2019-20 Gifted Music School Guest Artists and Master Class 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). 

This Season's artists include:

November 2, 2019 Dr. Koji Attwood, pianist (Gifted Music School - piano)

November 9, 2019 April Clayton, flute & chamber (Gifted Music School - Woodwind Area Chair / Professor of Flute, BYU)

November 9, 2019 Alan De Veritch, viola (Faculty positions include California Institute of the Arts, California State University, and USC)

Nov 23, 2019  Simon James, violin (San Francisco Conservatory of Music)

Dec 6 (lectures) & Dec 7 (master class), 2019 Bruce Brubaker, piano (Faculty position, chair of the piano department at New England Conservatory in Boston.)  

January 11, 2020 Matthew Zalkind, cello (Assistant Professor at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music)

February 22, 2020  Ian Swenson, violin (San Francisco Conservatory of Music)

February  23, 2020 Meng Su and Yameng Wang, classical guitarists 

March 7, 2020 Danielle Belen, violin (University of Michigan)

POSTPONED until June/March 7 & 8, 2020 Richard Aaron, cello (The Juilliard School, University of Michigan, Aspen Music Festival and School)

March 20, 2020  Dr. Vera Oussetskaia Watanabe, pianist (Gifted Music School, Piano Chair)

May 16, 2020 Micah Yui, piano (Colburn School - piano)

May 17, 2020 Sel Kardan, viola (CEO of Colburn School)





Past Guest Artists and Masterclasses


  • Sept. 17, 2018   Simon James, violinist (Manhattan School of Music)
  • Sept. 27, 2018   Konrad Binienda, pianist (Cleveland Institute of Music)
  • Oct. 7, 2018      Midori Goto, violinist (University of Southern California)
  • Dec. 10, 2018   Masao Kawasaki, violinist (Juilliard School)
  • Dec. 11, 2018   Pegsoon Whang, cellist (Curtis Institute of Music)
  • Jan. 12, 2019    Erin Nolan, violist (National Public Radio)
  • Jan. 15, 2019    Deborah Moench, violinist (Suzuki Violin Pedagogue)
  • Jan. 26, 2019    Clive Greensmith, cellist (Royal Northern College of Music and the Musikhochschule)
  • Feb. 1, 2019     Ian Swenson, violinist (Eastman School of Music)
  • Feb. 9, 2019     Roger Chase, violist (Royal College of Music)
  • Feb. 15, 2019   Albert Tiu, pianist (Julliard School)
  • Mar 8-9, 2019   Tom Rosenberg, cellist (Oberlin and the Eastman School of Music)
  • April 26, 2019  Laurie Smukler, violinist (Juilliard School)
  • June 29, 2019   Daniel Rothmuller, cellist (USC Thornton School of Music)

2017 - 2018

2016 - 2017

  • 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)
  • Sel Kardan, violist (The Colburn School)
  • Micah Yui, pianist (The Colburn School)

2013 - 2014

2012 - 2013