2016 Summer String Academy Faculty
Mimi Zweig, Program Director
- Amir Eldan
- Wonmin Kim
- Jeannette Koekkoek
- Grigory Kalinovsky
- Csaba Onczay
- Pacifica Quartet (Simin Ganatra, Sibbi Bernhardsson, Masumi Per Rostad, Brandon Vamos)
Verona Quartet (Jonathan Ong, Dorothy Ro,Abigail Rojansky, Warren Hagerty)
MASTER CLASS FACULTY TBA
Mimi Zweig Director of the Academy, Violin and Viola
Mimi Zweig is currently a professor of violin and director of the Indiana University String Academy. Since 1972 she has developed pre-college string programs across the United States. She has given master classes and pedagogy workshops in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Japan and Europe. She has recently produced StringPedagogy.com, an innovative web-based teaching tool. In the spring of 2006, American Public Television released the documentary, "Circling Around-The Violin Virtuosi" which features String Academy students. The String Academy and Mimi Zweig are recent recipients of a Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation grant which supports the teaching of gifted violinists. Her students have won numerous competitions, and teach and perform worldwide.
Erin Aldridge, Violin
Erin Aldridge has won numerous awards as both soloist and chamber musician and has been featured throughout Europe, South America, and the United States. She continues to maintain an active performance schedule as a soloist, and as a chamber musician she has performed numerous concerts throughout Uruguay as well as throughout the United States with the Dorothea Trio. Dr. Aldridge received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Aldridge currently serves as Associate Professor of Violin, Director of Orchestras, and violinist of the faculty piano trio Trillium at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She is also concertmaster of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 2005.
Brenda Brenner, Violin
Brenda Brenner is Associate Professor of Music Education in the IU Jacobs School of Music and Co Director of the IU String Academy. She specializes in the area of string music education, teaching applied violin and courses in violin and string pedagogy. Her String Academy students have been featured in concerts in major venues throughout the United States and Europe. Prior to her arrival at IU, Dr. Brenner was Assistant Professor of Music at Carleton College. Active as a performer, she received her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Sylvia Rosenberg, Donald Weilerstein, and the Cleveland Quartet. A member of the award-winning Augustine Quartet, she was a finalist or prize winner in several competitions, including the Banff International Quartet Competition, Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and Cleveland Competition, and has worked with the Cleveland, Tokyo, Juilliard, American and Emerson Quartets. She is currently President Elect of ASTA.
Amir Eldan performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and as guest principal cellist. In 2011-12, he served as principal cellist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra by invitation from Zubin Mehta; a year later, he served as guest principal cellist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He was the youngest member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York when he won the position of associate principal cellist at the age of 22 and was invited by James Levine to perform with the MET Chamber Ensemble in Carnegie Hall. Eldan has performed at the music festivals of Aspen, La Jolla, Ravinia, Giverny (France), Prussia Cove (England), and in West Cork (Ireland). He also participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and toured with Musicians from Marlboro. Eldan has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Cleveland string quartets, Richard Goode, Kim Kashkashian, Joseph Silverstein, Midori, and Lynn Harrell. His performances have been featured on PBS and public radio, in concerts throughout the U.S., Europe, and Israel, and he has presented master classes in the U.S., Israel, and China. Eldan holds a doctor of music degree and master's degree from the Juilliard School, where he also served as a guest teacher. He received his bachelor cum laude from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2006, he was appointed to the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and became the cellist of the Oberlin Trio.
Rebecca Henry, Violin, Viola
Rebecca Henry holds the Scott Bendann Chair in Classical Music at The Peabody Institute, where she teaches violin pedagogy and mentors students in the Masters of Performance/Pedagogy degree in The Conservatory, and chairs the Peabody Preparatory String Department where she teaches violin and viola and directs Peabody’s Pre-Conservatory Violin Program, for which she received funding from the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation. She is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Viola at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA and performs with the Kegelstatt Trio. Ms. Henry has given master classes and teacher workshops throughout the U.S. and her former students are performing and teaching around the world.
