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News Updates
The Jacobs School mourns the passing of alumnus Thomas Mastroianni Sep 22, 2014

It is with sadness that the Jacobs School of Music shares the news of the death of pianist Thomas Mastroianni, September …

Jacobs alumna Jasmin Arakawa (DM ’13) tenure-track appointment at the University of South Alabama Sep 10, 2014

      Jasmin Arakawa (DM ’13, MM ’07) has recently been appointed Assistant Professor of Music (Piano) at the …

Music Review: Read Gainsford Jul 2, 2014

Pianist gives full measure By Peter Jacobi   “Too many notes.” That’s what a friend whispered to me as pianist …

Piano competition names two winners Jun 23, 2014

The waiting room of the Jacobs School of Music’s Ford-Crawford Hall was filled with hushed tones and small clusters of …

LA Times Review: Menahem Pressler a wonder with the Colburn Orchestra Apr 30, 2014

By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic   The Colburn Orchestra’s annual spring gala in Walt Disney Concert Hall …

Jeremy Denk Is to Receive the Avery Fisher Prize Mar 28, 2014

String of High Notes for Pianist By MICHAEL COOPER BOSTON — Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven are playing Scrabble in heaven. …

REVIEW: Pianist Edmund Battersby Mar 13, 2014

By Peter Jacobi   In Auer Hall on Saturday evening, Edmund Battersby was reminding another audience of his talents as …

Michael Sikich named Gershwin Concerto Competition Winner Feb 5, 2014

IU sophomore, Michael Sikich, was recently named winner of the Gershwin concerto competition that took place in Auer Hall on …

Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler releases CD of Jacobs Recital Jan 21, 2014

Distinguished Professor of Piano at Indiana University Menahem Pressler brings poetry and dance to us in the music of three …

REVIEW (HT): Pressler celebrates 90th birthday on stage with friends Dec 20, 2013

By Peter Jacobi H-T Reviewer | pjacobi@heraldt.com | Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013 12:00 am        The party began with birthday …

IU Jacobs School's Summer Music series features assortment of world-class concerts

As part of Indiana University's fourth annual Summer Festival of the Arts, the Jacobs School of Music will present Summer Music, a series of more than 40 free and ticketed events from June 7 through July 25. The series will include an array of world-class concerts featuring orchestra, jazz, chamber music, piano, choral, band, percussion, opera and other special events.

Alain Barker appointed director of entrepreneurship and career development at IU Jacobs School of Music

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Alain Barker as director of entrepreneurship and career development, and lecturer, effective July 1, 2014.

IU Latin American Music Center releases new recording 'FireProof: Latin American Music for Two Pianos'

The Indiana University Latin American Music Center at the Jacobs School of Music will release its latest recording project, "FireProof: Latin American Music for Two Pianos," at the center’s "Salón Latino" concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, in Auer Hall. Admission is free.

Jacobs School of Music presents performance by students at the Kennedy Center

Several students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will perform Saturday, February 22, at 6 p.m. EST, at the Terrace Theatre on the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The performance is free, open to the public, and will be streamed live on the Web at http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium.

IU professor Menahem Pressler receives University Medal at 90th birthday gala concert

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presented the University Medal to Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler at a Dec. 13 gala concert held in honor of the renowned pianist's 90th birthday.

IU Jacobs School of Music presents 90th-birthday celebration of Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will celebrate the 90th birthday of its senior faculty member, legendary pianist Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler, with special events on Dec. 12 and 13.

Musical America names IU Jacobs School of Music alumnus instrumentalist of the year

Concert pianist Jeremy Denk, an Indiana University Jacobs School of Music alumnus who also served on the school's faculty, has been named 2014 instrumentalist of the year by Musical America. Founded in 1898, Musical America now publishes an online magazine and an annual musical directory. It is the leading source of information for international performing arts professionals.

