Strings, Harp, & Guitar

2017-18 Guests

Zoya Leybin Violin Master Class
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
5:00-8:00 pm
Ciminelli Lounge

Zoya Leybin was born in Riga, Latvia, where her musical life began at the age five. By fifteen, she was making solo appearances and performed chamber music throughout the former Soviet Union. After graduating with a Master degree from the Moscow Conservatory, Zoya played in various ensembles before being appointed as the concertmaster of the Latvian State Chamber Orchestra.

She left the former Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States, where she became a member of the San Francisco Symphony playing in both violin sections for 27 years.

Zoya has always been a dedicated teacher, a coaching member of the San Francisco Youth Orchestra, and she was on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory where she taught an audition prep master class for strings. Also, Zoya was a member of the original Stanford String Quartet.

According to the citation from the San Francisco Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas:
“Zoya is one of the true greats, a true artist, and a true musician.”

Zoya has given numerous master classes in the United States and abroad. For the last twenty years she was a consistent faculty member of the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy in Miami, Florida.

After retiring from the SFS, Zoya and her husband moved to Nashville, where she continues her musical and teaching career.


Jennifer Koh Violin Master Class
Monday, December 4, 2017
5:30-8:00 pm
Howard Hanson Hall

Violinist Jennifer Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. An adventurous musician, she collaborates with artists of multiple disciplines and curates projects that find connections between music of all eras from traditional to contemporary. She believes that all the arts and music of the past and present form a continuum and has premiered over 60 works written especially for her.

Ms. Koh is well known for curating projects that involve commissions from today’s foremost composers, and among her many activities during the 2017-18 season, she premieres new works written for her New American Concerto commissioning project, a multi-season project that explores the form of the violin concerto and its potential for artistic engagement with contemporary societal concerns and issues through commissions from a diverse collective of composers. New American Concerto launched in the summer of 2017 with Vijay Iyer’s Trouble—a co-commission of the Ojai Music Festival, Cal Performances in Berkeley, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, this season, Ms. Koh will premiere a new concerto by Christopher Cerrone, commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

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Jolyon Pegis Cello Master Class
Thursday, December 7, 2017
5:00-7:30 pm
OSL 101

Jolyon Pegis has been a member of the Dallas Symphony since 2000. He is also the Assistant Principal Cello of the Chautauqua Symphony. Previously, he was the Principal Cellist of the San Antonio Symphony. He is from Rochester, NY and studied cello at Indiana University and the Hartt School of Music. He made his formal NY recital debut at Carnegie Recital hall in 1990 as a result of winning the Artist International Awards. He has appeared as soloist with the Dallas Symphony as well as the orchestras of San Antonio, Virginia, Chautauqua, West Virginia and Maui. He is a past participant of the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival in Buffalo and the Anchorage Festival of the Arts.


Itamar Zorman Violin Master Class
Saturday, January 20, 2018
1:30-4:00 pm
Hatch Recital Hall

Born in Tel-Aviv in 1985 to a family of musicians, Itamar Zorman began his violin studies at the age of six with Saly Bockel at the Israeli Conservatory of Music in Tel-Aviv. He graduated in 2003 and continued his studies with Professor David Chen and Nava Milo. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance as a student of Hagai Shaham. He received his Masters of Music from The Juilliard School in 2009, where he studied with Robert Mann and Sylvia Rosenberg, and received an Artist Diploma from Manhattan School of Music in 2010, and an Artist Diploma from Julliard in 2012, studying with Ms. Rosenberg.

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Mark Delpriora Guitar Master Class
Saturday, February 17, 2018
4:00-7:00 pm
Ciminelli Lounge

The New York Times wrote of Mr. Delpriora’s debut, “The first notes of Mark Delpriora’s guitar recital established him as a musician of authority…. Mr. Delpriora is a guitarist to be reckoned with.” Mr. Delpriora has performed and/or given master classes at Eastman School of Music, Skidmore College, Stetson University Guitar Festival, Mannes Festival, William Paterson University, Rutgers University SummerFest, University of Illinois/Urbana Summerfest, GFA Festival, Summit Music Festival, and with the New York Contemporary Music Band, New Music Consort, Joffrey Ballet Orchestra, and the Washington Bach Consort. He has been a guest teacher at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, where he taught students from throughout South America. He has also been on the juries of several international competitions, including the Naumburg, Guitar Foundation of America, Lagonegro (Italy) Barrios and the D’Addario Concerto competitions. He is a regular contributer to Guitar Review and Soundboard and has written articles on music for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and NewMusicBox.

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Louise Lansdown Viola Master Class
Friday, March 9, 2018
10:00 am -12:00 pm
Kilbourn Hall

Louise Lansdown was appointed Head of Strings at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2012, after holding the position of Senior Lecturer in the School of Strings at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester from 2001-2012. Louise has past viola students working in orchestras, chamber music groups and in teaching positions across the world. She actively conducts recruitment for Birmingham Conservatoire across the world and has recently made trips to China, Poland, Germany, South Africa, amongst several other countries. Louise is the founder of a major Outreach and Education Project called ARCO with Birmingham Conservatoire in collaboration with MIAGI, Soweto. The project was launched in July 2015. She also collaborates with the South African National Youth Orchestra running “What it Takes” viola courses for young talented players across the country.

