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One Donor’s Generosity Inspires Others to Give

May 25th, 2017 · No Comments


Mimi Alpert Feldman is more than a donor. She is a friend and inspiration to her music scholarship recipients. “She encouraged me to keep dreaming,” said Natalia Kartashova, a 2008 and 2011 Mimi Alpert Feldman Scholarship Recipient. “Without her help, my musical journey would have ended.”

Feldman selected her first scholarship recipients in 1977. It was her 50th birthday, and her younger brother, Herb Alpert, set aside funds for her to use to support the organization of her choice. She had studied at UCLA, and decided to give to music. Now, 40 years later, her scholarship has continued to grow with Herb’s and her own contributions, helping more than 80 graduate students complete their degrees and go on to perform on national and international stages, pursue academic positions, or find jobs in the music community.

Antonio Correia Pina and his wife Simone Deleon-Pina were ‘Mimi Scholars’ in 2011 and 2012. The couple had arrived from Boston and were new to the city. “Mimi’s scholarship helped us to stay in music,” said Pina. “We pay it forward to honor her gift to us.” The couple is active with nonprofits across Los Angeles that have donated and purchased musical instruments for 10,000 LAUSD elementary students.

Liliana Filipovic, a 1994 and 1995 ‘Mimi Scholar,’ said Feldman inspired her to give back, and she is now herself a UCLA scholarship donor.

Filipovic, Pina, Kartashova and 17 other current and past ‘Mimi Scholars’ honored Feldman at a luncheon in May to thank her for the 40 years of scholarship gifts she has given.


Herb Alpert and his wife Lani Hall were there to celebrate, too, and to make a new gift of their own to recognize Feldman’s legacy of giving. “Mimi, you are a fantastic sister,” said Alpert. “I’m very touched by all the students’ stories today.” With that, Alpert announced that he was endowing the Mimi Alpert Feldman Scholarship Fund at UCLA, and made a lead gift of $100,000, in recognition of her steadfast commitment to our students. The $100,000 gift will be matched by an additional $50,000 gift from Chancellor Gene Block, as part of the Chancellor’s Centennial Scholars Match.

“I’m speechless,” said Feldman. And then with her characteristic generosity, she added “My greatest gift is to hear from all of you students. You are part of my life now and I want to be your friend and counselor and keep this music thing going.”

To learn more about scholarship support and the Chancellor’s Centennial Scholars Match, please contact us at 310.825.4238 or via email

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Department of Music to Welcome New Faculty in Fall 2017

May 25th, 2017 · 1 Comment

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The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is delighted to announce that three exceptional artists have accepted the offer of an appointment in the Department of Music: Denis Bouriakov, principal flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and composers Richard Danielpour and Kay Rhie.

Denis Bouriakov, who will serve as lecturer in flute performance, succeeds Sheridon Stokes following his retirement after 45 years on the UCLA faculty. Bouriakov is one of the most active and sought after international soloists in the flute world. He has been principal flute of the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel since 2015, and holds the Virginia and Henry Mancini Chair. Previously he was principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, from 2009. He has won prizes in many of the most important international competitions, including the Munich ARD, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Prague Spring, Carl Nielsen, and Kobe competitions. An avid transcriber for the flute, Bouriakov has expanded the limits of flute technique and artistry. His first solo CD included the Sibelius Violin Concerto and Bach Chaconne in his own arrangements. Other CD releases include the Bach Concerto for Two Violins with flutist William Bennett and the English Chamber Orchestra. His 2017 engagements include recital, chamber music and concerto appearances, as well as master classes in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the U.S.A.

Richard Danielpour, one of the most sought-after composers of his generation, will join the department’s composition faculty as professor. He has served as a lecturer in the department for the past four years. His list of commissions include some of the most celebrated artists of our time, including Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Dawn Upshaw, Emanuel Ax, Gil Shaham, Frederica von Stade, Thomas Hampson, Gary Graffman, and Anthony McGill, and ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Maryinsky and Vienna Chamber Orchestras, Orchestre National de France, Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Guarneri and Emerson String quartets, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and New York City and Pacific Northwest ballets. With Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison, Danielpour created Margaret Garner, his first opera, which premiered in 2005 at the Detroit Opera House and had a second production at New York City Opera. In 2016, Danielpour had seven world premieres in the U.S., notably his Percussion Concerto (January 2016) with the New Jersey Symphony and most recently, the premiere of Talking to Aphrodite, a song cycle for voice and string orchestra, written in collaboration with Erica Jong and premiered by the Sejong Soloists and Sarah Shafer at Carnegie Hall in December 2016.

Kay Kyurim Rhie is a composer of contemporary classical music. She will join the theory and composition faculty as assistant professor. Her influences include film and jazz music, European avant-garde as well as various folk traditions. A recipient of the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, her music has been performed at the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, and by the BBC Singers, Winsor Music, Ensemble X, Ardesco String Quartet, In Flux, New Spectrum Ensemble, In Mulieribus, Seattle Promusica, Andrew/Gail Jennings Duo, Los Angeles Chamber Singers, and California EAR Unit. Upcoming commissions include a large chamber orchestra work for Seoul Philharmonic’s 2017/18 New Music Series,?Ars Nova, and a large ensemble piece for Ensemble X. She has taught as a visiting lecturer at Cornell University and Ewha Woman’s University. In 2016, she also worked as a researcher, overseeing the implementation of a pilot program to train young teenage composers in Korea.


