CelloStream Masterclasses 2011-2012

FRANS HELMERSON
November 15 2011
7 – 8:30 pm EST 

The Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson began his musical training with Guido Vecchi in Göteborg before moving on to study with Giuseppe Selmi in Rome and William Pleeth in London. Sergiu Celibidache and Mstislav Rostropovich also played a very influential role in his artistic development. In 1971 he won what is probably the most famous music prize for cellists, the Cassado Competition in Florence – the first of many other distinctions. Tours have taken him to other countries in Europe as well as to Japan, Russia, South America, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Frans Helmerson plays with many well-known orchestras and receives outstanding critical acclaim for his concerts and recordings.

GARY HOFFMAN
November 3 2011
7 – 10 pm EST 

Gary Hoffman is one of the outstanding cellists of our time, combining instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound, and a poetic sensibility. Mr. Hoffman gained international renown upon his victory as the first North American to win the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris in 1986. A frequent soloist with the world’s most noted orchestras, he has appeared with the Chicago, London, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, Baltimore and National symphony orchestras as well as the English, Moscow and Los Angeles chamber orchestras, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Netherlands and Rotterdam philharmonics, the Cleveland Orchestra for the Blossom Festival and Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others. Mr. Hoffman collaborates regularly with such celebrated conductors as André Prévin, Charles Dutoit, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zuckerman, Andrew Davis, Herbert Blomstedt, Kent Nagano, Jésus Lopez-Cobos and James Levine. View video of Gary Hoffman masterclass

RALPH KIRSHBAUM
October 20 2011
7 – 10 pm EST 

Texas-born cellist Ralph Kirshbaum is an artist recognized by critics and audiences worldwide for his deeply felt interpretations, musical intelligence, and passionate performances. With repertoire ranging from Haydn to Shostakovitch, Bach to Korngold, he is consistently recognized for a unique and lustrous sound. His distinguished career encompasses the worlds of solo performance, chamber music, recording, and pedagogy and clearly places him “in the highest echelon of today’s cellists” (Los Angeles Times). View video of Ralph Kirshbaum master class

PIETER WISPELWEY
September 28 2011
3 – 6
pm EST 

Pieter Wispelwey is among the first of a generation of performers who are equally at ease on the modern or the period cello. His acute stylistic awareness, combined with a truly original interpretation and a phenomenal technical mastery, has won the hearts of critics and public alike in repertoire ranging from JS Bach to Schnittke, Elliott Carter and works composed for him. View video of Pieter Wispelwey master class

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CelloStream Masterclasses 2012-2013

LAURENCE LESSER
March 27 2013
2-5 pm EST

Laurence Lesser is a prizewinner of the Tchaikovsky Competition and was President of NEC from 1983-1996. He performs as a soloist and chamber musician globally. Many of his former students have concert careers as soloists or members of chamber groups and many occupy important posts as orchestra members and teachers. View video of Laurence Lesser master class

YEESUN KIM
February 6 2013
2-5 pm EST 

Yeesun Kim is a founding member of the Borromeo String Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory. She teaches cello and chamber music at NEC and also teaches at the Taos School of Music every summer. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and the NEC.

NATASHA BROFSKY
January 23 2013
2-5 pm EST 

Natasha Brofsky serves on the cello faculty of The New England Conservatory and The Juilliard School. As cellist of the Naumburg award winning Peabody Trio, she performs throughout North America and is a regular faculty member of the Yellow Barn Festival. View video of Natasha Brofsky master class

PAUL KATZ
October 17, 2012
2-5 pm EST

Paul Katz toured internationally for 26 years as cellist of the famed Cleveland Quartet. The creator of CelloBello.com, he teaches cello and directs the Professional String Quartet Training Program at NEC. Past students enjoy diverse careers as soloists, chamber musicians and teachers, and populate many of the world’s distinguished orchestras and string quartets. View video of Paul Katz master class

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CelloStream Artist Master Class Series 2013-2014

Streamed live from Pierce Hall at New England Conservatory in Boston

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Lluis Claret
Thursday, 26 September 2013
7:00 pm-9:30 pm

Ralph Kirshbaum
Monday, 21 October 2013
7:00 pm-9:30 pm

Pieter Wispelwey
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
7:00 pm-9:30 pm

Gary Hoffman
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
2:00 pm-5:00 pm

PREVIOUS CELLOSTREAM MASTER CLASSES

 March 27 2013
2-5 pm EST
Laurence Lesser

Laurence Lesser is a prizewinner of the Tchaikovsky Competition and was President of NEC from 1983-1996. He performs as a soloist and chamber musician globally. Many of his former students have concert careers as soloists or members of chamber groups and many occupy important posts as orchestra members and teachers. View video of Laurence Lesser master class

February 6 2013
2-5 pm EST
Yeesun Kim

Yeesun Kim is a founding member of the Borromeo String Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory. She teaches cello and chamber music at NEC and also teaches at the Taos School of Music every summer. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and the NEC.