IU Jacobs School of Music alumnus named 2013 MacArthur Fellow

Concert pianist Jeremy Denk, an Indiana University Jacobs School of Music alumnus who also served on the school's faculty, has been named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. As one of 24 fellows, Denk will receive a stipend of $625,000 paid out over five years.

Jacobs School appoints Espen Jensen director of admissions and financial aid

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music is pleased to announce that Norwegian-born Espen Jensen is its new director of admissions and financial aid. He began his activities as director March 18, 2013.

Birthday concert for IU Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler features tenor Christoph Pregardien
Menahem Pressler

In celebration of Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler's 89th birthday Dec. 16, the Jacobs School of Music will present a concert featuring the pianist with world-renowned tenor Christoph Prégardien. The free concert, beginning at 8 p.m. in Auer Hall, will include a performance of Franz Schubert's song cycle "Winterreise," or "Winter Journey."

Menahem Pressler receives Yehudi Menuhin Prize from Queen Sophia of Spain

Indiana University Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler, world-renowned pianist and faculty member at the Jacobs School of Music, received the Yehudi Menuhin Prize for the Integration of Arts and Education from Queen Sofia of Spain during a June 12 ceremony at the Palacio Real de El Pardo in Madrid.

Pressler, complete Beethoven string quartets highlight IU Jacobs School's Summer Music series

As part of Indiana University's second annual Summer Festival of the Arts, the Jacobs School of Music has assembled a Summer Music series of more than 40 free and ticketed events from June 13 through July 27. In all, the series offers an array of world-class concerts featuring orchestra, chamber music, piano, band, percussion, opera, jazz and other special events.

IU Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler to receive prize from queen of Spain

Indiana University Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler, world-renowned pianist and faculty member at the Jacobs School of Music, will be awarded the 2012 Yehudi Menuhin Prize for the Integration of the Arts and Education by Queen Sofia of Spain during a June 12 ceremony at the Palacio Real de El Pardo in Madrid.

Jacobs School students excel in local NSAL competition

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music students received numerous awards in the Bloomington Chapter of the 2012 National Society of Arts and Letters voice, instrumental and ballet competitions recently held at the Jacobs School of Music. The top two winners in each category will perform at the NSAL 46th Annual Showcase of the Arts on Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. in the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.

IU Jacobs School of Music professor Watts receives 2011 National Medal of Arts

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music professor of piano André Watts has received the 2011 National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and art patrons by the United States government.

IU Distinguished Professor of Piano Menahem Pressler wins national achievement award

Menahem Pressler, distinguished professor of piano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, was recently selected to receive the 2012 Music Teachers National Association Achievement Award. He will accept the accolade March 27 at the group's national conference in New York City.

IU Jacobs School of Music students featured on 'Performance Today' Dec. 5-9

Cellist Cicely Parnas and accompanist Kati Gleiser, students at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, will be featured each day next week, Dec. 5-9, on American Public Media's Performance Today, the most-listened-to classical music radio show in America.

Jacobs School faculty and guest to perform complete Beethoven works for cello and piano

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music visiting assistant professor and collaborative pianist Liang-yu Wang will join Belgian guest cellist Thomas Landschoot in two concerts to present Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano, including five sonatas and three variations. The concerts will take place Nov. 5 and 6 at 4 p.m. in Auer Hall.

Indiana Music Teachers conference at the Jacobs School of Music

For the first time since the 1980s, the Indiana Music Teachers Association (IMTA) will host its annual conference at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Oct. 21-22.

Liszt's 200th birthday celebrations planned at IU Jacobs School of Music

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer and piano virtuoso Franz Liszt in four concerts that feature guests, faculty and student performers in solo, collaborative and choral works.

Joshua Bell, Menahem Pressler among artists to perform at Jacobs School's 'Summer Music' series
Joshua Bell

As part of the inaugural Indiana University Summer Festival of the Arts, the Jacobs School of Music has assembled a "Summer Music" series of more than 40 free and ticketed events from June 20 through Aug. 10. In all, the series offers an array of world-class concerts featuring orchestra, chamber music, piano, band, percussion, opera, chorus and other special events. Highlights this year include violin virtuoso and Jacobs faculty member Joshua Bell, legendary pianist Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler and eclectic string trio Time for Three.

