Master Classes: Spring 2015

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

All master classes are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, January 13 @ 5 pm
Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building
Thursday, January 15 @ 7:30 pm
Room 101, Biddle Music Building

William Conable enjoys worldwide renown as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, a method for improving freedom and ease of movement and physical coordination which is of special interest to musicians and other performing artists. He is Emeritus Professor of Music at the Ohio State University, and has appeared as cello soloist with the Columbus, Youngstown, Springfield, Knox County, and Welsh Hills Symphonies. For eleven years he was Principal Cellist of the Columbus Symphony, and has served in the same position for the Youngstown and Springfield Symphonies and the Dayton Opera.


Thursday, January 15 @ 5 pm
Baldwin Auditorium

Nathan Hess has appeared throughout the United States and Europe in solo, chamber, and concerto settings. He has soloed with the Erie Philharmonic, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Western New York Chamber Orchestra, and York Symphony Orchestra, among others. Hess holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University, where he was named a Presser Scholar. He has performed in chamber music settings with members of orchestras such as the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and Buffalo Philharmonic. He is Assistant Professor of Piano at Mercyhurst University, and each August he teaches on the piano faculty at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado.


Friday, January 23 @ 5 pm
Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building
The Calefax Reed Quintet, a unique reed ensemble from Amsterdam, has distinguished itself with its imaginative transcriptions that reach back to the Middle Ages, its "spectacular sound that draws in the audience" (El País), and its lively unseated performances.

Presented in association with Duke Performances



Tuesday, February 17 @ 5 pm
Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building

Violinist Jennifer Curtis navigates with personality and truth in every piece she performs. Her second solo concert in Carnegie Hall was described by the New York Times as "one of the gutsiest and most individual recital programs," and celebrated her as "an artist of keen intelligence and taste, well worth watching out for." Recent activities include solo performances with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Venezuela, The Knights Chamber Orchestra, featured artist at the Brasov International Festival in Romania in honor of George Enescu, featured violinist/composer and percussionist for El Festival de las Artes Esénias de Lima, Peru, appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival, International Brahms Festival, Ecstatic Festival, Festival musique de chambre a Giverny, Darmstadt Festival, Iceland Airwaves Festival, Wein Modern Festival for Contemporary music and many more. Jennifer is on faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and plays on a 1777 Vincenzo Panormo violin.


Tuesday, February 24 @ 5 pm
Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building

Violinist Veronika Schreiber-Kadlubkiewicz graduated with highest honors from the Warsaw Academy of Music in Poland and continued her studies in the USA with Henryk Szeryng, Roman Totenberg and Paul Zukofsky. Finalist of the Alberto Curci Competition in Naples, Italy, she received a special award from the Rockefeller Competition for Excellence in American Music in Washington D.C. Soloist with orchestras in Poland, Italy, Spain, and the USA, she has played with artists such as Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Felix Galimir, Peter Wispelway, Ursula Oppens, Alain Plane among others. Formerly concertmaster of the Polish Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria and the New Hampshire Symphony, Ms. Schreiber-Kadlubkiewicz has also played with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and New England Camerata. She has appeared frequently at such festivals as Marlboro Music, Bach Aria Festival, Monadnock Music, Estate di Radicondoli, Musica Electronica Nova and Warsaw Autumn Festival.


Wednesday, February 25 @ 5 pm
Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building

Sarah Huebsch holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and Indiana University and performs on historical and modern oboes throughout North America. She has performed with the Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, Spire Baroque Orchestra (Kansas City), Grand Harmonie (Boston and New York), New Comma Baroque (Chicago), Callipygian Players (Chicago), Ensemble Lipzodes (Quito, Ecuador), Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, and Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble (with Chatham Baroque), and among others.

Kelsey Schilling completed his studies in Early Music at Indiana University with Michael McCraw. He performs regularly with the Fort Wayne Bach Collegium and the Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra and has played with many other period orchestras throughout the country. Notable festivals have included the Berkeley Festival and Exhibition (California), Festival de Música Sacra (Quito, Ecuador) and the International Young Artist's Presentation - Historical Winds (Antwerp, Belgium).

Presented by DUMIC (Duke University Musical Instrument Collections)


Friday, March 20 @ 5 pm
Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building

Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2011, pianist Benjamin Hochman made his successful New York recital debut in 2006 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has since established a vibrant musical presence in New York City through concerts with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, a Carnegie Hall debut with the Israel Philharmonic and a succession of recital and chamber performances at 92nd Street Y. The Washington Post praised his recent Kennedy Center recital and additional debuts have included performances with the Chicago Symphony with Pinchas Zukerman and the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. In November 2013 Avie Records released Mr. Hochman's critically acclaimed solo album entitled "Homage to Schubert;" his debut solo recording of works by Bach, Berg and Webern was released by Artek in 2009. He recorded "Insects and Paper Airplanes: The Chamber Music of Lawrence Dillon" in 2010 for Bridge Records in collaboration with the Daedalus Quartet. Hochman began his studies at the Conservatory of the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Mannes College of Music. He is currently on the piano faculty of Bard College and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Presented in association with Duke Performances


Tuesday, March 31 @ 5 pm
Bone Hall, Biddle Music Building

Opera News describes Jan Cornelius as a "wonderfully attractive soprano with a solid core, tipped with a silvery edge." She has most recently debuted the roles of Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with Fort Worth Opera and Tatiana in Eugene Onegin with Des Moines Metro Opera. She has sung leading roles with Opera Santa Barbara, Birmingham Opera, Atlanta Opera and Virginia Opera. This season she makes her debut with Kentucky Opera as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, returns to Birmingham Opera for Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and debuts Marguerite in Austin Lyric Opera's production of Faust. She is a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts and was a Spectrum Resident Artist with Virginia Opera.