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Posted Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 

Composer Eric Tanguy has become one of the most widely performed and broadcast composers of our time. On December 7, Mr. Tanguy will hear students of the Colburn Music Academy and Colburn Community School of Performing Arts perform his work when he visits the Kreston/Picken Colburn School performance class.

Mr. Tanguy teaches composition at the Conservatoire Paul Dukas in Paris. He was educated at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where he studied with Ivo Malec, Gérard Grisey, and Betsy Jolas.

"Eric is an exceptional composer," Ms. Kreston said. "Since he himself is a violinist, his work feels to me to be particularly well suited for the instrument, so our class is really fortunate to be able to learn from him in person."

Among Mr. Tanguy's compositions are many pieces for featuring violin, including the stand out Sonata breve for solo violin. Three of Ms. Kreston's students, Geneva Lewis, Sarah Kuo, and Hao Zhao will each perform one movement of that work. Mr. Tanguy has already worked with the three students on the sonata; afterward, he will speak to the class and audience about his work.

Ms. Kreston teaches in both the community school and the music academy. She welcomes other Colburn School students and parents to join them for this unique conversation. The student performance will begin at 11 am in Mayman Recital Hall on December 7.

Posted Friday, Nov 21, 2014 


The tradition of the conductorless orchestra stretches back to the very beginning of symphony history. The earliest orchestras were led by a concertmaster, often the harpsichordist or violinist, who initiated the ensemble's performances. Composers served as the earliest conductors, but the role evolved over time into the professional music director common today.

The Music Academy's string ensemble of talented pre-college musicians, the Academy Virtuosi, is a continuation of the orchestra's earliest heritage. Like those early orchestras, though, the Academy Virtuosi work with a professional concertmaster, Margaret Batjer of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, who guides them in a coaching role through the special challenges of conductorless performance. "They have to learn to use their ears in a very sophisticated way," Ms. Batjer said. "Each member of the section from first to last chair has a much greater responsibility than when there is a conductor."

For the Academy Virtuosi, the opportunity to play under these circumstances is both empowering and educational. "It's a rare opportunity for students their age to play in an orchestra without a conductor," said Ory Shihor, dean of the Music Academy. "I don't know of many programs where young musicians get to perform this way."

Ms. Batjer draws from expertise gleaned from her mentors when she was a student and the wealth of experience developed at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. "I have worked with the students over the past 10 weeks on this program," she said. "Aubree, from the Concertmaster chair, as well as the other principals, have learned to lead the ensemble themselves physically and also musically by example. They have come so far in terms of understanding the nature of a conductorless ensemble as well as growing musically and technically with the program."

The Academy Virtuosi performance on Tuesday, November 25 will include selections from Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Elgar, and Bartók. "Working with young musicians is one of my greatest passions," Ms. Batjer said. "Although I only began my work with the Virtuosi this year, I have seen such growth in all of them individually and collectively. I have enjoyed working with all of them very much."

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Posted Monday, Nov 3, 2014 

Three students from the Colburn Music Academy and four students from the Community School for Performing Arts advanced to the Semi-final Auditions of the national Young Artists Competition, hosted by the Mondavi Center at the University of California, Davis campus.

Cellist Jenny Bahk (Clive Greensmith), violist Ji Eun Park (Helen Callus), and violinist Hannah Song (Danielle Belen) of the music academy will move forward to the next round of competition. Violist Celia Daggy (Andrew Picken), violinist Geneva Lewis (Aimée Kreston), violist Emma Wernig (Andrew Picken), cellist Tracy Lang (Dr. Richard Naill, Ida Levin and Tina Qiu), and pianist Yoko Rosenbaum (Robert Thies) will move forward from the community school.

The annual competition invites pianists and instrumentalists between the ages of 12 and 17 to compete in the Young Artists Division. Students prepare a performance video for their preliminary application in order to receive an invitation to audition live in one of five cities. The Los Angeles Semi-final audition will be held on November 22.

The final auditions will be held in Davis on February 28 and March 1. The top two instrumentalists in the Young Artists Division will receive $1,500 and $500, respectively.

