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Community School Summer Classes Still Open for Enrollment:

Sing Your Way Through College

Community School Summer Camps and Intensives Still Open for Enrollment:

Los Angeles Honor Bond August 6–August 7

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Colburn School Appoints Acclaimed Violist Tatjana Masurenko to Faculty

The Colburn School is pleased to announce that Tatjana Masurenko, one of today’s foremost violists and pedagogues, will join the Colburn School faculty, beginning July 2022. Masurenko will teach viola and coach chamber music in the Colburn School’s renowned full scholarship diploma- and degree-granting Conservatory of Music as well as its Music Academy for gifted pre-college musicians.

The Conservatory of Music and Music Academy are among the most important and selective global performance training programs for classical musicians. Graduates pursue careers at the highest levels of accomplishment as soloists, chamber musicians, orchestral musicians, conductors, and teachers. The small program size and unique resident faculty model create a tailored educational experience, allowing each student to reach their fullest potential.

“Teaching excellence has been a hallmark of the Colburn School since our founding.” stated Colburn School President and CEO, Sel Kardan. “Following an extensive international search, we are delighted to have Tatjana Masurenko, one of the world’s greatest violists, join our artist faculty of virtuoso performers and pedagogues.”

Conservatory Dean Lee Cioppa added: “It is a tremendous pleasure to welcome Tatjana Masurenko to the Colburn School. She models extraordinary artistry as a soloist and chamber musician, as well as a dedication to teaching and fostering future generations of transformative artists. Her presence on the faculty will enrich not just her students, but the entire Colburn School community.”

“To join the Colburn School is to be a part of a passionate and nurturing community,” says Masurenko. “I’m so grateful for this opportunity. I cannot wait to work with the school’s exceptional students and collaborate alongside the school’s esteemed faculty.”

Tatjana Masurenko is one of the leading viola players of our time. Her distinctive style is shaped by her expressive playing and her thorough and intensive musical studies. Dedicated to promoting young musicians, she has been professor of viola at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig since 2002, and in the same position at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in Sion, Switzerland, since 2019. She gives master classes in Europe and America and is artistic director of the International Viola Camp in Iznik (Turkey).

Masurenko grew up in a family of Russian academics and jazz musicians. Her musical path began in St. Petersburg where she was able to benefit from the traditional St Petersburg school with the best teachers of her time. She continued her musical studies in Germany with Kim Kashkashian and Nobuko Imai. Her search for new forms of expression on the viola and new techniques and tonal concepts were encouraged and influenced by encounters with figures including Boris Pergamenschikow, György Kurtág, Brigitte Fassbaender and Herbert Blomstedt.

For some years now, Tatjana Masurenko’s major objective in her musical career has been the further development of the viola as a solo instrument which also explains her commitment to contemporary music. She has given numerous first performances of new compositions, many of which are dedicated to her and originated on her initiative. She has worked with composers such as the recently deceased Gladys Krenek, Moritz von Gagern, Dimitri Terzakis, Wolfgang Rihm, Hans-Christian Bartel, Luca Lombardi and Nejat Başeğmezler. She is also intensively dedicated to historical performance practice and especially to 19th century playing and the romantic repertoire.

Many of Masurenko’s students have built successful careers and travel the world as soloists, professors, principal violists in major orchestras and as chamber musicians.

Her teaching style is built on the St. Petersburg tradition of the 19th/early 20th century and merges with the new ideas and sensibilities of the 20th/21st century, especially in the interpretation of Baroque and Classical music.

Tatjana Masurenko

Tatjana Masurenko is one of the leading viola players of our time. Her distinctive style is
shaped by her expressive playing and her thorough and intensive musical studies. Her
charisma and natural stage presence are captivating. Alongside the great viola concertos by
Walton, Bartók and Hindemith, Tatjana’s wide-ranging concert repertoire also includes
modern classical works such as Schnittke, Gubaidulina and Kancheli and the rarely performed
viola concertos by Hartmann and Bartel.

