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Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard

Violinist.com editor Laurie Niles' coverage of the biennial symposium for advanced violin pedagogy, held at The Juilliard School in New York, including master class summaries and performance reviews.

Itzhak Perlman at Starling-Delay
Itzhak Perlman, with one of his students at the 2013 Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies
Photo: Nan Melville for The Juilliard School

2013

Snapshots from New York
Being in New York, meeting new colleagues and reuniting with old ones -- this is part of the fun of going to Starling-DeLay! Here are a few pictures from Tuesday, the first day of this giant gathering of violinists. Read more...

Master Class with Jorja Fleezanis
"Don't think for a minute that I think of your wretched violin, when I compose a melody." Indiana University Violin Professor Jorja Fleezanis quoted those words from Beethoven at a master class on Tuesday, the first day of the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School. Of course, we have to think of our wretched violins and all kinds of things, but ultimately, it's all about giving voice to that melody. Read more...

Violin Recital with Giora Schmidt
Violinist Giora Schmidt played a recital that ranged from the outrageously virtuosic to the most quiet and intimate of music -- a fitting musical display to top off the first night of the 2013 Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School. Giora and pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion proved a well-matched pair, showing a beautiful synchronicity in sound, timing and musical idea throughout the evening. Read more...

Master Class with Sylvia Rosenberg
Sylvia Rosenberg is one sharp thinker, who takes in a great deal of detail when listening to a student. And she doesn't hold back: "Aside from the intonation, rhythm, and tone, you play well." "It's a little bit 'nothing.' A little too casual." "Play, don't cheat, because that's exactly what I don't like." Ouch! Yet there is a certain kind of generosity in this kind of blunt assessment, a willingness to go straight for the blemish and clean until it shines. Read more...

What Inspires and Motivates Student Artists
What motivates and inspires a committed young violinist to practice extra hours, to seek a demanding teacher, to strive toward becoming a true artist? The ten young artists who are performing for master classes and recitals this week explored these questions -- answering with a good deal of wisdom -- during a panel discussion Thursday morning at the 2013 Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School. Read more...

Itzhak Perlman: Variation on a Master Class
I think I see why living-legend violinist Itzhak Perlman isn't wild about traditional master classes. "I don't like proper master classes," Perlman said. "The actual goal is for someone to sound really bad, then you say something, they sound great and everyone claps." Instead, Perlman has some fun with the format, playing more of a game with the students, a bit like the class he gives in a video you can find on his website. How many different ways can you play a piece? It's at least one way to start the conversation about violin playing without making a victim of your student. Read more...

Master Class with Ani Kavafian
It's not every day that a famous violin teacher hands over her 1736 Stradivarius and tells you to give it a try. But Friday was a lucky day for Eric, 16, of Alabama, who was one of five young artists who played for Yale Professor of Violin Ani Kavafian in a master class at the 2013 Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School. Read more...

Master Class with William Preucil
"I can't wait to hear Bill Preucil talk about Mozart!" I overheard one of my colleagues say at the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School. How often do you get to hear the wisdom of someone who has sat in the concertmaster chair, heard hundreds of auditions, played as a chamber musician, played as a soloist and also taught at the highest level? Read more...

Recital with William Preucil
Every now and then I need to be reminded of what elevates violin playing to art, and violinist William Preucil did just that on Friday in a recital with pianist Elizabeth Johnson at Paul Hall at The Juilliard School, as part of the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies. Read more...

Postcards from Juilliard
What could be better than a gathering of violinists, during the spring, in heart of New York city? Here are some scenes from the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School, to bring you there (or bring you back!) Read more...

Pedagogy Class with Odin Rathnam: Galamian Principles in Action
When violinist Odin Rathnam came to study with Sally Thomas, he had to start all over again with his bow arm. His elbow was so high, "it looked like a dog peeing on a fire hydrant," he laughed. And his energy was also completely out of control, which was a problem. In violin playing, "emotional feeling that does not manifest as expression through the instrument, manifests as tension," he said. You can emote all you want up on the stage, but it won't translate into music unless you exert some control over your instrument. "If I am the victim of my emotions, how can I manipulate yours? We are in the business of manipulating emotions." Read more...

Pedagogy Class with Michael McLean: Bach Sonatas and Partitas
This is Michael McLean, and he's a Bachaholic. Why do we want to look more closely at the Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by Bach -- these epic works that Bach wrote for unaccompanied violin? "This is the nicest car you're going to drive in," Michael said of the Sonatas and Partitas. "To really access the full potential of it, you have to get out and take a look under the hood." Read more...

Pedagogy Class with Brian Lewis: The Musical Gems of Josef Suk
Josef Suk is not the household name that Antonín Dvořák is, but he certainly wrote some great pieces. This year in a pedagogy class at Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School, violinist and University of Texas professor Brian Lewis taught us the "Four Pieces" for violin and piano by Josef Suk, a Czech composer whose mentor (and eventually father-in-law) was Dvořák. I had never heard these pieces, but Brian had this music, its history and pedagogy in our heads and fingers by the end of two classes. Read more...

