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Masterclass: Richard Aaron, cello


Livestream available to the public; in-person attendance for SFCM ID holders only.
Performed from Barbro Osher Recital Hall.

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Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Concerto for Cello and Piano in E Minor, Op. 85
     III. Adagio
     IV. Allegro – Moderato – Allegro, ma non-troppo – Poco più lento – Adagio
Daniel Ryu, cello
Miles Graber, piano
Mr. Ryu is a student of Amos Yang

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)
Concerto for Cello and Piano in B Minor, Op. 104
    I. Allegro
Minji Kim, cello
Amy Chiu, piano
Ms. Kim is a student of Jennifer Culp

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, L. 135
      I. Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto
      II. Sérénade: Modérément animé
      III. Finale: Animé, léger et nerveux
Daniela Gonzales Siu, cello
Amy Chiu, piano
Ms. Siu is a student of Jean-Michel Fonteneau

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 119
      I. Andante grave
Federico Strand Ramirez, cello
Jenny Ma, piano
Mr. Ramirez is a student of Bonnie Hampton

About Richard L. Aaron

Richard L. Aaron presently serves as professor of cello at the University of Michigan, The Juilliard School and The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings. Previously he taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory.

Aaron has given master classes in Spain, Germany, France, Korea, Japan, China and Australia, as well as at many of the leading music schools in North America, including Rice University, Oberlin Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Mannes, the Hartt School and The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Since 2003, Aaron has been on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and has taught at many other summer music institutes including the Indiana University String Academy, Calgary Music Bridge, Peter the Great Music Festival (Groningen, Holland), Aria International Summer Academy (Massachusetts), Innsbruck Summer Music Academy (Missouri), Chautauqua Institution (New York), the Idyllwild Summer Program (California), Heifetz International Music Institute (Virginia), Marrowstone Music Festival (Port Townsend, Washington), and Encore (Ohio).

Many of Aaron’s students have won prestigious prizes at competitions around the world, including the Naumburg, Washington International, Johanson in Washington, Isan Yun in Korea, Cassado in Japan and Klein in San Francisco. Aaron himself is a frequent competition judge, having recently served the Beijing International Competition, Isan Yun Competition (Korea), Cassado (Japan), Amsterdam Cello Biennale Competition, Schadt String Competition and The Stulberg Competition.

Former Aaron students have occupied principal positions in major orchestras such as Chicago, Saint Louis, Seattle, Portland, and the Metropolitan Opera to name just a few, as well as playing among award-winning ensembles, such as the Biava, Fry Street, American, Pandereski, Linden, Escher and Aeolus string quartets.

Aaron was a member of the Elysian Piano Trio at Baldwin Wallace College for 14 years; he continues an active chamber music performance schedule.

About SFCM’s Cello Department

Opportunity awaits you as a cellist at SFCM. Part of SFCM’s comprehensive strings program, the cello department has a studio of about 29 students, all honing their craft with the guidance of four dedicated faculty members. Students can perform with resident ensembles such as the Conservatory Orchestra and chamber groups from the baroque to the contemporary, as well as enter the annual String Concerto Competition.

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