2015-16 Guests


Jeff Irvine
Viola Master Class
Saturday, September 12, 2015
10:00 am-12:00 noon, Kilbourn Hall

Jeffrey Irvine is the Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Viola at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In addition to teaching at Bowdoin, he also teaches at the Heifetz International Music Institute during the summer. He was Professor of Viola at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music from 1983 to 1999 and was also chair of the string division there from 1992 to 1999.

Mr. Irvine’s teachers have included Heidi Castleman, Dorothy DeLay, Martha Katz, William Primrose, and Karen Tuttle. He is married to violist Lynne Ramsey with whom he has two children, Hannah and Christopher. He plays a viola by Hiroshi Iizuka, made in 1993. He is also an avid runner.

For more information: http://www.jeffreyirvine.com/


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Matt Haimovitz
Cello Master Class
Monday, September 14, 2015
3:00-5:00 pm, Hatch Recital Kilbourn Hall

Renowned as a musical pioneer, cellist Matt Haimovitz has inspired classical music lovers and countless new listeners by bringing his artistry to concert halls and clubs, outdoor festivals and intimate coffee houses, any place where passionate music can be heard. He brings a fresh ear to familiar repertoire, champions new music and initiates groundbreaking collaborations as well as creating innovative recording projects for Oxingale Records. He has a tireless touring schedule as well all while mentoring an award-winning studio of young cellists at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal.  Through his visionary approach, Haimovitz is redefining what it means to be an artist for the 21st century.

For more information: http://oxingalerecords.com/matt-haimovitz/


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Kim Cook
Cello Master Class
Thursday, October 1, 2015
7:00-9:00 pm, Hatch Recital Hall

After the release of Kim Cook’s recording of the Shostakovich Concerto and the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with the Volgograd Symphony, Fanfare Magazine praised her “glorious sound”, and critics from Gramophone described her playing as “eloquent.”  Ms. Cook has performed to critical acclaim as a soloist in 28 countries and has toured as Artistic Ambassador for the U.S. State Department.  At her Carnegie Hall debut, critics admired her “ravishing colors and textures” (New York Concert Review). In Europe, she was hailed as “the superb American cellist” (Die Rheinpfalz, Frankfurt). Ms. Cook’s recordings include the Concertos by Dvorak, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Saint-Saëns, and Lalo, as well as the solo sonatas by Kodaly, Crumb, and Hindemith. In 2008-09, Cook was named the Inaugural Penn State Laureate. Recent performances include recitals in New York, Baltimore, and the University of Cambridge, and concerto performances with the Splitski Virtuozi in Croatia, the Volgograd Symphony in Russia, and the Ukrainian State Orchestra in Kiev.

A graduate of Yale and the University of Illinois, Ms. Cook studied with Gabriel Magyar, Aldo Parisot, Alan Harris, and Janos Starker.  She was principal cellist of the São Paulo Symphony under the direction of Eleazar de Carvalho, and taught at New Mexico State prior to her appointment as Professor of Cello at Penn State. At Penn State, Ms. Cook’s cello studio has attracted talented cellists from Europe, Asia, South America and the United States, and her former students currently occupy positions in orchestras and music schools in the United States, Sweden, Germany, Brazil, Croatia, and Taiwan.

For more information: http://kimcookcello.weebly.com/


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Sungsic Yang
Violin Master Class
Monday, October 12, 2015
3:00-6:00 pm, Howard Hanson Hall

“The brilliant Korean violinist firmly staked a claim on his Audience’s attention with commanding intensity with unhurried grandeur and varied tonal character.”  The Times

The First Grand Prize winner of the 1988 Carl Flesch International Violin Competition in London, Sungsic Yang has established himself as one of the leading violinist of his generation.