IU Distinguished Professor of Piano Menahem Pressler wins lifetime achievement award

Menahem Pressler, distinguished professor of piano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, has been named the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the 2011 International Classical Music Awards. The world-renowned pianist and founder of the Beaux Arts Trio will receive the award April 6 during the award ceremony in Tampere, Finland.

IU Jacobs School of Music students to perform at Kennedy Center
Cicely and Madalyn Parnas

Five students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will perform Sunday, February 27, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The performance is part of the center's Conservatory Project, a weeklong concert series showcasing artists from America's leading music schools. The 6 p.m. performance on the Millennium Stage in the Terrace Theater is free and open to the public and will be streamed live on the Web at 6 p.m. EST. The streamed concert will be available at http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium.

Solo flutist of Vienna Philharmonic, Dieter Flury, visits for performance and master class at IU

Dieter Flury, solo flutist of the Vienna Philharmonic since 1981, and the orchestra's general manager since 2005, will visit Bloomington with pianist Maria Prinz for a concert, Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in Auer Hall, and other educational activities in the Jacobs School of Music.

Student winners announced for Concerto Competitions in the IU Jacobs School of Music

The Jacobs School of Music today (Feb. 4, 2011) announced the winners of recent piano, violin and double bass competitions for performances with the Chamber, Concert, Philharmonic and University orchestras. All of the following concert events, performed by competition winners, are free and open to the public.

IU Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler awarded Chinese professorship

Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler, world-renowned pianist and faculty member at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, has been awarded an honorary professorship from China's Beijing Central Conservatory of Music. He joins the ranks of violinists Yehudi Menuhin and Isaac Stern, among other Western classical musicians who have received the honor.

IU Jacobs School of Music presents Auer Hall Sunday chamber music series

Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music will revive a favorite Bloomington concert series with "Sunday Chamber Music in Auer," returning to Auer Hall Sept. 26 at 4 p.m.

IU Jacobs School of Music student wins Canadian competition

Tina Chong, piano student of Jacobs School Professor Arnaldo Cohen, won first place in the Canadian Music Competition's (CMC) 2010 Stepping Stone competition, which is open to all instruments. In addition to $8,000, Chong receives a demo produced and recorded by Radio-Canada, with highlights heard on Espace musique, a three-week residency at the Banff Centre and a solo appearance with the CMC Orchestra.

Change in IU Summer Music Festival schedule this Saturday
Edward Auer

The recital by pianist Evelyne Brancart, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music professor, on Saturday, June 26, 2010, has been replaced with a recital by pianist Edward Auer, also a Jacobs School faculty member. He will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. in Auer Hall.

2010 IU Summer Music Festival includes soprano Angela Brown, USA International Harp Competition, tributes to Schumann and Chopin

Featuring more than 50 free and ticketed events running from June 19 through Aug. 10, the 2010 Indiana University Summer Music Festival on the IU Bloomington campus welcomes alumna soprano Angela Brown and the 8th USA International Harp Competition, and celebrates the 200th anniversary of composers Robert Schumann and Frederic Chopin's birth. In addition, an array of world-class orchestral concerts, chamber music, piano recitals, band concerts, percussion and other special events will be offered. Tickets are on sale starting Friday, May 28.

Pianist Dame Fanny Waterman to visit the Jacobs School of Music

The Jacobs School of Music welcomes one of the world's most celebrated piano teachers, Fanny Waterman, Dame Commander of the British Empire, for a two-day residency that includes master classes that are open to the public.

Chong Wins Jacobs School Piano Concerto Competition

Tina Chong, a first-year Artist Diploma student of Professor Arnaldo Cohen, won the 2010 Jacobs School of Music Piano Concerto Competition and will be featured with the University Orchestra, conducted by Kevin Noe, on Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center. The program will include Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21, and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, Op. 45.

