Diller-Quaile presents master classes each academic year. Some are performance-based, with a mix of student and faculty participants, and others are presented in lecture or workshop formats. Guest artists have included musicians such as Seymour Bernstein, Carter Brey, Glenn Dicterow, James Ehnes, Raymond Erickson, Jonathan Feldman, David Finckel, Pamela Frank, Richard Goode, Wu Han, Ida Kavafian, Joan Kwuon, Ruggiero Ricci, Paula Robison, Paul Sheftel, Mordecai Shehori, Arnold Steinhardt, and the Attacca Quartet.

2016 Master Class Series

Colin Jacobsen Chamber Music Master Class
Monday, April 18, 2016
7:30 pm
Diller-Quaile Performance Space
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Violinist and composer Colin Jacobsen is an eclectic composer who draws on a range of influences and was named one of the top 100 composers under 40 by NPR listeners. He is also active as an Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning soloist and a touring member of Yo-Yo Ma’s famed Silk Road Ensemble. For his work as a founding member of two game-changing, audience-expanding ensembles—the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and orchestra The Knights—Jacobsen was recently selected from among the nation’s top visual, performing, media, and literary artists to receive a prestigious and substantial United States Artists Fellowship. Jacobsen’s work as a composer developed as a natural outgrowth of his chamber and orchestral collaborations. Jacobsen has participated in residencies and performances at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hollywood Bowl, and across the U.S., as well as in Azerbaijan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, and Switzerland. Jacobsen has collaborated with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, and has premiered concertos by Kevin Beavers and Lisa Bielawa. He has performed with such prominent artists as Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Yo-Yo Ma, Christian Tetzlaff, Mitsuko Uchida, and composer Tan Dun, with whom he toured China. With Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters as narrator, Jacobsen recently performed Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat. A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, Jacobsen’s principal teachers have included Doris Rothenberg, Louise Behrend, Robert Mann and Vera Beths. He received an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2003.


Cellist Astrid Schween, 1/4/13.

Astrid Schween Cello Master Class
Thursday, February 4, 2016
7:00 pm
Diller-Quaile Performance Space
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Cellist Astrid Schween is an internationally recognized soloist and chamber artist. As a long-time member of the Lark Quartet, she performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, recorded numerous CDs, and received many honors including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the Gold Medal at Russia’s Shostakovich Competition. While still a teenager, she made her debut as soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta and went on to receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees at The Juilliard School, where she was twice awarded the Juilliard Cello Prize. Ms. Schween currently serves as cello professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is on the faculty of the Hartt School of Music, Mount Holyoke College, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. She has served as juror for the Fischoff, Sphinx, New England Conservatory and Concert Artist Guild competitions and is an occasional speaker and panelist for organizations such as Chamber Music America. Most recently, she was appointed to the Artistic Advisory Board of the new Global M-Prize Competition and invited by the Library of Congress to speak on the leading role of women in music. In September 2016, Astrid Schween succeeded Joel Krosnick as cellist of the Juilliard String Quartet and joined the faculty at The Juilliard School. She will join the quartet this spring as a guest artist for performances of the Schubert String Quintet at the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, Ravinia Festival, and at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.


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.