Strings, Harp, & Guitar

2019-20 Guests


Paul Galbraith Guitar Master Class
Monday, January 20, 2020
Ciminelli Lounge

Paul Galbraith imageInternationally renowned, Paul Galbraith is one of the finest active guitarists today, as well as a brilliant innovator. With the help of the eight-string “Brahms Guitar”, an instrument he developed together with David Rubio, he has expanded both the limits of the instrument and the quality and breadth of its repertoire. Several highly acclaimed recordings attest to these developments, as well as to his searching artistic temperament and mastery.

In the Spring of 1984, Paul came across a more natural, comfortable and expressive way of playing the guitar. Instead of using the traditional classical guitar posture, he hit upon a radically different solution to guitar posture: holding the guitar between the knees, sitting cross-legged on the floor. This enabled, for the first time, equal freedom of movement for both arms. Just weeks after discovering the new posture, Paul was already using it for his concerts, to the surprise and shock of the musical press.

Two years into his fully-developed vertical guitar posture, in 1989, Paul returned to touring, beginning with a critically acclaimed recital in his old home city of Edinburgh, at the Queen’s Hall. The Sunday Times dubbed his new posture “revolutionary”… “the results were truly remarkable, with an amazing clarity and a huge dynamic range…the audience was held spellbound”.

Antonio Meneses Cello Master Class
Monday, January 20, 2020
Ciminelli Lounge

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Born in Recife, Brazil into a family of musicians, Antonio Meneses began his cello studies at the age of ten. At 16, he met the famous Italian cellist Antonio Janigro and was asked to join Janigro’s classes in Düsseldorf and later in Stuttgart.

He won the first Prize at the 1977 ARD International Competition in Munich and was awarded First Prize and Gold Medal at the 1982 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Appearing in the music capitals of Europe, the Americas and Asia, Antonio Meneses performs with most of the world’s leading orchestras (in Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Paris, Prague, Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Munich, New York, Philadelphia Washington D.C. or Tokyo.

A devoted chamber musician, Antonio Meneses was a member of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio between October 1998 and September 2008. He has collaborated with the Vermeer Quartet on tour and gives chamber music concerts and duo recitals with pianists such as Menahem Pressler and Maria João Pires.

In addition to his busy concert schedule, Antonio Meneses regularly gives masterclasses in Europe, the Americas and Japan (Tokyo University), as well as teaching at the Bern Conservatory since 2008.

Paul Watkins Cello Master Class
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Hatch Recital Hall

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Acclaimed for his inspirational performances and eloquent musicianship, Paul Watkins enjoys a distinguished career as concerto soloist, chamber musician and conductor. He is the Artistic Director of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit, the cellist of the Emerson String Quartet and Visiting Professor of Cello at Yale School of Music. He took first prize in the 2002 Leeds Conducting Competition, and has held the positions of Music Director of the English Chamber Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra.

A much sought-after chamber musician, Paul was a member of the Nash Ensemble from 1997 until 2013, when he joined the Emerson String Quartet. He performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at festivals worldwide. He was the first ever Music Director of the English Chamber Orchestra, and also served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra. Since winning the 2002 Leeds Conducting Competition he has conducted many of the major orchestras throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Tessa Lark Violin Master Class
Friday, November 8, 2019
Ciminelli Lounge

Tessa Lark imageViolinist Tessa Lark, recipient of a 2018 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship and a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Silver Medalist in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, is one of the most captivating artistic voices of our time.

A budding superstar in the classical realm, she is also a highly acclaimed fiddler in the tradition of her native Kentucky. Since making her concerto debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at sixteen, Ms. Lark has appeared with dozens of orchestras, festivals, and recital venues including Carnegie Hall, Ravinia, San Francisco Performances, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and Marlboro Music.

Recent and upcoming activities include Australia’s Musica Viva festival – a four-concert engagement highlighted by a duo collaboration with bassist/composer Edgar Meyer – and debuts with the Seattle and Indianapolis symphonies. Scheduled for May 2020 is a Lincoln Center recital debut on its prestigious Great Performers Series.

Paul Kantor Violin Master Class
Monday, October 21, 2019
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 Paul Kantor imagedegrees 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.