Mr. Yang’s international career includes performances with: the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Yehudi Menuhin, the Scottish National Symphony, the London Mozart Players, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ireland, the Leningrad Chamber Orchestra, the Warsaw Chamber Orchestra, the Gavleborgs Symphony Orchestra in Sweden, the Stavanger Philharmonic in Norway, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra under Lawrence Foster, the Orchestra Symphonique Français under Laurent Petitgirard, the London BBC Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Davis, and the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under Dmitri Kitayenko, with whom a live recording of the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky concertos have subsequently been released under the label CBS Korea. Following the success of this first collaboration, he was



Guy Johnston
Friday, October 30, 2015
12:30 pm, Hatch Recital Hall

Cello Master Class
Saturday, October 31, 2015
4:00-6:30 pm, Ciminelli Lounge

Guy Johnston is one of the most exciting and versatile British cellists of his generation. Born into a musical family, Guy joined his brothers in the world-renowned choir of King’s College, Cambridge, where he recorded the famous carol Once in Royal David’s City, under Stephen Cleobury. He went on to achieve important early successes through the BBC Young Musician of the Year title, the Guilhermina Suggia Gift, the Shell London Symphony Orchestra Gerald MacDonald Award and receiving a Classical Brit Award at the Royal Albert Hall. His mentors have included Steven Doane, Ralph Kirshbaum, Bernard Greenhouse, Steven Isserlis and David Waterman.

For more info: http://guy-johnston.com/guy_johnston_homepage.html



Wan-Ling Chuang
Double Bass Master Class
Saturday, October 31, 2015
6:00-8:00 pm, Howard Hanson Hall

As an orchestral double bass player, Wan-Ling Chuang started her professional orchestral career performing at the age of 19, performing with the Taipei Symphony and Taipei Philharmonic in Taiwan, and the Orchestral of the Southern Finger Lakes, Binghamton Philharmonic, and Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in New York State. She currently serves as assistant Principal Double Bass in the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes.

In 2007, she received a teaching assistantship from the Eastman School of Music to continue her music trainings. She obtained her Master of music in 2009 and her Doctoral of Music in Double Bass Performance and Literature with minor in music theory in 2014 May. During her years at Eastman, she focuses her teaching experiences as an instructor of Secondary Double Bass at the University of Rochester and serves as Teaching Assistant of both the double bass studio and education department at the Eastman School of Music. Beyond the college teaching, Miss Chuang also teaches younger bassist as a double bass intern instructor at the Eastman Community Music School. Bedsides music teaching activates, Miss Chuang is also participating chamber music performance regularly in the New York state. She was selected to perform in Women in music Festival in New York City and Schenectady at 2011, and has been invited to perform in Horseheads, Rochester, Corning, Olean, and Wellsboro PA.

As a pianist, Miss Chuang serves as a piano accompanist at Eastman Community Music School, Avon Central Schools, Sweden Senior Choir and Geneseo Methodist Church. At 2014 summer, she served as a vocal assistant and orchestral pianist for music “King and I” at the Avon Community Theatre.



Henryk Kowaslki
Violin Master Class
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
3:00-6:00 pm, Howard Hanson Hall

Violin professor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and Professor Emeritus of Violin at Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana USA, Henryk Kowalski is a sought after pedagogue. (Read more)

Henryk Kowalski’s own studies were with Professor Tadeusz Wronski at the Warsaw Conservatory and Indiana University and with Professor Josef Gingold of Indiana University. In 1974 after receiving his Artist Diploma in Violin from Indiana University he became a Violin Faculty member there where for many years, as Professor of violin, he has taught until 2011.

1990 to 1991 he was Visiting Professor of Violin at the Tokyo College of Music, Japan and then from 1994 to 2006 Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm where in 2006 he became and is presently Professor of Violin.


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Kim Kashkashian
Viola Master Class

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Kilbourn Hall

2013 Grammy Award winner for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, Kashkashian currently teaches at the New England Conservatory. Previously, she taught at Freiburg and in Berlin. Among her students are Julia Rebekka Adler, Sheila Browne, Lim Soon Lee and Diemut Poppen. She is the founder and artistic director of Music for Food, a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief.

For more info: http://necmusic.edu/faculty/kim-kashkashian


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Sivan Magen
Harp Master Class

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Hatch Recital Hall

Widely acknowledged for bringing a unique voice to his instrument, Sivan Magen transforms the harp into an expressive, colorful, and virtuosic instrument, moving it to center stage through the exploration of the standard repertoire, the commissioning of today’s composers, and his new adaptations to the harp of some of the greatest music of the last three centuries.

