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Pictured from front left to right: Rebekah Durham, EdKelly Sanford, Anna Marshall, Ariadna Krysheva, Madoka Asari (pianist) Katie Marble, Sarah Johnson, Bethany Landby, Natasha Colkett, Kendra Smiley, Alex Raab, Lucia Thomas and Michael Galvin
Violin Studio at DU
My studio for 2009 -2010 consists of 15 students: 10 undergraduates, 4 masters, and one artist diploma. Studio sizes are kept small throughout the Lamont school, and we have two adjunct violin professors who also teach violinists in the orchestra.
Housed in one of the finest facilities in the country, such world class artists as Pinchas Zuckerman, Midori, Joshua Bell, Leila Jesofowicz, Gidon Kremer, the Julliard, Clevland, Guameri, Kronos and Emerson Quartets have all performed or given masterclass at the Lamont School of Music's Newman Center of Performing Arts. Our students enjoy a positive and supportive learning environment, and many students receive generous scholarship awards.
The level of the violin studio is exceptional and students have terrific opportunities here to perform. Every Friday we hold performance class in which students can receive feedback from their colleagues and other string professors. There are also numerous opportunities to perform through solo, chamber music,masterclasses and in larger ensembles. Concerto readings are scheduled every quarter, in which violinists can play solo works they are studying with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra.
Also unique to University of Denver is the study abroad program in which students may study abroad for no cost other than DU tuition (including plane fare, housing and tuition at the institution abroad). Our string students have studied in such diverse countries as Australia, Austria, England, Italy, New Zealand and Spain.
Meet the Studio
Rebekah Durham will continue her masters studies at Julliard with Professor Hyo Kang. Her recent solo performances with orchestra include Saint Saens Introduction and Rondo Cappriciosso with the National Repertory Orchestra, Brahms Violin Concerto with Niwot Symphony, Vivaldi Four Seasons with the Denver Philharmonica Orchestra, Chausson Poeme and Ravel Tzigane with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra. Prizes include placement on the Young Musicians Foundation Roster, the Aurora Symphony Concerto Competition and first place in the Lamont Solo Honors Competition 2007. She has been a regular member of the Playground, premiering numerous contemporary works, and completed her bachelor's degree from DU 2008 and artist diploma in 2009. She has performed in masterclass for Zuckerman, Midori and the Kronos Quartet.
Rebekah Durham as soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra with conductor Carl Topilow
Laura Anderson won Littleton Symphony’s concertmaster position in 2007. As soloist with the Lamont Symphony she was reviewed “ This young lady is truly extraordinary - she was always on pitch, and she had the kind of technique that made everything so easy…just made gorgeous music. “ Honorable mention at Lamont’s Solo Honors Competition 2008, Laura performed Bartok’s First Rhapsody for Convocation and Weiniawski’s Polonaise for “Day at Lamont” She was also honorable mention in 2009 performing Bartok’s Second Violin Concerto. Laura graduated summa cum laude and won both the Graduating Senior Award and the Outstanding Senior in Performance Award. Upcoming solo engagements include the Glazunov Violin Concerto with the Aurora Symphony.
Laura Anderson performing for Honors Convocation
EdKelly Sanford will be featured soloist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, performing Saint Saens: Introduction and Rondo Capricciosso 1/12/10. Winner of the Lamont Solo Honors Competition in 2009 he performed Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. He has been a participant at the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute at the Kennedy Center, the Las Vegas Music Festival, Montecito Music Festival and Aspen Music Festivals. He has also performed as soloist with the Boulder Philharmonic.
Midori masterclass with student EdKelly Sanford (pictured)
Veronica Pigeon, is a member of the Boulder Philharmonic, concertmaster of the Lakewood Symphony Orchestra and a substitute member of Colorado Symphony Orchestra. She participated in NRO (National Repertory Orchestra) 2008 and 2009, and Colorado College Summer Music Festival, 2007
Anna Marshall, from CA graduated summa cum laude and won DU’s MTAC Teaching Award. She has performed in masterclasses for Alexander and Albert Markov and Sally O’Reilly.
Ariadna Kryazheva from New York, studied violin in Leningrad during the summer of 2009 and double majors as jazz vocalist
Katie Marble(Denver) was winner of the Lakewood Symphony Young Artists Competition performing the Barber Violin Concerto. Her quartet also was honorable mention at the Lamont Chamber Music Competition, 2009 with Tchaikovsky Quartet and she was a scholarship participant at the Montecito Music Festival, 2009.
Ivry Gitlis masterclass with student Katie Marble
Sarah Johnson from Fairbanks, AK interned and was a member of the faculty orchestra under the direction of Gerard Schwartz at Eastern Music Festival in NC, 2008 and also studied with the Chiara Quartet at University of Lincoln-Nebraska Chamber Music Institute on a full fellowship. Her quartet was honorable mention at the Lamont Chamber Music Competition, 2009. Prior to her studies at DU she was concertmaster of the St. Olaf Orchestra.
Bethany Landby, from MN, won a full fellowship to study at Garth Newell Music Center, 2009 and will study abroad in Vienna fall quarter with Barbara Gorzynska. She has studied at the MasterWorks Festival as part of the String Intensive program in Indiana and won honorable mention at the Lamont Chamber Competition. She has performed in masterclasses for Aaron Berofsky and Cho-Liang Lin.
Natasha Colkett from Pennsylvania, won the principal 2nd chair of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and performed Bach’s Fuga from Sonata #3 for Cho-Liang Lin’s masterclass, 2009. She did undergraduate studies at Ithica College and will perform Bach Double with Michael Galvin and LSO in 2010.
Kendra Smiley from Pheonix was a first place winner in the Artists of Promise Music Competition (Sibelius Concerto) and has been a member of the Pheonix Youth Symphony. She performed in a masterclass for Mark Rush in 2008.
Danica Smith was honorable mention at the Lamont Chamber Music Competition, 2009 performing Debussy Quartet and participated in Italy's Lyric Academy
Chunsa Hyun from South Korea, attended the Suzuki Conference in MN on a Jeff Bradley Award and studied previously at Florida State University.
Alexander Raab was winner of the Symphony in the Valley Young Artists Concerto Competition 2009 and performed with the orchestra in May. Alex also won second prize at the Aurora Symphony Concerto Competition with Vieuxtemps Concerto #5 and studied with Aaron Rosand from Curtis at the Summit Music Festival in NY during the summers of 2008 and 2009.
Lucia Thomas from Chicago is a multi talented violinist adept in playing many styles: including Irish fiddling, mariachi, klezmer and jazz. She has been soloist with the Evanston Township Symphony Orchestra and won the "Youth for Understanding Grant" which allowed her studies in Germany for one year.
Michael Galvin from Maryland, participated in the Crested Butte Summer Music Festival, 2008 and 2009 and performed Weiniawski Concerto #1 for Peter Oundjian's masterclass. His undergraduate studies were at University of North Texas.
We are also very happy to have Nelly Schmukler from South Africa, Ida Findiku from Albania, Joshua Brewer from Colorado and Andre Hafner from South Dakota join our studio in fall 2009.
Pinchas Zukerman working with student Jacob Klock, 2007
The entire violin studio also performs yearly for Showcase Lamont and my recital. The Rocky Mountain News reviewed: “Her students fiddled impressively in a crowd- pleasing Perpetual Motion. DU is lucky to have Wang’s talents as violinist and as we discovered in the encore, pedagogue”