Film showing honors the memory of IU piano legend Gyorgy Sebok

World-renowned pianist and pedagogue Gyorgy Sebok will be remembered in Auer Concert Hall Nov. 14, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his death. The free event, beginning at 3:15 p.m., will feature a newly remastered edition of the 1997 documentary Gyorgy Sebok: A Music Lesson, which was filmed at his world-famous master classes in Ernen, Switzerland.

IU Jacobs School of Music student receives music scholarship, heard on national radio broadcast
Cohen and Zhang

Jingxuan Zhang, a 16-year-old piano student in the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, has been awarded a $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award by From the Top, the non-profit organization best known for its NPR and PBS programs featuring America's best young classical musicians. James Kim, a 16-year-old cellist who studied in the Jacobs School's String Academy for six years with Susan Bloom, won the same $10,000 award. Both will be featured on the broadcast, which will air nationally the week of Oct. 19 as part of From the Top's 10th Anniversary Season and on Indianapolis' WFYI 90.1 FM on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.

Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler to accept Lifetime Achievement Award for Beaux Arts Trio

Indiana University's Menahem Pressler will accept a 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from The Edison Foundation on behalf of the Beaux Art Trio at the annual "Edison Klassiek Gala" June 11 in The Hague. A Distinguished Professor in IU's Jacobs School of Music, Pressler is a renowned pianist and a founding member of the trio.

IU Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler to accept Lifetime Achievement Award for Beaux Arts Trio

Indiana University's Menahem Pressler will accept a 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from The Edison Foundation on behalf of the Beaux Art Trio at the annual "Edison Klassiek Gala" June 11 in The Hague. A Distinguished Professor in IU's Jacobs School of Music, Pressler is a renowned pianist and a founding member of the trio.

IU Jacobs School students to perform at Kennedy Center

Eight students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will perform a concert on Feb. 17 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., for an audience of aspiring young artists and music connoisseurs.

Jacobs School students prepare for Kennedy Center performance

Eight students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will perform a concert on Feb. 17 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., for an audience of aspiring young artists and music connoisseurs.

Beaux Arts, the "gold standard" for trios, bids farewell

Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler recently spoke of his many awe-inspiring years with the Beaux Arts Trio. The trio will offer its final performance in Bloomington on June 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Musical Arts Center as part of its internationally heralded farewell tour.

Bloomington City Council Proclaims Day for Jacobs School Distinguished Professor

The Bloomington City Council and Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan have designated December 5, 2007, as Menahem Pressler Day, in honor of the internationally renowned pianist and Indiana University Distinguished Professor.

IU Jacobs School students in showcase performance at the Kennedy Center

A group of students from the IU Jacobs School of Music will reveal their talents on Saturday, May 26th, at 6pm at the John F.Kennedy Center Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C., as they participate in a concert series that focuses on the remarkable vitality and virtuosity being cultivated by America's top music programs.

Menahem Pressler honored by the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Distinguished Professor Menahem Pressler will be appointed as an Honorary Fellow of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.The title "Honorary Fellow" is bestowed by the academy upon artists whose exceptional contribution to the fields of music and dance has influenced artistic expression in Israel and throughout the world. Beginning this June, on the academy's 75th anniversary, the world-renowned pianist will accept the position for one year.

IU Jacobs School of Music scores at Grammys

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music intended to make some noise at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards on February 11, and make some noise it did. At least five Jacobs alumni and one former faculty member brought home the coveted golden gramophone on "music's biggest night."

IU Jacobs School rules in D.C.
Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music took center stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts this past weekend with a trio of performances by two of its most high profile recent faculty appointees: world-renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin and pianist André Watts.

IU Jacobs School leads Washington's musical life this weekend

Two world-class concerts will take place this evening in different venues in the nation's capital: the Kennedy Center's Hall of Nations and the Library of Congress. Both feature Indiana University Jacobs School of Music-related musicians.

