The Masterclass series is a year round concert series that is presented by Texas Strings Festival. Texas Strings brings in 3-4 professional violinists from around the world to perform concerts and teach masterclasses to aspiring young musicians. Hosting these high achieving artists gives our music students a dose of inspiration to work hard and continue on their musical journey.
All public concerts are free and open to the public
and each artist that visits will also present an outreach concert in a public school in the Austin area.

Erin Keefe

American violinist Erin Keefe has been hailed as “an impressive violin soloist” by The New York Times and has established a reputation as a compelling artist who combines exhilarating temperament and fierce integrity. She was recently named Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra and was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2006 as well as the 2009 Pro Musicis International Award. She was also awarded the Grand Prizes in the Valsesia Music International Violin Competition (Italy), the Torun International Violin Competition (Poland), the Schadt Competition and the Corpus Christi International String Competition, and was the Silver Medalist in the Carl Nielsen, Sendai (Japan) and Gyeongnam (Korea) International Violin Competitions, resulting in performances and immediate re-engagements in the US, Europe and Asia.

Jinjoo Cho

Violinist Jinjoo Cho is an artist model of the 21st-century. Since her concert debut at age 7, she has been numerously recognized as the winner of world’s most prestigious competitions such as the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Montreal International Musical Competition, Buenos Aires International Violin Competition, Alice Schoenfeld International String Competition, and a laureate of 2011 Isang Yun International Music Competition. As a charismatic female solo artist, a vibrant and engaging chamber musician, a devoted teacher, an innovative artistic director, and a published writer, Jinjoo is redefining what it means to a consummate classical artist in the modern society.

Dami Kim

Dami Kim, who was born in South Korea in 1988, began playing the violin at the age of five. In 2002 she was admitted to the Aaron Rosand’s class at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philhadelphia. She subsequently studied with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she graduated with a Master’s degree in 2012. In 2012 she was not only a laureate at the International Queen Elisabeth Competition but also won first prize in the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition in Hanover.

Vadim Gluzman

Universally recognized among today’s top performing artists, Vadim Gluzman brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. Gluzman’s wide repertoire embraces new music and his performances are heard around the world through live broadcasts and a striking catalogue of award-winning recordings exclusively for the BIS label. The Israeli violinist appears regularly with major orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Royal Concertgebouw.

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