The 2019 Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies begins Tuesday at Juilliard

May 24, 2019, 11:46 AM · Next week violinists from around the world will gather in New York for the 10th biennial Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies. The Symposium is a biennial celebration of violin performance and teaching, featuring five days of master classes, recitals, lectures, and pedagogy sessions, all at The Juilliard School.

Starling-DeLay Symposium 2019

Master classes at the 2019 symposium will be led by Kathleen Winkler (Tuesday); Patinka Kopec (Wednesday); Midori (Thursday); Mark Kaplan (June 1). Those in New York can get $32 tickets to attend individual master classes by sending an e-mail request to

Recitals will feature Chicago Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Robert Chen with pianist Noreen Polera on Tuesday; and violinist Philippe Quint with pianist Peter Dugan on May 31. (Request $38 tickets at

Other nights will feature free performances by student artists who were selected through an audition process. This year’s student artists include Maya Anjali Buchanan, 19; Rachel Aina Call, 17; Jacques Forestier, 14; Caecilia Lee, 15; Kenneth Ryu Takebe Naito, 19; Noelle Midori Takebe Naito, 16; Christina Jihee Nam, 16; Audrey Park, 16; Enrique Rodrigues, 17; and Anna Wei, 18. The student artists also will participate in the master classes.

On May 31 the symposium will feature a conversation and Q&A with Juilliard faculty member and alumnus Itzhak Perlman.

Pedagogy sessions include "Hidden Gems: Lesser Known Works for Violin and Piano and Bach Basics," by Brian Lewis; "Presence and the Performer," by Daniel Pettrow; and "Developing Young Artists: Teaching Virtuoso Technique to Preteens," by Kurt Sassmannshaus.

Check in with next week, as well as the following week, for daily coverage of these events. Articles will appear on Laurie Niles' blog and on our official Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard page, which contains both past and present articles on the symposium.

Hosted by The Juilliard School, the symposium is made possible through support from the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation. It dedicated to continuing the legacy of violin teacher Dorothy DeLay, who taught at Juilliard from 1948 until 2002; and whose many students included Itzhak Perlman, Cho-Liang Lin, Midori, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham, Shlomo Mintz, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Brian Lewis, symposium artistic director.

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