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Antoine Tamestit to give viola master class April 18

Antoine Tamestit

Antoine Tamestit

The viola studio will host a master class and small private performance by Antoine Tamestit ’01 MM on Monday, April 18 in Leigh 402. Yamestit is currently a professor at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris, and is in demand as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician.

His repertoire ranges from the Baroque period to the contemporary and he has performed and recorded several world premieres. As a soloist, Tamestit has worked with a variety of orchestras, and he currently plays in a string trio with Frank Peter Zimmermann and Christian Poltera.

He is a professor at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris, and plays on a viola made by Stradivarius in 1672, loaned by the Habisreutinger Foundation. Together with Nobuko Imai, Tamestit is co-artistic director of the Viola Space Festival in Tokyo, focusing on the development of viola repertoire and proposing education programmes.

Born in Paris, Tamestit studied with Jesse Levine at Yale University and with Tabea Zimmermann. He was the recipient of several coveted prizes including the William Primrose Competition and the first prize at the Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions, BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists Scheme, Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2009.


Published April 15, 2016
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Violinist Kevin Lawrence gives master class Nov. 17

lawrence_kevinKevin Lawrence, a violinist and a member of the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, will give a master class at Yale on Tuesday, November 17. The class takes place 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Kevin Lawrence has been praised for his “vibrant intensity” (The Times, London) and playing “supremely convincing in its vitality” (Cleveland Plain Dealer). He has performed in the United States and Europe in such venues as Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall in New York; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; and in Houston, Chicago, London, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Rome, Prague, Bucharest, Sofia, St. Petersburg, and Amsterdam, where the Dutch press described him as “simply miraculous” (Het Vaderland). In the fall of 2003 he made an extensive recital tour of Europe, including concert appearances in Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Italy. MORE

Published November 16, 2015
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Clarinet master class with Roeland Hendrikx April 14

hendrikx-roelandThe clarinet studio will host a master class with Roeland Hendrikx on Tuesday, April 14. Roeland Hendrikx is the clarinet soloist of the Belgian National Orchestra.

The class will take place in Leigh 402 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. MORE

Published April 1, 2015
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Guest musicians to give a tango workshop April 1

Hector del Curto, bandoneon

Hector del Curto, bandoneon

The Yale School of Music presents a tango workshop on Wednesday, April 1 at 12:30 pm.

The workshop will be led by Pablo Aslan, bass; Satoshi Takeishi, percussion; Hector del Curto, bandoneon; and Alex Brown, piano. The four are also among the performers in the Letters from Argentina concert on March 31.

In the first half of the workshop, the leaders will demonstrate instrumental tango techniques. The second half will feature performances by Yale School of Music students. MORE

Published March 31, 2015
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Pierre Henri Xuereb to give viola master class March 24

Xuereb_Pierre-HenriPierre Henri Xuereb will give a viola master class at the Yale School of Music on Monday, March 24. The class will take place at 4 pm in Leigh Hall, Room 402.

The class will feature four YSM violists, all students of Ettore Causa, working with Xuereb on selections from their repertoire.

Isabella Mensz will play Hindemith’s Sonata for Solo Viola (1937); Hyeree Yu will play Enescu’s Concert Piece with pianist Anton SmirnoffR. Danielle Wiebe will play Reger’s Suite No.2 for solo viola, and Xinyi Xu will play the first movement of York Bowen’s Viola Concerto, Op. 25, with pianist Michael Noble. MORE

Published March 15, 2014
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Yale Opera presents a master class with baritone Alan Held Dec. 9th

Held_Alan_B&WThe Yale School of Music presents a master class with acclaimed baritone Alan Held on Monday, December 9, 2013. The event takes place at 7 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven. Mr. Held will coach singers in the Yale Opera program in a variety of operatic repertoire.

Internationally recognized as one of the leading singing actors today, Mr. Held has appeared in major roles in the world’s finest opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, The Vienna State Opera, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Paris Opera, The Bavarian State Opera, and the Teatro alla Scala. MORE

Published November 6, 2013
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Yale Opera presents master class with Alan Held

On Tuesday, February 26 at 7 pm, renowned bass-baritone Alan Held will work with several singers from Yale Opera in public master class. Esteban Cordero, tenor; Stephen Daniel, baritone; David Leigh, bass; Nikhil Navkal, tenor; and Brian Vu, baritone, will perform for Mr. Held. The class will also feature pianists Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin.