Pedagogy Class with Katie Lansdale: Bach Solo Works
"It's time," said Ronda Cole to her former student, Bach specialist Katie Lansdale, handing her an unmarked urtext edition of the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by Johann Sebastian Bach. Ronda, violin mentor to many, meant it was time for Katie to write her own edition of the Bach. But was it? Is it? Will it ever be? Certainly she has the expertise, but for Katie, "I enjoy the inquiry as much as I enjoy the answers," when it comes to Bach. Katie has been inquiring for a long time and has become a go-to expert on the subject. A faculty member at the Hartt School in Connecticut, Katie recorded all the Sonatas and Partitas in 2001 and has performed the complete solo Bach works in concert more than a dozen times throughout North and South America. She gave several classes on Bach at the 2012 Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference, and this year her Bach expertise was featured at the 2013 Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School. Read more...

2011

Teri Einfeldt: Preparing Students for Successful Concerti Study
By Laurie Niles: How do you get from student level to artist level? This was the question at hand for a lecture by Teri Einfeldt earlier this month at the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School. Teri is Chair of the Hartt School Community Division Suzuki Program, a Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) registered Teacher Trainer, Chair of the SAA, and adjunct professor at University of Hartford's The Hartt School, where she also is assistant director of the Suzuki Institute. Read more...

Juilliard String Quartet Performs Beethoven and Discusses Music-Making
By Laurie Niles: Music must live in the moment it is played. This is an important operating principle for Juilliard String Quartet, who performed earlier this month at the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies, playing Beethoven's String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130. Read more...

Ray Iwazumi on Ysaye's Sonatas No. 2 and No. 5
By Laurie Niles: The Belgian violinist and composer Eugene Ysaye was a bright star whose originality lives on through the works he left behind, not to mention the legacy he passed through his students such as Joseph Gingold, William Primrose, Nathan Milstein, Jascha Brodsky, and more. Violinist and musicologist Ray Iwazumi has made the violinist the focus of much of his life's work, and we had the privilege of hearing Ray both lecture about and perform Sonatas No. 2 and No. 5 earlier this month at the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School. Read more...

Julie Lyonn Lieberman on How Violinists Can Prevent Injury with Proper Stretches and Set-up
By Laurie Niles: Ninety incorrect positions are better than one correct position. This was one of many ideas that Julie Lyonn Lieberman shared in her lectures about the ergonomics of violin playing at the 2011 Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard. Read more...

Master Class with Joseph Lin
By Laurie Niles: If Bach is a mystery, violinist Joseph Lin is a brilliant sleuth. Sometimes Bach seems like minefield, with so many chances for a mis-step, so many rules and so much analysis required. But when Lin talks about Bach, the analysis seems more like revelation and the choices like opportunities for expression. Read more...

Brian Lewis on Teaching Individuality in the Music of Fritz Kreisler
By Laurie Niles: Those little pieces that the early 20th-century violinist Fritz Kreisler "found in a monastery" make wonderful music for teaching students about expressive possibilities, said Brian Lewis Thursday at the 2011 Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies in New York. Read more...

More coming this week on Starling-DeLay! Pictures from NY
By Laurie Niles: I just wanted to let you know that there was so much violin bliss to take in at the 2011 Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard, that it's taking me a little more time to get all the articles out to you! Read more...

Brian Lewis's 'Suzuki Rap'
By Laurie Niles: Brian Lewis, whose mother is Suzuki teacher Alice Joy Lewis, was among the first crop of American Suzuki students to make it to high-level music schools such as The Juilliard School in the 1980s. Read more...

Master Class with Glenn Dicterow
By Laurie Niles: Did you know that the Russian word for "violin" means "scratch"? That was just one of the many ideas that came out of a masterclass last Wednesday by New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, a graduate of The Juilliard School and former concertmaster of the LA Philharmonic. Read more...

Master Class with Itzhak Perlman
By Laurie Niles: Have you ever tried to do something musically on the violin, and it just doesn't come out? Maybe you haven't analyzed what technique creates the musical language you aim to speak through your violin. Read more...

Sarah Chang and others remember Dorothy DeLay
By Laurie Niles: Some of the Dorothy DeLay's most celebrated students showed up today at Juilliard to talk about their late teacher, including a surprise appearance by Sarah Chang. Read more...

Ida Kavafian master class
By Laurie Niles: The 2011 Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies began with a master class with Ida Kavafian, violin faculty at the Curtis Institute and former violinist of the Beaux Arts Trio. Read more...

2009

2009 Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard: Paul Kantor Masterclass
By Laurie Niles: The 2009 Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies began Tuesday in New York at the Juilliard School, with Paul Kantor teaching a three-hour masterclass, Joan Kwuon and Joel Smirnoff in recital, and a fun surprise at the end of the day! Read more...

