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Nicolò Eugelmi recently announced his decision to step down as violist in the Fine Arts Quartet. For more details, please visit his website.
Check out the new Aronowitz Viola Competition, to be held in Great Britain in October 2014. More info at Strad.
Micha Galaganov, Associate Professor at Texas Christian University, will be on faculty of the Wintergreen Festival this summer, July 7 – August 3, 2014. For more information on the festival, please visit wintergreenperformingarts.org.
Catch Kim Kashkashian and Robert Levin in recital at Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, on February 24th, 2014 at 8pm. Works by Kodály, Bartók, Vaughan Williams, Britten & Brahms will be performed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you’re in San Francisco, check out the Kim Kashkashian masterclass and recital on Feb. 11 at 7:30pm and Feb. 13 at 8pm. More information at sfcm.edu.
There’s a new full-scholarship String Quartet Fellowship at the Wintergreen Festival, July 7 – August 3. For more information, please visit the Wintergreen Festival website.
Check out Carol Rodland, Eastman School Professor & colleagues in a performance to benefit Rochester FoodLink.
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Admission: non-perishable food item or cash donation for FoodLink
Venue: Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs Street, Rochester, New York 14607
Name: Nobuyoshi Yasuda
Subject: Viola position open @ UW-Eau Claire
Message: My name is Nobu Yasuda, Coordinator of String Division at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
I would like to let you know that we have a position open for the Applied Viola/Music Theory position for tenure track.
We are looking for a violist with doctorate degree or ABD. The position is currently 67% music theory and 33% viola, however, when we build the viola studio, the percentage of viola portion could be increased; that is what we are hoping for. Please encourage your students to apply.
You can find the job description and qualification from the link provided below;
Please do not hesitate to contact me for any question.
Thank you very much for your assistance.
The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music announced Nov. 5 that violist Michael Tree will join the faculty in fall 2014. His addition further strengthens the school’s world-class Strings faculty.
A founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet, Tree has performed on virtually every concert series throughout the world and has recorded more than 80 chamber music works for the Columbia, RCA, Philips, Arabesque, Nonesuch and Vanguard labels.
“We are thrilled to welcome Michael Tree to our Strings faculty,” said Robert Cutietta, dean of USC Thornton. “He will join two first-rate viola instructors in Karen Dreyfus and Che-Yen Chen. Both are former students of Michael, and the combined artistic excellence of the three is of the highest order.”
Karen Dreyfus is a founding member of the Lyric Piano Quartet, the Amerigo Trio and the Antonin Quartet. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, she has performed extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and South America. She is on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School and Mannes School of Music.
Che-Yen Chen, former principal violist of San Diego Symphony and founding member of the Formosa Quartet and The Myriad Trio, has been described by The Strad magazine as a musician whose “tonal distinction and essential musicality produced an auspicious impression.”
“I’m a great admirer of both players and they are both highly experienced teachers,” Tree said. “When I decided to join the USC Thornton faculty I felt I was among friends already.”
Distinguished Professor Midori Goto, chair of the Strings department and Jascha Heifetz Chair in Violin, said: “I am extremely excited to welcome Michael Tree to our department. As one of the most prominent pedagogues and violists of our time, he has inspired and mentored many important musicians who are active today as performers, teachers, and administrators. I look forward to our collaboration in offering the best possible education that balances tradition with innovative ideas to shape the future of our field.”
Tree received his first violin instruction from his father. He later studied with Efrem Zimbalist, Lea Luboshutz and Veda Reynolds at the Curtis Institute. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1954 and has since appeared as both violinist and violist with many major orchestras. He has been awarded the New York City Seal of Recognition, and has participated in leading festivals, including Casals, Spoleto, Marlboro, Israel, Santa Fe, Tanglewood and Aspen. He is on the faculties of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, Curtis Institute, Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music.
“It is with great anticipation that I welcome Michael Tree, the outstanding American violist and teacher, to our faculty,” said Ralph Kirshbaum, the Gregor Piatigorsky Chair in Violoncello at USC Thornton. “Michael is a highly respected and much loved friend and colleague, whose expertise, knowledge and experience will undoubtedly prove a source of inspiration for all of us at Thornton and, above all, for the fortunate students who will have the opportunity to study with him.”
Carl St.Clair, artistic leader and principal conductor of the USC Thornton orchestras, said: “I am excited to have someone of Michael’s immense talents and long and illustrious career joining our distinguished faculty. Mr. Tree will certainly afford our students a unique learning experience.”
Tree said that his approach to teaching is a collaboration with students. “Someone once said that ‘Teaching is the art of assisting discovery,’” Tree said. “I think that is very true, and that puts the responsibility in our hands of not simply insisting that students do what the teacher says. My approach generally is to open up the various possibilities to students and teach them.”
Tree’s appointment at USC Thornton begins in the 2014-2015 school year. In a multi-year commitment, he will work individually with a small studio of Thornton viola students.
BRUNSWICK, ME – The Trustees of the Bowdoin International Music Festival have established the Kaplan Fellowship Program in honor of founding director Lewis Kaplan.
The Kaplan fellows, who will be drawn from the most promising students at major conservatories around the world, will receive full fee support – tuition, room, and meals. Each fellow will work with the Kaplan Program director to customize his or her program of instruction with the Festival’s renowned faculty.
In the program’s first year, fellowships in strings and piano will be allocated to students of college age or older who have demonstrated musical maturity and excellence on their instrument. Fellows will be selected by a panel of Bowdoin Festival faculty based on application materials, which must include a letter of nomination by a nationally or internationally known musician. For more information, visitbowdoinfestival.org/kaplan_
At the invitation of Bowdoin College and the late Robert Beckwith, chair of the Bowdoin College Department of Music, Mr. Kaplan brought the Aeolian Chamber Players to the College in 1964 for a summer concert series. The following year, a training program for outstanding students of classical music was established and the contemporary music festival, now known as the Charles E. Gamper Festival, was launched.
Now entering its 50th year, the Bowdoin International Music Festival is known around the world for its summer training program and concert presentations. The original commitment to training the next generation of classical musicians and to contemporary music continues to this day. Each summer, more than 250 students and 60 artists from approximately 25 countries collaborate to present more than 100 concerts and other public events in Brunswick and mid-coast Maine.