Strings News from the 2015-2016 Academic Year

“The New Yorker” reflects on the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival

June 1, 2016

Alex Ross, music critic for the New Yorker, has published a review of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in the magazine’s June 6/13 issue. Surveying the Festival’s programming in the context of both repertory and style, Ross highlighted soloists Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Sol Gabetta, Zuill Bailey, David Geringas, Thomas Demenga, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Colin Carr, […]


Festival Media Roundup #3

May 20, 2016

The festival has offered a remarkable week of music making and has a full schedule through the weekend. The Huffington Post has already published a list of “Ten Essential Picks for the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival.” Where Magazine featured the festival under the “Hot Dates” section of its April issue and included it online as […]


Festival Media Roundup #2

May 18, 2016

The coverage in the last week has been both broad and positive of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. Arts Beat LA featured a lengthy preview of the festival. Los Angeles Magazine included two articles on their website: “You Should Be Listening to Cello Music in L.A., and Here’s Why” and “L.A. Will be Filled with […]


Finding the body and soul of the cello

May 17, 2016

The Los Angeles Times reviewed the many events that occurred over the Festival’s opening weekend, from the three concerto concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall to an opening night gala at USC’s Bovard Auditorium. Music critic Mark Swed wrote that “…Sunday, the first full day of the festival, a bevy of spectacular cellists used the […]


Just be quiet and everything will be jake

May 16, 2016

Many people—artists, fellows, and audience members—have traveled from across the globe to attend the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. The following video also begins with a journey, and in true Los Angeles fashion, it takes place in a car. This drive begins with all the foreboding of film noir and leads to a house in the […]


Alumni, students take medals at Fischoff Chamber Music Competition

May 9, 2016

USC Thornton alumni and students fared well at the 43rd Annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition held May 6-8 at the University of Notre Dame. The WindSync wind ensemble, which includes alumni Anni Hochhalter (’09, horn) and Jack Marquardt (’09, clarinet), took the Gold Medal in the Senior Wind Division and will undertake a winner’s […]


Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to award Ralph Kirshbaum with honorary degree

May 2, 2016

Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, chair of the USC Thornton Strings department and Gregor Piatigorsky Chair in Violoncello, will receive an Honorary Degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), in recognition of his contributions to the arts. In its announcement of the award, the Conservatoire noted that Kirshbaum “is indisputably one of the most significant artists […]


Violinist, faculty member Martin Chalifour receives strong reviews for LA Phil performance

April 21, 2016

Violinist and USC Thornton Strings faculty member Martin Chalifour performed as the Concertmaster for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s March 31st “From Bach to Schubert” performance and received warm reviews from the Los Angeles Times. Chalifour was featured alongside violinist Nathan Cole during the Bach Concerto for Two Violins and a brief Sinfonia in D and […]


USC Thornton students and ensembles perform at the 2016 Festival of Books

April 7, 2016

This weekend, an estimated 150,000 book-lovers will descend on the USC campus for the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, April 9 & 10. In addition to the hundreds of readings, signings, and literary festivities, the USC Stage at Hanh Plaza will present an exciting lineup of musicians and ensembles, including a number of […]


Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra profiled in the L.A. Times

March 24, 2016

The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless ensemble founded by clarinetist and USC Thornton Arts Leadership student Benjamin Mitchell with alumnus Michael Kaufman (DMA ’14, MM ’12, cello), was profiled in the Los Angeles Times in advance of its February 28th performance at Glendale City Church. The ensemble will conclude its season on April 9th and […]


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