Tatjana Masurenko has made solo appearances with orchestras including the
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Radio Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the NDR
Radiophilharmonie and other leading orchestras in Europe and Asia. She has been a welcome
guest at major international festivals as both soloist and chamber musician for many years.

She grew up in a family of Russian academics and jazz musicians. Her musical path began in
St Petersburg where she was able to benefit from the traditional St Petersburg school with
the best teachers of her time. She continued her musical studies in Germany with Kim
Kashkashian and Nobuko Imai. Her search for new forms of expression on the viola and new
techniques and tonal concepts were encouraged and influenced by encounters with figures
including Boris Pergamenschikow, György Kurtág, Brigitte Fassbaender and Herbert
Blomstedt.

For some years now, Tatjana Masurenko’s major objective in her musical career has been the
further development of the viola as a solo instrument which also explains her commitment to
contemporary music. She has given numerous first performances of new compositions, many
of which are dedicated to her and originated on her initiative. She has worked with
composers such as the recently deceased Gladys Krenek, Moritz von Gagern, Dimitri Terzakis,
Wolfgang Rihm, Hans-Christian Bartel, Luca Lombardi and Nejat Başeğmezler. Tatjana
Masurenko’s discography reflects the musician’s high artistic standards. Right from the start,
she compiles the programmes of her CDs meticulously and with great deliberation.

Tatjana Masurenko plays the music of Ernst Krenek with enthusiasm, supports the Ernst
Krenek Institute in Krems, Austria, and has recorded all his works for solo viola. Several of her
CD recordings (for example the concerto by K. A. Hartmann and British Viola Concertos
featuring concertos by Walton, Beamish und Britten) received awards including the Preis der
deutschen Schallplattenkritik and international accolades such as the Supersonic Award
(Luxemburg) and the Diapason découverte (France). Her 3-CD box set “White Nights – Music
from St. Petersburg”, which she recorded with pianist Roglit Ishay, is one of the most
important recordings of this repertoire.

At present, Tatjana Masurenko is intensively dedicated to historical performance practice
and especially to 19th century playing and the romantic repertoire. For several years she has
been engaged in playing the viola d’amore: thus, she interprets baroque and classical
repertoire with passion, but at the same time she develops modern music on this baroque
instrument with much interest in an experimental and innovative way with new sound ideas.
She plays a viola d’amore by Charles Jacquot, Paris 1849.
www. tatjanamasurenko.com

Tatjana Masurenko is dedicated to promoting young musicians. Since 2002 she has been
professor of viola at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy”
Leipzig with an international reputation and since 2019 in the same position at the Haute
Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in Sion, Switzerland. She gives master classes in Europe and
America and is artistic director of the International Viola Camp in Iznik (Turkey) as well as of a
master class in Leipzig.

Many of her students have built successful careers and travel the world as soloists,
professors, principal violists in major orchestras and as chamber musicians.

Her teaching style is built on the St. Petersburg tradition of the 19th/early 20th century and
merges with the new ideas and sensibilities of the 20th/21st century, especially in the
interpretation of Baroque and Classical music.

Tatjana Masurenko plays a viola by P. Testore, Milan 1756 and a specially built instrument by
Jürgen Manthey, Leipzig 2017, who has developed new acoustic and tonal construction
methods that clearly distinguish his instruments from others. She changes the bows to match
the style.

Student Accomplishments, June 2022

Community School, Esteban Lindo Benevides, string bass, received scholarship admission to Peabody Conservatory.

Community School, Kristina Brick, piano, received an honorable mention in category I of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers Romantic/Impressionistic Competition. She also was a Southern California Junior Bach Festival Region IV winner.

Conservatory, Isabella Brown, violin, received an honorable mention by the 2022 Yamaha Young Performing Artists program.

Community School, Ryan Chun, piano, Southern California Junior Bach Festival, medal winner.

