Were you inspired to play the violin because you listened to Jascha Heifetz? Are you interested to learn more about the principles with which he performed, his practice methods and routines? Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to study with Heifetz, and learn from him how to develop your own original voice on the violin?
Sherry Kloss, renowned pupil and assistant to the legendary violinist, Jascha Heifetz, will be teaching masterclasses covering scales, unaccompanied Bach, sonatas, concerti, showpieces and Heifetz transcriptions this summer for the inaugural year of the Altschuler Summer Music Institute, hosted at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “G. Lettimi” in historic Rimini, Italy from July 20th-30th, 2019. It is open to violinist, violists, cellists, double bassists, and pianists of all levels and ages.
A violinist myself, I studied with Erick Friedman, another protégé of Heifetz, at the Yale School of Music during my Master’s degree. It has been a passion and commitment to carry on the legacy for future generations. The principles of the legacy that Friedman revealed to me (which he was able to articulate in 20 minutes), I hope they will be a profound benefit for the students this summer that are trying to improve on their instrument.
One of the most enlightening aspects of the legacy is the vibrato. According to Friedman, the primary function of vibrato is to project the sound. By intensifying the vibrato, the string becomes fortified and protected from the pressure of the bow. In other words, the pressure threshold of the string increases, preventing it from squelching, and allowing the player to produce a more powerful sound. In essence, a bel canto technique, and fully developed by Kreisler, it is also immediately apparent in Heifetz’s, and Friedman’s playing. This is one of the reasons why they could easily project to the back of any concert hall and why they used continuous vibrato. Of course, vibrato is also used as an expressive device, to give shape and character to phrases and develop one’s own voice. I hope this summer, students will benefit from the wealth of knowledge and experience that Ms.Kloss will offer the students.
Observing a great violinist such as Friedman in close proximity was an invaluable experience for my education. I absorbed things I would not have been able to learn through recordings, readings or even second hand observations of Heifetz. This is why in addition to private lessons, the faculty at ASMI will rehearse and perform with the chamber ensembles that they will coach. The Institute is designed to be an immersive and collaborative experience that will improve and offer musical opportunities for all of the students and faculty. It is a unique and vibrant program with a fun and relaxed atmosphere, intended to stimulate the students throughout the year.
I will lead rehearsals and performances of the string chamber orchestra as concertmaster, including music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and among others. It will also be an opportunity for students and faculty to perform solos and to try out new repertoire and arrangements. There will be several performances of the Heifetz masterclasses, the string chamber orchestra and chamber ensembles in the modern theaters and antique courtyards of conservatory, open to the public.
The director of the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “G. Lettimi”, Alessandro Maffei, has been gracious and generous to welcome the festival into his school and share the spaces with us. Recently renovated, it offers 18 classrooms, almost all with baby grand pianos, an auditorium with 88 seats, a large room that can seat 60-70 people and a beautiful 300-seat theater.
Rimini is a city in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy located on the Adriatic Sea. It is one of the most famous seaside resorts in Europe, thanks to its 15-kilometer-long (9 mi) sandy beach, over 1,000 hotels, and restaurants. An art city with ancient Roman and Renaissance monuments, Rimini is the hometown of the famous film director Federico Fellini as well. The Emilia-Romagna region was recently ranked one of the top places in the world to visit in the New York Times:
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Promo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipa08BaHmN8&feature=youtu.be
We hope to have the opportunity to work with you this summer in Rimini!
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