2009 Starling-Delay, day two: Don't lose your adrenaline, use it! Don Greene on performance psychology
By Laurie Niles: Performance psychologist Don Greene never tells a musician to calm down or relax before a performance. Read more...

2009 Starling-Delay, day two: Masterclass by Joel Smirnoff
By Laurie Niles: Today we bring you, from the 2009 Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard, a masterclass by Joel Smirnoff, President of the Cleveland Institute of Music and longtime first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet. Read more...

2009 Starling-Delay, day three: Masterclass with Itzhak Perlman
By Laurie Niles: Superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman had some fun with six of his violin students and answered questions Thursday at the 2009 Starling DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School. Read more...

2009 Starling-Delay, day three: Don Greene on practicing for performance stress
By Laurie Niles: Today, we learned how to practice stressing out (not too much of a stretch for me) and then how to deal with it. Read more...

2009 Starling-Delay, day three: Pictures from New York
By Laurie Niles: In between classes at the Juilliard Symposium, I am having quite a lot of fun while I'm here in New York, so I thought I'd share a few pictures. Read more...

2009 Starling-Delay, day three: Monica Huggett on Baroque violin
By Laurie Niles: Wouldn't you like to cast aside all the controversy on Baroque music and simply travel back in time to watch how they really played Bach? Read more...

2009 Starling-Delay, day four: More pictures from New York
By Laurie Niles: What a wonderful day at the Juilliard Symposium! Read more...

2009 Starling-Delay, day four: David Kim on orchestra auditions
By Laurie Niles: How does one learn to play in an orchestra, learn to perform orchestral excerpts and learn to get through an audition day with confidence intact? Read more...

2009 Starling-Delay, day four: Robert Duke on music education
By Laurie Niles: What is the point of learning to play the violin – are we clear on that as teachers? Do our students know? And how do we teach musical decision-making? Or perhaps the question is: Do we teach it at all? Read more...

2009 Starling-Delay, day five: Brian Lewis on the Barber Violin concerto
By Laurie Niles: As Brian explained, the Barber has one of those interesting stories, kind of like the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, in which the original dedicatee took issue with the work and refused to play it. Read more...

2009 Starling-Delay, day five: Chee-Yun Kim on devotion to learning
By Laurie Niles: Chee-Yun Kim's ability to turn a potentially devastating moment for a student into a hopeful and inspiring learning experience speaks to her devotion to teaching – and her devotion to continued learning. Read more...

2007

Starling-Delay 2007: Greetings from New York!
By Laurie Niles: I'm here for the fourth biennial Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard, which begins on Tuesday. Read more...

Starling-Delay 2007, day one: Nurturing excellence
By Laurie Niles: Stephen Clapp teaches the first master class, and Indianapolis violin competition winner Augustin Hadelich performs. Read more...

Starling-Delay 2007, day two: A Conversation with Itzhak Perlman
By Laurie Niles: The violin superstar answers questions from participants at Juilliard. Read more...

Starling-Delay 2007, day two: Master Class with Itzhak Perlman
By Laurie Niles: The violin virtuoso challenged students to better express themselves through their performances. Read more...

Starling-Delay 2007, day three: Pedagogy session with Mimi Zweig
By Laurie Niles: The Indiana University professor shows violin teachers to focus on proper positioning and keeping students relaxed. Read more...

Starling-Delay 2007, day three: Simon Fischer covers some basics
By Laurie Niles: The violin pedagogue talks about tone production and intonation. Read more...

Starling-Delay 2007, day three: Master Class with Paul Kantor
By Laurie Niles: Start by studying the composer's wishes, and go from there. Read more...

Starling-Delay 2007, day four: Robert Duke on the nature of expertise
By Laurie Niles: Today, we hear from a wind player who has much to teach violinists. Read more...

Starling-Delay 2007, day four: Brian Lewis teaches Kreisler's 'Gitana'
By Laurie Niles: Don't forget the value of having fun! Read more...

Starling-Delay 2007, day five: Robert Duke on practicing
By Laurie Niles: When practicing is working, it feels great, But sometimes we seem to be swimming backwards in the practice room, or maybe even drowning. What are we doing wrong? Read more...

Starling-Delay 2007, day five: Brian Lewis on expressive and Bravura playing
By Laurie Niles: How do we make music say SOMETHING? How do we know what to say? Read more...

Starling-Delay 2007, day five: Kurt Sassmannshaus' violin master class
By Laurie Niles: Narrow your focus to help your students to become more productive. Read more...

Starling-Delay 2007: A wonderful opportunity
By Laurie Niles: Brandon Garbot is one reason why we fight so hard for music in the schools. Read more...

Starling-Delay 2007: Thoughts on the week
By Laurie Niles: Dorothy DeLay's proteges are an honor to her memory. Read more...

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