Community School, Lillian Feng, piano, took first place in category II of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers Romantic/Impressionistic Competition. She also was a Southern California Junior Bach Festival Region IV winner.

Community School, Giovane Quartet (Andres Engleman, violin, Scarlett Chen, violin, Irene Choung, cello, and Yiting Han, piano), a part of the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute of the Community, competed in the Fischoff Competition.

Community School, Sophia Glicklich, piano, is a medal winner at the Southern California Junior Bach Festival and received the Music Teachers’ Association of California Certificate of Merit and earned state honors by passing advanced level.

Conservatory, Victor Díaz Guerra, clarinet, won Principal Clarinet of the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Spain.

Community School, Elysia Han, viola, advanced to compete in the California American Strings Teachers Association state competition after securing the second position in the Bowed Strings Solo Competition Junior I level.

Community School, Elizabeth Johnstone, piano, winner of Southern California Junior Bach Festival regional competition.

Music Academy, Angeline Kiang, cello, won the Pinehurst Bronze Medal with a cash prize in the Stulberg International String Competition and will give a performance with the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra.

Community School, Trevor King, trumpet, was accepted with a scholarship to the Eastman School of Music. Also offered scholarships at New England Conservatory and Arizona State University.

Community School, Olivia Larco, piano, was accepted as a Lang Lang Scholar, a mentorship program for talented young pianists 16 and younger.

Community School, Skyler Lee, violin, was a finalist in the Henry Schwab Violin and Viola Competition.

Conservatory, Ángel Martín Mora, clarinet, is a 2022 Yamaha Young Performing Artists winner.

Conservatory, Gerbrich Meijer, clarinet, received the Buffet Special Prize at the Nielsen International Clarinet Competition.

Community School, Narayan Neti, piano, Music Teachers’ Association of California, certificate of merit, passed level 5 and awarded state honors.

Community School, Amanda Nova, piano, placed second in the Sonata Festival (Category IV), Music Teachers’ Association of California, Los Angeles Branch.

Community School, NTH Trio (Holly Lacey, violin, Nathaniel Yue, cello, and Qiao (Tiger) Zhang, piano) were semi-finalists in the Junior String Division of the Fischoff Competition. The NTH Trio part of the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute of the Community School.

Music Academy, The Olive Trio (Anaïs Feller, violin; Mira Kardan, cello; Daniel Wang, piano) takes the gold medal in the Junior String Division at the Fischoff Competition.

Conservatory, Max Opferkuch, clarinet, won second clarinet in the San Diego Symphony.

Community School, Leilani Patao, voice, received a scholarship Award from Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation for Musical Theater Performance and acceptance and scholarship to NYU-Tish where she will go to pursue musical theater performance and composition.

Community School, Lucas Peters, piano, took second place in category III of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers Romantic/Impressionistic Competition.

Community School, Aviv Pilipski, viola, advanced to compete in the California American Strings Teachers Association state competition after securing the first position in the Bowed Strings Solo Competition, Junior I level.

Community School, Emmanuel Ree, piano, placed second in the Sonata Festival (Category II), Music Teachers’ Association of California, Los Angeles Branch.

Conservatory, Arin Sarkissian, flute, won Principal Flute of the Victoria Symphony and won first place in the San Diego Flute Guild Young Artist Competition. Arin also is a 2022 Yamaha Young Performing Artists winner.

Conservatory, Sonarsix Sextet (Martha Chan, flute; Victor Díaz Guerra, clarinet; Eder Rivera Acosta, oboe; Christopher Chung, bassoon; Elizabeth Linares Montero, horn; Bogang Hwang, piano; received the bronze medal in the Senior Wind Division at the Fischoff Competition.

Community School, Kaito le Tenoux, piano, is a Southern California Junior Bach Festival region IV winner and took third place in the category II of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers Romantic/Impressionistic Competition.

