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Hopkins Symphony Orchestra Season Finale to Feature Concerto Competition Winners

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March 20, 2012
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Malinda McPherson and Matthew Lochner

Malinda McPherson and Matthew Lochner. Photo by David Friedlander.

The Hopkins Symphony Orchestra will perform its season finale concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 in Shriver Hall Auditorium on The Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

In addition to the monumental Symphony No. 1 by Johannes Brahms, the HSO concert will feature performances by two Johns Hopkins undergraduates who are the co-winners of the 2012 Hopkins Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Matthew Lochner will perform Camille Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2 and Malinda McPherson will perform the Concerto for Viola and Orchestra by William Walton.

Lochner, a freshman majoring in philosophy, grew up in Los Angeles and began studying piano at the age of 8 with Linda Buck. Recently, he has performed Beethoven’s 3rd and 4th Piano Concertos, and the Concerto for Piano by Robert Schumann under the baton of Maestra Hannah Oh with members of the Los Angeles Symphonic Camerata. Also an avid chamber pianist, Lochner developed a love for chamber music while attending the Kinhaven School of Music in Weston, Vermont. This semester he founded the JHU Chamber Music Seminar, bringing chamber groups together and fostering an intimate community for chamber musicians on the Homewood campus. He has recently participated in master classes with pianists Robert Edward Thies and Chad Bowles. Currently, Lochner studies at the Peabody Conservatory with Sheng-Yuan Kuan.

McPherson is a sophomore majoring in cognitive science and is currently a member of the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra. A Boston native, McPherson began studying violin at age 8 with Marta Zurad, and then with Boston Symphony Orchestra violist Patricia McCarty. She currently studies with Victoria Chiang of The Peabody Institute. McPherson has performed with the New England Conservatory Preparatory School chamber ensembles, the Alcyon Chamber Ensemble, and the Lexington Pops Chorus. In 2009, she was the first place winner of the Walden Chamber Players Young Artist Competition, which was considered a “Weekend Best Bet” by the Boston Globe. McPherson has attended summer festivals including the Meadowmount School of Music, the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival and the Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival. McPherson is a member of the Hopkins Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team and is a rock climbing leader with Hopkins Outdoor Pursuits.

McPherson and Lochner were selected among a group of 13 contestants chosen through an application and audition process. All contestants performed an audition for HSO music director Jed Gaylin, HSO assistant conductor Vladimir Lande, HSO concertmaster Pervinca Rista, and HSO general manager Nicoleen Willson. Two competition contestants also received honorable mention: Stephanie Chen (piano) and Makoto Tanigawa (piano).

The Hopkins Symphony Orchestra Concerto competition was created by 2008 alumnus Hernan del Aguila, with the mission to “give Johns Hopkins University students not majoring in music a chance to further their musical studies, gain experience in preparing and auditioning for professional musicians, and receive public recognition for their work.” The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at Johns Hopkins who are not pursing degrees in music.

The first competition occurred in 2008, supported by a Johns Hopkins University Arts Innovation Grant, with bassoonist Katie FitzGibbon and pianist Ji Hea Hwang as the winners. In 2009, pianist Mengyu Lan and cellist Philip Wolf were selected as winners. The competition was originally conceived as a student run program, but HSO administration has continued the competition, which will be held every two years. The next competition will be during the 2013-14 season. Previous winners have performed with the Hopkins Symphony Chamber Orchestra, a smaller offshoot of HSO. This is the first year that the winners will perform with the full Hopkins Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets for the April 22 concert are free for JHU students; $6 for non-JHU students, seniors, and Johns Hopkins staff, faculty, and alumni; and $8 general admission. For more information about the competition, this or future programs, please go to http://www.jhu.edu/jhso, call 410.516.6542, or email hso@jhu.edu.


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