For more info: http://www.sivanmagen.com/


Simone Bernardini

Simone Bernardini
Violin Master Class
Monday, November 23, 2015
7:00-9:00 pm, Ciminelli Lounge

Simone Bernardini first learned to play piano before he switched to the violin. During his studies in music he was trained as a conductor as well as a violinist. He was a concertmaster (leader) of the Orchestre National de Lyon and the Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, as well as of the Juilliard Orchestra before earning a scholarship to the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Orchestra Academy in 2000, two years later becoming a permanent member of the orchestra.

As a soloist and chamber musician, he is a regular visitor to renowned festivals and leading concert halls all over the world. Since his debut in 1999 at the festival Musical d’Automne de Jeunes Interprètes, he has been sought after internationally as a conductor, and the violinist has also directed members of the Berliner Philharmoniker: in 2008 at a family concert and in 2009 at the Usedom Music Festival.

In addition, Simone Bernardini, who has been a tutor since 2005 at the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, gives master courses at several international festivals.


Jolyon Pegis

Jolyon Pegis
Cello Master Class
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
7:00-9:00 pm, Hatch Recital Hall

Jolyon Pegis has been a member of the Dallas Symphony since 2000. He is also the Assistant Principal Cello of the Chautauqua Symphony. Previously, he was the Principal Cellist of the San Antonio Symphony. He is from Rochester, NY and studied cello at Indiana University and the Hartt School of Music. He made his formal NY recital debut at Carnegie Recital hall in 1990 as a result of winning the Artist International Awards. He has appeared as soloist with the Dallas Symphony as well as the orchestras of San Antonio, Virginia, Chautauqua, West Virginia and Maui. He is a past participant of the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival in Buffalo and the Anchorage Festival of the Arts.


David Bowlin

David Bowlin
Violin Master Class
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
2:00-5:00 pm, Hatch Recital Hall

Violinist David Bowlin has won critical acclaim for his solo and chamber music performances from the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times, among numerous other sources. He is an accomplished performer of a broad range of repertoire, and has performed recitals and concertos across the United States. Among these are dozens of premieres, including the Weill Hall world premiere of Mahagoni, a violin concerto written for Bowlin by Austrian composer Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin. Accolades include the 2007 Samuel Baron Prize from Stony Brook University and first prize in violin at the 2003 Washington International Competition.

In 2007, Bowlin joined the violin faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, having previously taught at the Juilliard School as assistant to Ronald Copes. He has taught on the faculties of the Okemo Young Artist Program, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, the Madeleine Island Chamber Music Camp, and the Mannes Beethoven Institute. He has given master classes at Stony Brook University, Cornell University, the North Carolina School for the Arts, Beijing’s Central Conservatory, the Music Institute of Chicago, and the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia, Mexico.

For more info: http://new.oberlin.edu/conservatory/departments/strings/faculty


Darrett Adkins

Darrett Adkins
Cello Master Class
Thursday, January 21, 2016
2:30-4:30 pm, Hatch Recital Hall

Darrett Adkins is Associate Professor of Cello at Oberlin and a faculty member at the Juilliard School, where he received his DMA in 2000. He is a member of the Zephyr Trio with flutist Jeanne Galway and pianist Jonathan Feldman. A winner of the Presser Music Award and the Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award, Adkins has appeared as soloist with Tochio Soloisten, the North Carolina Symphony, the New Hampshire Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Tokyo Philharmonic, and National Symphony of Brazil, among others.