The master class takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Recognized internationally as one of the leading singing actors today, American bass-baritone Alan Held has appeared in major roles in the world’s finest opera houses, including The Metropolitan Opera, The Vienna State Opera, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Paris Opera, The Bavarian State Opera, Teatro all Scala, Teatre del Liceu, Hamburg State Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Netherlands Opera, Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, and Teatro de la Maestranza. His many roles include Wotan in Wagner’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen, Leporello in Don Giovanni, The Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Jochanaan in Salome, Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde, Don Pizzaro in Fidelio, Orestes in Elektra, Balstrode in Peter Grimes, and the title role in Wozzeck and Cardillac.

Equally at home on the concert stage, he has performed with the world’s leading orchestras including The Berlin Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony, The National Symphony Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The BBC-Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The Paris Orchestra, The Kirov Opera Orchestra, and The Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared at the Salzburg and Tanglewood Festivals as well as the BBC Proms. He has worked with such distinguished conductors as James Conlon, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Sir Charles Mackerras, Zubin Mehta, Franz Welser-Möst, Kent Nagano, Sir Simon Rattle, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Jeffrey Tate. MORE

Published February 25, 2013
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Concerts & master classes with clarinetist Charles Neidich, pianist Robert Levin

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents clarinetist Charles Neidich and pianist Robert Levin in a series of performances, master classes, and workshops next week.

The duo will perform a program featuring works by Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Clara Schumann (1819–1896), and Johannes Brahms (1833–1897). Those performances take place Sunday, December 2 at 3 pm and Monday, December 3 at 8 pm. The program features Robert Schumann’s Soiréestücke, Op. 73 (the original version of the Fantasiestücke); Brahms’s Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, no. 1; Clara Schumann’s Romances, Op. 21; and the Brahms Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 120, no. 2

Mr. Levin will be bringing a historic piano made in 1869 by Johann Baptist Streicher. This is the same type known to have been owned and used by Johannes Brahms himself during the last twenty-four years of his life. For tickets, please visit music.yale.edu/concerts or call the Collection at 203 432-0822.

Master Classes & Lectures

All master classes and lectures are free and open to the public.

Robert Levin: “Improvising Mozart”

A lecture-demonstration on the style and techniques of Classical-era improvisation, given on the Collection’s Könnicke piano, ca.1795.
When: Sunday, December 3, following the concert (approx. 5:30 pm)
Where: Collection of Musical Instruments, upstairs keyboard gallery

Charles Neidich: “Old is New, New is Old” MORE

Published November 29, 2012
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Baroque cellist Phoebe Carrai gives master class Nov. 29

The distinguished Baroque cellist Phoebe Carrai will give a master class on Thursday, November 29, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The master class, which is free and open to the public, is generously sponsored by the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments. The event takes place in Leigh Hall (435 College Street), Room 402.

Phoebe Carrai performs internationally with such groups as Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society, Arcadian Academy, and Concert Royal. She is a founding member of the Van Swieten Quartet and the International Baroque Institute at Longy.

She is on the faculties of the Juilliard School, Longy School of Music (Cambridge, Mass.), and of the Conservatory of the Arts (Berlin, Germany).

Ms. Carrai earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Laurence Lesser. Upon graduating, she was awarded a Beebe foundation grant and studied in Salzburg with Nicolaus Harnoncourt. For ten years she was a member of Musica Antiqua Koln, touring and teaching in the United States, Scandinavia, Asia, and Australia.

Ms. Carrai has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Archiv, Decca, Harmonia Mundi Germany, and BMG.

Published November 28, 2012
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Master class with cellist Tanya Tomkins April 21

The distinguished cellist Tanya Tomkins will give an open master class on Saturday, April 21, from 1:00 to 4:45 pm. The class takes place in Parker Hall, Room 408 in Leigh Hall (435 College Street) and is  sponsored by the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments.

A member of the faculty of the American Bach Soloists Summer Academy, Tanya Tomkins has also given master classes at Juilliard, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and San Jose State University.

Tanya Tomkins returned to the United States in 1998 after living in Holland for 14 years, where she discovered that certain music sounds amazing when performed on the historic instruments for which it was composed. This discovery has informed her diverse career as soloist and chamber musician, and is reflected in her virtuoso performances on both baroque and modern cellos.

Hailed as “a cellist with a very special and unusual intensity” by NRC Handelsblad (The Netherlands), Tomkins has also been called “a performer who combines an intense dramatic fire with Apollonian poise” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Tanya is the first cellist ever to win the international Bodky Competition for Early Music Soloists.  As an active soloist and chamber recitalist, Tanya has performed to critical acclaim at Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, San Francisco Performances, and the Concertgebouw Kleine Zaal, among many other venues.

Currently a principal cellist for San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque and Portland Baroque, Tanya has also performed as soloist with both orchestras.  MORE

Published April 20, 2012
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