Juilliard to Live Stream Master Class Series With Cellist Steven Isserlis (Dec. 7); Violinist Ronald Copes and Cellist Astrid Schween (Dec. 18); Baritone Gerald Finley (Jan. 25); and Violinist Areta Zhulla and Violist Roger Tapping (March 26)

Monday, Nov 19, 2018
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All Classes Live Streamed at juilliard.edu/live

NEW YORK –– Juilliard will present a live-streamed master class series this season with cellist Steven Isserlis on Friday, December 7, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:30pm; violinist Ronald Copes and cellist Astrid Schween of the Juilliard String Quartet (JSQ) on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, from 7:00 to 9:30pm; baritone Gerald Finley on Friday, January 25, 2019, from 4:00 to 6:00pm; and violinist Areta Zhulla and violist Roger Tapping of the JSQ on Tuesday, March 26, 2018, from 4:00 to 6:30pm. Juilliard musicians have the opportunity to work with these distinguished artists during these public master classes.

Tickets for Juilliard master classes are $10 and available at juilliard.edu/calendar. 

All classes will be live-streamed at juilliard.edu/live. A delayed stream of the master class with Steven Isserlis will also be available at medici.tv on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 4:00pm EST.

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

Friday, December 7, 2018, 5:30-7:30pm, Paul Hall

Master class with cellist Steven Isserlis

British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a uniquely varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author, and broadcaster. He appears with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, including the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle, and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras; and he plays recitals every season in major musical centers. As a chamber musician, he has curated concert series for many prestigious venues, including Wigmore Hall, the Salzburg Festival, and New York’s 92nd Street Y.

His award-winning discography includes Bach’s Cello Suite for Hyperion (Gramophone’s Instrumental Album of the Year); Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano with Robert Levin; and the Elgar and Walton concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Paavo Järvi. His latest recordings include the Brahms Double Concerto with Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and, as director and soloist, concertos by Haydn and C.P.E. Bach with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, which was shortlisted for a Grammy Award. Since 1997, Isserlis has been artistic director of the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cover, Cornwall. His many awards and honors include a CBE in recognition of his services to music, the Schumann Prize of the City of Zwickau, and the Piatigorsky Prize in the U.S. In 2017, he was awarded the Glashutte Original Music Festival Award, Wigmore Hall Gold Medal, and the Walter Willson Cobbett Medal for Services to Chamber Music.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 7:00-9:30pm, Room 543

Chamber music master class with violinist Ronald Copes and cellist Astrid Schween of the Juilliard String Quartet

Violinist Ronald Copes has received international acclaim as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Having appeared as a featured performer in the Marlboro, Tanglewood, Bermuda, Cheltenham, Colorado, and Olympic music festivals, Copes has toured extensively with Music From Marlboro ensembles, the Los Angeles and Dunsmuir piano quartets and in JSQ concerts throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. He has recorded numerous solo and chamber music works for radio and television broadcast as well as for labels including Sony Classical, Orion, CRI, Klavier, Bridge, New World Records, ECM, and the Musical Heritage Society. In 1997, he joined the Juilliard String Quartet and the Juilliard faculty, where he serves as chair of the violin department. Copes has coached string quartets and given master classes at Juilliard, Tanglewood, and on tour. During the summer, he is on the artist-faculty of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.

In 2016, cellist Astrid Schween joined the Juilliard String Quartet, succeeding her esteemed colleague Joel Krosnick. She is also a member of the cello faculty at Juilliard. Schween remains active as a soloist, appearing this season in Boston, Oakland, Memphis, the International Cello Institute, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and with the Boulder Philharmonic, performing the Elgar concerto. Schween, who attended Juilliard Pre-College, made her debut as soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard. She participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and William Pleeth master classes and was on the faculty of UMass Amherst, Hartt School of Music, Mount Holyoke College, and Interlochen. A former member of the Boston Trio and Lark Quartet, Schween performed at major venues around the world and received many honors, including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award with the Lark. Recent faculty appointments include the Sphinx Performance Academy, Tanglewood, and the Perlman Music Program, where she succeeded celebrated cellist Ronald Leonard.