Sarah Kapustin, Violin
Sarah Kapustin’s musical activities have taken her across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia in performances as both soloist and chamber musician. Born in 1981 in Milwaukee, WI, she has performed with such orchestras as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and the Vogtland Philharmonie in Germany. Ms. Kapustin has received prizes and honors in numerous competitions, including 1st prize of the International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen. She has appeared in such prestigious concert venues as New York's Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Mexico City’s Sala Nezahualcoyotl. A devoted and passionate chamber musician, Ms. Kapustin has appeared at various international festivals. She was formerly a member of the Atlas Trio and the Dubinsky Quartet, prizewinner at the Fischoff and Coleman Chamber Music Competitions. She has performed duo recitals with pianist Jeannette Koekkoek; in April 2010 the duo released the complete recordings of the ten Beethoven Sonatas for the Olive Music label which has received international praise. Ms. Kapustin received a Masters degree in violin performance at The Juilliard School with Robert Mann in May 2005. She previously received a Bachelor of Music and an Artist Diploma from Indiana University as a pupil of Mauricio Fuks, and formerly studied with Mimi Zweig and James Przygocki at the String Academy of Wisconsin. Since 2008 Ms. Kapustin resides in the Hague, the Netherlands, where she is 1st violinist of the Rubens Quartet, and since 2011 she is a professor of violin and chamber music at the ArtEZ Conservatorium in Zwolle, the Netherlands. She also performs and tours regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Kapustin plays on the ”Nico Richter and Hetta Rester” G.B. Rogeri, Brescia, ca. 1690, on loan to her from the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds in Amsterdam.
Wonmin Kim is a much sought-after as a pianist in the US, Europe and collaborated with many of today’s most important artists including Sarah Chang, Cho Liang Lin, Ilya Gringolts, Chee Yun, David Chan, Robert Mann, Wolfgang Schmidt, Chun Wen Huang, and Igor Ozim, just to name a few. More recent concert highlights include a US tour with violinist Chuan Yun Li and the collaboration with Igor Ozim in the World Masters Series at Kumho Art Hall (Seoul), which was also broadcasted by KBS and televised by Arirang TV. Ms. Kim has frequently appeared on Television and Radio broadcasts like WQXR, the Swiss Radio International, SRI and the Korean Broadcast System, KBS. A CD-Recording has been released by KBS under the title Korean Musician for the 21 Century. In 2011 Wonmin Kim joined the piano faculty at the DePauw University School of Music. Previously she taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Wonmin Kim is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including Juilliard’s most prestigious Vladimir Horowitz Award. She holds degrees from the Konservatorium für Musik und Theater Bern (Switzerland) and from the Juilliard School.
Jeannette Koekkoek graduated in 1988 as a student of Jan Wijn at the Amsterdam Conservatory. She continued her studies in the United States with Aube Tzerko and Menahem Pressler. She was a prize winner at renowned competitions and now performs as a soloist, accompanist and in ensembles in Europe, US and Asia. She teaches at the Indiana University String Academy in Bloomington.
Jeannette Koekkoek founded of the Netherlands Piano Quartet, the Sagee Piano Trio, the Trompenberg Ensemble, and the Koekkoek-Schatborn Duo. Ms. Koekkoek has also appeared as featured artist with the Fine Arts Quartet, the Florida Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble, and as recital partner with Ronald Hoogeveen, Janine Jansen, Catherina Bevacqua, Jill Feldman, Howard Klug, and Jaap van Zweden.
As a soloist, Jeannette Koekkoek has performed in Holland, Germany, Italy, France, Turkey, Pakistan, China, and throughout the United States, playing, among others, concertos by Mozart, Saint-Saens, and Rachmaninoff. As a solo recitalist, she has appeared in the Netherlands, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The Kurhaus in Scheveningen, and in Aspen, Colorado, USA., as well as regularly on the Dutch Radio Network.
Included among her many awards are the Laureate Tromp International Music Competition, The International Piano Competition in Zaragoza, Spain (with special mention for her interpretation of Spanish repertoire) and the Friends of the Concertgebouw and Concertgebouw Award.
