Arjun Ganguly (BM candidate, viola, student of Korey Konkol) and Ines Mariana Guanchez (BM candidate, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) each won first place prizes in the 14-18 year old division of the American Fine Arts Festival's 2015 Piano, Strings, Winds & Voice International Concerto Competition. They will perform in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on February 14 as part of the winners' recital. Ganguly will perform the first movement of William Walton's Viola Concerto and Guanchez will perform Prokofiev's Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra with Kostroma Symphony Orchestra.
Arjun Ganguly (BM candidate, viola, student of Korey Konkol) won first place viola in the junior division of the American String Teachers Association 2015 National String Competition and has been chosen as a Laureate Finalist, one of only six overall winners from both the junior and senior divisions, to compete for the Grand Prize and Audience Favorite awards at the ASTA National Convention which will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 20, 2015. Ganguly competed against national entries representing violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, and harp.
Osip Nikiforov (BM candidate, piano, student of Alexander Braginsky) has been selected to participate in Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Spain and in the Dublin International Piano Competition in Ireland.
Neil Nanyi Qiang (DMA candidate, collaborative piano, student of Timothy Lovelace) was invited to give a guest artist recital at Western University in London, Ontario on January 30. He will perform with guest clarinetist Zhen Sun and Assistant Professor Jana Starling. Program includes works by Debussy, Mendelssohn, Jongen, and a world premiere by Chinese composer Zhiliang Zhang.
Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair (DMA candidate, piano, student of Lydia Artymiw) performed two solo recitals on January 11 and 18, 2015 for the 25th season of concerts at the Maison des Arts de Laval, "Les déjeuners, Croissant-Musique" in Laval, Québec, Canada.