Strings MasterClass 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017
For exceptional string musicians grades 5-12

Under the direction of
annalise_diego-d2-500pxDwight-Englewood School Music Department Faculty

D-E 360° is thrilled to once again be presenting a Strings MasterClass as part of its Enrichment Workshop offerings!  NEW THIS YEAR:  All auditioning Strings MasterClass 2017 students and their teachers are welcome and encouraged to observe the MasterClass and then play in a live afternoon music ‘share’ together with the D-E Upper School Orchestra. This will be an exciting side-by-side special performance opportunity for all string students, their instructors, and the audience alike!

Audition Dates:
Monday, February 6
Tuesday, February 7
3:30 – 7:00 PM
Hajjar Auditorium,
Klein Campus Center

Online registration with D-E 360° is required of all violin and cello students interested in auditioning for the Strings MasterClass 2017.
Please click here to register online to audition or go online here: https://de360.campmanagement.com/p/request_for_info.php?action=enroll

Audition Requirements: 
1.  Prepare one solo piece (concerto, sonata, solo sonata, show piece)
2.  Prepare the excerpt from Mozart Symphony #25  Violin:  m. 45-83  Cello:  m. 74-109
  • Violin students click here to download the required Strings MasterClass 2017 Audition music segment (Mozart Symphony No. 25) (PDF).
  • Cello students click here to download the required Strings MasterClass 2017 Audition music segment (Mozart Symphony No. 25) (PDF).
You are welcome to bring your own accompanist but there will be a staff pianist available for the audition as well.  Please bring one copy of the piano accompaniment music and two copies of your solo piece.
There are warm up rooms available prior to your audition.  Check-in is in the lobby of Hajjar Auditorium.

Audition Fee: $75

Questions? Email de360info@d-e.org or placea1@d-e.org

About our Strings MasterClass 2017 Guest Performers/Instructors

Ayano Ninomiya (violin)

Praised by The New York Times as “deeply communicative and engrossing,” violinist Ayano Ninomiya is committed to creating invigorating live performance experiences from concert stages to private homes and public schools.

Equally at home as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, Ayano has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Puerto Rico, Europe, China, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition to recent performances at Weill Hall, Zankel Hall, and at Merkin Hall, she made her Carnegie Hall debut earlier this year with Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto.

She has won numerous awards including the Naumburg International Violin Competition, the Tibor Varga International Competition, Astral Artists National Auditions, and the Young Performer’s Career Advancement Award (APAP). As a recording artist Ayano has released a variety of albums including a solo album of works for violin by Larry Bell and more recently, three new albums as the first violinist of the Ying Quartet.In 2012 Ayano was invited to give a TEDx talk on the power of live performance at the University of Tokyo. Other past projects include: a benefit performance for victims of the 2009 Haiti earthquake, a fundraiser in the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake with sumo wrestler Konishiki, and the creation of her own Elderhostel “Day of Adventure” programs in Boston and NYC that gave an insider’s view of the life of a violinist and making music. Additionally, Ayano was an enthusiastic recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe Fellowship that enabled her to study at the Bartók Archives in Budapest, Hungary, an experience that strengthened her love of the music of Béla Bartók.

In 2012 Ayano was invited to give a TEDx talk on the power of live performance at the University of Tokyo. Other past projects include: a benefit performance for victims of the 2009 Haiti earthquake, a fundraiser in the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake with sumo wrestler Konishiki, and the creation of her own Elderhostel “Day of Adventure” programs in Boston and NYC that gave an insider’s view of the life of a violinist and making music. Additionally, Ayano was an enthusiastic recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe Fellowship that enabled her to study at the Bartók Archives in Budapest, Hungary, an experience that strengthened her love of the music of Béla Bartók. Because of her own experience beginning the violin in a public school program in Boston at the age of seven, Ayano has given numerous programs for children across the U.S. from Bethlehem, New Hampshire to Columbia, Missouri, to Denton, Maryland, including many schools in the greater Philadelphia area.

