Colburn Master Classes

An insider’s look at performance preparation, master classes offer a rare glimpse into the artistic, creative, and learning processes. Celebrated guest artists coach students from across the school in programs open to the public. 



Maestro James Conlon Master Class Series

James Conlon, LA Opera’s Music Director, leads a series of concerti-focused master classes with participants of the 2022 Colburn Piano Seminar.

Language and Music

Musical Instinct

Preparation and Experience


2022-23 Schedule

Lang Lang, Piano

As a pianist, educator and philanthropist, as well as an influential ambassador for the arts, Lang Lang has fully embraced new technology and innovation, leading the way in bringing classical music into the 21st century. With unique artistic and communicative skills, Lang Lang unites excellence and accessibility unlike anyone else, and builds bridges between Eastern and Western culture.

Piano Master Class
September 11, 2022


Grigory Kalinovsky, Violin

Hailed by critics as a “superior poet” (Vancouver Sun) and praised for his “heart and indomitable will” (Gramophone), Grigory Kalinovsky has performed at some of the world’s major venues, from all three stages of Carnegie Hall in New York to Musikhalle Grosser Saal in Hamburg.

Violin Master Class
September 16, 2022
September 17, 2022


Tessa Lark, Violin

Grammy-nominated violinist, composer, and fiddler Tessa Lark is one of the most captivating artistic voices of our time, consistently praised by critics and audiences for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility, and musical elegance.

Violin Master Class
October 10, 2022

Chamber Music Master Class
October 14, 2022


Stephen Kovacevich, Piano

With an international career spanning more than six decades, Stephen Kovacevich has long been recognised as one of the most searching interpreters – “A musician completely absorbed in his craft,” (Washington Post).

Piano Master Class
October 27, 2022


Afendi Yusuf, Clarinet

Afendi Yusuf is principal clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra and a Colburn alumnus from the studio of Yehuda Gilad. His extensive orchestral experience encompasses a number of North American ensembles, including the Toronto, Cincinnati, and Vancouver symphony orchestras, LA Philharmonic, and Minnesota Orchestra.

Clarinet Master Class
November 28, 2022

Marc Coppey, Cello

Recognized for his celebrated interpretations as soloist, his extensive exploration of chamber music with some of the finest musicians today, and a dedication to widening the cello literature, Marc Coppey is considered to be one of the world’s leading cellists.

Cello Master Class
February 6, 2023

Chamber Music Master Class
February 10, 2023

Alonzo King, Dance and Choreography

Innovative choreographer Alonzo King has transformed contemporary ballet by exploring the physical, philosophical, and spiritual dimensions of ballet. Founder of LINES Ballet in San Francisco, King has choreographed more than 165 works for the company and for leading dance ensembles throughout the world.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Free, tickets required

Jon Kimura Parker, Piano

Pianist Jon Kimura Parker is known for his charisma, enthusiasm, and dynamic performances. A veteran of the international concert stage, he has performed regularly in the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, London’s South Bank, the Sydney Opera House, and the Beijing Concert Hall, and he is the Creative Partner of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Piano Master Class
March 27, 2023

Chamber Music Master Class
March 31, 2023

Philip Setzer, Violin

Violinist Philip Setzer is a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet and has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Memphis Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, Puerto Rico Symphony, and Omaha Symphony, among many others.

Chamber Music Master Class
Saturday, April 15, 2023