Community School, Ashot Ter-Martirosyan, piano, is Grand (London) prize winner’s rectal at The Edgar’s Room at Albert’s Hall in London, England.

Conservatory, Chi Ting, flute, won third place in the San Diego Flute Guild Young Artist Competition.

Community School, Cassidy Walther, cello, took first place in the 9th/10th Grade Division Kiwanis String Competition.

Community School, GengJin Edward Wu, piano, won second prize in the California Association of Professional Music Teachers Sonata/Sonatina Competition.

Community School, Evan Xiong, piano, winner of Southern California Junior Bach Festival regional competition.

Community School, Iris Xiong, piano, Southern California Junior Bach Festival regional winner.

Community School, Gavin Yang, violin, winner of Southern California Junior Bach Festival for All Branch String Regional 2022.

Community School, Simon Yao, piano, won the Glendale Music Teachers’ Association of California Concerto Competition and will be performing with orchestra on Sunday, June 5.

Community School, Jayden Yeung, violin, Performed Bruch Concerto 3rd movement with Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra in Segerstrom Hall.

Community School, Echo Zhang, piano, took third prize at the California Association of Professional Music Teachers Concerto Competition South.

Community School, Tiger Zhang, piano, won the Glendale Music Teachers’ Association of California Concerto Competition and will be performing with orchestra on Sunday, June 5.

Community School, Iris Zhou, piano, Music Teachers’ Association of California, certificate of merit, passed level 4 and awarded state honors.

Community School, Isabella Zhou, violin, took first prize winner for Music Teachers’ Association of California, Glendale Branch Concerto Competition, and will be performing the Bach Concerto in A Minor with the orchestra on June 5. She is also the winner of the Southern California Junior Bach Festival for All Branch String Regional 2022.

Meet the Colburn Class of 2022

Every year during the commencement season, the Colburn School sends another group of world-class young performers out into the world to make their mark. It never gets easier to say farewell to the students we’ve watched grow and flourish, but we are always thankful to have played a part in their development. We’re excited to share the Class of 2022 with the entire Colburn community.

The Colburn School Commencement Season

Last month, the Colburn School was able to safely gather on campus to celebrate our graduating students for the first time since 2019. By the end of this commencement season, we’ll have celebrated over 150 graduates who participated in one of our three year-end ceremonies and countless other recitals so far.

     We celebrated 150+ Graduates with
          3 Ceremonies
          2 Music Academy Senior Recitals
          4 year-end dance performances with senior recognition

Watch some of the memorable speeches and testimonials from the two public events: Conservatory of Music’s Commencement and the Music Academy Senior Recitals and Graduation
 

The Class of 2022

Many of our students continue on their paths in the performing arts, but many also find themselves exploring other fields. They’re award winners and scholars, and they end up all over the country in pursuit of their passions.

Gallia KastnerPianist David Cerna (Community School ’22) is heading just down the road to USC Thornton. He posted recently on Instagram, “Words cannot even begin to tell how incredibly grateful I am to have had the opportunity to study here. It has been my pride and joy to have been a Colburn student for the last four years – my high school years. Two of those years, I had the privilege of studying under the distinguished Herbert Zipper Scholars Program, which I am utterly grateful to Colburn for having provided me with this truly unmatched opportunity.”

Gallia Kastner
Violinist Gallia Kastner (Conservatory ’22) will begin orchestra auditions and continue freelancing in Los Angeles now that she’s earned her masters degree, and she reflected on all of the hard work and support over the years. “7 years, 14 juries, and 3 full recitals later, I got my master’s degree from the Colburn Conservatory. Thank you Mr. Lipsett, the Colburn School, and all of my friends for helping me on my journey. I couldn’t have done it without you all.”
Emily Wu
Pianist Emily Wu (Music Academy ’22) posted simply, “Grateful.”

As President Sel Kardan remarked, “You will always be a cherished part of our Colburn family, and we remain here to support you in the months and years ahead.” Congratulations to the Class of 2022!

