Distinguished Masterclass Series

Distinguished guest artists come from throughout the world to give masterclasses at the Gifted Music School. Students are provided with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to observe, watch, and be inspired from leaders in their respective fields. Many of these classes are open to the public and provide local teachers and students with an incredible learning opportunity. Past masterclass presenters and guest artists have included Midori (USC), Yovahed Kaplinsky (Juilliard), Sel Kardan (President, Colburn), Micah Yui (Colburn), Roberto Diaz (President, Curtis), Robert Lippsett, Wei He (San Francisco and Juilliard), Andres Cardenes (Carnegie Mellon), Arnold Steinhardt (Curti), Richard Aaron (Juilliard/Michigan), Leon Fleisher (Peabody), Joseph Silverstein, Yong-Hi Moon (Peabody), Craig Jessop (USU), Barlow Bradford (University of Utah), David Kim (Philadelphia Orchestra). 




Past Guest Artists and Masterclasses


  • Moni Simeonov, violinist (California State University Long Beach)
  • Avi Friedlander, cellist (Director of Barston Suzuki Center at the Music Institute of Chicago)
  • David Halen, violinist (University of Michigan and Concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony)
  • Ian Swensen, violinist (Chair of Violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music)
  • Tatiana Vasilenkova, pianist
  • Tatiana Vasilenkova, pianist
  • Alan De Veritch, violist (California Institute of the Arts, California State University, and USC)
  • Laurie Smukler, violinist (Juilliard School)
  • Erica Kiesewetter, violinist (Bard College)
  • Brant Bayless, violist (Principal Violist of the Utah Symphony)
  • April Clayton, flulist (Brigham Young University and Gifted Music School)
  • Ka-Wai Yu, cellist (Dixie State University)
  • Joo-Mee Lee, violinist (Stanford University)
  • Sarah Koo Freeman, cellist (University of California Irvine and Colburn Community School of Performing Arts)









  • Micah Yui, pianist (The Colburn School)
  • Midori Goto, violinist (University of Southern California)
  • Sel Kardan, violist (The Colburn School)
  • Wei He, violinist (San Francisco Conservatory of Music)