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Meet The Ariel Quartet: GWIMA Quartet in Residence
금요일, 08 1월 2016 15:01
Meet the Academy's Quartet in Residence,
The Ariel Quartet
The Quartet was formed in Israel sixteen years ago when its members were young students and have been playing together ever since. Recently awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the Quartet serves as the Faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, where they direct the chamber music program and perform their own annual series of concerts - a remarkable achievement for an ensemble so young.

Ariel Quartet
The Ariel Quartet's 2015-16 season features their debut at Carnegie Hall, as we
ll as a major collaborative project with the clarinetist David Krakauer. Highlights of the Quartet's 2014-15 season included a groundbreaking Beethoven cycle performed
at New York's SubCulture that featured a midnight performance of the Grosse Fuge; a performance featuring music by three generations of Israeli composers at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; performances resulting from the Cleveland Quartet Award in Kansas City, Austin, and Buffalo; and a tour of South America. The Ariel also collaborated with the pianist Orion Weiss in a program commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War One.

The Ariel Quartet performs widely in Israel, Europe, and North America, including two record-setting Beethoven cycles last season, performed before all the members of the quartet turned thirty. The Ariel continues to astonish with its performances of complete works by memory and has remained committed to performing extensively in Israel. In addition, the Ariel has collaborated with the pianist Orion Weiss; violist Roger Tapping; cellist Paul Katz; and the American and Jerusalem String Quartets. The Quartet toured with the cellist Alisa Weilerstein during the 2013-14 season, and performs regularly with the legendary pianist Menahem Pressler. Additionally, the Ariel was quartet-in-residence for the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, and for the Perlman Music Program, and was the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-In-Residence at the Caramoor Festival.

Formerly the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory's Professional String Quartet Training Program, the Ariel has won a number of international prizes including the Grand Prize at the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and First Prize at the international competition "Franz Schubert And The Music Of Modernity" in Graz, Austria, in 2003, when the Quartet's members were remarkably young. After they won the Székely Prize for their performance of Bartók, as well as the overall Third Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition in 2007, the American Record Guide described the Ariel Quartet as "a consummate ensemble gifted with utter musicality and remarkable interpretive power" and called their performance of Beethoven's Op. 132 "the pinnacle of the competition."

The Ariel Quartet has been mentored extensively by Itzhak Perlman, Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried, Kim Kashkashian, and Martha Strongin Katz, among others, and spent a formative year in Basel, Switzerland, studying with Walter Levin, the founding first violinist of the LaSalle Quartet. The Quartet has received substantial scholarship support for the members' studies in the United States from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Dov and Rachel Gottesman, and the Legacy Heritage Fund. Most recently, they were awarded a substantial grant from The A. N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation.

Join Us in Beijing July 2016!
금요일, 08 1월 2016 14:59
Great Wall International Music Academy announces 12th season from July 20 to August 10, 2016 in Beijing.

Welcome to the 12th season of the Great Wall International Music Academy. We have enjoyed more than a decade of cultural exchange; we have been surrounded by fabulous talents and played excellent concerts in Beijing's most prestigious concert halls. Many young artists from the US, from Europe, and from Australia have made music with their Chinese friends, and many superb Chinese string players have joined us at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and other major music schools in the Western Hemisphere.  We have watched many of our young artists mature into excellent professional positions in China and around the globe. This is truly a moment to be grateful for all the generous help that was given to us over the years and to reflect on our work of the past decade. It is also a good time to contemplate and plan how to go forward with the most promising design of our Academy.

The world and China was a different place a 12 years ago. Frequency and opportunity to travel has increased, the Chinese Yuan has become a strong international currency, and China has lived through a historically unprecedented rate of growth and opportunity. China has become the world's showcase for architecture, city planning, and public transportation. Commensurate with this progress, the cost of living in important Chinese cities has become equal to other urban centers around the world. All these changes have an impact on our mission and organization.

This year, several young artists will again receive the distinction of being named "Great Wall Scholars". These prestigious fellowships will include a full tuition scholarship, teaching and coaching instruction and responsibilities, as well as opportunities to rehearse and perform chamber music in concerts with our world-class faculty. In addition, our chamber orchestra, the Great Wall Soloists, will perform in concerts on other continents in future seasons.

In January of 2016 Kurt Sassmannshaus, founder and president of the Great Wall International Music Academy will travel to the best conservatories in China, including Beijing, Wuhan, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Chengdu, to personally audition young artists for next summer's Academy. Online applications are available now at www.greatwallacademy.org.

Faculty 2016

Beijing Central Conservatory of Music
HUANG Chen Xing
Shanghai Conservatory
Xinghai Conservatory, Guangzhou
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler", Berlin
Beijing Central Conservatory of Music
Colburn School, Los Angeles
HO Wing
Associate Dean, Beijing Central Conservatory of Music
WANG Shao Wu
Associate Principal, Middle School, Beijing Central Conservatory of Music
CHU Yi Bing
Chairman, Cello department, Beijing Central Conservatory of Music
LI Jiwu
Chairman, String department, Shanghai Conservatory
Wayne Foster SMITH
Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler", Berlin
Chamber Music
Ariel String Quartet
Quartet in Residence, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Gyuhyun HAN
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Rohan DeSilva
The Juilliard School
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
SHI Yuqing
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Live Auditions 2016:
Taiyuan      January 2
Beijing        January 4
Shanghai    January 8
Guangzhou January 9
Chengdu     January 10
Wuhan        January 12
Cincinnati    January 20
For the latest up-to-date information visit greatwallacademy.org

Prof S in Good Company!
목요일, 15 10월 2015 15:20
Check out this great poster from Shar's booth at the Shanghai Music Fair. Prof. Sassmannshaus in good company, indeed!

Teacher Certification Workshop in Maryland October 24-25
화요일, 01 9월 2015 19:04

    The Sassmannshaus Tradition method has been Europe's best selling beginning violin method for over 30 years. It is now available in English, and the translator and co-author Prof. Kurt Sassmannshaus is offering this teacher training seminar to show how the unique aspects of this method can be taught. The method is groundbreaking in its approach for very young children. It features large print and teaches note reading from the first lesson. It focuses on early position playing and introduces advanced left hand and bow technique with familiar musical material. You can become a certified teacher by attending this intensive weekend workshop in Ellicott City presented by ASTA MD/DC.


  • Sat. October 24, 2015 9:30-5:00 and Sun. October 25, 2015 10:00-12:00
  • 4222 Club Court, Ellicott City, MD 21042
  • The workshop will include lectures and demonstrations by Kurt Sassmannshaus including the newly published Recital Albums for Violin
  • Tuition before Sept 30: $225 for ASTA MD/DC members, $250 for non-members
  • Tuition after Sept 30: $250 for ASTA MD/DC members, $275 for non-members
  • ASTA DC/MD will provide Sassmannshaus Tradition Early Start on the Violin volumes 1-3 to the first 15 ASTA chapter members to enroll

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