For more info: http://www.juilliard.edu/faculty/darrett-adkins  and http://new.oberlin.edu/conservatory/departments/strings/faculty


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Olga Kaler
Violin Master Class
Saturday, January 30, 2016
2:00-4:00 pm, Ciminelli Lounge

A highly regarded violin pedagogue, Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler joined DePaul School of Music in 2004 as Associate Professor, teaching Applied Violin, String Pedagogy and Performance Practice & Critique. Kaler’s recently published Scale System for Reluctant Scale Enthusiasts met with enthusiastic reception from string players around the world. Her first published work, An Effective Method For Teaching and Studying Violin Technique, is used by teachers worldwide as a textbook for string pedagogy classes. Kaler appeared as an artist-teacher at Bowdoin International Music Festival, Skaneateles Music Festival, and will appear at the International Heifetz Institute in 2016. She regularly presents masterclasses and judges national and international string competitions. Kaler holds a Doctor of Music from Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, and degrees from New England Conservatory of Boston, Moscow State Conservatory and Stolyarsky Special Music School for Gifted Children in Odessa, Ukraine. Her teachers include Almita Vamos, Nelli Shkolnikova, Benjamin Mordkovich, Naoum Latinsky, Inna Gaukhman, and James Buswell.

For more info: http://www.olgadkaler.com/


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Romer String Quartet
Guest Artist Recital
Sunday, February 7, 2016
8:00-9:45 pm, Kilbourn Hall

Named after Hong Kong’s endemic Romer’s Tree Frog, the Romer String Quartet is a genuinely local ensemble formed by musicians all born and raised in Hong Kong. The quartet has been recognized locally and abroad as one of the most active string quartets in town since its debut in 2013.

Romer String Quartet is dedicated to promoting chamber music to the younger generation in Hong Kong and Asia. As teaching artists, Romer String Quartet is the Ensemble-in-Residence of The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2014-15, other previous residencies included the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble’s ‘Modern Academy’ and the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra. It has given masterclasses and workshops at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, Macao Polytechnic Institute and the Kota Kinabalu String Music Festival. The quartet was invited as jury member and guest performer at the Hong Kong ‘New Generation 2014 Concert’ composition competition. It also serves the community in partnership with the Hong Kong Playground Association, regularly providing free educational workshops and concerts to children.

For more info: http://www.romerstringquartet.com/



Clive Greensmith
Cello Master Class
Thursday, March 3, 2016
7:30-10:00 pm, OSL 101

Cellist Clive Greensmith joined the Tokyo String Quartet in 1999 and has performed with the Quartet at the most prestigious venues and concert series across the globe. Previously, he held the position of principal cellist of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, he has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, and the RAI Orchestra of Rome, among others. He has collaborated with such distinguished musicians as Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Steven Isserlis, Lynn Harrell, Alicia de Larrocha, Midori, András Schiff, and Pinchas Zukerman. A regular visitor at many international festivals, Mr. Greensmith has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Pacific Music Festival, and Music@Menlo. Mr. Greensmith’s recording of works by Brahms and Schumann with Boris Berman was recently released on the Biddulph label. Recordings with the Tokyo String Quartet include the complete Beethoven quartets and the Mozart “Prussian” quartets. Mr. Greensmith has served on the faculties of the Royal Northern College of Music, Yehudi Menuhin School, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Yale School of Music. He is currently professor of cello and co-director of chamber music at the Colburn School and was a jury member at the 2015 Carl Nielsen Chamber Music Competition in Copenhagen. A recording of clarinet trios featuring works by Beethoven and Brahms with Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse was released by Harmonia Mundi in 2014. Clive Greensmith is a member of the Montrose Trio with pianist Jon Kimura Parker and violinist Martin Beaver.


Michael Kannen

Michael Kannen
Chamber Music Master Class
Sunday, March 20, 2016
8:00-10:00 pm, ESM 404

Cellist Michael Kannen has distinguished himself as a musician and educator of uncommon accomplishment who is comfortable in widely diverse musical situations and venues. He was a founding member of the Brentano String Quartet and for seven years performed with that group on concert stages around the world, on radio and television, and on recordings. During those years, the Brentano Quartet was awarded the first Cleveland Quartet Award, the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, a Royal Philharmonic Award and was the first participant in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center II program. Mr. Kannen continues to perform chamber music around the country as a member of the Apollo Trio, on period instruments with the Houston-based group Context and at major music festivals such as Yellow Barn, Chamber Music Northwest, Portland Chamber Music Festival and the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, England. Mr. Kannen has collaborated with such artists as Jessye Norman, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Sergiu Luca, Donald Weilerstein, Pamela Frank, Leon Fleisher, Mitsuko Uchida, Peter Frankl, Paula Robison, David Krakauer, Jörg Widmann, Steven Isserlis, and with jazz artists Michael Formanek and Uri Caine. His activities range from performances on period instruments to premieres of the music of our time. He has recorded for the CRI label. Mr. Kannen has served on the faculties of Dartmouth College and the Purchase College Conservatory and he is currently the Director of Chamber Music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he holds the Sidney Friedberg Chair in Chamber Music.

