COURSE FACULTY 2013
With visiting International Artists
Rohan De Silva
(Assistant to Rodney Friend)
"Just walking into Cambridge is like stepping into a perfect little fantasy world...I can only imagine how much information and inspiration the students have absorbed, how much their playing and futures have changed, and wish just a tiny bit that I were in their shoes."
Ariane Todes, Editor, The Strad
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Jiri Fiser graduated from the Prague Academy of Fine Arts where he studied with Antonin Moravec and attended Masterclasses with Nathan Milstein. Mr. Fiser played in the Suk Chamber Orchestra and served as the 1. violinist in the Dolezal Quartet. As a teacher Mr. Fiser has educated many students who succeeded in many international competitions (Prague Spring, Concertino Praga, Kocian Violin Competition) and are either soloists, sought-after chamber music or orchestral players. Mr. Fiser teaches at the Prague Conservatory and the Prague Music School and Gymnasium
Presented on BBC Radio Three as a winner of the Young Artist Forum in 1994, Joshua Fisher has since appeared in the major concert halls throughout the UK. He has performed the violin solo in Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No.4 in the Royal Festival Hall, as well as Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra at St John‘s Smith Square.
He has also given concerts as violin/director and soloist with the Northern Sinfonia and toured Italy , Spain and France performing concertos and chamber music recitals.
Joshua has broadcast live on Classic FM, Gibraltar Radio & Television and BBC Radio Three. He has also appeared in recitals and concertos with Rodney Friend and Vasco Vasilev and led orchestras under the batons of Lord Menuhin and Mstislav Rostropovich.
Joshua studied with Felix Andrievsky and Rodney Friend at the Royal College of Music and graduated with a DipRCM Performers First Class. He was a recipient of many prizes and nominated awards, and as a postgraduate received generous financial assistance from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, performing numerous concertos and recitals as part of their concert scheme.
American violinist JOAN KWUON is widely recognized for her commanding interpretations, graceful flair and deeply communicative voice. Her artistry is committed to a diversity of musical periods and styles ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Stravinsky and Takemitsu.
Joan Kwuon, whom the New York Times describes as “fiery, intensely musical and impassioned”, made her Tanglewood Music Festival concerto debut at the invitation of Sir André Previn in 2000 and her recital debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall the following season. She has since appeared with leading orchestras of North America, Europe and Asia and in recital and chamber music internationally. Ms. Kwuon’s virtuosity and radiant stage presence have been recognized by media ranging from The Today Show, CBS News and Lifetime Television to National Public Radio.
Celebrating Mozart’s 250th birthday, Ms. Kwuon toured the United States performing Mozart Violin Concerti with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit and Matthias Bamert. She performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and André Previn in Cardiff, Wales and with Maestro Previn and the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall performing Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3. She also appeared with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo, Seattle Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Bulgarian National Academic Orchestra, Jyväskylä Sinfonia of Finland, Moscow State Radio Symphony, Orchestra Europa, Busan Philharmonic, State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Louisiana Philharmonic, Amarillo Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and International Sejong Soloists. Among the many conductors with whom she has worked are Günther Herbig, Joann Falletta, Heinz Wallberg, Patrick Gallois, Heiichiro Ohyama, Enrique Batiz, Theodore Kuchar, Christopher Seaman, Joel Smirnoff, Gürer Aykal, Arild Remmereit and Thierry Fischer.
Ms. Kwuon’s other recent debuts and return engagements include the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Turkey and the Festival Internacional Cervantino in León, Mexico. Prokofiev Violin Concerto No 2 with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s “Turkish” Violin Concerto No. 5 with the Rochester Philharmonic, Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the El Paso Symphony and Beethoven Violin Concerto in the Czech Republic with the Janacek Philharmonic.
