2014-2015 Master Class Series


Ida Kavafian Violin Master Class
Thursday, December 4, 2014
7:00 pm
Diller-Quaile Performance Space
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Violinist/Violist Ida Kavafian enjoys an international reputation as one of the most active and versatile musicians performing today. Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and former Violinist of the renowned Beaux Arts Trio, she presently performs as a soloist, in recital, with her sister Ani, as guest with distinguished ensembles, as Artistic Director of the highly successful festival, Music from Angel Fire in NM for thirty years, and as a faculty member at The Curtis Institute (where she was awarded the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and holds the Nina von Maltzahn Chair in Violin Studies), The Juilliard School, and Bard College. She has premiered many new works, has toured and recorded with jazz greats Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis as well as Fiddler/Composer Mark O’Connor, and has had a solo feature on CBS Sunday Morning. Recent recordings include “Fire and Blood” by Michael Daugherty with the Detroit Symphony and Mark O’Connor’s String Quartets, recorded with the composer. She has toured and recorded with the Guarneri Quartet (as violist) and performed with the Orion, Shanghai and American Quartets. Founder of the Bravo! Colorado festival, which she ran for ten years, co-founder of the ground breaking group TASHI more than thirty-five years ago, Ms. Kavafian also co-founded OPUS ONE, a piano quartet with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, violist Steven Tenenbom and cellist Peter Wiley, as well as Trio Valtorna, with hornist David Jolley and pianist Gilles Vonsattel. Born in Istanbul, Turkey of Armenian parentage, she began her studies with Ara Zerounian, continued with Mischa Mischakoff, then graduated from The Juilliard School where she was a student of Oscar Shumsky. She was presented in her debut by Young Concert Artists with pianist Peter Serkin.



James Ehnes Violin Master Class
Monday, March 30, 2015
7:30 pm
Diller-Quaile Performance Space
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Known for his virtuosity and probing musicianship, violinist James Ehnes has performed in over 30 countries on five continents, appearing regularly in the world’s great concert halls and with many of the most celebrated orchestras and conductors. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Ehnes tours with his string quartet, the Ehnes Quartet, and leads the winter and summer festivals of the Seattle Chamber Music Society, where he is the Artistic Director.

James Ehnes has an extensive discography of over 30 recordings featuring music ranging from J.S. Bach to John Adams. His recordings have been honored with many international awards and prizes, including a Grammy, a Gramophone, and 7 Juno Awards.

Mr. Ehnes began violin studies at the age of four, and at age nine became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin. He studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music and from 1993 to 1997 at The Juilliard School, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music upon his graduation. Mr. Ehnes first gained national recognition in 1987 as winner of the Grand Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Competition. The following year he won the First Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Festival, the youngest musician ever to do so. At age 13, he made his major orchestral solo debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. James has been honored by Brandon University with a Doctor of Music degree and in 2007 he became the youngest person ever elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada. In 2010 the Governor General of Canada appointed James a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2013 he was named an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, limited to a select group of 300 living distinguished musicians.


While there is no deadline for Auditor applicants, due to space limitations it is strongly recommended to register early. Enclose full payment (check or money orders only) with completed auditor forms. In lieu of tickets, names will be placed on a guest list. Please call 212-369-1484 for more information.


Additional master classes for the 2014-2015 academic year will be announced shortly.