Apply By May 1 for In-Person Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard

April 24, 2023, 7:17 PM · The biennial Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies will take place May 23-27 at The Juilliard School in New York - the first time the event has been in-person since 2019.

Itzhak Perlman master class
Violinist Itzhak Perlman leads a master class at the 2011 Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies. Photo by Nan Melville.

This year's celebration of violin performance and teaching will feature five days of master classes, recitals, workshops, and pedagogy sessions, providing professional violinists, violists, and teachers from around the world with the opportunity to come together to observe and explore how to nurture and develop exceptional students and artists.

Brian Lewis, a faculty member at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, returns as artistic director of the symposium. Joining the symposium as its newly appointed artistic advisor is Juilliard music faculty member Catherine Cho. Both Cho and Lewis studied with Dorothy DeLay, who founded the symposium.

In addition to Cho and Lewis, this year’s faculty and guest artists will include Danielle Belen, Francesca dePasquale, Dana Fonteneau, Randall Goosby, Jennifer Johnson, Li Lin, Itzhak Perlman, Joel Smirnoff, Curtis Stewart, and Rachell Ellen Wong.

Dorothy DeLay graduated from The Juilliard School in 1942, then taught at Juilliard for about a half-century, starting in 1947, teaching an illustrious group of violinists that includes Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham, Kurt Sassmannshaus, David Kim, Chee Yun, Philippe Quint, Anne Akiko Meyers, Brian Lewis and many more.

The violin symposium aims to emulate her philosophy, a holistic approach to teaching that views the artist as a whole person rather than just a performer. "By nurturing and encouraging each of her students’ individuality, she cultivated a community of thinkers who continue to embody and pass on her philosophy and teachings to the next generation of violinists," said a statement by Juilliard about the symposium. "Many of the participating faculty and performers at the symposium were mentored by DeLay and all emulate her philosophy."

Hosted by The Juilliard School, the symposium is part of the Starling-DeLay Institute of Violin Studies, made possible through support from the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation. It is dedicated to continuing the legacy of violin teacher Dorothy DeLay, whose many students included Itzhak Perlman, Cho-Liang Lin, Midori, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham, Shlomo Mintz, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Brian Lewis, symposium artistic director.

For more information about the symposium and application requirements, click here. Click here to apply by May 1.

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