Strings, Harp, & Guitar

2018-19 Guests


Darrett Adkins imageDarrett Adkins Cello Master Class
Saturday, January 19, 2019
2:30 – 5:00 pm
ESM 209

Darrett Adkins has commissioned and been the dedicatee of many important new works for cello, including concertos by Su Lian Tan and Philip Cashian, as well as Jeffrey Mumford’s concerto, which Adkins premiered with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. He performed the U.S. premieres of Birtwhistle’s Meridian and Donatoni’s Le Ruisseau sur l’escalier at Tanglewood, and the New York premieres of Rolf Wallin’s Grund at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Arne Nordheim’s Tenebrae (Alice Tully Hall), Messiaen’s Concerto for Four Instruments (Carnegie Hall), and Berio’s Sequenza XIVa (with the International Contemporary Ensemble), which Adkins also recorded for Naxos’ complete set of Sequenzas.

An avid chamber musician, Adkins performs and records in the United States and Europe with the Lions Gate Trio. He is a former member of the Zephyr Trio and the Flux Quartet, with which he gave the first complete performance of Morton Feldman’s Quartet II and made the subsequent recording on Mode Records. He has recorded with the Juilliard Quartet and been a guest at the festivals of Melbourne, Oslo Chamber Music, Ojai, Aspen, Tanglewood, and Chautauqua. He has performed standard concerti with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Tokyo Philharmonic, Suwon Philharmonic, National Symphony of the UFF in Rio de Janeiro, and the symphonies of New Hampshire and North. Mr. Adkins joined the Juilliard faculty in 2002 and the Oberlin Conservatory faculty in 2003.

Ida Kavafian imageIda Kavafian Violin Master Class
Saturday, February 23, 2019
3:00-5:30 pm
Ciminelli Lounge

Internationally acclaimed as a violist as well as violinist, the versatile Ida Kavafian is an artist-member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and former violinist of the Beaux Arts Trio. For 34 years she has been artistic director of Music from Angel Fire in New Mexico, where some 200 Curtis students have participated in the Young Artist Program to date. She was a founder of the Bravo! Colorado festival, serving as its artistic director for ten years; and co-founded the chamber ensembles Opus One, Tashi, and Trio Valtorna. She also performs as a soloist and in recital with her sister, violinist Ani Kavafian.

Ms. Kavafian has premiered numerous works, including concertos by Toru Takemitsu and Michael Daugherty, whose Fire and Blood she recorded with the Detroit Symphony. She has toured and recorded with jazz artists Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis, and with fiddler/composer Mark O’Connor.

Born in Istanbul of Armenian parentage, Ms. Kavafian is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Oscar Shumsky. She made her debut through Young Concert Artists with the pianist Peter Serkin, and also received the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant. She resides with her husband, violist Steven Tenenbom, in Philadelphia and Connecticut, where they breed and train prizewinning Hungarian vizsla show dogs.

Since 1998 Ms. Kavafian has served on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she received the 2013 Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. She also teaches at the Juilliard School and the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

Mari Tampere imageMari Tampere-Bezrodny Violin Master Class
10:30 am-12:30 pm
Ciminelli Lounge

Mari Tampere is a renowned violinist and violin pedagogue at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and Sibelius Academy in Finland.

Mari Tampere-Bezrodny family has longstanding musician traditions – her grandmother Jenny Simon was well-known singer and professor at Tallinn Conservatoire, her mother an organist and pianist Aime Tampere. Mari Tampere-Bezrodny began violin studies at Tallin Children Music School with Kaari Kadak. In 1970 Tampere-Bezrodny graduated from Tallinn Music High School under the guidance of Ivi Tivik. In 1975 she graduated from Moscow Conservatoire and continued postgraduate studies, both under the guidance of professor Igor Bezrodny.

In 1977, after finishing postgraduate studies, Mari Tampere-Bezrodny became violin teacher at Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (since 1991 docent and since 1996 professor). Over 120 students has been involved with her for longer studying period, many of them has obtained to win honours at international contests and continue in turn as a pedagogues and orchestrants both in Estonia and abroad. Her students include Eva Punder, Aet Ratassepp, Andrus ja Ruth Haav, Juhan Tralla, Kristina Kriit, Lasse Joamets, Leena Laas, Sigrid Kuulmann-Martin, Ivi Ots ect. Since 1990 Tampere-Bezrodny is violin teacher at Sibelius Academy and has taught also at Moscow Conservatoire. She has lead over 30 years mastercourses in Spain, Israel, Italy, USA, Scandinavia, France, China, Japan, Romania, Slovakia, Germany, Great Britain, Russia and in 2001–2006 regular mastercouses in Madrid. Tampere-Bezrodny has participated at juries of international violin contests including Jeunesse Musical, Osaka International Music Competition, Heino Eller International Violin Contest ect.

