Juilliard to Live Stream Series of Master Classes With Pianists Murray Perahia (Oct. 12) and András Schiff (Oct. 16); Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato (Oct. 17); and Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Jan. 26)

Thursday, Oct 05, 2017
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All Classes Live Streamed at juilliard.edu/live and available in delayed streaming at medici.tv

NEW YORK –– Juilliard will present a series of live-streamed master classes this season with special guests, pianists Murray Perahia on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 6pm in Paul Hall and András Schiff on Monday, October 16, 2017, at 4pm in Paul Hall; mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at 4pm in Paul Hall; and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin on Friday, January 26, 2018, at 4pm in Paul Hall. Juilliard musicians will have the opportunity to work with these distinguished artists during master classes, which are open to the public. Free tickets are available at juilliard.edu/calendar.

All classes will be live streamed at Juilliard.edu/live and available in delayed streaming at medici.tv.  The medici.tv broadcast dates are October 20 at 6pm (CET) for András Schiff; October 21 at 6pm (CET) for Joyce DiDonato; and October 22 at 6pm (CET) for Murray Perahia. 

Additional master classes take place at Juilliard throughout the year. Please check juilliard.edu/calendar for further information.


Master Class Series at Juilliard

Calendar of Events



Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6pm, Paul Hall

Master class with pianist Murray Perahia

In the more than 40 years he has been performing on the concert stage, American pianist Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time, performing in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra. He is the principal guest conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with whom he has toured as conductor and pianist throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and South East Asia.

Mr. Perahia has a wide and varied discography. Sony Classical has issued a special boxed set edition of all his recordings, including several DVDs titled, The First 40 Years. His recording of Brahms’s Handel Variations, which won the Gramophone Award in 2011, has been called “one of the most rewarding Brahms recitals currently available.” Mr. Perahia recently embarked on an ambitious project to edit the complete Beethoven Sonatas for the Henle Urtext Edition. He also produced and edited numerous hours of recordings of recently discovered master classes by the legendary pianist, Alfred Cortot, which resulted in the highly acclaimed Sony CD release, Alfred Cortot: The Master Classes.

Mr. Perahia is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, and he holds honorary doctorates from Juilliard, Leeds University and Duke University. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary KBE by Queen Elizabeth II, in recognition of his outstanding service to music.



Sir Andras Schiff (photo by Nadia F. Romanini)

Monday, October 16, 2017, 4pm, Paul Hall

Master class with pianist András Schiff

András Schiff is world-renowned and critically acclaimed as a pianist, conductor, pedagogue, and lecturer. Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1953, he started piano lessons at age 5 with Elisabeth Vadasz. He continued his musical studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy with Pál Kadosa, György Kurtág, and Ferenc Rados, and in London with George Malcolm.

Recitals and special cycles, including the major keyboard works of J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, and Bartók form an important part of his activities. Since 2004, he has performed complete cycles of the 32 Beethoven Sonatas worldwide and the cycle in the Tonhalle Zürich was recorded live for ECM Records.

An exclusive ECM artist, his recordings of works by Schubert, Schumann, Janáček, Beethoven, and Bach have been released to the highest of critical acclaim. The most recent disc, Encores After Beethoven, was released in 2016: a collection of encores performed after his Beethoven Cycle programs. His newest recording, to be released in October, includes sonatas for violin and piano by Bach, Busoni, and Beethoven with violinist Yuko Shiokawa.

Mr. Schiff has worked with most international orchestras and conductors, but in recent years, has performed mainly as a conductor and soloist. In 1999, he created his own chamber orchestra, the Cappella Andrea Barca, which consists of international soloists, chamber musicians, and friends. In addition to international tours with this orchestra, he works with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He appears as conductor and soloist with the New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra this season, in addition to more than a dozen recitals in two North American visits. His other concert performances bring him to Europe, Australia, Japan, China, and South America. His projects and cycles can be heard in musical centers around the world.

Mr. Schiff has been awarded numerous international prizes. In 2014, he was bestowed a Knighthood for services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. His latest book, Musik kommt aus der Stille, essays and conversations with Martin Meyer, was published in March by Bärenreiter and Henschel.



