Thursday, July 20, 2023

Meadowmount School of Music begins its 79th season

Meadowmount school of music

Westport, NY – Meadowmount School of Music – the distinguished summer program for young string players founded by legendary violin teacher Ivan Galamian in Westport, NY – began its 79th season in person on June 26, led by Meadowmount alumna and Artistic Director, Janet Sung, international violin soloist as well as Head of Strings and Violin Professor at the DePaul University School of Music and Artistic Director and Founder of Chamber Music Chicago.

This summer, the school welcomes new violin faculty Paul Kantor, cello faculty Thomas Landschoot, Wei Yu, Brannon Cho, and Minna Rose Chung, and viola faculty Ayana Kozasa and Su Zhen to the roster of outstanding returning faculty. Meadowmount also welcomes a stellar array of guest artists including Astrid Schween, cello; Sharon Robinson, cello; Jeffrey Solow, cello; David Kim, violin; Jamie Laredo, violin; Joshua Bell, violin; and the Aizuri Quartet.

Throughout the 2023 season, concerts are offered showcasing the artistry and dedication of its exceptional musicians, and world-renowned faculty and guest artists. Student performances are held Sundays at 5 p.m., and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. through August 9. Guest artist concerts are held Thursdays, July 20, and 27 and Friday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m., with additional masterclasses open to the public throughout the season. Meadowmount’s annual benefit concert will be held on Sunday, August 6 at 5 p.m. and will feature faculty and young artists of Meadowmount. Concerts are by donation and held at the Campe Concert Hall on Meadowmount’s Campus. Performances are also held in venues throughout the Adirondack region each week featuring Meadowmount’s tremendous young artists.

In addition to numerous on- and off-campus solo and chamber performances, Meadowmount is once again partnering with The Violin Channel to live-stream six Wednesday evening concerts, reaching viewers around the world.
More information and links to view the live streamed concerts can be found at meadowmount.org/events or by calling the Meadowmount office at (518) 962-2400.

Meadowmount school of music
Meadowmount in brief
Founded in 1944 by legendary violin teacher Ivan Galamian, Meadowmount School of Music is a seven week summer program for young violinists, violists, and cellists whose approach of intensive study and practice has helped mold some of the greatest artists of our time. Musicians ages 13 to 30+ from around the world gather at the school’s campus in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York to further their musical skills with, in Mr. Galamian’s words, “a special spirit that is conducive to total concentration on excellence in musical performance,” aided by a faculty of renowned artists.

The stellar array of alumni over the school’s 78-year history includes Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, Jaime Laredo, Lynn Harrell, Kyung-Wha Chung, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Joshua Bell, James Ehnes, Rachel Barton Pine,  and Jessie Montgomery. Meadowmount alumni are well represented internationally among soloists and chamber musicians, principal players of leading orchestras, and distinguished teachers.

With a capacity enrollment of 200 students on the 52-building, 240-acre campus, the school retains an intimacy that provides for personal attention and fosters camaraderie among the students. Many of the school’s alumni return as members of the faculty, ensuring the continuity of the Meadowmount teaching tradition. The faculty roster that has over the years included Gregor Piatigorsky, Josef Gingold, Isaac Stern, Leonard Rose, Sally Thomas, and Dorothy DeLay, has recently featured cellist Hans Jørgen Jensen and violinists Ann Setzer and Kikuei Ikeda – a lineage that is unmatched in the field.

For more information, please visit meadowmount.org.

Photo Credit: Francesca LaMarca Sacco
Top: Meadowmount Artistic Director, Janet Sung, violin, Thomas Landschoot, cello, and Liang-Yu Wang, piano
Bottom: Shun-Ming Yang, cello, and Liang-Yu Wang, piano

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