, and Fellows receive full scholarships (tuition, room, and board). Academy alumni are members of major symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, ensembles, opera companies, and university and conservatory faculties throughout the world. Many enjoy careers as prominent solo artists. Based in Santa Barbara, the Music Academy of the West presents more than 200 public events annually, including performances by faculty, visiting artists, and Fellows; masterclasses; orchestra and chamber music concerts; and fully staged opera. The Music Academy began broadcasting live, high-definition simulcasts by the world-renowned Metropolitan Opera at Hahn Hall in October 2008. For more information, visit www.musicacademy.org.
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2015 Global Academy Fellows
Douglas Aliano (bass), 20, born on Long Island, New York, is an undergraduate at Juilliard, where he studies with Albert Laszlo. Last year he attended the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, where he studied with Paul DeNola. In 2012 Mr. Aliano was awarded the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York’s Genelle B. Taney Memorial Scholarship, and won the C.W. Post Chamber Music Festival Concerto Competition. Mr. Aliano is an alumnus of the Juilliard Pre-College and Mannes Preparatory divisions. This is his first summer at the Music Academy.
Anthony Bellino (trumpet), 22, born in Champaign- Urbana, Illinois, is an undergraduate at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, where he studies with Robert Sullivan. A recipient of the Wade-Fetzer Scholarship at Northwestern for academic and musical achievement, he won the Northwestern Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra in April 2013. Mr. Bellino won the National Trumpet Competition, the Lois Lyman Concerto Competition, and the Anthony R. Stefan Competition in 2008. He has performed with the Orford Arts Orchestra, the Northwestern Orchestras and Wind Ensembles, and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra. He attended the Music Academy in 2013.
Matthew Cohen (viola), 25, born in Santa Monica, received his bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music following two years of study at Juilliard. He has performed alongside artists such as Arnold Steinhardt, Daniel Hope, Paul Coletti, Ronald Leonard, Clive Greensmith, James Buswell, Grigory Kalinovsky, and Amit Peled. Mr. Cohen has performed solo recitals on both coasts of the United States, and as a soloist and chamber musician in Canada and Germany. He is an artist diploma candidate at the Colburn Conservatory, where he studies with Paul Coletti.
Sean Krissman (clarinet), 24, born in Honolulu, is a graduate student at Rice University Shepherd School of Music, where he studies with Richie Hawley. An alumnus of numerous music festivals, he has appeared as a soloist with various orchestras as a competition winner. Also an avid chamber musician, Mr. Krissman is a member of Aperio: Music of the Americas and a young artist with Da Camera of Houston.
Simon Michal (violin), 21, born in Nachod, the Czech Republic, is an undergraduate at Juilliard, where he studies with Glenn Dicterow and Sylvia Rosenberg. The winner of numerous national and international competitions, Mr. Michal won grand prizes at the Kocian International Violin Competition and the International Radio Competition for Young Musicians “Concertino Praga,” both in 2009. As a soloist, Mr. Michal has appeared with the Santa Fe Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, and the Hradec Kralove Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. He attended the Music Academy in 2012 and 2013.
Charlie Rosmarin (percussion), 22, born in Milton, Massachusetts, just completed his undergraduate studies at Juilliard. He has performed a wide variety of repertoire with the Axiom and New Juilliard ensembles, and has appeared regularly with the historical performance group Juilliard415. Mr. Rosmarin recently performed Bach’s B Minor Mass with J415 in four Japanese cities and Singapore. His teachers have included Dan Druckman, Markus Rhoten, and Sal Rabbio.
Michael Severance (bassoon), 24, born in San Francisco, recently completed his master’s degree at Rice University Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Kamins. He has performed with the Houston Symphony, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and last year gave the world premiere of Alain Bernaud’s Bassoon Concerto at Rice. Mr. Severance earned his bachelor of music degree at the University of Texas, where he studied with Kristin Wolfe Jensen. He attended the Music Academy in 2012.
William Shaub (violin), 21, born in Canton, Ohio, made his concerto debut at age 12 and has since performed in Severance Hall and Weill Recital Hall, among others. He is an undergraduate at Juilliard, where he studies with Cho-Liang Lin and Masao Kawasaki. Mr. Shaub has taken part in Encore School for Strings and the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard. He regularly organizes benefit concerts for his hometown’s community centers and the United Nations Foundation’s Adopt-a-Minefield Campaign.
Genevieve Tabby (cello), 23, born in Philadelphia, is a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, where she studies with Hans Jorgen Jensen. She has performed on From the Top and was a semifinalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Ms. Tabby completed her undergraduate degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Stephen Geber and Melissa Kraut, and took part in the prestigious Intensive String Quartet Seminar. This is her first summer at the Music Academy.
Jennifer Zhou (flute), 21, born in Shanghai, began her flute studies at age 6. She has appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, “The President’s Own” Marine Band, and the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Zhou, who made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2010, was a member of the 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra and has been a substitute with the New World Symphony since 2012. She was the only U.S. representative among six finalists in the 18th Jeunesses International Flute Competition in Bucharest, Romania. Ms. Zhou recently completed her bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music. She attended the Music Academy in 2013.