James Caldwell and Catharina Meints Honored for Baroque Performance Institute
Oberlin's Baroque Performance Institute (BPI) was one of three Northeast Ohio cultural institutions honored in the category of classical music and opera in the 2001 Northern Ohio Live Awards of Achievement and announced in the October issue of the magazine. Directed by Kenneth Slowik of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, BPI was founded
Catharina Meints and James Caldwell as they appeared on the pages of Northern Ohio Live.

30 years ago by James Caldwell, Professor of Oboe, with the help of Catharina Meints, Associate Professor of Viola da Gamba and Cello. The awards were presented at a gala dinner held in September at Cleveland's Playhouse Square. First prize went to Cleveland Opera (which brought the Three Tenors to Cleveland). The other finalist in the category was Severance Hall, honored for its restoration of the E. M. Skinner Norton Memorial Organ.

The commendation cites BPI's pre-eminence as the first group in the country to establish a summer institute for early-music singers and period instrument players, calling it a "precious regional ­ and national ­ resource" and praising it for keeping "the rich musical heritage of the baroque period alive through historically informed performance of the highest quality."

In Paris in June 2001, Caldwell and Meints consulted with Ingo Muthesius, former Curator of Musical Instru-ments of the Berlin Museum, on his restoration of their viola da gamba, crafted by Joachim Tielke in 1692. In July Meints performed and taught at the Viola Da Gamba Society's 39th Annual Conclave, held in Ft. Worth, Texas. In September, she performed Ibert's Concerto for Cello and Winds with the Oberlin Wind Ensemble in Oberlin. In October, she was quoted in an Associated Press article about Christoph von Dohnanyi, who is wrapping up his final year as music director of The Cleveland Orchestra. Meints has been a member of the orchestra since 1971.

- Marci Janas '91

Canadian Pianist Wins 2001 Oberlin International Piano Festival Competition
Pianist Darrett Zusko, 16, of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, won first prize ($4,000) in the seventh annual Oberlin International Piano Competi-tion and Festival.

Eun Taek Kim, 13, and Ji Yeon Shin, 15, both of Korea, shared the second prize. Each was awarded $1,500.

For pianists ages 13 to 18, the competition took place in July 2001 in Warner Concert Hall and included entrants from five countries.

Dean of the Conservatory Robert K. Dodson served on the jury with Gary Amano, Director of Piano Studies at Utah State University, Monique Duphil, Oberlin Professor of Pianoforte, and Jerome Lowenthal, Professor of Piano at The Juilliard School.

The pedagogical nature of Oberlin's competition and festival makes it unique among international competitions, says Festival Director Robert Shannon, Oberlin Professor of Pianoforte. "We provide students and teachers with an intensive, in-depth opportunity to expand their knowledge of music history, theory and pedagogy," says Shannon.

The eighth annual Oberlin Piano Competition takes place July 21 - July 28, 2002. For more information, please click here.

- Marci Janas '91

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