Joan Kwuon made her Metropolitan Museum recital debut in 2006 and in 2008 returned to the Metropolitan Museum with pianist, André Previn in Sonata Recital. Ms. Kwuon and Mr. Previn also performed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia and for the Anne Ratner Concert Series in NYC. She has opened the Mixon Hall Masters Series at the Cleveland Institute of Music and has appeared on the Ravinia Festival Rising Stars, Caramoor’s Great Artists Series, San Francisco Performances, Hampton Arts Series, Tannery Pond Concerts, University of Illinois’ Krannert Center, The Peggy Rockefeller Concerts in New York City, Universities of Georgia, Long Beach, Iowa, George Mason, Hoam Art Hall, Wooster College and the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. She has enjoyed collaborations with Cho-Liang Lin, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, the Juilliard String Quartet, Bright Sheng, Heidi Grant Murphy, Cecile Licad, Vladimir Feltsman and Tony Bennett with whom Ms Kwuon has performed in duet at Jazz Lincoln Center, Tanglewood and most recently at the MusiCares Grammy Awards Gala.
Born in Los Angeles, Joan Kwuon began her musical studies at the piano at age five and violin at age six. She attended Crossroads School and studied at Indiana University with Miriam Fried, The Juilliard School with Joel Smirnoff and the Cleveland Institute of Music with Donald Weilerstein. She has taught at The Juilliard School and has been guest artist/faculty at numerous music festivals including Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea, La Jolla’s Summerfest, Bowdoin International Music Festival and this summer at the Heifetz International Music Institute. In 2009, Ms Kwuon was appointed to the violin faculty of The Cleveland Institute of Music. For more information about Joan Kwuon go to www.joankwuon.com
Recognised as one of the leading violinists of his generation, György Pauk was born in Budapest, Hungary, and received his musical education at the Franz Liszt Academy. Before settling in London in 1961, he won the First Prize of the Paganini Competition in Genova, the Premier Grand Prix of the Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris and First Prize at the Munich Sonata Competition with Peter Frankl.
He made his London debut with the London Symphony Orchestra under Lorin Maazel and his recital debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1962. From then on an outstanding and wide-ranging international career followed. He has regularly performed with the world's leading orchestras in collaboration with conductors including Haitink, Dorati, Boulez, Rattle, Dutoit, Rozdestvensky, Colin Davis, Von Dohnanyi, Kertesz, Fischer Ivan, Barbirolli, Adrian Boult, Andrew Davis and many others.
He made his United States debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1971 at the invitation of Sir Georg Solti. He became a frequent soloist with most of the major orchestras of America, and he also performed at the Aspen, Hollywood Bowl, Saratoga, Santa Fe, Ravinia summer festivals. In Britain he frequently broadcasts on the BBC, and has performed with all the London orchestras, at the Henry Wood Promenade concerts and at the Bath, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, City of London and Orkney festivals.
He boasts an exceptionally rich repertoire also for chamber music that includes some of the masterpieces of the 20th century and has given world and national premieres of the works by Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Schnittke, Maxwell Davies and Tippett under the baton of the composers. György's numerous recordings include several award winning releases, including the Cecielia Prize and a Grammy nomination for one of his Bartok records. He is considered one of the most authentic interpreters of Bartok.
For many years György has devoted a considerable proportion of his energy to teaching, and his former students include many international performers. György has given guest masterclasses in the U.S. at Curtis, Peabody, Yale, Cleveland, Oberlin, and Manhattan School as well as in Shanghai, Bejing, Spain, Holland, Hungary and at the annual London Master Classes. He is often invited to the juries of prestigious international violin competitions. He has received several public honours in Britain, and in Hungary he was presented the Highest Order of the Republic by the President of Hungary for his contribution to music throughout the world, on his 60th birthday in 1996.
György plays on the Massart Stradivarious of 1714, in the master’s Golden Period.
Siyeon Ryu has been acclaimed as a musician since winning the prestigious Dong-A Competition at the age of 17. Her early promise has been confirmed as she performed internationally, as soloist and chamber musician. Recently, she pioneered a series of theme concerts, in which reviews have praised her "colorful and imaginative performances that have an addictive charm which draws audiences," and her "technical control in combination with immaculate interpretation."
As a freshman at the Seoul National University, she went to Philadelphia to study with Aaron Rosand at the Curtis Institute of Music (B.A). In 1990, she continued her studies in London at the Royal College of Music with Rodney Friend, where she won several prizes and awards. Two years later, she entered Yale University, where she studied with Syoko Aki, and received an artist's diploma and a Master's degree. She completed her education with a doctorate degree from Stony Brook University of New York.
