Yunior Lopez, viola
Mr. Lopez will direct a masterclass on Saturday, September 17, 2016
Daniel Hass, cello
Mr. Hass will direct a masterclass on Saturday, October 14, 2016
In both Israel and Canada, Daniel has had the chance to play with a number of orchestras, including the Ashdod Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Camerata Orchestra, the Toronto Sinfonietta, and in 2012 made his debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra playing the Lalo cello concerto. Daniel recently won first prize in the Stulberg International String Competition and the Michael Measures Prize of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. He frequently participates in international masterclasses, and has played for prominent cello pedagogues such as Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Ralph Kirshbaum, Janos Starker, Leon Fleisher, and others. A member of the Perlman Music Program community, Daniel has played numerous concerts under the baton of Itzhak Perlman.
Daniel plays on a 1914 Eugenio Degani Cello on loan to him by a private donor.
Robert Taylor, violin
Mr. Taylor will direct a masterclass on Saturday, October 30, 2016
Mr. Taylor began writing poetry and lyrics around the same time he picked up the violin at age eight. His love of music, languages, literature, and birds has led him to a lifetime of study and travel. A graduate of Holland’s Royal Conservatory, Union College, the University of Bonn, and Princeton University, he has taught foreign languages and ornithology in New York, English and music in China, served as music critic to the Albany Times Union, worked as a freelance musician and writer in Manhattan, a translator in Europe and Asia, and has lectured extensively on opera, literature, and art history.
As a violinist, Mr. Taylor was the founder and director of the St. Cecilia Chamber Orchestra and the Camerata Virtuosi New York. He has been concertmaster of the Berkshire Opera and Vail International Dance Festivals, and now performs with the Mozart Orchestra of New York, and tours internationally with the New York Chamber Soloists Ensemble.
A member of the Dramatists Guild, and represented by the Gersh Agency, Mr. Taylor has written libretti and lyrics for several new musicals, including Ace (NAMT 2005, Repertory Theatre of St Louis 2006, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park 2006, Old Globe Theatre of San Diego 2007, Signature Theatre of Washington DC 2008), Journey to the West (New York Musical Theatre Festival 2006), The Parenting Project (Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati 2009), The Sandman – A Little Nightmare Musical (NAMT 2013, Fredericia Theatre, Denmark 2015), The Bandstand (Paper Mill Playhouse 2015). The Bandstand is currently scheduled to premiere on Broadway in 2017.
Mr Taylor also functions as a guide and tour leader for the Connecticut Audubon Society’s International Eco Tourism Programs in Cuba, South Africa, South America, Australia and other destinations around the world.
Brycen Ingersoll, double bass
Mr. Ingersoll will present a masterclass on Sunday, November 27, 2016
Las Vegas native, Brycen Ingersoll, is quickly becoming a rising star in the double bass world. At the age of 16, Mr. Ingersoll made his solo debut with the Las Vegas Philharmonic performing Sarsate’s Zigeunerweisen. As an orchestral player, he has performed with some of the top American orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, Sewanee Symphony, the Firelands Symphony, and the Akron Symphony Orchestra.
Steven Dann, viola
Mr. Dann will direct a Masterclass on Saturday, December 17, 2016
Steven Dann was born in Vancouver, Canada. His foremost teacher and mentor was the late Lorand Fenyves. Upon graduation from university he was named Principal Viola of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, a position he has subsequently held with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Vancouver Symphony and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He has also served as guest principal of the Luzern Festival Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle and, in both performance and recordings, with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Paavo Berglund and Pierre Boulez and the Canadian Opera Company in performances of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Steven Dann has collaborated as a soloist with such Maestri as Sir Andrew Davis, Rudolph Barshai, Jiri Belohlavek, Sir John Elliott Gardiner, Jukka Pekka Saraste, Oliver Knussen, and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Since 1990 Mr. Dann has been a member of the Smithsonian Chamber Players in Washington D.C. and was a founding member of the Axelrod String Quartet. He is currently violist of both the Zebra Trio (with violinist Ernst Kovacic and cellist Anssi Karttunen) and Toronto’s twice Grammy-nominated ARC Ensemble.
Steven Dann teaches viola and chamber music at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music and is the Coordinator of the chamber music program at the Domaine Forget in Quebec. Mr. Dann plays a viola of Joseph Gagliano, circa 1780.
Fore more information please visit Mr. Dann’s website at www.StevenDann.org
Stanislav Pronin, Violin
Mr. Pronin will direct a masterclass on Saturday, May 27, 2017
Violinist and composer Stanislav Pronin was born in Moscow, Russia and began his violin studies upon his immigration to Israel at the age of 8. His first teacher was his grandfather, Veniamin Pronin, a student of Pyotr Stoliarskiy and former Professor at the Odessa Conservatoire. Stanislav continued his studies at Indiana University with Nelli Shkolnikova and Jaime Laredo, as well as composition lessons with Sven-David Sandstrom, and later at the Hochschule für Musik Köln, Germany, with Professor Zakhar Bron.
Stanislav’s professional career began following his solo debut in Israel at the age of 10. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician at many festivals including Verbier Festival and Interlaken Classics in Switzerland, Banff Festival and Stratford Festival in Canada, Kronberg Festival in Germany, etc. He performs regularly in USA, Canada, Europe and Scandinavia, and in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, Musikhuset Aarhus, National Arts Centre Ottawa, Perlman Theatre in Philadelphia, and so on. He has collaborated with numerous conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Antonio Mendez, Sigiswald Kuijken, Andrew Constantine and Joshua Weilerstein. As chamber musician, he has collaborated with Jan Lisiecki, Jaime Laredo, James Campbell, Mark Kaplan, Bion Tsang, Orion String Quartet, Victor Danchenko, Julian Milkis, Anton Nel, Emille Naoumoff and Lera Auerbach.
Just as his grandfather who, in his time, had worked closely with numerous composers, including Dmitry Shostakovich, Stanislav is an avid performer of new music. He has worked with and premiered works of such composers as John Adams, Fabian Panisello, Ned Rorem, Toivo Tulev, Hans Abrahamsen and Lera Auerbach.
As far as recent composition projects are concerned, Stanislav recorded his new solo violin cycle “In Solitude – 7 Impressions” at CBC in Toronto in July, 2015. He also completed his sonata for two violins, written for Jeanne Marie Conquer of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, and recorded with her in January, 2016, at Cite de la Musique in Paris. His work for soprano and piano entitled “4 Songs, In Memory of Marina Tsvetaeva” and written for soprano Lyubov Petrova is scheduled to be recorded later this year in New York.
Stanislav’s recordings and performances, including his solo CD debut on Naxos/Sono Luminus labels, have been broadcasted on numerous radio and television channels including WDR Köln, RTS-1 Belgrade, CBC Canada, Radio Klassisk Denmark, Interlochen Public Radio, WFMT Chicago Classical, etc. Stanislav is a recipient of multiple awards from such organization as the American String Teachers Association, America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and Classical Artists Development Foundation. He performs on a Nicola Bergonzi violin from 1785, and the ex-Ysaye, ex-Flesch Violin bow, generously on loan from a private donor.