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Sunday, December 15th, 2019 | Masterclass
Almita Vamos Violin Masterclass
2:00 pm
Carriage House Violins Recital Hall
1039 Chestnut Street
Newton, MA 02464

Almita Vamos is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Mischa Mischakoff and Louis Persinger. Mrs. Vamos has won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching six times, the ASTA Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, and has been featured on “Sunday Morning” on CBS. Currently, Mrs. Vamos is a professor of violin at the Chicago College of Performing Arts and the Music Institute of Chicago. Her students have won top prizes in many national and international competitions, and they play in most of the major orchestras across the United States and the world. Mrs. Vamos has performed as a member of the Lydian Trio and the Antioch Quartet. She won the Concert Artist Guild Award, among many other prizes, and has performed recitals at the 92nd Street Y, Town Hall, and Carnegie Recital Hall, and she has soloed with the Juilliard Orchestra, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Walter Hendl, and orchestras across Europe and Asia. She regularly gives masterclasses at the University of Oslo and in Iceland.

Admission is FREE, though space is limited. Please reserve your seat in advance.

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Friday, January 24th, 2020 | Masterclass
Donald Weilerstein Violin Masterclass
7:00 pm
Carriage House Violins Recital Hall
1039 Chestnut Street
Newton, MA 02464

Donald Weilerstein has concertized extensively throughout the world as soloist and chamber musician. He studied at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian, Dorothy Delay, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet. For twenty years (1969–1989) Weilerstein was the first violinist of the renowned Cleveland Quartet, with whom he toured the world. His recordings with the quartet have earned seven Grammy nominations and won Best of the Year awards from Time and Stereo Review.

Weilerstein has taught and performed at such major American and European music festivals as Caramoor, Tanglewood, Aspen, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Salzburg, Luzern, Verbier, Ishikawa, Keshet Eilon, "Chamber Music Encounters" sponsored by La Cite de la Musique and the Paris Conservatory and many more.

He also performs as a duo recitalist with pianist Vivian Hornik Weilerstein and is a very active member of the highly acclaimed Weilerstein Trio, in residence at the New England Conservatory of Music. Their CD for Koch records was released in January 2006 and features trios of Dvorak. They can be visited at www.weilersteintrio.com .

Recently featured in Strad, Weilerstein was formerly a professor of violin and chamber music at the Eastman School and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is currently on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School.

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Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 | Masterclass
Robin Scott Violin Masterclass
7:00 pm
Carriage House Violins Recital Hall
1039 Chestnut Street
Newton, MA 02464

Robin Scott, an award-winning musician described as one of America’s rising stars on the classical music stage, has built a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. He has competed internationally, winning first prize in the California International Young Artists Competition and the WAMSO Young Artist Competition in Minnesota, and second prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and the Stulberg International String Competition.

Scott has appeared as a soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Montgomery Symphony, Orchestre National de Lille in France, and many others. He has given numerous recitals and performances throughout the United States and abroad.

Scott is also the newest member of Eastman’s string quartet-in-residence, the Ying Quartet, as the Grammy-winning ensemble’s first violinist. As an avid and passionate chamber musician, Scott has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, Boston’s Jordan Hall, the Morgan Library, Town Hall in New York City, and other venues. His festival appearances include the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists, Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall, and the Saratoga and Chesapeake Chamber Music Festivals, MusicIC in Iowa City, and others.

A native of Indiana, Scott began studying the violin at age five and also took piano lessons. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree at the New England Conservatory and his Artist Diploma at Indiana University, where he was a student of Miriam Fried. He pursued additional studies at NEC with Donald Weilerstein, the founding first violinist of the Cleveland Quartet, and violist Kim Kashkashian. Previously, he was a student of Mimi Zweig at Indiana University’s preparatory program.

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 | Masterclass
Malcolm Lowe Violin Masterclass
7:00 pm
Carriage House Violins Recital Hall
1039 Chestnut Street
Newton, MA 02464

Malcolm Lowe joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster in 1984, becoming the tenth concertmaster in the orchestra's history and only its third since 1920. As concertmaster, he also performs with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. Mr. Lowe is equally at home as an orchestral player, chamber musician, solo recitalist, and teacher. He appears frequently as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood and he has returned many times to his native Canada for guest appearances as a soloist with the Toronto and Montreal Symphony Orchestras and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa.

Mr. Lowe is a faculty member at the Tanglewood Music Center, New England Conservatory, and Boston University. Prior to his Boston appointment, he was concertmaster of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra. The recipient of many awards, he was one of the top laureate winners in the 1979 Montreal International Violin Competition. Born to musical parents - his father was a violinist and his mother a vocalist - on a farm in Hamiota, Manitoba, Mr. Lowe moved with his family to Regina, Saskatchewan at the age of nine. There he studied at the Regina Conservatory of Music with Howard Leyton-Brown, former concertmaster of the London Philharmonic. He later studied with Ivan Galamian at the Meadowmount School of Music and at the Curtis Institute of Music. Mr. Lowe also studied violin with Sally Thomas and Jaime Laredo and was greatly influenced by Josef Gingold, Felix Galimir, Alexander Schneider, and Jascha Brodsky.

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 | Masterclass
Paul Biss Violin Masterclass
7:00 pm
Carriage House Violins Recital Hall
1039 Chestnut Street
Newton, MA 02464

Violinist, violist and conductor Paul Biss has appeared in recital, with orchestra, and in chamber music performances throughout North America, Mexico, Europe, Israel, and Korea. He holds a B.S. from Indiana University and an M.S. from The Juilliard School. He has studied with Josef Gingold, Ivan Galamian, and Paul Makanowitsky.

Biss has participated in numerous festivals as a violinist and as a violist. He was a member of the Berkshire Quartet, and was a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival for six summers. He has also appeared at other festivals such as the Ravinia, La Jolla, Lockenhaus, Casals, Naantali, and the Ysaye at Wigmore Hall.

Prior to coming to NEC, Paul Biss was a professor of violin for more than 25 years at Indiana University, teaching violin and chamber music, and conducting more than a 100 symphonic and operatic performances. His former students hold positions in major orchestras in the U.S. and Europe, and have won prizes in major international and national competitions including first prizes in the Sibelius, Leopold Mozart, and Stulberg competitions.

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