After her successful debut with the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Ms. Ryu has performed throughout the world, including tours in the Netherlands, England, Austria, Spain, the United States, Germany, Poland and France.
Ms Ryu is a professor of music at the Sook Myung University, where she is dedicated to advancing music education in Korea.
Stephen B. Shipps enjoys a varied professional career as violinist, teacher, editor, administrator, adjudicator and commentator. He serves as Professor of Violin and Senior Advisor to the Dean for International Study at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He is Director of the International Music Academy Pilsen in the Czech Republic, now entering its seventh season.
Mr. Shipps is presently under contract with Naxos recordings for five CD’s and Lauren Keiser Publishing for a series of print editions of standard violin solo repertoire. An avid chamber musician, he is currently performing and recording with the Vorobiev-Shipps-Aaron Piano Trio. He serves on the Audition Panel for the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and is returning as Media Host of the 2010 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.
Mr. Shipps pursued violin studies with Josef Gingold at Indiana University, receiving a BM, MM and Performer’s Certificate. He also studied with Ivan Galamian and Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School and with Franco Gulli at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He began his career as an orchestral performer, serving as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Dallas Opera and Omaha Symphony Orchestras. As a chamber performer, Mr. Shipps was a member of the Amadeus and Meadowmount Piano Trios. His recording career spanned all recorded genres and his solo and chamber recordings are available on Albany, American Gramaphone, Equilibrium, Melodiya/Russian Disc and Naxos. His solo work on the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas series has yielded over two-dozen gold and platinum records representing over 20 million copies sold. His print editions are available from Encore Press in Detroit, E.C. Schirmer in Boston, Editio Amos in Prague and Lauren Keiser Publishing in New York. Shipps has taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Banff Centre in Canada and the Prague Academy of Music. He is invited regularly for teaching residencies at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe and the Hochschule für Musik Dresden.
In service capacities, he has served on the Board of Advisors of the Sphinx Organization and Competition since its inception. Mr. Shipps currently co-chairs the Committee for Studio Instruction for the American String Teachers Association and is a long-standing member of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Advisory Board.
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holds the Mary Elizabeth Callahan President's Chair at CIM. He is a native of New York City and former chair of the violin department at The Juilliard School. He has been a member of the Juilliard String Quartet since 1986, and the ensemble's leader since 1997. The Quartet, founded in 1947, has become a living American legend and won four GRAMMY Awards. Formerly the group's second violinist, Mr. Smirnoff attended the University of Chicago and The Juilliard School and was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for six years. Second Prize-winner in the International American Music Competition in 1983, he made his New York recital debut in 1985 at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall as part of the Emerging Artists series and at Town Hall as part of the Midtown Masters series. In 1997, he was featured violin soloist at Tanglewood in a concert dedicated to the memory of violinist Louis Krasner, performing the Berg Violin Concerto under the direction of Bernard Haitink. Mr. Smirnoff has participated in the world premiere of numerous contemporary works, many of which were composed for him. Mr. Smirnoff is a Sony recording artist and has solo recordings on GM, CRI and Northeastern Records. Mr. Smirnoff has served as Chair of the Violin Department at The Juilliard School since 1993 and served as Head of String Studies at the Tanglewood Music Center during the late 1990s. Mr. Smirnoff has been on the faculty of Tanglewood since 1983. He has served on the juries of the Naumburg and Indianapolis Violin Competitions. He also pursues an active career as a conductor, both in the U.S. and abroad. In the summer of 2000, Mr. Smirnoff made his official American conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony, conducting an all-Tchaikovsky program. He has also been a frequent guest with the New World Symphony and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. In May 2004, he received rave reviews for his debut with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, replacing Peter Oundjian, who had fallen ill. In Europe, Mr. Smirnoff has conducted the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and a European tour with the Basel Sinfonietta and Charles Rosen as soloist in the Elliott Carter Piano Concerto. Mr. Smirnoff has led both the Juilliard Symphony and the Juilliard Orchestra in concert. He has also appeared in concert with the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Phoenix Symphony, the Chicago Philharmonic, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra. Mr. Smirnoff also plays jazz, performing frequently as improvising soloist with Tony Bennett. His solos were featured on the GRAMMY Award-winning CD Tony Bennett Sings Ellington Hot and Cool. He has also been guest soloist with Gunther Schuller and the American Jazz Orchestra, as well as the Billy Taylor Trio. Mr. Smirnoff was born into an eminent New York musical family. His mother sang with the Jack Teagarden Band under the stage name of Judy Marshall and his father, Zelly Smirnoff, played in the NBC Symphony under Toscanini and was second violinist of the Stuyvesant String Quartet. Mr. Smirnoff has been president of CIM since 2008.