Joyce DiDonato (photo by Simon Pauly)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 4pm, Paul Hall

Master class with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato

Multi Grammy Award winner Joyce DiDonato was born in Kansas and is a fierce advocate for the arts as well as a performer; she has gained international prominence in operas by Handel and Mozart, as well as through her wide-ranging, acclaimed discography. She is also acclaimed for the bel canto roles of Rossini and Donizetti.

Much in demand on the concert and recital circuit, she has recently held residencies at Carnegie Hall and at London’s Barbican Centre; toured extensively in South America, Europe, and Asia; and appeared as guest soloist at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms. Recent opera highlights have included her first Charlotte in Werther for the Royal Opera under Antonio Pappano; the title role in Maria Stuarda at the Metropolitan Opera, for the Royal Opera and at the Liceu in Barcelona; the title role in Alcina on tour with the English Concert and Harry Bicket; and Marguerite in La damnation de Faust with the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle.

An exclusive recording artist with Erato/Warner Classics, Ms. DiDonato’s latest disc, In War & Peace, was released in November 2016 accompanied by a 20-city international tour posing the question: In the midst of chaos, how do you find peace?

Ms. DiDonato’s Tony and Joyce: Live at Wigmore Hall won the best classical solo vocal album Grammy in 2016 and was selected as “le choix de France Musique.” Other recordings include Stella di Napoli, a bel canto banquet including little-known gems alongside music by Bellini, Rossini, and Donizetti. Her 2012 Grammy Award-winning recording Diva Divo comprises arias by female and male characters, celebrating the rich dramatic world of the mezzo-soprano. The following recording Drama Queens was well received, both on disc and on several international tours. A retrospective of her first 10 years of recordings, ReJoyce!, was released in 2015. Other honors include the Gramophone Artist of the Year and Recital of the Year awards, three German Echo Klassik Awards as female singer of the year, and an induction into the Gramophone Hall of Fame.


Friday, January 26, 2018, 4pm, Paul Hall

Master class with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin

In 2012, Montreal-born Yannick Nézet-Séguin added the music directorship of the Philadelphia Orchestra to his roles as music director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and longtime artistic director and principal conductor of the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal), where he has served since 2000. He also became an honorary member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in 2016-17.

The 2017-18 will be his tenth and final season with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and will draw to a close with the orchestra’s centenary celebrations in Rotterdam and elsewhere in Europe. In 2020-21 he succeeds James Levine as the third music director of the Metropolitan Opera and remains in post with the Philadelphia Orchestra until at least summer 2026.

Mr. Nézet-Séguin has worked with many leading European ensembles and enjoys close collaborations with the Berlin Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Bayerischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester and Chamber Orchestra of Europe; between 2008 and 2014 he was also principal guest conductor of London Philharmonic Orchestra. He has appeared three times at the BBC Proms and at many European festivals, among them Edinburgh, Lucerne, Salzburg and Grafenegg. North American summer appearances include New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Lanaudiere, Vail, and Saratoga.

Opera in 2017-18 includes performances of Parsifal and Elektra at the Metropolitan Opera and the continuation of his cycle of Mozart operas at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Die Zauberflöte) recorded live for Deutsche Grammophon. Alongside his regular subscriptions, orchestral projects comprise returns to the Berliner Philharmoniker, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Further highlights include a European tour with the Orchestre Métropolitain, the first international tour in the orchestra's history, and European tours with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic which marks the end of his ten-year music directorship with the orchestra.

Recent Deutsche Grammophon releases include Mendelssohn Symphonies 1-5 and Le nozze di Figaro with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe which won the 2017 ECHO Klassik for Best Opera Recording and a Grammy nomination. An album of French and Italian opera duets recorded with Rolando Villazón, Ildar Abdrazakov and the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal) was recently released.

His honours include Musical America’s Artist of the Year (2016), Royal Philharmonic Society Award; National Arts Centre Award; Prix Denise-Pelletier; Prix Oskar Morawetz. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Québec in Montreal (2011), Curtis Institute in Philadelphia (2014), Westminster Choir College of Rider University (2015) and McGill University in Montreal (2017). He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2012, Companion to the Order of Arts and Letters of Québec in 2015, Officer of the Order of Québec in 2015 and Officer of the Order of Montreal (2017).

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Yannick Nézet-Séguin (photo by Hans van der Woerd)