Mari Tampere-Bezrodny has given solo recitals and played solo in front of several orchestras cooperating with renowned conductors as Igor Bezrodny, Peeter Lilje, Eri Klas, Roman Matsov, Leonid Grin, Eduard Serov and Aleksandr Lazarev. She has participated at reputable international festivals with Igor Bezrodny, Mstislav Rostropovichi, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Erkki Rautio, Liana Isakadze, Mihail Homizer ect . Mari Tampere-Bezrodny has played lots of chamber music with her husband, violinist Igor Bezrodny, pianists Bruno Lukk, Riina Gerretz, Ivari Ilja, Risto Lauriala, Aleksandra Juozapenaite-Eesmaa and has lengthy collaboration with cellist Peeter Paemurru. Mari Tampere-Bezrodny has also performed as a pianist and harpsichord player with Moscow State Philharmonic Academy Symphony Orchestra.

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Joshua Roman imageJoshua Roman Cello Master Class
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
10:30am – 12:30pm
Kilbourn Hall

“A cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts” (San Francisco Chronicle), Joshua Roman has earned national renown as a cellist for performing a wide range of repertoire with an absolute commitment to communicating the essence of the music at its most organic level. He is also recognized as an accomplished curator and programmer, particularly in his work as Artistic Director of Seattle Town Hall’s TownMusic series, with a vision to engage and expand the classical music audience. For his ongoing creative initiatives on behalf of classical music, Roman was named a 2011 TED Fellow.

In the 2013-14 season, Roman gave the San Francisco premiere of Dreamsongs, a new cello concerto written for Roman by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. In January 2014, the cellist revisits “On Grace,” a work for actor and cello he co-created and performs with Anna Deavere Smith, when the two artists are in residence at the University of Chicago. Through this season’s TownMusic series, Artistic Director Roman showcases his eclectic musical influences and inspirations, presenting concerts by Roomful of Teeth, Enso String Quartet, violinist Karen Gomyo, Latin jazz pianist Pablo Ziegler and soprano Mary Mackenzie, and commissioning world premiere of works by Raymond Lustig, Amir Shpilman, Wang Jie, and Roman himself.

Before embarking on a solo career, Roman spent two seasons as principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, a position he won in 2006 at the age of 22. Since that time he has appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony, and the Mariinsky Orchestra, among many others. An active chamber music performer, Roman has collaborated with Cho-Liang Lin, the Assad Brothers, Christian Zacharias, the JACK Quartet, and members of So Percussion. He recently completed an ongoing video series called “The Popper Project,” where Roman performed, recorded and uploaded the complete David Popper’s High School of Cello Playing to his dedicated YouTube channel ( His newest YouTube project, “Everyday Bach,” features Roman performing Bach’s cello suites from beautiful settings around the world. Roman was the only guest artist invited to play an unaccompanied solo during the YouTube Symphony Orchestra’s 2009 debut concert at Carnegie Hall. He is grateful for the loan of an 1899 cello by Giulio Degani of Venice.

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Miriam Fried imageMiriam Fried Violin Master Class
Saturday, March 30, 2019
4:00-6:30 pm
Ciminelli Lounge

Miriam Fried has been recognized for years as one of the world’s preeminent violinists. A consummate musician—equally accomplished as recitalist, concerto soloist or chamber musician—she has been heralded for her “fiery intensity and emotional depth” (Musical America) as well as for her technical mastery. Fried has played with virtually every major orchestra in the United States and Europe and has been a frequent guest with the principal orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, as well as with the Israel Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, and the Vienna Symphony.

Recital tours have taken her to all of the major music centers in North America and to Brussels, London, Milan, Munich, Rome, Paris, Salzburg, Stockholm, and Zurich.

In recent seasons, her schedule has included orchestral engagements with such prestigious ensembles as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the Czech Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Mexico, the Japan Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Milwaukee Symphony, and the BBC Philharmonic. She premiered a violin concerto written for her by Donald Erb with the Grand Rapids Symphony and recorded the work for Koss in 1995.