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Danae Witter, American violinist and violist, made her debut at the age of twelve, winning the Indianapolis New World Orchestra Young Artist Competition. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree, Cum Laude, from Butler University, where she was the recipient of the Presser Award. She was awarded the Mildred Tuttle Scholarship for Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan where she received two M.M. degrees in Violin Performance and Chamber Music with high honors. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in May 2011 from the University of Southern California, including a minor in theory analysis and electives in viola and music education. As an orchestral player, she has performed in the motion picture recording industry in Los Angeles. Ms. Witter is an accomplished writer and served as an Associate Editor to the Sevcik project published by Lauren Keiser Publishing Company in New York. She currently serves on the Editorial Committee of the American String Teacher journal. Ms. Witter is employed by SHAR Products, acting as Director of the SHAR Violin Shop. She was Violin Faculty and Operations Director of the International Music Academy Pilsen in the Czech Republic, violin faculty sabbatical replacement at the University of Michigan and currently is Operations Director and faculty member of CISA.
Violinist Kirsten Yon is currently in residence at the University of Houston where she is Associate Professor of Violin. Past engagements include serving as Associate Professor of Violin at Texas Tech University, a position she held for eight years.
An acclaimed teacher, performer, and clinician, she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and the Cleveland Institute of Music before pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. During her degrees, Ms. Yon studied with Stephen Shipps, William Preucil, David Updegraff, and Kathleen Winkler. Additionally, Ms. Yon has worked with Raphael Fliegel, Christian Teal, and Vaclav Snitil. She attended the Meadowmount School for Strings for five summers, where she was the first recipient of the Catherine Tait Memorial Scholarship for Teaching and Outstanding Leadership. The winner of multiple competitions, Ms. Yon has received outstanding accolades for her performances as a concert soloist, chamber musician, and for her concerto appearances.
Ms. Yon has performed with numerous professional orchestras across the United States and South America, including the Ann Arbor Symphony, the New World Symphony, and the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Concertmaster positions include the Bayou City Chamber Orchestra, the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, the Caprock Pro Musica Sinfonietta, and Ballet Lubbock. In the arena of chamber music, Ms. Yon was a founding member of the Champlain Trio, the Archiano Ensemble, the Karlin Trio, and the Botticelli String Quartet. Her concert schedules have included sold-out solo and chamber music recitals throughout Texas, New York (Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall), California, Minnesota, Michigan, New Mexico, Brazil, Honduras, Germany, France, and Norway. In May 2005 the Botticelli String Quartet and violist Korey Konkol premiered a work by composer Peter Fischer at the International Viola Congress, held in Reykjavik, Iceland. She has toured Brazil with the Botticelli String Quartet and pianist Cristina Capparelli Gerling, traveling to Curitiba, Florianopolis, and performing several concerti with the Orquestra de Câmara Theatro São Pedro in Porto Alegre (Brazil).
Since the beginning of her professional career, students from both her college and pre-college studios have won numerous solo competitions and awards. A frequent violin clinician, Ms. Yon has given masterclasses at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and the Universidade Federal do São João del Rey (Brazil) in addition to numerous schools across the United States and Honduras. Ms. Yon is also a repeated guest artist at the Nathan Schwartzman String Festival in Uberlandia, Brazil (2009-2012). Ms. Yon served as the president of the South Plains Suzuki Strings Foundation and is a strong advocate of string education. In her initial year at Texas Tech University, she was honored with a Texas Tech University Alumni Association New Faculty Award for her work at the School of Music. In September of 2010, she was elected to the Texas Tech Teaching Academy, a distinct honor within the university.