Quick facts about the Class of 2022
     9 graduates will join the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Fall 2022
     23 studied at Colburn for five or more years
     12 Herbert Zipper Scholars
     55+ plan to pursue a degree in the performing arts
     2 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award Winners
     1 Grand Prize Finalist in the Music Center’s Spotlight 2021 Awards
     2 Finalists in the 2022 YoungArts Competition
    Other areas of study include:

     Architecture
     Asian Studies
     Graphic Design
     Media Studies
     Engineering
     Animal Science
     Computer science
     Nursing
     Mathematics
     Human Biology
     Geology
     History
     Finance

Herbert Zipper Scholars

About the Herbert Zipper Scholars Program

Since its inaugural year of 2013, the Herbert Zipper Scholars program has offered comprehensive, tuition-free music education to the most talented young musicians from low-income families in the Los Angeles area.

The scholarships given to the Zipper Scholars is substantial, and a particularly special component of the program is its “whole student” approach. Each Zipper Scholar has a complete and custom curriculum curated for them so that they are given every tool necessary to excel and realize their talent. In addition to coursework, ensemble participation, and private lessons, their education includes juries, performances, and the camaraderie that comes from meeting other young musicians on the Colburn campus.

In the 2021-2022 school year the Herbert Zipper Scholars program budget was $337,000 and supported 36 students with scholarships ranging from $3,400 – $11,270.

With the entire pathway at Colburn, from Early Childhood to Band, Strings, Harp, and Herbert Zipper Scholars, students from some of the lowest income areas of Los Angeles and the least represented minority communities have access to a Colburn education at every stage of their musical development.

Musical Experience

The Zipper Scholars program is designed to deliver a comprehensive and meaningful education that ensures that each Scholar is prepared for postsecondary education and is ready to thrive as a student artist. Their progress is measured across several metrics: increasing level of difficulty of repertoire; improved confidence and mastery of instrument; deeper musical comprehension through music theory classes; successful audition and placement into applicable ensembles and continued improvement in seating and ensemble placement; sustained high level of inter- est and commitment to musical studies; participation in recitals, competitions, and festivals; and positive feedback from panels in annual juried recitals. In addition, the Zipper Scholars’ academic life is diligently monitored, as a well-rounded education is paramount to a student’s success.

Mentorship

As part of our “whole student” approach, each student benefits from an academic advisor who mentors them throughout their studies at Colburn. Upon graduation, each Scholar will take with them confidence, experience, knowledge, and preparedness to continue their studies in a 4-year college, university, or music conservatory.

Colburn School Appoints Acclaimed Violist Tatjana Masurenko to Faculty

(Wednesday, June 1, 2022, Los Angeles) – The Colburn School is pleased to announce that Tatjana Masurenko, one of today’s foremost violists and pedagogues, will join the Colburn School faculty, beginning July 2022. Masurenko will teach viola and coach chamber music in the Colburn School’s renowned full scholarship diploma- and degree-granting Conservatory of Music as well as its Music Academy for gifted pre-college musicians.

The Conservatory of Music and Music Academy are among the most important and selective global performance training programs for classical musicians. Graduates pursue careers at the highest levels of accomplishment as soloists, chamber musicians, orchestral musicians, conductors, and teachers. The small program size and unique resident faculty model create a tailored educational experience, allowing each student to reach their fullest potential.

“Teaching excellence has been a hallmark of the Colburn School since our founding.” stated Colburn School President and CEO, Sel Kardan. “Following an extensive international search, we are delighted to have Tatjana Masurenko, one of the world’s greatest violists, join our artist faculty of virtuoso performers and pedagogues.”

Conservatory Dean Lee Cioppa added: “It is a tremendous pleasure to welcome Tatjana Masurenko to the Colburn School. She models extraordinary artistry as a soloist and chamber musician, as well as a dedication to teaching and fostering future generations of transformative artists. Her presence on the faculty will enrich not just her students, but the entire Colburn School community.”

