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Jul-7-2016 •

The Metropolitan Opera announced that Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi has been named the company’s new concertmaster. Mr. Chooi, 27, will serve a one-year term beginning next month and continuing through the end of the company’s 2016-17 season. He joins current Met concertmaster David Chan, who will continue in the position, which he has held since 2000.

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Apr-13-2016 •

 

The Jasper String Quartet has been selected as winner of the 2016 Fischoff Educator Award. This national award recognizes the educational outreach work of Fischoff Competition alumni who have demonstrated outstanding and imaginative programming for children and youth in the United States. It honors musicians who have established professional careers in chamber music, and have proven their ability to successfully build a career in both chamber music performance and outreach education.

As winner of the Fischoff Educator Award, Jasper String Quartet will receive a coveted endorsement from Fischoff, a cash award, and a week of community outreach programs in the South Bend region October 24-27, 2016 as part of Fischoff's award-winning Arts-in-Education Residency.

 

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Mar-10-2016 •

Nir Kabaretti celebrates 10 years with the Santa Barbara Symphony this weekend, March 12-13, by conducting the piece that won him his conductorship: Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 2. 

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Elina Vähälä
Violin
Born in the US and raised in Finland, Elina Vähälä made her orchestral debut with Sinfonia Lahti at the age of twelve and was later chosen by Osmo Vänskä as the orchestra’s “young master soloist.” Since then, her career continues to expand the international stage, winning praise from audiences and musicians alike as “a fluent, stylish and gifted musician whose brilliant technique is matched by an abundant spirit, sensitivity and imagination” (Chicago Tribune).