Musicians and educators around the world are mourning the loss of cellist and educator Gilda Barston, 71, who died last weekend in Chicago. A Juilliard-educated cellist, she was teacher to many cellists, as well as a teacher of teachers and powerhouse presence in the Suzuki community.
Originally from New York City, Barston was a student of Leonard Rose, earning both her bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the Juilliard School -- where both her own mother, and her daughter, Amy, also graduated. A registered Teacher Trainer of Suzuki Pedagogy, Barston was crucial in pioneering Suzuki education in America, particularly as it pertained to the cello. She served as Chair of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, CEO of the International Suzuki Association and Director and Artistic Director of the Chicago Suzuki Institute. In 1998 she received a Distinguished Service Award from the Suzuki Association of the Americas for her work with the SAA Cello Committee. Keep reading...Tweet
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Violist Wesley Collins, 31, will join the Cleveland Orchestra as principal violist this fall at the start of its 2016-17 season.
"I’m excited for the opportunity to join the Cleveland Orchestra to make music with this amazing group of musicians,” said Collins in a Cleveland Orchestra press release. "I’m truly humbled to join this dream viola section. Ever since hearing this orchestra as a student at the Cleveland Institute of Music, I realized there was something special about this legendary ensemble. I have the greatest respect for Robert Vernon as a musician, teacher and individual and I’m extremely grateful for his guidance throughout my career."
Collins will replace Robert Vernon, who is retiring from the orchestra after 40 years as its principal violist. Vernon was Collins’s teacher at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where Collins earned his bachelor of music degree. Vernon will be named Principal Emeritus upon his retirement. Keep reading...
In an effort to promote the coverage of live violin performance, Violinist.com each week presents links to reviews of notable concerts and recitals around the world.
Yura Lee performed works by Biber, Ysaye, Enescu, Ernst, and Bach in recital with ChamberFest Cleveland.
Philippe Quint performed Corigliano's Chaconne from The Red Violin with the Seattle Symphony.
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