“To join the Colburn School is to be a part of a passionate and nurturing community,” says Masurenko. “I’m so grateful for this opportunity. I cannot wait to work with the school’s exceptional students and collaborate alongside the school’s esteemed faculty.”

Tatjana Masurenko is one of the leading viola players of our time. Her distinctive style is shaped by her expressive playing and her thorough and intensive musical studies. Dedicated to promoting young musicians, she has been professor of viola at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig since 2002, and in the same position at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in Sion, Switzerland, since 2019. She gives master classes in Europe and America and is artistic director of the International Viola Camp in Iznik (Turkey).

Masurenko grew up in a family of Russian academics and jazz musicians. Her musical path began in St. Petersburg where she was able to benefit from the traditional St Petersburg school with the best teachers of her time. She continued her musical studies in Germany with Kim Kashkashian and Nobuko Imai. Her search for new forms of expression on the viola and new techniques and tonal concepts were encouraged and influenced by encounters with figures including Boris Pergamenschikow, György Kurtág, Brigitte Fassbaender and Herbert Blomstedt.

For some years now, Tatjana Masurenko’s major objective in her musical career has been the further development of the viola as a solo instrument which also explains her commitment to contemporary music. She has given numerous first performances of new compositions, many of which are dedicated to her and originated on her initiative. She has worked with composers such as the recently deceased Gladys Krenek, Moritz von Gagern, Dimitri Terzakis, Wolfgang Rihm, Hans-Christian Bartel, Luca Lombardi and Nejat Başeğmezler. She is also intensively dedicated to historical performance practice and especially to 19th century playing and the romantic repertoire.

Many of Masurenko’s students have built successful careers and travel the world as soloists, professors, principal violists in major orchestras and as chamber musicians.

Her teaching style is built on the St. Petersburg tradition of the 19th/early 20th century and merges with the new ideas and sensibilities of the 20th/21st century, especially in the interpretation of Baroque and Classical music.

About the Colburn School

A performing arts institution located in the heart of Los Angeles, the Colburn School trains students from beginners to those about to embark on professional careers. The academic units of the School provide a complete spectrum of music and dance education united by a single philosophy: that all who desire to study music or dance should have access to top-level instruction.

  • The Community School of Performing Arts welcomes students of all ages, from seven months old to adults. It offers over 120 classes each year in orchestral instruments, piano, guitar, voice, jazz, music theory, drama, and ensembles including orchestra, choir, and chamber music.
  • The diploma- and degree-granting Conservatory of Music is distinguished by a unique all-scholarship model, renowned faculty, and outstanding performance opportunities. It prepares the very highest level of collegiate musicians for professional careers.
  • The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute develops performers of all levels, from aspiring professionals in
    the Dance Academy to beginners starting in Youth Dance. Students of all levels receive training in ballet, tap, musical theater, and modern genres as part of a comprehensive dance education.
  • The Music Academy is a highly selective training program for gifted young pre-collegiate musicians, designed to prepare students for conservatory study and performing careers at the highest levels of achievement. This residential program balances performance, musical instruction, and academics.
  • Created to serve all units of the School, the Center for Innovation and Community Impact empowers the musical and dance leaders of tomorrow by nurturing students’ passion and ability to serve their communities, preparing them for sustainable careers, and embracing the development of new ideas. The Center embodies Colburn’s commitment to developing young artists with the curiosity, skills, and commitment to make a difference in their field.

Each year, more than 2,000 students from around the world come to Colburn to benefit from the renowned faculty, exceptional facilities, and focus on excellence that unites the community. Learn more at www.colburnschool.edu.