For more info: http://www.michaelkannen.com/index.html


Maria Lambros

Maria Lambros
Viola Master Class
Monday, March 21, 2016
6:00-8:00 pm, Ciminelli Lounge

Violist Maria Lambros has performed as a chamber musician throughout the world as a member of three of the country’s finest string quartets in venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, New York’s Lincoln Center and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. She was a member of the renowned Ridge String Quartet, which was nominated for the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance for their recording of the Dvorak Piano Quintets with pianist Rudolf Firkusny on the RCA label. The recording won Europe’s prestigious Diapason d’Or in the same year. She was also a founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Meliora String Quartet, which was Quartet-in-Residence at the Spoleto Festivals of the U.S., Italy, and Australia, and which recorded Mendelssohn’s Octet with the Cleveland Quartet on the Telarc label. She was most recently a member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet, which held residences at Harvard University and New York’s Town Hall and is currently the violist with the New York based chamber ensemble, La Fenice.
Ms. Lambros appears regularly at a number of major chamber music festivals, including Yellow Barn, Chesapeake, Aspen, Vancouver, Santa Fe, Tanglewood, La Jolla, Caramoor, Helsinki, Norfolk, Rockport, Skaneateles, Bard, Cascade Head, Chamber Music West, New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival and the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival. She also performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, DaCamera Society and Context of Houston, and with the Guarneri, Cleveland, Juilliard, Muir, Brentano, Borromeo, Colorado, and Orion Quartets as well as the Peabody Trio and Triple Helix. She will be recording the two Brahms Viola Quintets with the New Zealand Quartet in 2016. Notable collaborators include Leon Fleisher, Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, Walter Trampler, Paula Robison and Jan De Gaetani.

Ms. Lambros has had many pieces written especially for her, including four Viola Sonatas, a Viola Concerto and numerous chamber works for viola with other instruments, including Gerald Cohen’s Yedid Nefesh for viola, clarinet and piano, which she recently recorded with Vasko Dukovski and Alexandra Joan. She is also involved in historical performance and recorded Schumann’s Piano Quartet and Quintet on period instruments with the violinist Sergiu Luca.

After attending the Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate in Viola, she earned a Master’s degree in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. A native of Missoula, Montana, she was named one of “Montana’s Leading Artists and Entertainers of the 20th Century,” a millenial list highlighting the last 100 years of Montanans’ exceptional contributions to art and culture. A devoted teacher, Ms. Lambros currently teaches chamber music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and is a faculty member of the Yellow Barn Music School.



Laura Bossert
Viola Master Class
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
8:00-10:00 pm, Howard Hanson Hall

LAURA ANNE BOSSERT, violinist/violist, a Silver Medalist in the Henryk Szeryng International Violin Competition, has earned recognition for her artistry as a soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. She is also one of the most respected and sought after teachers of her generation.

Ms. Bossert is on the faculty of Wellesley College, the Longy School of Music, and in the summer months, The Quartet Program and LyricaFest. Her students have positions in many wide ranging institutions such as the Boston, San Francisco, Portland, and New Haven Symphonies, Handel and Haydn Society, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Radio Orchestra, Helsinki and Santiago Philharmonics, The Hausmann String Quartet, A Far Cry, Community Music Works, The Quartet Program, Wellesley College and the Longy School of Music. They have been awarded top prizes in international and national competitions such as Young Concert Artists, Fischoff, Spohr, the Miami String Quartet Competition and the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA).

For more info: http://laurabossert.com/Home.html