Because of her own experience beginning the violin in a public school program in Boston at the age of seven, Ayano has given numerous programs for children across the U.S. from Bethlehem, New Hampshire to Columbia, Missouri, to Denton, Maryland, including many schools in the greater Philadelphia area.After graduating from Harvard University and The Juilliard School, she studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary. From 2010-2015, Ayano was

After graduating from Harvard University and The Juilliard School, she studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary. From 2010-2015, Ayano was first violinist of the renowned Ying Quartet and Associate Professor at the Eastman School of Music. In the fall of 2015 she joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She has been a volunteer tutor for at-risk high school students at the East Harlem Justice Center and volunteer at the Lighthouse Music School (NYC). In her spare time, Ayano is a watercolor artist and passionate Aikidoka.For additional information about Ayano Ninomiya please visit http://ayanoviolin.com/

For additional information about Ayano Ninomiya please visit http://ayanoviolin.com/

Alan Stepansky (cello) 

Soloist, principal cellist, chamber musician, recording artist, and distinguished teacher, Alan Stepansky is known internationally as a musician whose multi-faceted career exemplifies the highest ideals of artistry, versatility, and devotion to teaching and mentoring the next generation of gifted young cellists. One of the most inspiring cellists of his generation, he has appeared as a guest artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Washington National Gallery of Art, the Frick Museum, Camerata Pacifica, Brooklyn’s Bargemusic, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and has performed in concert with a diverse array of artists across many genres from Isaac Stern, Emanuel Ax, Renee Fleming, Frederika Von Stade, Ruth Laredo, Glenn Dicterow and the American and Takacs String Quartets, to such pop icons as Sting, Bruce Springsteen, and Natalie Merchant. After becoming Principal Cellist of the Boston Pops under John Williams and a frequent performer in the Boston Symphony Orchestra in his early twenties, he rose to prominence in the orchestral world a few years later, when he was chosen by music director Zubin Mehta to be the Associate Principal Cellist of the New York Philharmonic. After ten years of combining this position with many solo, chamber music, and teaching opportunities, he decided to devote more time to his involvement in teaching while simultaneously expanding into a wider range of performing and recording activities. He is currently Professor of Cello at both the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and the Manhattan School of Music, and is cello faculty artist of one of the world’s most prestigious summer festivals, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.

He has recorded a series of chamber music and solo discs for EMI which were honored by Gramophone Magazine, BBC Magazine, The New York Times, and the British Music Industry Association, and has been engaged as the solo cellist for numerous major motion picture soundtracks, including such films as Adaptation, August Rush, Being John Malkovich, The Brave One, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Good Shepherd, Kinsey, The Last Holiday, Manchurian Candidate, Michael Collins, Moonrise Kingdom, Music Of The Heart, Primary Colors, The Rookie, A Serious Man, Titanic, True Grit, and many others. He has also appeared on the albums of numerous recording artists across many genres, including Bruce Springsteen, David Byrne, Natalie Merchant, Audra McDonald, Judy Kuhn, Joss Stone, Shawn Colvin, Lou Reed, and Sting, and is a featured artist on Sting’s latest CD, “The Last Ship”.

Dedicated to the idea that music should be used to help raise consciousness and funds for meaningful social causes, he serves on the Board of Directors of Music for Life International, and recently appeared as the Principal Cellist for five major fund-raising events held in Carnegie Hall – Beethoven’s Ninth for South Asia, Requiem for Darfur, Mahler for the Children of AIDS, Beethoven for the Indus Valley, and Shostakovich for the Children of Syria – all featuring an international orchestra drawn from leading symphonic, chamber music, and solo artists from around the world. After studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Stepansky graduated from Harvard University with a degree in music theory and musicology and the Horblit Prize, conferred for his outstanding musical accomplishments. His teachers included Orlando Cole, Laurence Lesser, Leon Kirchner, and Harvey Shapiro. Among recent engagements, he returned to perform as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra in Symphony Hall, and has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic and many other orchestras. He has also given master classes in conservatories and university music departments around the world, including the Hong Kong Academy, Tokyo’s Toho School, and Faculdades De Artes Alcantara Machado in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as well as at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts, University of Delaware, and Harvard University; he also recently served as a visiting faculty artist at the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida.
For additional information about Alan Stepansky please visit http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/conservatory/faculty/Strings/stepansky/