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Colburn School’s The Olive Trio Wins Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Gold Medal in Junior String Division; Sonarsix Sextet wins Bronze Medal in Senior Wind Division

Cellist Angeline Kiang wins Bronze Medal in Stulberg International String Competition

Download hi-res photo of the Olive Trio

(Wednesday, May 25, Los Angeles, CA) – Colburn School’s The Olive Trio—Music Academy students Anaïs Feller, violin, Mira Kardan, cello, and Daniel Wang, piano—won the Gold Medal and $2,300 prize in the Fischoff Competition’s Junior String Division; Sonarsix Sextet—Conservatory of Music students Martha Chan, flute, Eder Rivera Acosta, oboe, Victor Diaz Guerra, clarinet, Christopher Chung, bassoon Elizabeth Linares Montero, horn, and Bogang Hwang, piano—won the Bronze Medal and $2000 prize in the Senior Wind Division.

Colburn School Music Academy student and cellist Angeline Kiang won the Pinehurst Bronze Medal with a cash prize of $4,000 in the Stulberg International String Competition, and will give a performance with the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra, date to be announced.

The Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition was held May 20-22, 2022, at the University of Notre Dame, and the Stulberg International String Competition was held May 20-21, 2022, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The Olive Trio and Sonarsix Sextet were two of four Colburn School ensembles selected from a total of 55 ensembles from around the world to compete in the Fischoff Competition. The NTH Trio and Giovane Quartet, both part of the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute of Colburn’s Community School of Performing Arts, also competed. The NTH Trio musicians are Holly Lacey, Violin, Nathaniel Yue, Cello, and Qiao (Tiger) Zhang, Piano; the Giovane Quartet musicians are Andres Engleman, Violin, Scarlett Chen, Violin, Irene Choung, Cello, and Yiting Han, Piano.

The Olive Trio is coached by Colburn School faculty Martin Beaver, Fabio Bidini, and Clive Greensmith. Feller, Kardan, and Wang study individually with Beaver, Greensmith, and Micah Yui. The Olive Trio will appear next season on the nationally syndicated radio program From the Top and will continue to perform throughout the Los Angeles area and beyond.

The Sonarsix Sextet formed just mere months before the Fischoff Competition. They have appeared at the Verbier, Pacific, Lucerne, and Marlboro Music Festivals, as well at Music from Angel Fire, Seoul National University International Chamber Music Festival, and have collaborated with such artists as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Denis Bouriakov, Andy Akiho, members of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, and members of the Orion String Quartet. As orchestral players, they have appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego, and Detroit, the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela, the Müncher Rundfunkorchester, and the Karlsruhe Operhaus. The Sonarsix Sextet is proudly mentored by Colburn Faculty Fabio Bidini and Andrew Bain.

Founded in 1973 in South Bend, Indiana, USA, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition has grown to become the largest chamber music competition in the world, and one of the most prestigious classical music prizes attainable today. 55 ensembles from around the world competed in the 2022 competition in two categories, string and wind. Since its founding, more than 7,400 musicians have competed, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in music performance and education, including Indiana native and three-time Grammy Award-winner, violinist Joshua Bell, the genre-defying contemporary ensemble Eighth Blackbird, and the Pacifica Quartet, 2020 Grammy Award Winner for Best Chamber Music Performance. The Fischoff distinguishes itself from all other music competitions by remaining true to its core mission: to encourage and educate young musicians in the discipline and expression of chamber music.

The Stulberg International String Competition is an internationally recognized competition that promotes excellence in string instrument performances by gifted artists under the age of twenty. Stulberg brings together communities to witness wonderful performances from talented musicians with a bright future ahead of them at the beginning of their careers. The Stulberg International String Competition has a long legacy built on an appreciation for music. One evening in 1975, a small group of friends and colleagues of the late Julius Stulberg met in the home of his widow, Esther Leiberman Stulberg. Their purpose: to establish a memorial in honor of Julius and his life’s work—that of sharing music and his love of working with young musicians. At the time of his death in 1974, Julius was Professor of Violin at Western Michigan University, where he had been the conductor of the University Symphony for 28 years. In addition, he had conducted the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra for 31 years. Julius was a highly-respected teacher of violin whose former students were and are still playing in major orchestras in the United States and Europe. His impact on the lives of young musicians was immeasurable. It was in recognition of his impact that the Stulberg International String Competition was born.

