Three guest artists on Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO) 2017-’18 Season will teach PSO BRAVO! masterclasses at Westminster Choir College in Princeton. Pianist Simone Dinnerstein, cellist Joshua Roman, and violinist Ilya Kaler will share their performance expertise with students at instrument-specific coaching sessions. Information on these free masterclasses can be found at princetonsymphony.org/education.
Simone Dinnerstein – Piano Masterclass – Saturday, January 27, at 2 p.m. Simone Dinnerstein’s performance schedule has taken her around the world since her acclaimed New York City recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2005, to venues including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Sydney Opera House, Seoul Arts Center, and London’s Wigmore Hall.
Ms. Dinnerstein is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she was a student of Peter Serkin. She also studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music and in London with Maria Curcio. She is on the faculty of the Mannes School of Music and is a Sony Classical artist. Ms. Dinnerstein performs concerti by Bach and Glass at the PSO’s January 28 concert.
Joshua Roman – Cello Masterclass – Saturday, March 17, at 3 p.m. Joshua Roman has earned an international reputation for his wide-ranging repertoire, artistic leadership, versatility, and a commitment to communicating the essence of music in visionary ways. In addition to being a celebrated performer, he is recognized as an accomplished composer and curator, and was named a TED senior fellow in 2015.
He has appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Moscow State Symphony, and Mariinsky Orchestra, among many others. Mr. Roman performs his own concerto Awakening at the PSO’s March 18 concert.
Ilya Kaler – Violin Masterclass – Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m. Ilya Kaler’s orchestral career includes guest concertmaster appearances with The Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore Symphonies. One of the most sought-after teachers in the world, Mr. Kaler recently joined the faculty at The Cleveland Institute of Music. He frequently serves as a jury member at international violin competitions throughout the world.
Mr. Kaler is a Gold Medal winner at three of the world’s prestigious international violin competitions: the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1986), the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki (1985), and the Paganini Competition in Genoa (1981). Mr. Kaler performs Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major at the PSO’s May 20 concert.
Observation of each masterclass is available to the public free of charge, but space is limited. Reservations to attend can be made three weeks prior to each class via princetonsymphony.org. The PSO BRAVO! masterclasses are presented by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in partnership with Westminster Conservatory of Music, the community music school of Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University.
The Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s acclaimed PSO BRAVO! education programs reach more than 10,000 students each year, inspiring the next generation of musicians and audiences.