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Brillant Performance of the Christopher Rouse Flute Concerto
Prema performed the Rouse Flute Concerto with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago and conductor, Konstantin Chudovsky
on March 14 & 15, 2012 at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile to rave reviews. Prema had the honour of being the first flautist in the world
to play the concerto from memory.
Naxos Recording Release
Prema performed Principal Flute with the Trinity
College of Music Wind Orchestra on a recording with Naxos of
three symphonies for wind orchestra by Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000), an
American/Armenian composer in January of 2008. The CD has just been released!
The American Keith Brion, conductor of the John Philip Sousa Band, conducted,
and the producer was Mike Purton, former horn player with the Hallé.
The disc is released worldwide by Naxos.
Universidad Mayor, Conservatorio de Música
Radio Broadcast in Philadelphia, PA
Prema will be featured on the radio station, WRTI 90.1 FM, Philadelphia on Saturday, September 5th at 5:00pm performing the world premiere broadcast of the Maurice Wright (b.1949): Concerto in Two Movements, for Flute and Orchestra (2008). This recording is a live performance from the January 2008, London, England premiere performance. More information.
Radio Broadcast in Valparaíso, Chile
Prema's South American premiere performance of the Christopher Rouse Flute Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Juvenil, Chile and conductor, José Luis Domínguez was aired on Saturday, 22 August at 2pm on 99.7 F.M. , Radio Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María - Valparaíso - Chile. http://www.radio.utfsm.cl
South American Premiere!
Prema will perform the South American premiere of the Flute Concerto by Christopher Rouse on 8 August 2009 in Valparaíso, Chile at the Aula Magna Concert Hall at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Juvenil, Chile and conductor, José Luis Domínguez.
November 2008 News: Prema solos with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de La Serena
Prema was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians' Silver Medal for Excellence in Performance, which is given to the most outstanding student and nominated by the Heads of each Conservatoire in England.
Prema completed her Postgraduate Advanced Diploma course, sponsored by the Derek Butler Trust, at Trinity College of Music with DISTINCTION (equivalent A in USA) in all her modules and exams!
Concours de flûte Jean-Pierre Rampal 2008
Prema is accepted as a candidate in the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Flute Competition 2008 which will be held in Paris from 23 September to 4 October 2008. She is one of only five contestants from the USA. Let the practising begin!
Prema interviewed by British Flute Society
Prema Kesselman was recently interviewed by the British Flute Society for publication in their "New Faces" feature in Pan - the Flute magazine. Download the article HERE.
Prema played Principal Flute with the Trinity College of Music Wind Orchestra for a recording with Naxos of three symphonies for wind orchestra by Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000), an American/Armenian composer. The American Keith Brion, conductor of the John Philip Sousa Band, conducted, and the producer was Mike Purton, former horn player with the Hallé. There was a concert of the three pieces at Blackheath Halls, London on 24 January, and it was recorded on 28/29 January. The disc will be released worldwide.
November 2007-Prema is appointed Principal Flute with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago, Chile (Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra)
Prema begins her contract as Principal Flute with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago in March 2008 performing in symphonic, ballet, opera and chamber music concerts with the orchestra!
Concerto in Two Movements for Flute and Orchestra by Maurice Wright premieres in Bristol and London
Commissioned by the Metropolitan Sinfonia for Prema Kesselman, the Concerto premieres on December 1, 2007 at St. George's, Bristol and January 12, 2008 at St. John's Smith Square, London. The composer, Maurice Wright previously wrote "Plaints and Airs" for Prema's Carnegie Hall debut in 2005. He has been commissioned by outstanding ensembles and soloists across the United States, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Emerson String Quartet, the American Brass Quintet, and Philadelphia Orchestra.
Maurice's Concerto in Two Movements for Flute and Orchestra will soon be part of the prestigious American music library, The Fleisher Collection, which is housed at the Free Library of Philadelphia. Prema's performance will also be broadcast on the weekly radio show, "Music From The Fleisher Collection" on WRTI-FM in Philadelphia!
See the article from Classical Music magazine HERE.
Channel 4 Appearance
Prema will be seen and heard in the British two-part thriller movie Britz, performing as Principal Flute in The Metropolitan Sinfonia. It will be on British Television Channel 4: part 1 Wed 31st Oct 9pm-11.15pm and part 2 Thurs 1st Nov 9pm-11.15pm.