Posted Monday, Oct 27, 2014 

The Music Academy kicks off the new Guest Artist Series on October 30 with violinist Michelle Kim. Ms. Kim's residency will include a free public performance at 7 pm that evening. Click here to reserve a seat.

Ms. Kim serves as the assistant concertmaster for the New York Philharmonic and has made solo appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Pacific and New Jersey Symphonies. She was a Presidential Scholar at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and first violinist of the Rossetti String Quartet. Her previous appointments include concertmaster with the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, the Fresno Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and Asia America Symphony Orchestra. She teaches at Mannes College.

Guest artists provide Music Academy students with opportunities to study and collaborate with leading performers from across the country. During their residencies, guest artists will lead students in focused study during master classes and collaborate with students in performances. The Guest Artist Series is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Jingchao Ma.

Posted Monday, Oct 27, 2014 

Music Academy violinist Hannah Song placed 2nd in the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition for her performance of Mozart's 5th Violin Concerto. At 15 years old, she was one of the youngest musicians in the competition.

Hannah will be featured as the Discovery Artist for New West Symphony, soloing with the orchestra in five performances for thousands of elementary school students in Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks, and Oxnard.

Hannah studies with Danielle Belen in the Colburn Music Academy.

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Posted Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 

It was announced today that Music Academy student Ray Ushikubo was awarded $50,000 as a 2014 Davidson Fellow Laureate. As the youngest recipient this year, Ushikubo was selected for his music project "Circle of Life in Music," which focuses on the relationship between the performer and his audience, and the teachers, parents, schools, and organizations that support them. The underlying theme of his project is that the performer brings happiness and joy to the audience, and their happiness in turn motivates the performer.

This isn't the first time a Colburn Music Academy student was named Davidson Fellow Laureate. In 2011, violinist Simone Porter was awarded the honor for her project "Performance as Soundtrack of Process and Identity," examining the progression of performance preparation, from the development of technique and interpretation, to the emergence of a professional identity.

Ray Ushikubo studies piano with Ory Shihor and violin with Robert Lipsett and Danielle Belen.

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Posted Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 

Join us on Tuesday, July 15 for the Colburn Young Artists Academy’s Sonata Marathon Competition. The Colburn Young Artists Academy Piano Festival provides gifted, pre-college age pianists with two weeks of conservatory-level instruction at The Colburn School each summer. This year’s Festival includes 30 students from across the United States and abroad, including students from Australia, France, China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore and South Korea, and culminates on July 15 with a Sonata Marathon Competition. Students will compete for the $1000 Colburn Young Artists Academy Piano Festival Steinway Prize. The competition takes place in Thayer Hall at 3:30 pm. Free admission. Contact 213-621-4795 or theacademy@colburnschool.edu for more information.

Posted Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 

Be one of 30 young pianists from around the world to study at the Colburn Young Artists Academy Piano Festival this summer, July 2-16. This year’s festival will feature the wide-ranging piano sonata literature as its centerpiece, and will provide gifted, pre-college age pianists with two weeks of conservatory-level instruction. Additionally, students receive four 50-minute private lessons, and will participate in at least two master classes. Click here for information on how to apply.

Posted Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 

Be one of 30 young pianists from around the world to study at the Colburn Young Artists Academy Piano Festival this summer, July 2-16. This year’s festival will feature the wide-ranging piano sonata literature as its centerpiece, and will provide gifted, pre-college age pianists with two weeks of conservatory-level instruction. Additionally, students receive four 50-minute private lessons, and will participate in at least two master classes. Click here for information on how to apply.

Posted Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 

Be one of 30 young pianists from around the world to study at the Colburn Young Artists Academy Piano Festival this summer, July 2-16. This year’s festival will feature the wide-ranging piano sonata literature as its centerpiece, and will provide gifted, pre-college age pianists with two weeks of conservatory-level instruction. Additionally, students receive four 50-minute private lessons, and will participate in at least two master classes. Click here for information on how to apply.

Posted Wednesday, May 28, 2014 

Be one of 30 young pianists from around the world to study at the Colburn Young Artists Academy Piano Festival this summer, July 2 - 16. This year’s festival will feature the wide-ranging piano sonata literature as its centerpiece, and will provide gifted, pre-college age pianists with two weeks of conservatory-level instruction. Additionally, students receive four 50-minute private lessons, and will participate in at least two master classes. Click here for information on how to apply.

Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2014 

Be one of 30 young pianists from around the world and study at the Colburn Young Artists Academy Piano Festival this summer, July 2 - 16. This year’s festival will feature the wide-ranging piano sonata literature as its centerpiece, and will provide gifted, pre-college age pianists with two weeks of conservatory-level instruction. Additionally, students receive four 50-minute private lessons, and will participate in at least two master classes. Click here for information on how to apply.

Posted Wednesday, May 14, 2014 

Study at the Colburn Young Artists Academy Piano Festival this summer, July 2-16. Click here for information on how to apply.

Posted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 

Study at the Colburn Young Artists Academy Piano Festival this summer, July 2-16. Click here for information on how to apply.

Posted Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 

Study at the Colburn Young Artists Academy Piano Festival this summer, July 2-16. Click here for information on how to apply.

Posted Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 

Celebrate the year's end with an evening of solo and chamber music featuring students from the Colburn Young Artists Academy on Saturday, May 3 at 7 pm in Thayer Hall. Music by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saëns and more. Free admission. For more information, click here.

Posted Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 

Study at the Colburn Young Artists Academy Piano Festival this summer, July 2-16. Visit www.colburnschool.edu/academyfestival for information on how to apply.

Posted Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 

Celebrate the year's end with an evening of solo and chamber music featuring students from the Colburn School's Young Artists Academy on Saturday, May 3 at 7 pm in Thayer Hall. Music by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saëns and more. Free admission. For more information, click here.

Posted Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 

Study at the Colburn Young Artists Academy Piano Festival this summer, July 2-16. 

Visit www.colburnschool.edu/academyfestival for information on how to apply.

Posted Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 

Study at the COLBURN Young Artists Academy PIANO FESTIVAL this summer, July 2-16. 

Visit www.colburnschool.edu/academyfestival for information on how to apply.

Posted Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 

Catch the gifted students of the Colburn Young Artists Academy in a unique, conductorless string orchestra concert on Tuesday, April 8 at 5:30 pm in Thayer Hall. Academy students Lauren Siess and Edvard Pogossian will be the featured soloists in this performance featuring the TELEMANN Viola Concerto in G major, HAYDN Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major and GRIEG Holberg Suite. Admission is free.

Click here for event details or, contact theacademy@colburnschool.edu or 213.621.4761 for further information.  

Posted Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 

Our Academy, a program for gifted, pre-college age musicians, is accepting applications for the fall semester. Application deadline: April 1

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Posted Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 

Los Angeles, CA (January 8, 2014)--The Colburn School announced that Colburn has received a $1.9 million endowment gift from the Greendale Lynn Family Foundation. The grant is directed toward the Colburn Young Artists Academy, a pre-college program in Los Angeles designed to enhance the artistry and performance skills of highly gifted young musicians on the West Coast. The endowment will provide need-based scholarships to students who would not otherwise be financially able to attend this program at Colburn.  

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Posted Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 

Our Academy, a program for gifted, pre-college age musicians, is accepting applications for the Fall semester. Applications deadline: April 1.  

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Posted Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 

Come see Colburn Conservatory students perform under the baton of Maestro James Conlon in a Recovered Voices program at the Broad Stage on Thursday, March 27. The concert begins at 7:30 pm and there will be a pre-concert lecture by Maestro Conlon.

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Posted Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 

Our Academy, a program for gifted, pre-college age musicians, is accepting applications for Fall 2014.

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Posted Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 

Catch the gifted students of Colburn's prestigious Young Artists Academy in concert this Saturday, March 15 at 4:30 pm in Thayer Hall. Free admission. Click here for more information

Posted Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014 

Our Academy, a program for gifted, pre-college age musicians, is accepting applications for Fall 2014.

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Posted Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 

Our Academy, a program for gifted, pre-college age musicians, is accepting applications for Fall 2014.

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Posted Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 

Catch the gifted students of Colburn's prestigious Young Artists Academy in concert this Saturday, February 22 at 4:30 pm. Works by Beethoven, Brahms, Rachmaninoff and more. Admission is free. 

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Colburn Academy Student with violin scroll

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Colburn Academy Student with cello

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