Dedicated to musical outreach at the community and international levels, Ms. Yon is a founder and faculty advisor of Cuerdas de Enlace (String Connection), a pedagogical outreach program with ties to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Previously on the faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Texas Tech University Orchestra Camp, Ms. Yon also taught at the International Music Academy in Pilsen, Czech Republic from 2009-2011. In the summer of 2012, she joined the internationally acclaimed faculty of both the Texas Music Festival and the Cambridge International String Academy (England).
Ms. Yon's debut recording will be released by Centaur Records in 2013, featuring the Ravel and Kodály duos with cellist Jeffrey Lastrapes.
Rohan De Silva’s partnerships with violin virtuosos Itzhak Perlman, Cho-Liang Lin, Midori, Joshua Bell, Benny Kim, Kyoko Takezawa, Vadim Repin, Gil Shaham, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Julian Rachlin have led to highly acclaimed performances at recital venues all over the world. With these and other artists he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Philadelphia Academy of Music, Ambassador Theater in Los Angeles, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and La Scala in Milan and Tel-Aviv, Israel. His festival appearances include the Aspen, Interlochen, Manchester, Ravinia and Schleswig-Holstein festivals, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and the Wellington Arts Festival in New Zealand. He performs frequently with Itzhak Perlman and was seen with Mr. Perlman on PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center broadcast in early January 2000. In September 2009, Mr. De Silva performed with Mr. Perlman in Mexico City and in recital at the Moscow Conservatory. Mr. De Silva regularly tours the Far East with Mr. Perlman, and in October 2011, they travel to Asia for performances in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The 2011-12 season will also see them together in recital across the United States, including stops at Boston’s Symphony Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and Washington’s Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Mr. De Silva and Mr. Perlman recently performed at the State Dinner for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, hosted by President George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush at the White House.
Mr. De Silva, a native of Sri Lanka, began his piano studies with his mother, the late Primrose De Silva, and with the late Mary Billimoria. He spent six years at the Royal Academy of Music in London as a student of Hamish Milne, Sydney Griller, and Wilfred Parry. While in London, he received many awards including the Grover Bennett Scholarship, the Christian Carpenter Prize, the Martin Music Scholarship, the Harold Craxton Award for advanced study in England, and, upon his graduation, the Chappell Gold Medal for best overall performance at the Royal Academy. Mr. De Silva was the first recipient of a special Scholarship in the arts from the Presidents Fund of Sri Lanka. This enabled him to enter The Juilliard School, where he received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees, studying piano with Martin Canin, chamber music with Felix Galimir, and working closely with violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay. He was awarded a special prize as Best Accompanist at the 1990 Ninth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He received the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award presented to him by Itzhak Perlman at the 2005 Classical Recording Foundation Awards Ceremony at Carnegie Hall.
Mr. De Silva joined the collaborative arts and chamber music faculty of The Juilliard School in 1991, and in 1992 was awarded honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. In 2001, he joined the faculty at the Ishikawa Music Academy in Japan, where he gives masterclasses in collaborative piano. Radio and television credits include The Tonight Show with Midori, CNN’s “Showbiz Today”, NHK Television in Japan, National Public Radio, WQXR and WNYC in New York, and Berlin Radio. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, CBS/SONY Classical, Collins Classics in London, and RCA Victor. Photo by John Beebe
Mark was born in 1965 and started playing piano at the age of six. He has performed various works with orchestra, broadcast a duo recital on Classic FM with Lisa Friend (flautist) and given a duo recital with James Dutton (flautist) in the Purcell Room as part of the Park Lane Group Recitals.
As a freelance accompanist, has worked for the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Peg Opera. Mark was also a repetiteur for Opera South (Manon) and has accompanied the Basingstoke Choral Society since 1976 (appointed Assistant Musical Director in 1997). Mark was an official accompanist on the Torroella de Montgri Summer Course in 1992 and 1993, Janacek Cunning Little Vixen in 2007 at Woodhouse in Surrey and musical director / accompanist in 4 performances of Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel in 2008.