Alumni Achievements 2015

Matthew Lipman (’05, ’06, ’07) was named the recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant.  He also released his debut recording this year of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Rachel Barton Pine, Sir Neville Marriner, and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Austin Huntington (’06) was named the Principal Cello of Indianapolis Symphony.

Jennifer Lang (‘02) is the full-time orchestra director of the FAIR middle and high school fine arts orchestras in Minneapolis and Crystal, Minnesota.

Sarah Grimes (’09) won a violin position with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Eliza Willett (’14) participated in the National Spelling Bee in May.

Bridget Pasker’s (’05, ’11) string quartet, the Thalea Quartet, was named the San Francisco Conservatory Artists in Residence Quartet.  Bridget was also a featured artist on the recording, “Gino Gorini: Works for Strings and Piano” on the Tactus label (Italian).

Cameron Grimes (’04), cello, was accepted at and is now attending the Royal Academy of Music in London, England.

Natalie Lin (’08) founded and leads the Houston-based, conductorless chamber orchestra, Kinetic.

Alex Thompson (’13), cello, won the Oakland Youth Orchestra concerto competition and will be featured as the soloist at the 2015 Oakland Youth Symphony Orchestra’s November concert.

Anya Ecimovic (Australia ’14, ‘15) received a 75% scholarship to Pulteney School in South Australia.

Ann Yu (’10, ’11) performed the first movement of “Winter” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Cleveland Orchestra and Bach’s Gavotte en Rondeau on April 29, 2015.  The performance was part of an educational series called “Sound Science.”

Ben Manis (’08, ’09)  will play the Lutoslawski Cello Concerto with Robert Spano and the Colburn Orchestra on December 05, 2015.

Elliot Kuan (’12, ’13, ’14) was featured on Musicovation.com for his collaboration with the Parker Quartet in reaching out to college-aged non-musical students.