About the Colburn School

A performing arts institution located in the heart of Los Angeles, the Colburn School trains students from beginners to those about to embark on professional careers. The academic units of the School provide a complete spectrum of music and dance education united by a single philosophy: that all who desire to study music or dance should have access to top-level instruction.

  • The Community School of Performing Arts welcomes students of all ages, from seven months old to adults. It offers over 120 classes each year in orchestral instruments, piano, guitar, voice, jazz, music theory, drama, and ensembles including orchestra, choir, and chamber music.
  • The diploma- and degree-granting Conservatory of Music is distinguished by a unique all-scholarship model, renowned faculty, and outstanding performance opportunities. It prepares the very highest level of collegiate musicians for professional careers.
  • The Trudl Zipper Dance Institute develops performers of all levels, from aspiring professionals in
    the Dance Academy to beginners starting in Youth Dance. Students of all levels receive training in ballet, tap, musical theater, and modern genres as part of a comprehensive dance education.
  • The Music Academy is a highly selective training program for gifted young pre-collegiate musicians, designed to prepare students for conservatory study and performing careers at the highest levels of achievement. This residential program balances performance, musical instruction, and academics.
  • Created to serve all units of the School, the Center for Innovation and Community Impact empowers the musical and dance leaders of tomorrow by nurturing students’ passion and ability to serve their communities, preparing them for sustainable careers, and embracing the development of new ideas. The Center embodies Colburn’s commitment to developing young artists with the curiosity, skills, and commitment to make a difference in their field.

Each year, more than 2,000 students from around the world come to Colburn to benefit from the renowned faculty, exceptional facilities, and focus on excellence that unites the community. Learn more at www.colburnschool.edu.

Press Contacts

Lisa Bellamore, Crescent Communications
lbellamore@gmail.com | 323-500-3071

Jennifer Kallend, Colburn School
jkallend@colburnschool.edu | 215-622-6195

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Summer with Colburn: Chamber Music Intensive

Spend your summer with Colburn and immerse yourself in your art. Our on-campus intensives and seminars allow participants to enhance their skills with expert instruction from Colburn’s esteemed faculty and an array of renowned guest artists.

The Colburn Summer Chamber Music Intensive provides focused ensemble playing for the serious chamber music student. Students will be grouped into a trio, quartet, or quintet and learn an entire work during their time together. Along with rehearsals, students will participate in stage presence activities, team building, master classes, and other group-building activities. Coaches from the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute will provide instruction, along with other chamber music professionals.

Additional lessons may be available upon request. Program subject to change based on enrollment.

Schedule

July 3–16
10:30 am–4:30pm daily

Age Range

13-18 years old

Audition Requirements

Students who were not in the 2021-22 Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute must submit the following:

  • A good quality audition video of two contrasting works showing both technical and lyrical ability
  • A current teacher recommendation
  • An application form

Current Colburn chamber music students do not need to submit the video, but the application form is still required.

Student Requirements

Students can choose to apply for Week 1 (July 3-9), Week 2 (July 11-16), or the whole 2-week program. Students will need to have an upper intermediate level of playing. Prior chamber music experience is recommended, but not required. The program is open to string instruments (violin, viola, cello, and double bass) and piano. Non-Colburn students are welcome and encouraged to apply. Pre-formed groups are welcome to apply and will be kept together. Continuing Colburn Community School students are eligible for an automatic discount.

Tuition and Fees
  • Nonrefundable application fee: $25 (applied towards the registration fees if accepted)
  • Commuter/non-residential fee for 1-week program (Week 1 or Week 2): $1,250
  • Commuter/non-residential fee for 2-week program (both Week 1 and Week 2): $2,000
  • Priority payment deadline: June 10
Applications due on June 1, 2022 for priority admission.

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