 

January 23 2013
2-5 pm EST
Natasha Brofsky

Natasha Brofsky serves on the cello faculty of The New England Conservatory and The Juilliard School. As cellist of the Naumburg award winning Peabody Trio, she performs throughout North America and is a regular faculty member of the Yellow Barn Festival. View video of Natasha Brofsky master class

 

October 17, 2012
2-5 pm EST
Paul Katz

Paul Katz toured internationally for 26 years as cellist of the famed Cleveland Quartet. The creator of CelloBello.com, he teaches cello and directs the Professional String Quartet Training Program at NEC. Past students enjoy diverse careers as soloists, chamber musicians and teachers, and populate many of the world’s distinguished orchestras and string quartets. View video of Paul Katz master class

 

November 15 2011
7 – 8:30 pm EST
Frans Helmerson

The Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson began his musical training with Guido Vecchi in Göteborg before moving on to study with Giuseppe Selmi in Rome and William Pleeth in London. Sergiu Celibidache and Mstislav Rostropovich also played a very influential role in his artistic development. In 1971 he won what is probably the most famous music prize for cellists, the Cassado Competition in Florence – the first of many other distinctions. Tours have taken him to other countries in Europe as well as to Japan, Russia, South America, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Frans Helmerson plays with many well-known orchestras and receives outstanding critical acclaim for his concerts and recordings.

 

November 3 2011
7 – 10 pm EST
Gary Hoffman

Gary Hoffman is one of the outstanding cellists of our time, combining instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound, and a poetic sensibility. Mr. Hoffman gained international renown upon his victory as the first North American to win the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris in 1986. A frequent soloist with the world’s most noted orchestras, he has appeared with the Chicago, London, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, Baltimore and National symphony orchestras as well as the English, Moscow and Los Angeles chamber orchestras, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Netherlands and Rotterdam philharmonics, the Cleveland Orchestra for the Blossom Festival and Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others. Mr. Hoffman collaborates regularly with such celebrated conductors as André Prévin, Charles Dutoit, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zuckerman, Andrew Davis, Herbert Blomstedt, Kent Nagano, Jésus Lopez-Cobos and James Levine. View video of Gary Hoffman master class

 

October 20 2011
7 – 10 pm EST
Ralph Kirshbaum

Texas-born cellist Ralph Kirshbaum is an artist recognized by critics and audiences worldwide for his deeply felt interpretations, musical intelligence, and passionate performances.  With repertoire ranging from Haydn to Shostakovitch, Bach to Korngold, he is consistently recognized for a unique and lustrous sound.  His distinguished career encompasses the worlds of solo performance, chamber music, recording, and pedagogy and clearly places him “in the highest echelon of today’s cellists” (Los Angeles Times). View video of Ralph Kirshbaum master class

 

September 28 2011
3 – 6
pm EST
Pieter Wispelwey

Pieter Wispelwey is among the first of a generation of performers who are equally at ease on the modern or the period cello. His acute stylistic awareness, combined with a truly original interpretation and a phenomenal technical mastery, has won the hearts of critics and public alike in repertoire ranging from JS Bach to Schnittke, Elliott Carter and works composed for him. View video of Pieter Wispelwey master class

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CelloStream Artist Master Class Series 2014-2015

Streamed live from Pierce Hall at New England Conservatory in Boston

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Marcy Rosen
Sunday, 28 September 2014
2:30 pm-5:15 pm EDT

Joel Krosnick
Sunday, 19 October 2014
10:00 am – 12:30 pm EDT

Alisa Weilerstein
Thursday, 30 April 2015
exact time TBA

For info and videos of previous CelloStream master classes, please see below.

To view a CelloStream Artist Master Class, please navigate to the CelloStream page at the appropriate time.

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PREVIOUS MASTER CLASSES

GARY HOFFMAN
April 8 2014
2 – 5 pm EST 

Gary Hoffman is one of the outstanding cellists of our time, combining instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound, and a poetic sensibility. Mr. Hoffman gained international renown upon his victory as the first North American to win the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris in 1986. A frequent soloist with the world’s most noted orchestras, he has appeared with the Chicago, London, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, Baltimore and National symphony orchestras as well as the English, Moscow and Los Angeles chamber orchestras, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Netherlands and Rotterdam philharmonics, the Cleveland Orchestra for the Blossom Festival and Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others. Mr. Hoffman collaborates regularly with such celebrated conductors as André Prévin, Charles Dutoit, Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zuckerman, Andrew Davis, Herbert Blomstedt, Kent Nagano, Jésus Lopez-Cobos and James Levine. View video of Gary Hoffman masterclass

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014
7:00 – 9:30 pm

Pieter Wispelwey is among the first of a generation of performers who are equally at ease on the modern or the period cello. His acute stylistic awareness, combined with a truly original interpretation and a phenomenal technical mastery, has won the hearts of critics and public alike in repertoire ranging from JS Bach to Schnittke, Elliott Carter and works composed for him. View videos from previous Pieter Wispelwey master classes

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RALPH KIRSHBAUM
Tuesday, 21 October 2013
7:00 pm-9:30 pm

Ralph Kirshbaum has appeared with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, BBC and London Symphonies, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Zurich Tonhalle, Orchestre de Paris and Israel Philharmonic. He has collaborated with many of the great conductors of the time such as Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph von Dohnányi, Andrew Davis, the late Sir Colin Davis, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Sir Antonio Pappano, André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, and the late Sir Georg Solti. Ralph Kirshbaum has appeared frequently at such prominent international festivals as Edinburgh, Bath, Verbier, Lucerne, Aspen, La Jolla, Santa Fe, Music@Menlo, Ravinia, and New York’s Mostly Mozart.

