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MUSIC STUDENTS & MUSICIANS

NCH International Master Course

Tuesday 4th - Friday 7th August 2020

 

The National Concert Hall is delighted to announce that its International Master Course scheduled for August will go ahead online this year. 

Scheduled to take place from Tuesday 4th to Friday 7th August 2020, the course comprises online masterclasses and seminars culminating in an all-faculty panel discussion available to view on NCH YouTube and Facebook Channels. 
  
Led by Artistic Directors Gwendolyn Masin (violin) and Finghin Collins (piano) this year’s International Master Course offers Irish and International musicians the opportunity to partake in a series of masterclasses, tutorials and seminars by a faculty of musicians comprising: leading cellist and professor at the Queen Elizabeth Musical Chapel in Brussels Gary Hoffman, Grammy-Award-winning violist Kim Kashkashian who teaches at New England Conservatory and leading French violinist and tutor Gilles Apap, described by Yehudi Menuhin as “a true violinist for the 21st century”. 
  
Collectively they are all highly regarded soloists and chamber musicians who have performed in some of the world’s most illustrious concert halls and festivals with renowned conductors and ensembles. The wealth of their combined experience is outstanding, providing a unique and rare opportunity for aspiring musicians to learn from. 
 

Seminars 

Each of the faculty will give a seminar on a topic of their choice during the online course, with space to answer participants and views questions! Each seminar will be approximately 40 mins long, with 20 mins for questions. 

The seminars will be available to view online on NCH YouTube and Facebook channels. 

Tuesday 4th August 2020

14:00 – 15:00 Seminar with Finghin Collins - 'Building a Performing Career in the 21st Century - how to keep it all going 

After nearly three decades of playing professional concerts, pianist Finghin Collins shares advice for younger musicians - how to maximise your potential, how to keep that diary filled, how best to communicate with promoters and agents. 

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Wednesday 5th August 2020

12:00 -13:00 Seminar with Gwendolyn Masin -'The Changeless Change - How to Achieve a Varied, Flexible Vibrato, and Enjoy the Zen-Like Bliss that Comes with It 

Gwendolyn Masin discusses the advantages of a supple vibrato. She will guide you through positioning of the left arm and hand, the foundation of forming a finger and hand vibrato, and demonstrate exercises to support string players towards attaining greater liberty to express themselves musically. The exercises are designed to achieve calm of mind during practice which leads to more fluid movement and in turn, a greater variety in sound. 

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18:00 – 19:00 Seminar with Gilles Apap - Mozart’s Cadenzas 

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Thursday 6th August 2020

18:00 – 19:00 Seminar with Kim Kashkashian - ‘Tai Chi for string players and injury prevention’

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Friday 7th August 2020

18:00 – 19:00 Seminar with Gary Hoffman - ‘Ask Me Anything’
Cellist Gary Hoffman joins NCH IMC artistic director Gwendolyn Masin in conversation. We welcome questions from the public to our YouTube Chat or Facebook!

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Master Classes

The course also sees a series of five masterclasses, one given by each of the faculty members tutoring up to three experienced musicians each. Everybody is welcome to join and view the masterclass online. The masterclasses will be streamed live on the NCH YouTube channel, please note the finish times are approximate. 


Tuesday 4th August 2020  

16:30 – 19:00 Violin masterclass with Gilles Apap 

Featuring:
Roberts Balanas (Latvia/UK) playing Nikolai Kapustin’s Violin Sonata Op 70, 1st movement and Ysaye’s Violin Solo Sonata No 2
Kate O’Shea (Ireland) playing Wieniawksi’s Concerto No 2, 1st movement
Helen Rutledge (Ireland) playing Beethoven’s Sonata No 8, Opus 30 No 3

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Wednesday 5th August 2020  

14:00 – 16:30 Cello masterclass Gary Hoffman

Featuring:
Ellen Baumring-Gledhill (UK) playing Chopin’s Cello Sonata, 2nd and 3rd movements
Zoë Nagle (Ireland) playing Bach’s Cello Suite No 2, Prelude
Peadar Ó Loinsigh (Ireland) playing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, 3rd movement

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Thursday 6th August 2020

11:00 – 13:30 Piano masterclass with Finghin Collins  

Featuring:
Stan O’Beirne (Ireland) playing Chopin’s Ballade No 2, Op 38
Joe O’Grady (Ireland) playing Chopin’s Ballade No 1, Op 23
David Vesey (Ireland) playing Liszt’s Spanish Rhapsody

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14:00 – 16:30 Viola masterclass with Kim Kashkashian

Featuring:
Wei Jie Benedict Ng (Singapore) playing Bach’s Cello Suite in D minor arranged for viola, Prelude and Allemande
Carys Barnes (UK) playing York Bowen’s Viola Concerto
Gustavo Vieira Rebelo (Portugal) playing Hindemith’s Viola Sonata Op 25 No 1, 1st and 2nd movements

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Friday 7th August 2020

14:00 – 16:30 Violin masterclass with Gwendolyn Masin

Featuring:
Daimee Ng (Ireland) playing Bach’s Violin Sonata No 1 in G minor, Presto
Romana Szczepaniak (Poland/UK) playing Bach’s Violin Sonata No 1 in G minor, Adagio
Jaga Klimaszewska (Poland/UK) playing the cadenza from Ravel’s Tzigane
Raphael Gisbertz (Germany) playing Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen

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Panel Discussion 

The intensive week of tuition and talks will culminate in an all-faculty panel discussion at 7.30pm on Friday 7th August which will be available to view on the NCH YouTube and Facebook Channels. 

