Observe Master Clinician, Bret Serrin, as he inspires Suzuki Music Schools pianists of all ages and levels.
Dr. Bret Serrin is widely recognized as one of the United States’ most brilliant young teachers and pianists. Born in Virginia, he began studying the piano at the age of five and gave his first public concert at the age of six. His talent soon attracted attention and while still a student, he won the prestigious Presser Music Scholarship, as well as numerous other awards. During this time, he attended the Adamant International Summer Music Festival in Vermont, where he was invited to perform a live concert broadcast on NPR (National Public Radio).
Dr. Serrin is the recipient of gold medals in several international piano competitions, including the Los Angeles Liszt Competition, the Hubbard Solo and Chamber Music Competition (Dallas, Texas) and the Symphony Orchestra of Albuquerque Concerto Competition (New Mexico). Other highlights of his career include a silver medal at the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition in San Antonio, and a prize in the Steinway Society’s Career Grant Competition. Most recently, during the Hubedni Festival in the Czech Republic, he was awarded the silver medal in the prestigious Vysocina International Piano Competition.
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Cozy up with your pillow for the second family-friendly concert of our online Pillow Concert Series with pianist, Amy Yang.
A “jaw-dropping pianist who steals the show…with effortless finesse” (Washington Post), Amy Yang balances an active career as soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. Collaborating with leading musicians, Ms. Yang toured with Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Tito Muñoz and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and premiered music by Michael Hersch at Cal Performances, Ojai Music Festival and Aldeburgh Festival. Additional collaborations include performances with Richard Goode, Anne-Marie McDermott, Ida and Ani Kavafian, Miriam Fried, Roberto Díaz, Kim Kashkashian, Joseph Silverstein, members of Guarneri String Quartet, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Dover Quartet, Aizuri String Quartet, Jasper String Quartet, Third Coast Percussion and A Far Cry. Ms. Yang’s debut on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Series followed solo engagements with the Houston Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony and Orquesta Juvenil Universitaria Eduardo Mata at UNAM. She has performed under the batons of Adam Flatt, John Giordano, Thomas Hong, Mariusz Smolij and others. Ms. Yang has premiered music by Caroline Shaw, Avner Dorman, Michael Hersch, Ezra Laderman, Paul Wianko and Hua Yang. Festival appearances include Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Prussia Cove, Verbier Academy, Bravo! Vail, Chamber Music Northwest, Chelsea Music Festival, Caramoor, Olympic Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, Twickenham Fest, Salt Bay Chamberfest, among others. An active recording artist, her discography includes a solo album (MSR Classics, 2019), chamber albums with violinist Itamar Zorman (BIS Records, 2019), violinist Tessa Lark (First Hand Records, 2019) and clarinetist José Franch-Ballester (iTinerant Records, 2011), as well as the live Aldeburgh Festival recording of Michael Hersch’s “I hope we get a chance to visit soon” with Tito Muñoz, members of Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Kiera Duffy, Ah Young Hong, Raphael Schenkel, Gary Louie, and Cody Dean (New Focus Records, 2020). Upcoming releases include music for solo piano by Ezra Laderman (Albany Records), and albums with tubist Carol Jantsch, violinist Danbi Um and cellist Blaise Dejardin. Ms. Yang is a member of the chamber music faculty at Curtis Institute of Music, program director and piano faculty member of Curtis Summerfest’s Young Artist Summer Program and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and Haverford College. Winner of the 2018 Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia prize and the Kosciuszko National Chopin Piano Competition, she is an alumna of Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard School and Yale School of Music, where she received the Parisot Award for Outstanding Pianist and the Alumni Association Prize. She enjoys making line drawings and tracing the mysteries of neuroscience.
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12:00-1:15 Master Class and Group Class for ages 6-13 (FULL) 1:30-2:45 Master Class for ages 14-adult
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Ground-breaking flutist Zara Lawler, “an engaging, fluent, mellifluous soloist,” (Houston Chronicle) made her concerto debut with the Houston Symphony and her recital debut at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall. A recognized leader in the emerging field of interdisciplinary performance, Lawler has collaborated with choreographers, composers and stage directors to create new and adventurous concert experiences.
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Watch and listen as acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton Pine works with four outstanding Suzuki Music Schools students.
