Master Classes

Master Classes
Session I

(July 5 - July 17, 2017)

Outstanding Master Class Series:
  • Shlomo Mintz, violin
    Shlomo Mintz, violin
  • Bruno Canino, piano
    Bruno Canino, piano

Master Classes
Session II

(July 18 - 30, 2017)

Outstanding Master Class Series:
  • Vadim Repin, violin
    Vadim Repin, violin
  • Alfred Brendel, piano
    Alfred Brendel, piano
    Lecture: Beethoven's Last Sonatas
  • Antonio Di Cristofano piano
    Antonio Di Cristofano, piano

Master Classes Session III

(August 1 - 13, 2017)

Outstanding Master Class Series:
  • Nikolaj Znaider violin
    Nikolaj Znaider, violin
  • Christa Mayer, mezzo-soprano
    Christa Mayer, mezzo-soprano
  • Boris Kuschnir, violin Master Class
    Boris Kuschnir
    Violin Master Class
Artist Faculty
  • Geoffrey Burleson, piano
  • Alison Cheroff, piano:
    The Taubman Approach for Pianists and all Instrumentalists - Unifying the Hand and Arm: Freedom from Pain and a Path to Virtuosity
  • Lynn Fleming, double bass
  • Catherine Kautsky, piano
  • Joseph Genualdi, violin
  • Beatrice Long, piano:
    Articulation and ornamentation in Baroque keyboard music
  • Teresa de Jong Pombo:
    "Impressionism in Art and Music,": drawing parallels between the Impressionist Art movement and its counterpart in music with discussion on paintings by several painters, and performance of pieces by Debussy and Ravel that demonstrate the same concepts as applied to music.
  • Robert Satterlee, piano
  • Michelle Stanley, flute:
    Optimal performance through body awareness
  • Sarah Stoneback, trumpet:
    How to learn your music with a cognitive learning perspective - open to all musicians.
  • Vedrana Subotic, piano
  • Martha Thomas, piano:
    This master class is open to all pianists. All repertoire, from Baroque to Modern, is welcome. Commentary will focus on polishing tips for producing a more musical and convincing performance.
  • Delana Thomsen, piano:
    With the Taubman influence - playing with comfort and ease. - Students are asked to bring in portions of their repertoire that are causing physical discomfort to analyze motion and movement to create tension-less and physically free playing.
  • William Westney, piano:
    Healthy piano warm-ups for body and mind: In addition to working with individual performers in this class on their repertoire, Westney will offer some brief demonstrations of simple ways to relax, stretch, and focus the body and mind – so that practice can be productive and free of tension.
  • Shi-Hwa Wang, violin:
    Violin and Viola Master Class
  • Alan Weinstein, cello:
    Interpreting Music in a Historical Context - A class on the importance of knowing what the impact of the composer's zeitgeist had on their work. How does this inform the character and drama of the piece and your approach to learning it?
  • Yu-Jane Yang, piano
  • Yin Zheng, piano:
    Solo and Chamber Music Master Class
Artist Faculty
  • Harold Brown, piano:
    - Ravel according to Ravel The legacy of Vlado Perlemuter and Gaby Casadesus - an in-depth examination of the French School. I studied extensively with both pianists. Perlemuter is the only major pianist to to have studied all the Ravel solo works with the composer, and he also played for Fauré a number of Fauré's works. Mme. Casadesus also worked with Ravel and when a student, Debussy was on her juries at the Conservatoire de Paris. If students are to play they could play Ravel, Fauré, Debussy or even Chopin"
  • Amy Collins, oboe:
    Making Reeds
  • Johanna Cox, oboe
  • Joana Genova, violin
  • Olga Kaler, violin
  • Steven Mahpar, French horn
    Air Direction/Flow for woodwinds/brass.
  • Travis Maril, viola
    Strategies for Developing Stronger Rhythm at Any Level - A strong sense of rhythm is critical for navigating the complexities of modern music, but it's also necessary for being a good performer in any context, whether it be solo, chamber or orchestral. Using a variety of strategies both with and without the metronome we will discuss how to develop a stronger sense of internal rhythm, and how this sense will improve both your physical coordination on the instrument and your ability to shape the direction of a phrase organically.
  • John Michel, cello
  • Sohyoung Park, piano
    Intelligent Practice - In addition to work with individual pianists on their repertoire, a discussion session would be followed on how a certain practice strategies can enhance the performance skills according to the teachings of various pedagogues and pianists.
  • Tatjana Rankovich, piano
  • Carrie Rehkopf, violin
    Connecting to the audience.
  • Han-Yi Tsai, piano
  • Basil Vendryes, viola
    Viola and Chamber Music
  • Leonid Yanovskiy, violin
    Violin/viola bow hold and vibrato technique as a physical realization of the vocal nature of instrumental sound - At the master class, we will explore the interconnected issues of posture, physical tension, bow hold, vibrato technique and the vocal nature of the violin and viola sound. Instrumentalists and vocalists of all levels are welcome to participate in the discussion and share their own experiences.
Artist Faculty
  • Emil Altschuler, violin
    Vibrato as a Tool for Projection.
  • Javier Arias, cello:
  • Theresa Bogard, piano
  • NoraLee Garcia, flute
    Woodwinds: Body Awareness Master Class and Alexander Technique. Open to all Woodwinds, check any tension and how to prevent injuries.
  • Jan Loeffler, piano
    Austro-Hungarian Repertoire and Phrasing.
  • Robert Palmer, piano:
    Managing technical problems: How to correct ongoing technical problems
  • John Pickett, piano
  • Elena Tsvetkova, piano:
    The skill of collaboration If you can’t play, you can always teach, and if you can’t do either, you can accompany….REALLY???
  • Melissa Schiel, voice
  • Chiao-Ling Sun, violin

Outstanding Guest Artists