Watch on YouTube

 

International Master Course Full Schedule

Tuesday 4th August 2020 
14:00 – 15:00 Seminar with Finghin Collins 
16:30 – 19:00 Violin masterclass with Gilles Apap 

Wednesday 5th August 2020   
12:00 -13:00 Seminar with Gwendolyn Masin 
14:00 – 16:30 Cello masterclass Gary Hoffman 
18:00 – 19:00 Seminar with Gilles Apap 

Thursday 6th August 2020 
11:00 – 13:30 Piano masterclass with Finghin Collins 
14:00 – 16:30  Viola masterclass with Kim Kashkashian 
18:00 – 19:00 Seminar with Kim Kashkashian 

Friday 7th August 2020
14:00 – 16:30 Violin masterclass with Gwendolyn Masin 
18:00 – 19:00 Seminar with Gary Hoffman 
19:30 – 20:30 Panel Discussion with faculty  
 

 

Finghin Collins, piano Artistic Director

One of Ireland's most successful musicians, Finghin Collins’ international career was launched by winning first prize at the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in Switzerland in 1999. He has performed in recital and with major orchestras throughout Europe, the United States, the Far East and Australia. In October 2017, the National University of Ireland conferred on him an honorary Degree of Doctor of Music. Collins has recorded numerous award-winning CDs for Swiss label Claves over the past two decades, including works by Schumann, Stanford, Chopin and Mozart. Finghin Collins has been Artistic Director of Music for Galway since 2013 and is also the founding Artistic Director of the New Ross Piano Festival.
 

Finghin Collins
Gwendolyn Masin

Gwendolyn Masin, violin Artistic Director

Gwendolyn Masin is one of today’s significant concert violinists.

She performs internationally to praise from press and audiences alike as a soloist, chamber musician and as guest with orchestras. Gwendolyn teaches violin and chamber-music master classes at institutes and festivals throughout Europe and North America and gives talks concerning her areas of expertise. She is also an artistic director and PhD scholar. She is Professor of Violin Studies at the Haute École de Musique de Genève, Switzerland, since September 2013. She is also the author of the award-winning book, Michaela’s Music House, The Magic of the Violin which is available in English and German and is part of the ESTA Edition collection available via Müller & Schade.

Gilles Apap, violin

Described by Yehudi Menuhin as “the instance of the 21st century musician” Gilles Apap is known for his virtuosity, unique approach to music and the skill to bring joy to every concert hall. He delivers distinctive performances of the standard classical repertoire combined with genres such as jazz and folk from around the world and the result is unique programming merging the borderlines between musical styles. Gilles has appeared at the Konzerthaus (Berlin), BOZAR (Brussels), Cadogan Hall (London), Philharmonie de Paris, Tokyo, Adelaïde (Australia), Paleo (Switzerland), Mito (Italy), Rheingau, Ludwigsburg, Dresde, Würzburg (Germany), amongst many others. In 2018, Gilles recorded Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Nordic Chamber Orchestra which was followed by tours in Sweden. He also is regularly leading workshops and education projects across Europe including Gstaad Menuhin Academy, Kronberg Academy and Paris Philharmonie, working with children as well as young professionals and Ariana Todes, former editor of The Strad, published an interview highlighting these eclectic aspects of his career.

Giles Apap
Kim Kashkashian

Kim Kashkashian, viola

Winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo Album for her recording Kurtág/Ligeti Music for Viola Kim Kashkashian is recognized internationally as a unique voice on the viola. Kim was awarded the George Peabody Medal for outstanding contributions to music in America, as well as the prestigious Golden Bow award of Switzerland. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016. As an advocate of contemporary music, she has developed creative relationships with György Kurtág, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alfred Schnittke, Giya Kancheli and Arvo Pärt and premiered commissioned works by Peter Eötvös, Betty Olivero,Ken Ueno, Thomas Larcher, Lera Auerbach and Tigran Mansurian. As a soloist Kashkashian has appeared with the orchestras of Berlin, London, Vienna, Milan, New York and Cleveland in collaboration with Eschenbach, Mehta, Welser-Moest, Kocsis, Dennis Russell Davies Blomstedt Robertson and Holliger

Gary Hoffman, cello

Gary Hoffman is one of the outstanding cellists of our time, combining instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound, and a poetic sensibility in his distinctive and memorable performances. He gained international renown upon his victory at Rostropovich International Competition in Paris in 1986. Playing with the world's most noted orchestras, he shares his engagements between Europe, America and Asia, and is the guest of the main venues throughout the world. Gary Hoffman performs on major recital and chamber music series, and prestigious festivals. He devotes time to teaching, having been the youngest faculty appointee in the history of the Indiana University School of Music. He is Professor at the Musical Chapel in Brussels.

Gary Hoffman