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In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a leading interpreter of great classic and contemporary works, her performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research. She plays with passion and conviction, thrilling audiences worldwide with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making.
Her new recording of the Dvořák and Khachaturian Violin Concertos (Avie, November, 2019) with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductor Teddy Abrams highlights the influence of each composer’s local ethnic music – Dvořák by Czech folk music and Khachaturian by Armenian folk and other music of the Caucasus. Pine has appeared as a soloist with many prestigious ensembles including the Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Iceland, Montreal, New Zealand, San Diego, St. Louis and Vienna Symphonies; the Buffalo, Calgary, Rochester and Royal Philharmonics; the Louisville and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Royal Scottish Philharmonic, the Belgian and Russian National Orchestras; and the Israel, Mozarteum and Scottish Chamber Orchestras. She has worked with many renowned conductors including Marin Alsop, Zubin Mehta, Neeme Järvi, Placido Domingo, Semyon Bychkov, John Nelson, and Erich Leinsdorf, and with prestigious collaborators including Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, and William Warfield. Among numerous contemporary composers with whom she has collaborated are David Chesky, Billy Childs, John Corigliano, Joe Deninzon, Mohammed Fairouz, Luis Jorge González, Earl Maneein, Daniel Bernard Roumain, José Serebrier, and Augusta Read Thomas. She has premiered concertos written for her by Fairouz, Maneein, and the Canadian composer Marcus Goddard, and performed the Panamanian premiere of Roque Cordero’s 1962 Violin Concerto. She also gave the world premiere of the last movement of Samuel Barber’s long-lost 1928 Violin Sonata, as well as of a sonata fragment by Beethoven in 2005. In addition to her career as a violin soloist, Pine is an avid performer of baroque, renaissance, and medieval music. Her Vivaldi: The Complete Viola d’amore Concertos, recorded with Ars Antigua (Cedille), appears in the 2019 Oscar-winning film “The Favourite.” Pine performs with the period instrument ensemble Trio Settecento and has served on the Board of Directors of Early Music America.
Pine writes her own cadenzas and has performed many of her own arrangements as encores. With Carl Fischer’s publication of “The Rachel Barton Pine Collection,” Pine became the only living artist and first woman in Carl Fischer’s Masters Collection series. Her edition of Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas was published in 2017. She is also the music advisor and editor of “Maud Powell Favorites,” the only published compilation of Powell’s transcriptions, cadenza for the Brahms Violin Concerto, and the music dedicated to, commissioned by, or closely associated with Powell.
Pine is an active philanthropist, leading the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation since 2001. This past season, the RBP Foundation received international press with the release of “Music by Black Composers, Violin Volume I,” the first in a series of pedagogical books of sheet music exclusively by Black classical composers, with additional orchestral instruments to be covered in future volumes. Early in her career, Pine noted that young people learning classical music seldom have the opportunity to study and perform music written by Black composers. Over the past 15 years, the RBP Foundation’s Music by Black Composers initiative has collected more than 900 works by more than 350 Black composers from the 18th-21st Centuries, representing North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Also published are “The Rachel Barton Pine Foundation Coloring Book of Black Composers” and an illustrated timeline poster of 300+ Black classical composers from around the world, and many additional resources on MBC’s website. Coinciding with these publications, Pine released Blues Dialogues: Violin Works by Black Composers (Cedille Records), featuring classical works with a very strong blues flavor written by 20th and 21st Century composers of African descent.
Pine has a prolific discography, with 38 albums on labels including Avie, Cedille, Warner Classics, and Dorian. Her recordings with some of the world’s most prestigious ensembles and conductors include Brahms & Joachim Violin Concertos (Carlos Kalmar and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Elgar & Bruch Violin Concertos (Andrew Litton and the BBC Symphony Orchestra), which pays homage to Sir Neville Marriner. Pine and Sir Neville’s Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields charted at number three on the classical charts. Pine’s Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by Johann Sebastian Bach and Violin Lullabies debuted at number one on the classical chart and her Bel Canto Paganini hit number three.
Pine holds prizes from several of the world’s leading competitions, including a gold medal at the 1992 J.S. Bach International Violin Competition in Leipzig, Germany. She performs on the “ex-Bazzini, ex-Soldat” Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona, 1742), on lifetime loan from her patron.
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