She has been involved with Pro Corda, the International Chamber Music Academy at Leiston Abbey in Suffolk, since 1999, having Directed the Junior (2009), Intermediate (2005-2008), Senior (2008-2012) and North Courses (2008-2012). Louise was appointed Director of Chamber Music at Pro Corda in 2008 and her role has recently changed to Assistant Artistic Director of Pro Corda and Director of the Conservatoire Chamber Music and Viola Courses. She has also initiated three further Conservatoire Instrumental Courses to be held at Pro Corda in collaboration with Birmingham Conservatoire for Violin, Cello and Double Bass, all starting in 2014.

Louise is the founder and President of the English Viola Society (now British Viola Society since 2012), started in September 2007, and was appointed Secretary of the International Viola Society in 2010. Louise has attended international viola congresses across the world and performed and delivered papers at congresses in Adelaide (2007), Arizona (2008), South Africa (2009), Wurzburg (2011), Rochester (2012), Krakow (2013) and Porto (2014). Louise was also a member of the jury for the Fifth Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2007 and International Beethoven Viola Competition held in Hradec, Czech Republic in 2012. Louise is currently the Secretary of the International Viola Society and was nominated for the Council of the European Strings Teachers Association in 2015. She was invited to perform and give master classes at the first International Viola Workshop at Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing in October 2015 and the Guangdong Viola Society Festival in July 2016.

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William Preucil Violin Master Class
Monday, March 19, 2018
5:00-8:00 pm
Howard Hanson Hall

William Preucil became concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra in April 1995 and has appeared regularly as a soloist with the Orchestra in concerto performances at both Severance Hall and the annual Blossom Music Festival.

Prior to joining The Cleveland Orchestra, Mr. Preucil served for seven seasons as first violinist of the Grammy-winning Cleveland Quartet, performing more than 100 concerts each year in the world’s major music capitals. Telarc International recorded the Cleveland Quartet performing the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 17 string quartets, as well as a variety of chamber works by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, and Brahms.

Mr. Preucil regularly performs chamber music, as a guest soloist with other orchestras, and at summer music festivals. His North American festival performances have included Santa Fe, Sarasota, Seattle, and Sitka, with international appearances in France, Germany, and Switzerland. Each summer, he serves as concertmaster and violin soloist with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra in San Diego. Mr. Preucil also continues to perform as a member of the Lanier Trio, whose recording of the complete Dvořák piano trios was honored as one of Time magazine’s top 10 compact discs at the time of its release. The Lanier Trio has also recorded the trios of Mendelssohn and Paulus for Gasparo Records.

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Paul Katz Cello Master Class
Saturday, March 24, 2018
3:30-6:30 pm
Hatch Recital Hall

Followed by screening of his documentary film “Talent Has Hunger”
7:30 pm
ESM 209

Sponsored by The Rochester Cello Society:

Paul Katz is known to concertgoers the world over as cellist of the Cleveland Quartet, which, during an international career of 26 years, made more than 2,500 appearances on four continents. As a member of this celebrated ensemble from 1969 to 1995, Katz performed at the White House and on many television shows, including “CBS Sunday Morning,” NBC’s “Today Show,” “The Grammy Awards” (the first classical musicians to appear on that show), and in “In The Mainstream The Cleveland Quartet,” a one-hour documentary televised across the U.S. and Canada.

Katz has received many honors, the most recent including the “Chevalier du Violoncelle,” awarded by the Eva Janzer Memorial Cello Center at Indiana University for distinguished achievements and contributions to the world of cello playing and teaching; The Richard M. Bogomolny National Service Award, Chamber Music America’s highest honor, awarded for a lifetime of distinguished service in the field of chamber music; an Honorary Doctorate of Musical Arts from Albright College; and the American String Teacher’s Association “Artist-Teacher of the Year 2003.” Katz is a passionate spokesperson for chamber music the world over, and served for six years as President of Chamber Music America. As an author, he has appeared in numerous publications and wrote the liner notes for the Cleveland Quartet’s three-volume set of the complete Beethoven Quartets on RCA Red Seal.

In 2011, declaring that “our art is passed from one generation to the next, not by books but by mentoring,” Katz launched CelloBello, a website designed to connect cellists of all ages and performance levels. Among the site’s resources are “Cello Lessons,” consisting of footage filmed in Katz’s studio with NEC students; “Legacy” videos from Katz’s own mentors; and a blog coauthored by more than a dozen prominent cellists. Through this medium, Katz is digitizing his own life experience as a student, teacher, and artist of his instrument.

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Danny Phillips Violin Master Class
Saturday, April 7, 2018
2:00-5:00 pm
ESM 404

Violinist Daniel Phillips enjoys a versatile career as an established chamber musician, solo artist, and teacher. A graduate of Juilliard, his major teachers were his father, Eugene Phillips, Ivan Galamian, Sally Thomas, Nathan Milstein, Sandor Vegh, and George Neikrug. He is a founding member of the 30-year-old Orion String Quartet, which is in residence at Mannes College of Music and performs regularly at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Available on recording are the complete quartets of Beethoven and Leon Kirchner. Since winning the 1976 Young Concert Artists Competition, he has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Pittsburgh, Houston, New Jersey, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Yakima symphonies. He appears regularly at the Spoleto USA Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Chesapeake Music Festival, and has participated in the International Musicians Seminar in Cornwall, England since its inception. He also serves on the summer faculty of the Heifetz Institute and the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar at Stanford. He was a member of the renowned Bach Aria Group, and has toured and recorded in a string quartet for SONY with Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, and Yo-Yo Ma. A judge in the 2018 Seoul International Violin Competition, he is a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music, Bard College Conservatory, and The Juilliard School. He lives with his wife, flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, on Manhattan’s upper west side.

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