Keyboard Studies News from the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Jeffrey Kahane

Jeffrey Kahane earns glowing review

June 21, 2019

Jeffrey Kahane, a USC Thornton professor of Keyboard Studies, earned a glowing review from the Shepherd Express for his guest conducting performance with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, during with he also played a piano concerto. “Kahane moved seamlessly in his two roles,” said the article. “The music came forth with lively, in-the-moment presence. I think […]

Nicholas Mendez Del Valle

Nicholas Méndez Del Valle wins Collegiate Concerto Competition

June 5, 2019

USC Thornton undergraduate pianist Nicholas Méndez Del Valle recently was the unanimous grand prize winner of the Santa Monica Symphony and Westside Music Foundation’s new Collegiate Concerto Competition. The Santa Monica Mirror profiled Del Valle for this accomplishment and mentioned his May 26 performance with the Santa Monica Symphony.

Echo Wang

Echo Wang showcased in Emerging Artist Concert for Verde Valley Sinfonietta

April 17, 2019

The Verde Valley Sinfonietta showcased pianist and USC Thornton Keyboard Studies student Echo Wang in its annual Emerging Artists Concert earlier this month in Sedona, Ariz. Wang performed Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with the orchestra, under the direction of Kevin Kozacek.

Victor Labenske commissioned by MTNA

March 14, 2019

USC Thornton alumnus Victor Labenske was commissioned by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) to write a chamber work for intermediate level players. The work, “A Walk Through the Valley,” published by Alfred Music, will be premiered at the MTNA National Conference in Spokane, Wash. on March 17, 2019.

USC Thornton faculty and alumnus collaborate for world premiere with LACO

March 13, 2019

On March 23 and 24, Jeffrey Kahane, Professor of Keyboard Studies at USC Thornton, will return to Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to conduct the world premiere of GRAMMY Award-winning composer and Thornton alumnus James Newton Howard’s cello concerto, When we were One. The performance, which features USC Thornton Strings faculty member Andrew Shulman on cello […]

Kevin Fitz-Gerald and Andrew Shulman perform at the Broad’s “Beethoven, Bagels & Banter”

February 20, 2019

Kevin Fitz-Gerald, a USC Thornton Keyboard Studies faculty member, and strings faculty member Andrew Shulman performed as part of the Broad’s monthly “Beethoven, Bagels & Banter” performance series this past Sunday. The trio – comprised of Fitz-Gerald on piano, Shulman on cello and Robert Davidovici on violin – presented works by Haydn and Brahms.

Jeffrey Kahane standing against piano

Jeffrey Kahane recreates Beethoven’s iconic marathon concert

February 6, 2019

Jeffrey Kahane, USC Thornton professor of Keyboard Studies, led the Sacramento Philharmonic in a concert paying homage to Beethoven’s famous marathon concert of 1808, which featured the world premieres of his Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, his Mass in C, and his Choral Fantasy, among others. In addition to conducting, Kahane also performed the piano solos […]

Vicki Ray

Vicki Ray earns rave reviews for her solo performance

February 6, 2019

Pianist and USC Thornton alumna Vicki Ray (DMA ’88) received a rave review from SF Classical Voice for her January 16 performance at CalArts REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles. Ray performed a solo concert featuring two works with the accompaniment of visual projections by artist Carole Kim. The review described Ray as “stealing the show.”

Yoko Rosenbaum

Yoko Rosenbaum presents research at National Collegiate Research Conference

February 5, 2019

Yoko Rosenbaum, a sophomore double major in Piano Performance at USC Thornton and Philosophy, Politics, and Law at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, presented at the 2019 National Collegiate Research Conference, the nation’s largest student-run research conference, at Harvard University from January 24-26. Rosenbaum’s looked at the lives and works of renowned […]

Jeffrey Kahane

Jeffrey Kahane earns rave review with Houston Symphony

January 28, 2019

Keyboard Studies professor Jeffrey Kahane earned a rave review in the San Angelo Standard-Times for his performance of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Houston Symphony. Kahane’s performance, described as “simply spectacular” and “an extension of him(self),” ended with an encore of “America the Beautiful” where he briefly switched into a minor key, resulting in […]

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