Trumpeter Kevin Cobb appointed to YSM faculty

Kevin Cobb

School of Music Dean Robert Blocker announced today that trumpeter Kevin Cobb has been appointed to the YSM faculty. Cobb will begin teaching at the School in the fall. “Kevin is a member of the American Brass Quintet and performs frequently with the New York Philharmonic,” Blocker said. “He teaches at The Juilliard School and also gives master classes throughout the country. His concert activities and discography reflect those of a renowned artist.” Cobb also holds teaching positions at New York University and SUNY Stony Brook, and at the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Colorado Summer Music Festival.

Cobb has performed with such renowned ensembles as the American Composer’s Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York New Music Ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Speculum Musicae, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others.

In additions to his solo recording One: American Music for Unaccompanied Trumpet (Summit Records) and those made with the American Brass Quintet, Cobb appears on recordings by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Brass.

Cobb studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy and earned his bachelor and master of music degrees from the Curtis Institute and The Juilliard School, respectively.

He succeeds Allan Dean, who will retire at semester’s end after 30 years on the YSM faculty. “My gratitude to Allan Dean is boundless,” Blocker said.

Published March 13, 2019
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Yale Opera presents Oct. 17 public master class with Alan Held

Alan Held

Alan Held

Acclaimed bass-baritone Alan Held will present a master class on Monday, October 17, at 7 pm, in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Memorial Hall. The master class will feature performances by students from the Yale Opera program including bass-baritone Stephen Clark, baritone Bryan Murray, soprano Sylvia D’Eramo, and tenors Lucas van Lierop and Luis Aguilar singing works by Mozart, Massenet, Corigliano, Handel, Carlisle Floyd, Bizet, Donizetti, and Tchaikovsky. Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin will accompany the performers. The master class is free and open to the public. MORE

Published October 17, 2016
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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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Yale Opera presents master class with Alan Held Dec. 14

Held_Alan_B&WThe renowned bass-baritone Alan Held will work with several singers from Yale Opera in public master class on Monday, December 14 at 7 pm. The class will feature performances by Paweł Konik, bass-baritone; Dean Murphy, baritone; Anne Maguire, mezzo-soprano; Zachary Johnson, baritone; Andrés Moreno, tenor. Soprano Natalia Rubis is the alternate.

Douglas Dickson and Timothy Shaindlin will accompany the singers. The master class, which is free and open to the public, takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). MORE

Published December 11, 2015
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Piano Master Class Series 2015-16


Yoheved Kaplinsky

The Piano Master Class Series at YSM is under way for the 2015–16 season. The series gives piano students at Yale valuable opportunities to perform in piano master classes given by our internationally renowned faculty and visiting artists.

The 2015–16 Series began with two members of the YSM Faculty: on September 24 with Wei-Yi Yang and October 1 with Boris Berman. Upcoming for the fall semester are master classes with faculty members Peter Frankl, Melvin Chen, and Hung-Kuan Chen, as well as visiting artists Yves Henry, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Amy Lin.

Most master classes take place Thursdays in Morse Recital Hall at 10:30 am. Arrangements can be made for audience members who wish to attend these classes; there is no charge. Interested audience members should send an email in advance.


Published October 14, 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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Leon Fleisher gives a master class Nov. 14

Intl_Piano_LF1120.pdfThe Yale School of Music presents a master class with legendary pianist Leon Fleisher on Thursday, November 14. Once hailed by the French conductor Pierre Monteux as “the pianistic find of the century,” Mr. Fleisher began studying piano at age 9, when he became the youngest-ever student of Arthur Schnabel.

In the master class, Fleisher will work with three Yale School of Music student pianists. Jenny Chen will play Beethoven’s Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, “Waldstein.” Suzana Bartal, a past winner of the Woolsey Concerto Competition, will play Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960. Larry Weng will also play Schubert, concluding the class with the Sonata in A major, D. 959 (Op. posth). MORE

Published November 1, 2013
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Master class with Krzysztof Penderecki Oct. 30

Krzysztof_Penderecki_webComposer Krzysztof Penderecki will conduct a chamber music master class on Wednesday, October 30. Penderecki, who was a member of the YSM faculty in the 1970s, will work with two chamber music groups the class, which takes place 12:30–2pm in Leigh Hall, Room 402.

Penderecki will work with the group playing his Clarinet Quartet from 12:30 to 1:15 and the duo playing his piece for violin and bass from 1:15 to 2.

All YSM students are invited to attend the master class.

Published October 30, 2013
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Matthew Polenzani to give master class with Yale Opera Dec. 2


Yale Opera is delighted to announce that world-renowned tenor and Yale Opera alumnus Matthew Polenzani ’94MM will give a master class in Sprague Hall on Monday, December 2 at 7 pm.

One of the most gifted and distinguished lyric tenors of his generation, Matthew Polenzani has been praised for the artistic versatility and fresh lyricism that he brings to concert and operatic appearances on leading international stages. This season Mr. Polenzani returns to the Metropolitan Opera in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, conducted by James Levine, and in Verdi’s Rigoletto, opposite Dmitri Hvorostovky and Alexandra Kurzak. He is Massenet’s Des Grieux in Laurent Pelly’s production of Manon at the Royal Opera Covent Garden, and he makes his role debut as Tito in David McVicar’s production of La Clemenza di Tito at Lyric Opera of Chicago, opposite Joyce DiDonato. MORE

Published September 18, 2013
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