Master Classes - Session II In-Person Italy

Master Classes

(July 19-31, 2021)

Outstanding Master Class Series:
  • Guy Braunstein, violin
    Guy Braunstein, violin
  • Saleem Ashkar piano
    Saleem Ashkar, piano
  • Oliver Weder conductor
    Oliver Weder, conductor
  • Gili Schwarzman, flute
    Gili Schwarzman, flute
  • Antonio Di Cristofano, piano
    Antonio Di Cristofano, piano
More master classes coming soon!
Artist Faculty
  • Improvisation as a Source for Musical Ideas with Arsentiy Kharitonov - covers the most essential skill that was in possession of so many great composers - the skill of improvisation. Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Rachmaninoff among other composers first became famous and notorious for being amazing improvisers. The lecture includes: the description of improvisation as a process (vs composition); types of improvisations; metamorphose of improvisation to composition, examples of classical works that are results of an improvisation; how the ability to improvise would make one a better musician.
  • Developing a Better-Trained Ear with Alexandra Eames - We can all improve our sensitivity to pitch and musical language. Learn techniques to improve your pitch and interval recognition, to imitate what you hear. This will strengthen your ability to memorize and learn pieces more quickly.
  • On Music Composition with composer Steven Sacco Description: This class will entail a discussion on the topics of compositional process, materials, imagination, craft, artistry, voice, truth, and discipline.
  • 8/3 Seven Habits of Highly Effective Practicing with Jeb Wallace, French horn This lecture/discussion provides strategies for balanced and practice for instrumentalists, based on principles from Steven Covey’s seminal management book.
    • 8/3 Composers Who Happen To Be Women with Tomoko Fujita Why do some composers become famous and stay with us through the ages, and why are some "forgotten"? This presentation explores that question through a lens focused on the lives and music of several composers who happen to be women, such as Hildegard von Bingen, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Clara Wieck Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, Florence B. Price, and Nadia Boulanger.
      • 8/4 Misha Quint: Cello Master Class
        • 8/4 Clara Yang: Piano Master Class
          • 8/5: Catherine Kautsky: Piano Master Class
            • 8/5: Antoinette Perry: Piano Master Class
              • 8/5: COUNT! - Rhythm Bootcamp with Kevin Lefohn Founder of - Open to all musicians. Where math meets music, rhythm is one of the core components of musicianship. The ability to subdivide time both in our mind and in our body enables our ability to coordinate relaxed technical movement into organized sound. Using the Starer Rhythm Training Method, Kevin Lefohn shares his sequential methodology of rhythm training.
                • 8/6 Bach for Solo Violin with Violinist Lynn Ledbetter – Open to Violinists Performing Bach
                  • 8/6 Sound Engineering, Recording, and Broadcasting with Abraham Oleksnianski
                    • 8/7 Outstanding Master Class Series: Saleem Ashkar, piano Based in Berlin, the Israeli-Palestinian pianist has become one of the most in-demand soloists of our time. Saleem Ashkar performs regularly with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph Eschenbach, Riccardo Muti and Daniel Barenboim, and with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Filarmonica della Scala, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Leipziger Gewandhaus, the NDR Hamburg, the DSO and the Konzerthausorchester in Berlin. After a tremendous performance with the InterHarmony Festival Orchestra in 2019, Saleem Ashkar will enter the chamber music scene during InterHarmony International Music Festival Online. Ashkar will give a Piano Master Class as a part Outstanding Masterclass Series.
                      • 8/7 Tim Kantor: Violin Master Class
                        • 8/8 Peter Takacs: Piano Master Class – Any Repertoire, Beethoven Sonata Requested.
                          • 8/8 Round-Table Discussion Seminar: On Music Composition with composer Steven Sacco Description: This class will entail a discussion on the topics of compositional process, materials, imagination, craft, artistry, voice, truth, and discipline. o Supplementary Materials – Please prepare the questionnaire on the following page with your own ideas and points to discuss for this Round-Table Discussion.
                            • 8/9 Michael Ludwig: Violin Master Class
                              • 8/9 Revolutions in Light and Texture: Monet’s Rouen Cathedral Paintings & Debussy’s Engulfed Cathedral with Geoffrey Burleson – Seminar comparing and contrasting Monet and Debussy.
                                • 8/10 Marianna Rashkovetsky: Piano Master Class
