Keyboard Studies News

Rixiang Huang awarded first prize in Chopin International Piano Competition

March 23, 2021

Pianist Rixiang Huang was awarded first prize in the Piano Masters category of the Chopin International Piano Competition. Held annually in Hartford, Connecticut, the competition was held virtually this year. Huang performed Chopin’s Barcarolle, Rondo in E-flat major, Scherzo No. 3 as well as Bartok’s Piano Sonata and Rachmaninoff’s Études-Tableaux, Op. 39 in the final […]


New Opera West releases animated opera short

March 17, 2021

New Opera West, a nonprofit opera company co-founded by Vocal Arts doctoral student Emily Thebaut and Composition faculty member Mark Weiser, recently released “Pepito.” The animated dog opera written by Nicolas Lell Benavides, a doctoral student in the Composition program, is currently streaming on Vimeo. The work was animated by Esperanza Guevara, Connor Jacobs, and […]


Michael Tilson Thomas and Los Angeles Philharmonic win at 2021 GRAMMY Awards

March 14, 2021

The 63rd annual GRAMMY Awards, held virtually on Sunday, March 14, brought wins for faculty and alumni at USC Thornton. Celebrated conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, a Thornton alum and Judge Widney Professor at USC, won for Best Orchestral Performance for the San Francisco Symphony’s “Copland: Symphony No. 3.” And the many alumni and faculty who […]


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Lucinda Carver featured as Bösendorfer artist

March 3, 2021

Lucinda Carver, Keyboard Studies faculty member and Vice Dean of the Division of Classical Performance and Composition, has been selected as part of Bösendorfer’s “Artists & Friends” feature. Bösendorfer is one of the oldest piano manufacturers in the world. The artists included in the feature are those who play or have played the pianos as […]


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Antoinette Perry releases album of Beethoven recordings

February 9, 2021

Pianist Antoinette Perry, a faculty member in the Keyboard Studies program, has announced the release of a new album of live recordings called Beethoven Bookends from Navona Records. The album, recorded live at the Aspen Music Festival, takes listeners from Beethoven’s early sonatas to his final sonata, Opus 111, and is available online now.  


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Judith Farmer releases new album of chamber music for bassoon

January 12, 2021

Winds & Percussion faculty member Judith Farmer has released a new album of chamber music for bassoon, Judith Farmer Plays Favorites. The album includes performances by Strings faculty member Andrew Shulman and alum Vicki Ray (DMA ’88), as well as a recording of a piece by alum composer Gernot Wolfgang (GCRT ’94). The album is […]


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USC Dornsife celebrates Danika Banh and the Music Inspiring Community club

December 9, 2020

Danika Banh, a biological sciences major at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and a piano minor at the USC Thornton School of Music, was featured in an article by USC Dornsife about a music education student club she founded, Music Inspiring Community. Banh initially launched the club last year with the […]


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Jeffrey Kahane launches new podcast series about classical music in America

December 2, 2020

Jeffrey Kahane, a faculty member in the Keyboard Studies program, has released the first episode of a new podcast series, Classical Music in America, which explores the evolution of America’s musical identity through books on classical music. The series is produced in partnership with the Sarasota Orchestra, where Kahane serves as Artistic Advisor. One episode […]


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Doyoung Park wins first prize in Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition

November 27, 2020

Doyoung Park, a master’s student in the Keyboard Studies program, recently won first prize at the 2020 Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition. The competition aims to discover outstanding artists and provide them awards to help launch their international careers. As one of this year’s winners, Park will be invited to perform in a concert […]


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The Yellowjackets release 25th album, Jackets XL

November 11, 2020

The Yellowjackets, an iconic GRAMMY Award-winning jazz quartet that includes three USC Thornton faculty members – saxophonist Bob Mintzer, keyboardist Russell Ferrante, and drummer Will Kennedy – have released their 25th album entitled Jackets XL. The album pairs the talents of the quartet with the WDR Big Band of Cologne, Germany, which Mintzer has led […]


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