The Department of Music is excited and grateful to announce the inaugural year of the Melissa Ko and Douglas Hahn Fund for Musical Instruction. Made possible by a generous gift, this fund will establish a series of Master Classes allowing Princeton University students the opportunity of performing for and learning from important musical artists of the day.
Pianist Donna Weng Friedman, member of the Princeton University Class of 1980, will coordinate the Hahn Master Classes. After completing her A.B. degree at Princeton, Ms. Weng Friedman went on to receive a Master in Music from the Juilliard School, where she was awarded the prestigious Gina Bachauer Award. She has since then appeared as a soloist with the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, as well as the orchestras of Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Shanghai. Ms. Weng Friedman has collaborated with artists such as David Shifrin, Mark Peskanov, Paul Neubauer, and Principal Cellist of the New York Philharmonic, Carter Brey. Highly in demand as a teacher, she has conducted Master Classes at the prestigious conservatories of Shanghai and Beijing, and has served as Faculty at Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division since 1989.
The Master Classes made possible by the Fund this year are as follows:
Friday, November 13, 1PM: Seymour Bernstein, Piano;
Seymour Bernstein is an acclaimed pianist, composer, and teacher. Few can claim to as diverse a concert career: Mr. Bernstein has done everything from premiering Hector Villa-Lobos’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, to performing on the front lines and for military leaders during the Korean War. Having learned from such legendary pedagogues as Alexander Brailowsky, Clifford Curzon, Jan Gorbaty, Nadia Boulanger, and Georges Enesco, at the age of 88 he still remains devoted to teaching, maintaining a private studio and serving as the Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and Music Education at New York University.
Monday, February 8, 7:30PM: David Schifrin, Clarinet;
David Schifrin is a Grammy-nominated, Avery Fisher Prize-winning clarinetist. In addition to serving as principal clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra (under the baton of none-other than Leopold Stokowski) among others, he has received critical acclaim for his recitals at celebrated venues all over the world. Mr. Schifrin has collaborated with distinguished artists and ensembles such as Guarneri, Tokyo, and Emerson String Quartets, Wynton Marsalis, and pianists Emanuel Ax and André Watts. Having finished his residency at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as its Artistic Director, he now serves on the faculty at the Yale School of Music.
Thursday, March 31, 4:30PM: Chris Gekker, Trumpet;
In addition to being an esteemed Professor of Trumpet at the University of Maryland School of Music, Chris Gekker has been recognized throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia for his extensive performances of everything from classical to jazz—as soloist, chamber music performer, and orchestral member. He served as the principal trumpet with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s as well as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and made appearances as the guest principal trumpet with the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Santa Fe Opera. Even while maintaining a busy concert career, Mr. Gekker has been eager to teach, not only through his work as a member of the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Columbia University trumpet faculties, but also through publishing technique methodologies.
Tuesday, April 12, 3:30PM: David Kim, Violin
(At 7PM, Mr. Kim will also perform a free recital)
David Kim has been the concertmaster of, and soloist with, the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra for over fifteen years. An alumnus of the Juilliard School, where he earned both his Bachelor’s and his Master’s degrees, Mr. Kim was a student of the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay, with whom he began studying at the tender age of eight. In 1986, he was the only American to win a prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and in 1990 he was a prizewinner at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. In the midst of his acclaim at competitions, Mr. Kim also founded the Kingston Chamber Music Festival at the University of Rhode Island, and incorporated an annual outreach program to thousands of elementary school kids.
Admission is free and open to the public.