                                  • 8/11 Outstanding Master Class Series: Christa Mayer, mezzo-soprano Sulzbach-Rosenberg is just less than an hour’s drive to the Bayreuther Festpiele, the famous Opera House dedicated to performances of Wagner. This distance will become much shorter as mezzo-soprano Christa Mayer, the best of the Bayreuth, joins InterHarmony’s Outstanding Guest Artist Series. Ms. Mayer will give a voice master class at the InterHarmony International Music Festival Online, where students in the vocal program will be invited to perform. Guest performances in recent years have brought Christa Mayer to sing main roles in opera houses in Berlin, Munich, Venice, Florence, Bilbao, Barcelona, Sevilla und Tokyo. Recent engagements in addition to Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde and Mary in Der Fliegende Holländer at the Bayreuth, include roles in Nabucco, Der Rosenkavalier, Tannhäuser, Die Zauberflöte, Salome, and Rigoletto in Semperoper Dresden, and Mahler’s Sinfonia No.2 for contralto at the Opera di Firenze in Italy.
                                    • 8/11 Orchestra Auditions with Dimitry Olevsky, violin - Classical Concerto, Romantic Concerto, and Orchestra Exerpts Welcome!
                                      • 8/12 Jeffrey Howard, violin – The first half of the hour will focus on shifting (violinists and violists welcome) and making the most of your use of hand frames and exercises in Sevcik, op. 8. The second half of the class will be a performance class for students.
                                        • 8/12 Outstanding Master Class Series – Guy Braunstein, violin Outstanding Master Class Series, featuring world renowned violin virtuoso, conductor, former Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster Guy Braunstein. In 19/20, Guy will be Artist in Residence with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and will return to the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Symphoniker Hamburg as both soloist, conductor and in play-direct capacities. Other highlights include debuts with the Vancouver Symphony and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s as well as concerts with the Dresdner Philharmonie, Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Orquestra Sinfonica de Barcelona, Lapland Chamber Orchestra and Queensland Symphony Orchestra and extensive touring with the Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra.
                                          • 8/12 Round-Table Discussion Seminar with Alexandra Eames Journey Through the 24 Chopin Preludes, Opus 28
                                            • While many consider Chopin's works to be the exclusive domain of pianists, this cycle of extraordinary pieces contains some of the most unusual and revolutionary music of its time. We will explore them from their historical context, their composition and musical uniqueness, and their influence on other composers and pianists. We will examine each one individually through demonstration at the keyboard, and invite all participants to ask questions, offer observations, and share their own experience with this music. It may be of interest to follow the score during this presentation, but it is by no means a requirement. This lecture is designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of musicians at differing levels.
                                              • Supplementary Material for Participant’s Study: As you listen to Ms. Eames lecture, be looking to answer the question of what makes the music of Chopin unique. When listening to the music of various composers, what might allow you to identify a composition as one of Chopin's? Why has his music been a mainstay of the classical repertoire while other piano music of the era has since faded into history? Be willing to share with the group your personal experiences in performing the works of Chopin and how you grew to understand the piece emotionally as you prepared it for performance. The more you as a listener are able to contribute to the lecture, the more immersive and interactive the experience will be for all attending!
                                                • 8/13 Gili Schwarzman: Flute Master Class After the very successful development of InterHarmony’s woodwind program, flutist Gili Schwarzman will be the first woodwind edition to the Outstanding Master Class Series. She will give a Flute Master Class. Gili Schwarzman has performed around the globe as a soloist with orchestras such as the Jerusalem Symphony, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the Berliner Camerata, the Valencia Symphony, the Potsdam Chamber Orchestra, The Hulencourt Soloists in Brussles, North Netherlands Orchestra, Trier Philharmonic and Sofia Philharmonic among many others. Apart from touring as a soloist Gili Schwarzman is also an avid chamber musician.
                                                  • 8/13 Anna Soukiassian, piano This performance masterclass will focus on technique to enhance well designed phrasing and agogics.
                                                    • 8/14 Gerardo Teissonniére, piano works with Festival piano students on works by Beethoven and Chopin.
                                                      • 8/14 Jonathan Bass: Piano Master Class

Outstanding Guest Artists