Prema completes her Master of Music degree
Prema has completed her Master of Music (MMus) in Flute Performance Studies at Trinity College of Music (TCM), London where she was sponsored by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Her MMus dissertation titled, 'Poem by Charles Tomlinson Griffes: An Analysis and a New Version' was marked with a distinction by the University of Sussex, UK and her final recital also received a distinction from their respective juries, which included such notables as William Bennett, Geoffrey Govier, and Victoria Soames Samek.
The Swiss Global Artistic Foundation selects Prema for their roster of artists
Prema now has management and is looking forward to giving recitals, as well as concerto concerts around Europe! Swiss Global Artistic Foundation.
Prema Wins Gold Medal Competition at Trinity College of Music "...the College's highest award for solo performance."
Prema stunned the audience with the Sonata, 1st movement by Samuel Zyman and the exceedingly difficult last three movements of Faryad by Mena Mark Hanna!
Prema Kesselman - Nominated for Gold Medal Prize
Prema is nominated for the Gold Medal Prize in the wind/brass/percussion department at Trinity College of Music. This honour means that in addition to achieving high marks in her MMus final recital, she displayed consistent flair, musicianship and professionalism during the course of her studies. Prema will perform and compete in a public concert at Blackheath Halls on September 20, 2007 with finalists from the five other departments and compete for the Gold Medal!
Prema had a successful concert season giving her concerto debut on 3rd June 2007 on the Malcolm Arnold Concerto No. 2 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Tolga Kashif, conductor at the Royal & Derngate Theatre to an almost sold out audience of 1500 people! She has also premiered Faryad by Mena Mark Hanna on a solo evening concert at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford, England. Mena is a gifted composer who is a DPhil student at Oxford University-Merton College who has studied with Robert Saxton, Jonathan Harvey, Matthew Greenbaum, Milton Babbitt, and Henri Dutilleux. Prema also gave her Masters final recital at Trinity College of Music, which included the London premiere of Faryad. For Prema's outstanding performance achievements while a student at Trinity, she has been awarded the Friends in New York of TCM London Prize.
Concert Review of The Metropolitan Duo in Recital
..."The opening Bach Sonata in B minor displayed Prema's warm flute tone and richness of articulation, a quality that remains the province of instruments of human breath control, a sensuous quality which can evade a mechanically blown keyboard instrument like the organ. The opening Andante tripped rhythmically along leading to the Largo e dolce with its soaring legato phrases, before the final stunning Presto-Allegro with its cascading arpeggios echoed in the piano part. Composed by Barry Fasman for the documentary film: His Love: Sathya Sai Baba's Theme, this was music imbued with a modern cinematic romantic style, Prema's captivating flute tone carrying the long legato passages. Prema Kesselman gave the debut of this engaging piece at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall New York in May 2005. The final work of the concert, in three movements, was Sonata (1993) by S. Zyman. The opening sparkling Allegro was followed by Lento e molto espressivo, the flute's resonating tone soaring throughout the building, and a final Presto with stunning cross rhythms and arpeggios. Prema played with an outstanding musical technique, her playing reflecting an intimate knowledge and understanding of the music. The music and playing remained fresh in our minds, providing an accompanying for our tea, providing an enjoyable conclusion to an undoubtedly successful Festival Day."
October 21, 2006
(excerpt from Malcolm Arnold official website http://www.malcolmarnold.co.uk)
On October 21, six musicians from UK music colleges, together with The Arnold Ensemble conducted by Matthew Taylor, each performed an Arnold concerto as part of the Arnold Concerto Day. The competition was sponsored by the late Sir Malcolm Arnold, Anthony Day, Barclays, Mr & Mrs Norman Hollanders, Novello & Co Ltd, and the Worshipful Company of Musicians. The judges on this special occasion were international soloists Emma Johnson and Julian Lloyd Webber; broadcaster, lecturer and writer Piers Burton-Page; Chairman of the panel of judges was David Mellor QC. The first prize for the 2006 Arnold Concerto Day was awarded to Prema Kesselman for her outstanding performance of the Concerto for Flute No 2 Op 111 (1972). This work was composed during the period 1972-1977, when Malcolm Arnold was living in Ireland. Written for his great friend and fellow LPO player, Richard Adeney, the concerto shows the influence of another important musical friendship - that of Shostakovich, whom Arnold met in 1957. As part of her winning prize Prema Kesselman will be the soloist in a concerto performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Tolga Kashif, on Sunday 3 June at the Royal & Derngate. This will give the public another opportunity to hear the sheer artistry of this truly wonderful young player.
"...sheer artistry...truly wonderful..."