Colburn School Appoints Violist Tatjana Masurenko to Faculty

June 2, 2022, 4:24 PM · Violist Tatjana Masurenko will join the Colburn School faculty, beginning July 2022, announced the Los Angeles-based music conservatory on Wednesday. She replaces violist Paul Coletti, who recently resigned from Colburn’s faculty.

Tatjana Masurenko
Violist Tatjana Masurenko. Photo by Carmen Jasmyn Hoffmann.

Masurenko will teach viola and coach chamber music in the Colburn School’s Conservatory of Music as well as its Music Academy for gifted pre-college musicians.

Masurenko has served as professor of viola at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig since 2002, and in the same position at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in Sion, Switzerland, since 2019. She gives master classes in Europe and America and is artistic director of the International Viola Camp in Iznik (Turkey).

"To join the Colburn School is to be a part of a passionate and nurturing community," Masurenko said. "I’m so grateful for this opportunity. I cannot wait to work with the school’s exceptional students and collaborate alongside the school’s esteemed faculty."

Masurenko grew up in a family of Russian academics and jazz musicians. She started her musical studies in St. Petersburg, then continued in Germany, studying with Kim Kashkashian and Nobuko Imai. Her search for new forms of expression on the viola and new techniques and tonal concepts were encouraged and influenced by encounters with figures including Boris Pergamenschikow, György Kurtág, Brigitte Fassbaender and Herbert Blomstedt.

She is committed to the further development of the viola as a solo instrument and has premiered many new compositions, many of them dedicated to her and originated by her initiative. She has worked with composers such as Gladys Krenek, Moritz von Gagern, Dimitri Terzakis, Wolfgang Rihm, Hans-Christian Bartel, Luca Lombardi and Nejat Basegmezler. She is also intensively dedicated to historical performance practice, especially to 19th century playing and the Romantic repertoire.

"Teaching excellence has been a hallmark of the Colburn School since our founding," Colburn School President and CEO, Sel Kardan said. "Following an extensive international search, we are delighted to have Tatjana Masurenko, one of the world’s greatest violists, join our artist faculty of virtuoso performers and pedagogues."

"It is a tremendous pleasure to welcome Tatjana Masurenko to the Colburn School," Conservatory Dean Lee Cioppa said. "She models extraordinary artistry as a soloist and chamber musician, as well as a dedication to teaching and fostering future generations of transformative artists. Her presence on the faculty will enrich not just her students, but the entire Colburn School community."

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