Category: Guitar

The American Prize Awarded to Recent Graduates

Two recent graduates of Stony Brook University were awarded prizes in The American Prize.

Anna Tsukervanik (DMA, 2019), along with Ming-Jui Liu (DMA, 2020) , won 2nd place in The American Prize in Chamber Music Performance, 2019-20, (college/university division).

https://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2020/05/winners-chamber-music-performance-2019.html

Founded by Uzbekistan violinist Anna Tsukervanik and Taiwanese guitarist Ming-Jui Liu, Tsukervanik-Liu Duo performs both essential and rarely-performed repertoire including new works from the twenty-first century. Both acclaimed musicians in their own right, Anna worked and performed with such distinguished artists as Ilya Kaler, Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet, Mark Jackobs, Yael Weiss, and Ralph Kirshbaum, while Ming-Jui, as a soloist and a chamber musician he was invited to perform in Taiwan, Brazil, China, and the United States. In 2018, Ming-Jui was a festival artist and judge in the 4th Qinling Mountains International Guitar Festival (Shaanxi, China).

 

Ming-Jui Liu (DMA, 2020) won 3rd Place in the The American Prize in Composition—(instrumental chamber music) student division, 2019-20.

https://theamericanprize.blogspot.com/2020/06/winners-composers-instrumental-chamber.html

Besides his performance career as a classical guitarist, Ming-Jui Liu is a prolific arranger and has published several arrangements for solo guitar and chamber music in important publications, including Gendai Guitar magazine in Japan and Taiwan Guitar Society. As a composer, Ming-Jui’s The Magic Hour, Passacaglia: A Song for the Ropewalker, Monologue No. 1: Leaf, Me, and Mirror of the Sunshine have been published by Canadian publishing house Doberman-Yppan. Ming-Jui studied harmony, composition, and arrangement with Wen-Chuan Hu, Howie Kenty, and João Luiz Rezende Lopes. Ming-Jui recently earned his Doctor of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University under the tutelage of guitarist and lutenist Jerry Willard and João Luiz Rezende.

Department of Music Announces New Appointments

The Stony Brook University Department of Music is proud to announce the appointment of two new faculty members: João Luiz Rezende Lopes, guitar and Jeremy Little , opera and voice.

Two time Latin Grammy nominee guitarist, educator, and composer João Luiz, began to play the popular music of his native Brazil professionally during his childhood and was later trained in classical guitar by his mentor Henrique Pinto. Winner of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild Competition as a member of the critically acclaimed Brasil Guitar Duo, João has performed extensively in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. His versatility led him to be chosen to collaborate with Yo-Yo Ma and Carlos Prieto on a project to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Cuban composer Leo Brouwer in a landmark concert in Cuba in 2014. João is also the director of chamber music at CUNY Hunter College and the head of the guitar at SUNY Purchase.

Tenor Jeremy Little has established himself as a versatile performing artist on the United States’ most prestigious opera, concert, and recital stages, as well as a dynamic voice teacher, coach, and mentor to new generations of vocal musicians. Dr. Little has been a principal artist with The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Florentine Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Des Moines Metro Opera, Anchorage Opera, Opera Southwest, and Pensacola Opera.  Following his 2007-08 season as principal artist with The Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Little was offered a coveted position with The Met Opera Chorus. He decided to try it out. Now, eleven seasons later, he has performed in over 1,500 performances at the Met, where he spends every day working alongside the greatest operatic singers, coaches, and conductors in the world. Jeremy continues to learn every day and has earned degrees from Louisiana State University (MM), The Juilliard School (AD), and, while on sabbatical from the Met, Stony Brook University (DMA).

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