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Rainer Crosett wins prestigious Pierre Fournier Cello Award

July 6, 2018

Cellist Rainer Crosett (GCRT ’17), currently a graduate student of USC Thornton Strings chair Ralph Kirshbaum, has won the 2018 Pierre Fournier Award, one of the top honors in the field. Crosett will receive a £5000 cash award, a recital engagement at London’s Wigmore Hall, a concerto performance with the London Philharmonia Orchestra, and an […]


Students, faculty, and alumni featured in Mozart summer festivals

May 31, 2018

USC Thornton students, faculty, and alumni will be featured in Mozart festivals on both coasts this summer. Beginning June 1st, the Mainly Mozart Festival takes over venues across San Diego County for its 30th anniversary season. On June 7th, Martin Chalifour, Thornton faculty member and concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, teams with classical guitarist […]


Video of Somang Jeagal in recital at the Greystone Mansion

May 7, 2018

The Music in the Mansion concert series, which presents chamber music at the historical Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, recently published a video showcasing a February performance by pianist and 2018 Outstanding Graduate Somang Jeagal (AD ’15, GCRT ’17, MM ’18). The Keyboard Collaborative Arts student and three-time Beverly Hills National Auditions winner was joined […]


Troy Quinn leads Florida concerts with Glenn Dicterow

May 1, 2018

Troy Quinn (DMA ’14), a graduate of the USC Thornton Choral & Sacred Music program and a member of the school’s Conducting faculty, will lead two concerts with the Venice Symphony Orchestra of Venice, Florida, on May 4th and 5th, 2018. The concerts, themed “A Tribute to Music in Cinema,” will feature Thornton faculty member […]


Thornton alumni form the Delirium Musicum Chamber Orchestra

April 5, 2018

Violinist and USC Thornton alumnus Etienne Gara has recently teamed with a number of Thornton alumni to form the Delirium Musicum Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless ensemble focused on music from the Baroque through the contemporary. The group’s roster includes violinists Mishkar Núñez-Fredell (MM ’09, DMA ’17), Yu-Eun Kim (GCRT ’17), and Sun Jung Lee (DMA […]


Michael Tree, violist of the Guarneri Quartet, dies at 84

April 3, 2018

Violist Michael Tree, a founding member of the Guarneri Quartet, died on March 30 in New York City at the age of 84. The acclaimed musician joined the USC Thornton Strings faculty in the fall of 2014 and taught at the school for three semesters. Initially trained as a violinist, it has been said that […]


Philip Marten appointed Assistant Concertmaster in Cincinnati

March 29, 2018

Violinist Philip Marten, a former student of USC Thornton Strings faculty member Glenn Dicterow, has been appointed Assistant Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Marten currently performs as a first violin with the Kansas City Symphony and previously served as concertmaster of the American Youth Symphony.


Faculty and student chamber performance of Franck Piano Quintet well received

March 27, 2018

David J. Brown of LA Opus recently reviewed a chamber music performance of César Franck’s Piano Quintet in F minor M.7 by USC Thornton faculty members Glenn Dicterow (first violin), Bernadene Blaha (piano), and Karen Dreyfus (violin), with students Benjamin Lash (cello) and Mann-Wen Lo (violin). The performance was part of the Second Sundays series […]


Francisco Fullana releases debut album

March 14, 2018

Violinist and USC Thornton alumnus Francisco Fullana (GCRT ’15) has released a debut album, “Through the Lens of Time,” recorded with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Carlos Izcaray. The album is centered on Max Richter’s contemporary reworking of Vivaldi’s iconic Four Seasons and also includes works by Schnittke, Salvador Brotons, […]


Gabriel Martins wins second place at the Sphinx Competition

February 6, 2018

Gabriel Martins, a junior cellist at USC Thornton, earned a prize for the second year in a row at the Sphinx Competition, a national event for Black and Latino classical string players. Martins took second place, earning a $20,000 award, but was the top cellist. Violinist Rubén Rengel won the Senior Division. Last year, Thornton […]


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