MASTERCLASSES

Silvia Marcovici Violin Masterclass

31 January, 2pm,
YST Orchestra Hall,
Free Admission

Silvia Marcovici, born in Romania, is one of the most renowned and highly regarded violinists performing today. Marcovici has numerous critically acclaimed recordings including the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra under Neeme Järvi, the Nielsen Violin Concerto, with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montpellier under Yoël Levi and the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano. The Canadian record company DOREMI has released several CDs and a DVD in its “Legendary Treasures,” series, of performances by Marcovici.

Marcovici is a passionate and active teacher. She is currently a professor at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne, Switzerland and the Université des Arts in Graz, Austria.


Viktor Tretyakov Violin Masterclass

31 January, 4pm,
YST Orchestra Hall,
Free Admission

Victor Tretyakov was born into a musical family in Siberian town Krasnoyarsk. From 1965 Tretyakov studied at the Moscow Conservatory in the class of Professor Yuri Yankelevich, who encouraged his outstanding talent. In the same year he was awarded winner of the Union Competition for violin and received a first-degree diploma. A year later, the violinist won the first prize and gold medal in the related international Tchaikovsky competition, which boosted his fame.

Tretyakov has worked with conductors such as Rostropovich, Ormandy, Temirkanov, Jochum, Krips, Gergiev, Fedoseyev, Maazel, Kempe, Yansons, Jarvi, Levine, Mehta, Penderecki, Previn and Kondrashin. In 1983 he was appointed chief conductor of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, with whom he worked for over a decade. From 1986 to 1994 he was the jury-chairman of the International Tchaikovsky Competition. He is also a jury member at numerous competitions in Brussels, Hannover, Sendai, Moscow, Helsinki, Zagreb and many others. He has made a name even as a chamber music partner of Sviatoslav Richter, Rostropovich, Oleg Kagan and the Borodin Quartet. Among his pupils are Ilya Kaler, Sergei Stadler, Evgeny Bushkov, Natalia Likhopoi (Glazunov Quartet) Dmitri Berlinsky, Abel Tomas Realp (Cuarteto Casals) and Roberto Cani (New Hollywood String Quartet). Together with Yuri Bashmet, Vassily Lobanov, and Natalia Gutman he founded a piano quartet that regularly performs in Europe. From 1996, Viktor Tretyakov is a professor at the Cologne Academy of Music. His numerous recordings have been released by Melodiya, Sony / BMG, Brilliant Classics, Live Classics, Classics Yedang, Olympics, Russian Revelation, and DVDs for TDK and Records Arts Polo.


Distinguished Artist-In-Residence: SHLOMO MINTZ

VIOLIN Masterclass

3 February, 11am,
YST Orchestra Hall,
Free Admission

VIOLA & CHAMBER Masterclass

7 February, 2pm,
YST Orchestra Hall,
Free Admission

Critics, colleagues and audiences regard Shlomo Mintz as one of the foremost violinists of our time, esteemed for his impeccable musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique alike. Born in Moscow in 1957, he immigrated to Israel and studied the violin with Ilona Feher. At the age of 11, he made his concert debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and at the age of 16 he made his debut in Carnegie Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, under the patronage of Isaac Stern.

YST's Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, Mintz will also conduct the Conservatory Orchestra during the SIVC's Final Round on 5 and 6 February 2018 at the Victoria Concert Hall.


Paul Roczek Violin Masterclass

7 February, 4pm,
YST Orchestra Hall,
Free Admission

Paul Roczek grew up in Vienna surrounded by magnificent musicians. The violin was decisive for Roczek’s destiny and thanks to his early mastery of the instrument he joined the Vienna Philharmonic, playing later also with the Austrian Soloists and the Austrian String Quartet. As first violinist in this ensemble for thirty years he performed in concerts throughout the world and made many recordings for radio and on disc.

In 1969 he was appointed with this quartet to the Mozarteum Academy of Music, as it was then known, and his growing interest in teaching as well as in organizational activities soon took him to higher positions. Professor, head of department, deputy vice-chancellor and artistic director of the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum were the characteristic landmarks in a successfully evolving life of an artist.  He was invited to sit on juries of major international competitions and to hold master-classes in important music academies.

As president of the expert committee of Musik der Jugend since 1996 he is mainly responsible for the continued flourishing of the official Austrian music competitions for young people: Prima la Musica, Gradus ad Parnassum and Podium.Jazz.Pop.Rock. In 2006 Roczek was commissioned by the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg to take charge of international relations, which has led to major breakthroughs in the field of music education around the world.


FLORIAN LEONHARD:
BEHIND THE MECHANICS OF SOUND
7 February, 4pm,
YST Orchestra Hall,
Free Admission

7 February, 7pm,
YST Recital Studio,
Free Admission

Described by the Financial Times as the ‘world-leading authority on fine violins’, Florian Leonhard Fine Violins holds an unrivalled reputation for making, restoring, sourcing and authenticating fine instruments. In this seminar, he will discuss the finer aspects of string instrument making.