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London Symphony Orchestra Keston Max Exchange

Music Academy and the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) launched a transatlantic partnership in 2018, in which 10-12 fellows are selected annually to participate in intensive training with the Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle. As part of the partnership, the winners of the 2018 Solo Piano and Marilyn Horne Song competitions made a London recital appearance at LSO St Luke’s as part of the Keston Music Academy Exchange (Keston MAX). Throughout the partnership, Michael Tilson Thomas, Marin Alsop, Daniel Harding, Elim Chan, Sir Simon Rattle, and other key LSO conductors and musicians have performed and taught at the Academy. LSO principals have led virtual lessons and coaching sessions and the Keston MAX auditions.

This June and November, 48 Keston MAX fellows have been invited to train, rehearse, and perform with the LSO in London, led by Sir Simon Rattle and Gianandrea Noseda. These experiences give Music Academy alums a taste of the professional life of an orchestral musician and an extraordinary performance opportunity. 

10 of this year’s fellows were selected during the 2022 Summer Festival to attend the November exchanges. Read about them below!

The lead sponsors of the London Symphony Orchestra partnership are Linda and Michael Keston and Mary Lynn and Warren Staley. Additional support has been provided in remembrance of Léni Fé Bland.

2022 Exchanges:

June 15-24, 2022 Highlights 

  • June 17: Fellows performed a lunchtime chamber concert at LSO St. Lukes
  • June 23: Fellows joined the LSO for a Gala Concert at St. Paul’s Cathedral conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, featuring Berlioz’s Grande Symphonie Funebre et Triomphale and Messiaen’s Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum 
  • Fellows observed rehearsals and attended concerts
  • Each Fellow was paired with a mentor who also provided a coaching session
  • Other activities included discovery training, meeting with Kathryn McDowell (LSO Managing Director) and Sir Simon Rattle, and a Peak Performance workshop

 

Nov 11-21 & Nov 15-25, 2022 Highlights

  • Nov 17: Fellows will perform in a Symphonic Jazz with Jess Gillam at Barbican Hall, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda
  • Nov 20: Fellows will join the LSO for a performance of Beethoven and Berlioz at LSO St Luke’s led by Gianandrea Noseda
  • Nov 24: Fellows will perform Shostakovich: The Year 1905 in Barbican Hall, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda
  • Other activities include lessons, coachings, rehearsals, and additional performance opportunities with LSO musicians
2022 LSO Keston MAX Winners
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Kenneth Chauby
trumpet
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Jordan Farber
bassoon
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Nicholas Gallitano
viola
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Gene Hotta
viola
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Orion Miller
double bass
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Katelyn Poetker
clarinet
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Gracie Potter
trombone
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Matthew A. West
percussion / timpani
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Melody Yuan
violin
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Hanna Zhdan
violin
2021 LSO Keston MAX Winners
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Rodion Belousov
2021 Keston MAX Winner
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Aaron Blick
double bass
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Keoni Bolding
2021 Keston MAX Winner
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Elissa Brown
2021 Keston MAX Winner
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Cristina Cutts Dougherty
2021 Keston MAX Winner
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Carlos Jiménez Fernández
2021 Keston MAX Winner
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Sean Juhl
2021 Keston MAX Winner
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Emma Lee
2021 Keston MAX Winner
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Ka Long Lee
2021 Keston MAX Winner
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Kipras Mazeika
2021 Keston MAX Winner
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Javier Morales-Martinez
2021 Keston MAX Winner
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Jonathan Wisner
2021 Keston MAX Winner
2020 LSO Keston MAX Winners
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Chas Barnard
2020 Keston MAX Winner
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Ben Brogadir
2020 Keston MAX Winner
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Ava Conway
2020 Keston MAX Winner
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Hannah Duncan
2020 Keston MAX Winner
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Andrew Gantzer
2020 Keston MAX Winner
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Vincent Igusa
2020 Keston MAX Winner
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Devan Jaquez
2020 Keston MAX Winner
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Wenqi Ke
2020 Keston MAX Winner
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Gustavo Leite
2020 Keston MAX Winner
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Gerbrich Meijer
clarinet
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Noah Roper
2020 Keston MAX Winner
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Jeremy Sreejayan
2020 Keston MAX Winner
2019 LSO Keston MAX Winners
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Shenae Anderson
2019 Keston MAX Winner
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James Dion Blanchard
2019 Keston MAX Winner
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Bianca Marian Chambul
2019 Keston MAX Winner
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Victoria Chung
2019 Keston MAX Winner
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Christine Comer
2019 Keston MAX Winner
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Njioma Chinyere Grevious
2019 Keston MAX Winner
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Sara Han
2019 Keston MAX Winner
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Chien-Lin Lu
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Alex Mayon
2019 Keston MAX Winner
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Gabrielle Pho
2019 Keston MAX Winner
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Sun-Ly Pierce
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Maddi Shake
2019 Keston MAX Winner
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Ha eun Song
cello
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Jonathan Yeoh
2019 Keston MAX Winner
2018 LSO Keston MAX Winners
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David Bender
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Nina Bernat
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Stephanie Anne Block
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Quinn Delaney
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Joe Desotelle
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Taylor Isberg
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Francis Lawrence LaPorte
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Kelsey Lauritano
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William Loveless
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Sophiko Simsive
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Alan Snow
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Lisa Stoneham
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Andrew Sun
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William Cedeño Torres
2018 Keston MAX Winner
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Agnes Tse
2018 Keston MAX Winner

New York Philharmonic Global Academy

From 2014-2018, as part of a four-year partnership with the New York Philharmonic, 40 Music Academy fellows participated in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy’s Zarin Mehta fellowship program. Ten fellows were selected each summer to travel to New York for a ten-day intensive program, which included training and playing alongside Philharmonic musicians.

During each Summer Festival, the partnership also offered Academy fellows training by Philharmonic musicians, biennial performances by the Philharmonic at the Music Academy Summer Festival, and Academy Festival Orchestra performances at Music Academy Summer Festivals.

The Music Academy’s partnership with the New York Philharmonic was made possible through the generosity of lead sponsors Linda and Michael Keston.

2017 Global Academy Winners
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Michael Cox
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Hannah Hammel
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Jenny Kwak
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Michael Marks
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Yuan Qi
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Nathaniel Silberschlag
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Ryan Toher
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William Welter
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Choi Tung Yeung
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Gi Yeon Yoon
2016 Global Academy Winners
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Kevin Chen
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Minji Choi
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Michael Daley
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Kaelan Decman
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Ao Peng
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Emily Switzer
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Alexander Volkov
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Jack Ryan Walters
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Justin Woo
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Hyeree Yu
2015 Global Academy Winners
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Carl Anderson
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Benjamin Hoffman
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Maki Kubota
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Nikolette LaBonte
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Jose Martínez
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Rebecca Reale
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Samuel Sparrow
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Mark Teplitsky
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Naisui Zhu
2014 Global Academy Winners
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Douglas Aliano
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Anthony Bellino
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Matthew Cohen
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Sean Krissman
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Simon Michal
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Charlie Rosmarin
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Michael Severance
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William Shaub
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Genevieve Tabby
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Jennifer Zhou
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