Since 1993, she been chair of the faculty at the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival, one of the country’s leading summer programs for young musicians. Her involvement there has included regular performances, including recitals and concerts with the Chicago Symphony. Fried’s highly praised 1985 New York recitals of the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin were the culmination of three years of international performances. She returned to this music with a recording made in France for the Lyrinx label. She has also made a prize-winning, best-selling recording of the Sibelius Concerto for the Finlandia label with the Helsinki Philharmonic under the direction of Okko Kamu.

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Paul Kantor imagePaul Kantor Violin Master Class
Monday, April 8, 2019
10 am-12:30 pm
Ciminelli Lounge

Paul Kantor is currently the Sally Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University having previously served as the Eleanor H. Biggs Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard studying violin with Dorothy DeLay and chamber music with Robert Mann. For thirteen years he served as Chair of the String Department at the University of Michigan and has taught at the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory, and Yale University. He continues as Artist in Residence at the Glenn Gould School of Music/ Royal Conservatory of Music since his appointment in 2008. Along with his son, violinist Timothy Kantor, he founded and directs the Gabriel Del Orbe Violin Program in the Dominican Republic.

Additionally, he has presented master classes at the Starling-Delay Symposium, Indiana University, the Eastman School, the University of Southern California and the New World Symphony, among others. His students consistently win major awards at important violin competitions including the Indianapolis, Montreal, Stulberg, Buenos Aires, Klein, and Fischoff.

For the past 37 years, he has been on the Artist/Faculty of the Aspen Music Festival & School where he has been concertmaster of both the Festival Orchestra and the Chamber Symphony. He has performed as soloist with numerous symphony orchestras as well as serving as concertmaster of the New Haven Symphony, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and the Great Lakes Festival Orchestra. Kantor was a member of The New York and Lenox string quartets, the Berkshire Chamber Players and the National Musical Arts Chamber Ensemble in Washington, D.C.

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Don Weilerstein Violin Master Class
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
1:30-4:00 pm
Ciminelli Lounge

Donald Weilerstein has concertized extensively throughout the world as soloist and chamber musician. He studied at  the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian, Dorothy Delay, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet, and was honored at graduation by the National Foundation of the Arts as an outstanding graduate of the school. He was a member of the Young Concert Artists and a participant in the Marlboro Music Festival, performing on several Music from Marlboro Tours. In 1968, he won the Munich International Competition for violin and piano duo.

For twenty years (1969–1989) Weilerstein was the first violinist of the renowned Cleveland Quartet, with whom he toured the world. His recordings with the quartet can be heard on the RCA, Telarc, CBS, Phillips, and Pro Arte labels. These recordings have earned seven Grammy nominations and won Best of the Year awards from Time and Stereo Review.

Weilerstein has taught and performed at such major American and European music festivals as Caramoor, Tanglewood, Aspen, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Salzburg, Luzern, Verbier, Ishikawa, Keshet Eilon, “Chamber Music Encounters” sponsored by La Cite de la Musique and the Paris Conservatory and many more. He regularly teaches and performs at the Steans Institute in Ravinia, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, and at the Perlman Music Program.

He also performs as a duo recitalist with pianist Vivian Hornik Weilerstein. The Duo was enthusiastically received at Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and in the major American cities. Their discography includes the complete works of Ernest Bloch for violin and piano, and the Janacek, Dohnanyi, and Enescu Sonatas for Arabesque, as well as the complete Schumann Sonatas for Azica Records.

Weilerstein is a very active as a member of the highly acclaimed Weilerstein Trio which is in residence at the New England Conservatory of Music. Their CD for Koch records was released in January 2006 and features trios of Dvorak. 

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FALL 2018

Jon Diven imageJon Diven Double Bass Master Class
Thursday, October 11, 2018
6:30-8:00 pm
Messinger 1

Equally at home on Double Bass or Electric, Jon Diven is a Grammy Nominated Bassist whose career has spanned nearly 4 decades. After a brief start on Saxophone, Jon started playing electric bass at the age of 12 and by the age of 16 he was performing professionally with Big Bands, touring musical productions, rock bands, and as a studio musician in his hometown of Houston, Texas. He began playing Double Bass at the age of 17 at the University of Texas in Austin. It was there that he met James VanDemark and transferred to the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York where he was awarded his Bachelors and Masters degrees. During his time at Eastman he recorded albums with James Galway and Wynton Marsallis and was selected to play at the Castle Festival in Heidelberg, Germany in 1988-90 as well as being a part of the Eastman Philharmonia Germany tour in 1986.