Photo: From left, Richard Danielpour, Denis Bouriakov and Kay Rhie.

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Chancellor’s Recital season updates

May 10th, 2017 · No Comments

Mrs. Block has shared some more photos with us of recent recitals at the residence.

On May 2, Vivian Kung, tuba, and Daniel Gledhill, piano. Mrs. Block is on the left. Who knew there was tuba/piano music?

On May 3rd, the recital was given by Bryant Gozali, cello, and Anton Smirnov, piano

In addition, on May 10th, Mrs. Block hosted Anastasia Petanova, Mindy Chang, and Valeria Morgovskaya in a program of chamber music.

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Professor Christoph Bull Performs in China and Japan

May 2nd, 2017 · 1 Comment

We have heard from the Music Department’s Professor of Organ, Christoph Bull, who has been performing in Japan and China. Below are some of the photos he has shared with us.

01 Christoph, Teachers, Students at Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Christoph, teachers, and students from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music

03 Shumei Temple in Misono
Shumei Temple in Misono, Japan

04 Rodgers Royal V at Misono Temple
Rodgers Royal V organ at Misono Temple

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April 4th and 13th Chancellor’s Residence Recitals

April 10th, 2017 · No Comments

Mrs. Carol Block has shared a photo with us of the performers for the April 4th Residence Recital. Nick Carlozzi, piano and Xenia Deviatkina-Loh,violin, performed “Road Movies” by John Adams and “Great Suite” by Nick Carlozzi.

Mrs. Carol Block, left, Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, center, and Nick Carlozzi at the piano

On April 13th, Mrs. Block hosted vocal studies major Oriana Falla, accompanied by Douglas Sumi

Oriana performed a program of songs for voice and piano

Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947)
Selection of Songs
Si mes vers avaient des ailes
L?heure exquise
Le Rossignol des Lilas

Heitor Villa – Lobos (1887-1959)
Ca?ao de Amor
Melodia Sentimental

Joaquin Turina (1882-1949)
Tres Poemas
Olas gigantes
Tu pupila es azul
Besa el aura

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March 21st Spring Recital at the Chancellor’s Residence

March 27th, 2017 · No Comments

Mrs. Block has shared with us some photos from the most recent performance in the residence recital series. The program played is also below.

Mari De Napoli, Mindy Chang, Viola You, Mrs. Block, Joyce Kwak, Youjin Ko, Anton Smirnoff
Photos courtesy of Mrs. Carol Block


Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, Op.19 (1901)
Allegro scherzando

Youjin Ko, cello
Anton Smirnov, piano

Erno Dohnanyi (1877-1960)
Piano Quintet No.1, Op. 1 (1895)
Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Adagio, quasi andante

Joyce Kwak, violin
Mari De Napoli, violin
Viola You, viola
Youjin Ko, cello
Mindy Cheng, piano


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February and March Chancellor’s Recital Series Offerings

March 10th, 2017 · No Comments

Mrs. Carol Block has shared the following photos of groups who have performed at the recent Chancellor’s recital events.

Starting off, on February 23rd, the group Mariachi de Uclatlan again entertained the audience with their music.

The group includes Logan Clark, Rolando Villa, Andres Padilla, Gabriela Gaxiola, Elisa Quinonez, Pauline Arriaga


The next recital, on March 1st, was the UCLA guitar ensemble, organized by Juan Rivera. Peter Yates, professor of guitar, is standing.


And the last recital for this posting, from March 8th, is the duo of Jeffrey Ho and Mitsuko Morikawa. The second photo includes Mrs. Block



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Chancellor’s Residence Recital Series 2017 Starts With Jazz and Clarinets

February 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

Mrs. Block has forwarded photos to us from the first two Residence recitals of the year. The first, on February 21st, was Cody Dear with his group Dear’s Crossing. Here are two photos of this jazz group with and without Mrs. Block.
(All photos are courtesy of Mrs. Carol Block.)


Members of this group are: Cody Dear, Jack Bastian, Sara Sithi-Amnuai, Nashir Janmohamed, and Brandon Bridges


Members of this group are: Stephen Ryder, Ge GAO, Shaniee Parker and Fourplay Clarinet (Shaniee’s group from CSU Fullerton)

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Piano professor Inna Faliks and Students Take Awards

February 7th, 2017 · No Comments

We have heard from Professor Inna Faliks, head of keyboard studies in the School of Music, about some recent successes achieved by herself and her students. She says:

“Mindy Cheng, junior in piano, student of Inna Faliks, won First Prize in the International Great Composers Competition in the Schubert category.

More information on this competition can be found by CLICKING HERE. Mindy was in the Age VI division.

Xiao Chen won 1st prize in the American Protege competition. She will perform in Carnegie Hall, in the Winners’ Recital, in April.

More about this competition can be read HERE.

Also – This week I was received the 40 under 40 Award from Stony Brook University in a ceremony held in NYC, for achievements in the arts.”

Read more HERE about the “40 Under 40” awards.

Congratulations to Inna and her students on these remarkable achievements.

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Chistoph Bull — Podcast “At The Organ”

January 25th, 2017 · No Comments


We have heard from Professor Christoph Bull, University Organist, about his latest podcast interview with Jim Logue.

He says “Jim Logue interviewed me about how I got into playing the piano and the organ, about my studies, about my work at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, about my organica series and concerts around the world, about playing music for silent movies and about the instrument I’m playing. ”

The podcast can be heard at:


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