The Masters Series 2017-18:
Fried. Zhou. Sloman.
Kavafian. Kantor.



Accelerate your musical journey



Experience a world-class faculty



Experience the greats

Learn from the Masters


Experience greatness in Austin. Learn from Fried. Zhou. Sloman. Kavafian. Kantor.


Audition to play in masterclasses with each of these prolific teachers


Hear a solo Bach concert performed by Miriam Fried. Nancy Zhou will amaze you with her virtuoso skills.

Miriam Fried.

Masterclass on October 21st and Concert on October 22nd

Miriam Fried has been recognized for many years as one of the world’s preeminent violinists. A consummate musician – equally accomplished as recitalist, concerto soloist or chamber musician – she has been heralded for her “fiery intensity and emotional depth” (Musical America) as well as for her technical mastery. Her supreme blend of artistry and musicianship continues to inspire audiences worldwide. A noted pedagogue, Ms. Fried is on the faculty of New England Conservatory and is invited to give master classes throughout the world.

Nancy Zhou

Masterclass December 9th, and recital December 10th

Nancy Zhou (born January 5, 1993) is an American violinist. She was the first prize winner of the 2009 Johansen International Competition and of the 2009 Chinese International Violin Competition, a semi-finalist in the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition, a finalist and recipient of the Rastor special award for the best performance of Kaija Saariaho’s Tocar at the 2010 Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki, Finland, a Laureate of the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Competition, a semifinalist and winner of the top prize for Best Performance of Paganini Caprices at the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, a semifinalist at the 2015 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, and a finalist at the 2015 Sibelius International Violin Competition.

Jan Sloman

Masterclass Date: January 13th 2018

Jan Mark Sloman is a highly-regarded violinist and dedicated teacher whose multi-faceted career speaks to his passion for the violin, its ability to communicate powerfully, and his desire to develop true artistry in the students he guides. He has enjoyed a distinguished career leading orchestral violin sections throughout the United States and around the world. He is based in Dallas, Texas, where he has long held the title of Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and is presently Principal Associate Concertmaster Emeritus. He has also performed as guest concertmaster with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and internationally with orchestras in Florence, Italy; Lugano and Geneva, Switzerland; and Melbourne, Australia.

Ida Kavafian

Masterclass Date: March 24th 2018

Internationally acclaimed as a violist as well as violinist, the versatile Ida Kavafian is an artist-member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and former violinist of the Beaux Arts Trio. She has been artistic director of Music from Angel Fire in New Mexico for thirty-one years and invites several Curtis students to participate in its Young Artist Program each year.

Paul Kantor

Masterclass Date: May 5th 2018

Paul Kantor is currently the Sally Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University having previously served as the Eleanor H. Biggs Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard studying violin with Dorothy DeLay and chamber music with Robert Mann. For thirteen years he served as Chair of the String Department at the University of Michigan and has taught at the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory and Yale University.

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