Staying in Germany after the summer of 1989, Jon has made his career in Europe. He has held positions at the Opera Houses in St Gallen, Stuttgart State Theater, and spent 7 years as bassist for Stella musicals performing Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, and the world premiere of Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame in Berlin in 1999. He has toured as bassist for Belgian superstar Helmut Lotti and Texas singer/songwriter Robert LaRoche.

Since 2002 he is Principal Bassist with the German Philharmonie Merck. In the last 20 years they have recorded 6 CD’s and have had tours to more than 20 countries including Mexico, Brazil, USA, India, Thailand, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, England and Korea. Between 1994 and 2016 he was also a member of the Heidelberg Sinfoniker and the Mannheimer Mozart Orchestra. With these 2 Orchestras he has recorded over 30 CD’S and received a Grammy Nomination in 2011 for “Best Orchestral Performance”.

Also in demand in the Chamber Musician, Jon was invited to perform at the renominated Hambacher MusikFest by the Mandelring Quartett in 2010 and again in 2014. He is also a regular guest at the Rheingau Music Festival, and the Cambridge Arts Festival in England.

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James Dunham Viola & Chamber Music Master Classes

Thursday, October 18, 2018
1:00-3:00 pm
ESM 404

Thursday, October 18, 2018
3:30-5:30 pm
Messinger 1

James Dunham’s rich background includes having been violist of the Grammy-winning Cleveland Quartet and founding violist of the Naumburg Award-winning Sequoia Quartet. He frequently collaborates with the American, Jupiter, Pacifica and Takács Quartets, and is violist of the Axelrod Quartet, in residence at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Mr. Dunham is a frequent presence in master classes and competition juries throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Fischoff and Osaka Chamber Music Competitions. During the 2016/2017 season he joined the New Zealand String Quartet for a 3-week tour of their home country, appeared nationally with the Jupiter String Quartet and in performance and masterclasses at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig. An impassioned advocate of new music, he has premiered and recorded many works written for him, notably by American composer Libby Larsen and his recent recording of Judith Shatin’s Glyph for solo viola and piano quintet received rave reviews. The Cleveland Quartet’s recording of John Corigliano’s String Quartet, written for their final tour, won the 1996 Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance. Dunham is Professor of Viola at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where he co-directs the Master of Music in String Quartet program.

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Astrid Schween imageAstrid Schween Cello Master Class
Saturday, December 8, 2018
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Howard Hanson Hall

New York born cellist Astrid Schween is an internationally recognized soloist, chamber artist, and teacher. In 2016, she joined the Juilliard String Quartet, succeeding her esteemed colleague Joel Krosnick, and became a member of the Juilliard Cello Faculty. In addition to her work with the JSQ, Ms. Schween remains active as a soloist, appearing this season in Boston, Oakland, Memphis, the International Cello Institute, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and with the Boulder Philharmonic, performing the Elgar concerto.

She made her debut as soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta and received her degrees from the Juilliard School. Her teachers included Harvey Shapiro, Leonard Rose, Dr. H.T. Ma, Bernard Greenhouse and Jacqueline Du Pre, with whom she studied in London. She participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and William Pleeth Master Classes, and was on faculty at UMass Amherst, Hartt School of Music, Mount Holyoke College and Interlochen.

A former member of the Boston Trio and Lark Quartet, Ms. Schween performed at major venues around the world and received many honors including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award with the Lark. During her tenure, the quartet produced critically acclaimed recordings for the Arabesque, Decca/Argo, New World, CRI and Point labels, and commissioned numerous works.

An active juror and panelist, she has been featured in Strings and Strad magazines, on “Living the Classical Life,” NPR, The Violin Channel, CelloBello, and as a guest speaker at the Library of Congress. Following her solo cello album, “Rhapsody,” Ms. Schween’s current recording project covers the major Romantic cello sonatas with pianist Michael Gurt. Recent faculty appointments include the Sphinx Performance Academy, Tanglewood and the Perlman Music Program, where she succeeds celebrated cellist Ronald Leonard.

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