Friday, January 25, 2018, 4:00-6:00pm, Paul Hall

Vocal Arts master class with baritone Gerald Finley

Grammy-award winning Canadian bass-baritone Gerald Finley is a leading singer and dramatic interpreter with acclaimed performances at the world’s major opera and concert venues and award-winning recordings on CD and DVD with major labels in a wide variety of repertoire. Finley’s career is devoted to the wide range of vocal art and his repertoire includes opera, orchestral music, and art song. He has collaborated with the greatest orchestras and conductors of our time. He began with the baritone roles of Mozart; his Don Giovanni and Count in Le nozze di Figaro have been heard live through the world and on DVD. Recent signature roles include Guillaume Tell, J. Robert Oppenheimer in John Adams’ Dr. Atomic and Jaufre Rudel in Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin. He created Harry Heegan in Mark Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie.

Finley’s 2018-19 season opens with an exciting appearance at BBC Last Night of the Proms, where he performed a range of songs including Stanford’s Songs of the Sea and the “Soliloquy” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. His operatic roles in the 2018-19 season will include Iago in a new production of Otello at the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Canadian Opera Company, the title role in Bluebeard’s Castle at the Metropolitan Opera, Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with the Vienna State Opera, and Forester in a new semi-staged production of The Cunning Little Vixen with the London Symphony Orchestra with Simon Rattle. His concert engagements will see him perform Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antonio Pappano and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Bayerische Rundfunk conducted by Bernard Haitink. Finley will also give several recitals including at Wigmore Hall, Middle Temple Hall, and at the NDR Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

Finley, who was born in Montreal, began singing as a chorister in Ottawa and completed his musical studies in the U.K. at the Royal College of Music, King’s College, Cambridge, and the National Opera Studio. He is a fellow and visiting professor at the Royal College of Music. In 2017 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire and had previously been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Tuesday, March 26, 2018, 4:00-6:30pm, Paul Hall

Chamber music master class with violinist Areta Zhulla and violist Roger Tapping of the Juilliard String Quartet

Violinist Areta Zhulla has gained recognition as a passionate and poetic artist. She was recently named Young Artist of the Year by the National Critics Association in Greece and is a recipient of the prestigious Triandi Career Grant as well as the Tassos Prassopoulos Foundation Award. In 2018, Zhulla joined the Juilliard String Quartet as its first violinist and is serving on the violin and chamber music faculties at Juilliard. She has appeared as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Asia, at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Arts Centre of Canada. She was a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center, where she performed and toured regularly with some of today’s most acclaimed artists. A passionate educator, Zhulla has served as teaching assistant to Itzhak Perlman at Juilliard for the past two years. She is on the violin and chamber faculties in the Juilliard Pre-College Division and serves as chamber music faculty at the Perlman Music Program, of which she is an alumna. She is artistic director of the newly formed Perlman-Genesis Violin Project, a series of workshops at the Tel-Aviv Conservatory in Israel. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard, where she also was in Pre-College, studied with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho and received the Vergotis Scholarship.

Roger Tapping joined the Juilliard String Quartet and Juilliard viola faculty in 2013. Tapping had moved from London to the U.S. in 1995 to join the Takács Quartet. During his decade with Takács, it performed many Beethoven and Bartók cycles in major cities all over the world. Its Decca/London recordings, including the complete quartets of Bartók and Beethoven, placed it in Gramophone Magazine’s Hall of Fame and yielded three Gramophone Awards, a Grammy, and three more Grammy nominations, among many other awards. In recent years, Tapping was on the viola faculty of the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he also directed the chamber music program. He has also taught at the Boston Conservatory and at the Longy School. In the summers, his faculty activities include the Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, the Tanglewood String Quartet Seminar, and Yellow Barn. He has also given viola master classes at Banff and at other festivals and conservatories in North America, Europe, and Asia. Tapping has played in a number of London’s leading chamber ensembles, making several highly-acclaimed recordings, before joining Britain’s longest established quartet, the Allegri Quartet. He taught at London’s Royal Academy of Music, was principal viola of the London Mozart Players, a member of the English Chamber Orchestra, and a founding member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He is a member of the Order of the Knight Cross of the Hungarian Republic, holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Nottingham, and is a fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

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Cellist Steven Isserlis
Juilliard to Live Stream Master Classes; Series Opens With Cellist Steven Isserlis on Dec. 7 (photo by Satoshi Aoyagi)