IU Jacobs School of Music hopes to make noise at Grammy Awards

Move over Mary J. Blige and Justin Timberlake. Step aside Red Hot Chili Peppers. Some red hot musicians from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music are ready to crash the Grammy Awards. With one legendary faculty member and a host of alums competing, the school will be heavily represented at the annual awards ceremony, to be held on Feb. 11.

Denk plus Orpheus equals Fabulous

Jacobs alumnus Jeremy Denk, MM'93, whose piano playing has been described as "effortlessly virtuosic and utterly joyous" by the New York Times, will return to Bloomington this Sunday, December 3, when he joins the acclaimed Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as soloist at 8pm in the IU Auditorium. Click here for Concert Information!

Beaux Arts Trio documentary to play nationwide

An Indiana University-produced documentary celebrating the legendary Beaux Arts Trio and IU Distinguished Professor of Music Menahem Pressler will air nationwide on PBS this Monday (Oct. 23).

Menahem Pressler awarded Germany's highest honor

Reinforcing his international eminence, Menahem Pressler, distinguished professor in the Indiana University School of Music, has been awarded the German President's Deutsche Bundesverdienstkreuz (Cross of Merit) First Class, Germany's highest honor.

Menahem Pressler receives France's highest cultural honor

Menahem Pressler, a distinguished professor in the Indiana University School of Music, was presented with the Commandeur in the Order of Arts and Letters award, France's highest cultural honor, by French Counsul General Richard Barbeyron in a special ceremony Saturday evening (Sept. 17).

Music Stars Align Again at IU

A few years into the new millinium, the stars seemingly are aligning themselves at IU once again in what might signal a new golden era for the School of Music .

Beaux Arts Trio to celebrate 50th anniversary with three concerts

Fifty years after its debut, the legendary Beaux Arts Trio continues to set the standard for chamber music performance, maintaining its freshness and creativity, and inspiring musicians and audiences worldwide. As part of its 50th anniversary celebration being held this year, the trio, which is led by Indiana University Distinguished Professor of Music Menahem Pressler, will perform three concerts during the IU School of Music's annual Summer Music Festival in Bloomington.

Menahem Pressler awarded France's highest cultural honor

Menahem Pressler, a distinguished professor in the Indiana University School of Music, has been named a commander in France's Order of Arts and Letters by French Minister of Culture Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres. The title is France's highest cultural honor.

IU Students in February showcase performance at the Kennedy Center

A group of students from the IU School of Music will reveal their amazing talents later this month at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C., as they introduce the 2005 Conservatory Project, a concert series dedicated to showcasing the remarkable vitality and virtuosity being cultivated by America's top music programs.

Music Notes

The following tip sheet provides information about music news and events happening at the Indiana University School of Music. This month we feature the release of a new memoir by Indiana University Distinguished Professor of Music Janos Starker, a visit by the great-grandson of German composer Richard Wagner, and appearances by the IU School of Music's finest performers at the Metropolitan Opera and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

André Watts and Arnaldo Cohen to join IUB music faculty

The Indiana University School of Music announced the appointments of two of the world's greatest living pianists, André Watts and Arnaldo Cohen, to its faculty. Watts will fill the newly created Jack I. and Dora B. Hamlin Endowed Chair in Music. He and Cohen will begin teaching at the school in the fall.

Israeli conductor Uriel Segal to join IU School of Music's orchestra program for the 2004-05 season
Arts Icon

With the addition of Israeli-born conductor Uriel Segal to its ranks, the School of Music may have cemented its status as one of the world's elite destinations for orchestral study and performance.

Current and former students to pay tribute to Menahem Pressler at 80th birthday celebration concert
Arts Icon

A concert celebrating Menahem Pressler's 80th birthday will be Dec. 18 in Auer Hall at the IU School of Music. It will feature performances by current and former students selected to represent the scope of Pressler's teaching career, which began at IU in 1955.