A renowned pedagogue, he served on the faculty of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester for 38 years, and in 2008 accepted the Gregor Piatigorsky Chair in Violoncello at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. He serves as artistic advisor of IMS Prussia Cove, and is Founder/Honorary president of the Pierre Fournier Award as well as honorary president of the London Cello Society. He recently served for five years on the US President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. View videos from previous Ralph Kirshbaum master classes

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Thursday, 26 September 2013
7:00 pm-9:30 pm

Born in Andorra in 1951, from exiled Catalan parents, Lluís Claret began his musical studies at the age of 9. His musical future was strongly marked by his contact with great teachers as Maurice Gendron, Radu Aldulescu and Enric Casals (Pablo Casals’ brother), who, besides not being a cellist, was his principal musical adviser for many years. His meetings with György Sebök, Eva Janzer and Bernard Greenhouse were also decisive for the development of his artistic personality.

He founded the Barcelona Trio (1980-1993), performs regularly with the pianists Josep-Maria Colom and Benedicte Palko and collaborates very often with other prestigious musicians at festivals like Kuhmo, Naantali, Ernen, l’Epau, Pablo Casals (Prades), Granada, and Seoul.

His great interest in contemporary music brought him to a close professional collaboration with Henri Dutilleux, Witold Lutoslawski, Kristoff Penderecki, Joan Guinjoan, Iannis Xenakis and Pierre Boulez.

Master classes from earlier years

 

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CelloBello János Starker Remembrance Week April 22-28

CelloBello Remembers János Starker

Please join us for a full week of events and video releases,
to remember and honor this great figure of the cello world.
Preview of upcoming events:

New Videos of Never-Before Seen Interviews

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Newly released interview videos of János Starker in conversation with Paul Katz in 2010. 

April 22: Growing as a Performer
April 23Releasing Tension
April 24Rhythmic Freedom
April 25Vibrato
April 26His Performance Anxiety
April 27His Difficult, Early Years

Please visit our János Starker CelloLegacy section 
on CelloBello.com each day to view the newest video.

Daily Blogs 
A new blog each day at CelloBlog by former Starker students and family including
Robert BatteyPaul KatzMaria KliegelAlexandra Preucil (Starker’s granddaughter),
Brant Taylor and Jeffrey Zeigler.

CelloChats
Your chance to ask questions about Starker’s cello teachings and hear personal anecdotes and stories of the master! 3 special CelloChats with former students of Starker

Reminiscing: What I Learned From János Starker
all chats at 8:30 pm EDT at www.cellobello.com/chat

  April 22Brant Taylor, Chicago Symphony
            April 26Jeffrey Zeigler, formerly of Kronos Quartet, now at Mannes School of Music
            April 28Paul Katz, formerly of Cleveland Quartet, now at New England Conservatory 

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Remembering
János Starker
1924 – 2013

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JÁNOS STARKER
by Robert Battey

János Starker all-embracing legacy is unique. No one impacted so many different facets of the art, craft, and literature of the cello, and no one gave so freely of himself to advance the cause of music at all levels.

As a solo artist, he was simply nonpareil. He traveled the globe scores of times, appearing in the world’s great concert halls, and with the most prestigious orchestras. His recording career spanned nearly half a century, and covered an astounding range of repertoire — from multiple versions of the Bach Suites, to severe, late 20th century words of Bernard Heiden and Robert Starer, to probing, provocative interpretations of all the central masterpieces of the cello literature, to the jazz works of David Baker.

Whether on stage or through recordings, the technical and musical standards he upheld never once wavered or compromised. And those standards were higher than anyone else’s. From his world premiere recording of the Kodaly Solo Sonata at age 24 (which won the French Grand Prix du Disque) to his muscular, virtuoso renditions of the Hindemith and Schumann Cello Concertos at age 70, each and every Starker recording is an object lesson in great string playing. He shows us how to sculpt the sound, how to control tension and release, when to speak and when to sing. The tone is clean and focused, the interpretations commanding and inevitable, and the technique untouchable.

In short, János Starker’s presence had a major impact on everyone who plays or loves the cello. The standards of execution he set have quite simply changed the way we listen to the cello now, and what “virtuoso” playing means. His teaching generations of cellists will ensure that the principles and standards will be carried forward, and his many ancillary activities enriched and enlivened the musical life, in so many spheres, and will continue to do so long as there are practioners and aficionados of the cello.

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