Early in her career she devoted her energies to the development of young talented pianists and violinists, founding her own private studio in Amsterdam. She also worked with acclaimed violin pedagogue Coosje Wijzenbeek, coaching and partnering young artists on tour in Holland, Germany, England, Pakistan, Turkey, China, and the United States. Subsequent pedagogical experiences include those at the Amsterdam Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, The New World School of the Arts, and the Indiana University Summer String Academy, in association with Mimi Zweig, Menahem Pressler, Gabriel Chodos, and Carol Cole.Currently based in Tuscany, Italy, fluent in English, German, Italian, French, as well as her native Dutch, Jeannette Koekkoek has established the Tuscan Chamber Music Academy, where she teaches master classes in piano and chamber music.
Ching-Yi Lin is Assistant Professor of Violin and Director of the WKU Pre-College Strings Program at Western Kentucky University. Recent performances and masterclasses have taken her to the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Norway, Shenyang and Xi’an Conservatories in China, Northwestern University, University of British Columbia, and Louisiana State University. During the summer months, Lin serves on the faculty at the Indiana University Summer String Academy, String Explosion (WKU), and has also served on the faculty of the Sommersymfonien i Kristiansand in Norway.
She is actively engaged in presenting seminars at various conferences such as the American String Teacher’s Association National conference, the Kentucky and Tennessee Music Educator’s Association conferences. Lin earned her BM, MM, and DM in Violin Performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and studied in the Vienna Conservatory from 2001–2003. Her principal teachers include Mauricio Fuks, Boris Kuschnir, Fredell Lack, and Nelli Shkolnikova.
Susan Moses, Cello
Susan Moses earned her degrees with the highest honors at Indiana and Yale Universities before completing her studies at the renowned Jascha-Heifetz-Gregor Piatigorsky Master Classes at the University of Southern California. She was awarded a Ford Foundation Prize and has performed throughout the world in recital, with orchestra and as the solo violoncellist of the celebrated I SOLISTI VENETI. While living in Europe she taught for Boston University, in the Conservatoires Regionales de France and founded the Chicago String Trio that was awarded a special Prize by the University of Milan for outstanding contributions in chamber music. She records for ERATO and CONCERTO and was nominated for a Grand Prix du Disque. Susan also was recognized by the University of Padua for her outstanding research on the school of Giuseppe Tartini in the 1700's and created for Trinity College a special music program for their Italian Elderhostel where she is principal lecturer and performer. She currently heads the cello department of the String Academy at Indiana University, has been on the faculty of Oberlin College and represents the United States in International cello competitions.
Csaba Onczay, cello
Mr. Csaba Onczay was awarded the Kossuth Prize, the highest award given to any performing artist in all of Hungary, and was awarded the prestigious Bartók-Pásztory Prize in 2004. He was also awarded the Liszt Prize and Distinguished Artist in Hungary. Mr. Onczay has won first prize at the International Pablo Casals Competition in Budapest, Hungary (1973), first prize at the International Villa Lobos Competition of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1976), and appears as a soloist in some of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, America, Korea, and Japan. In addition to numerous recordings of concerts for radio and television, Mr. Onczay recorded for CD’s: concertos of C.P.E. Bach, Schumann, Lalo, Villa Lobos, Dohnányi, and also all the sonatas of Beethoven and all the solo suites of Bach. He regularly holds master-courses in Italy, Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, USA, Japan, and Hungary; and is invited as a soloist and chamber music player to many international festivals. They include: Pablo Casals Festival Prades, Kronberg, Springfestival Budapest, Beaumaris Festival, Bergamo, and Springfestival in Prague, in Japan Gifu and Ishikawa. In 2001, Mr. Onczay was a Visiting Professor at Oberlin Conservatory and from 2006-2009 he was a Visiting Professor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Mr. Onczay is Professor of Cello at the Liszt University of Music in Budapest, Hungary, where he resides today.
James Przygocki, Viola and Chamber Music
James Przygocki is Professor of Music at the University of Wyoming where he teaches viola, violin, pedagogy and music education courses. In addition to his work with university students Mr. Przygocki teaches pre-college students for the String Academy of Wyoming and is the director of University of Wyoming String Project. Mr. Przygocki is active as a performer, conductor and clinician. He performs regularly with University of Wyoming faculty as a member of the Summit Chamber Players and serves as principal violist with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra. He is active as a soloist and chamber musician, having performed in Europe, China, and Brazil and around the U.S. He has recorded for AK/Coburg, CRI and Indiana University Press.His viola transcriptions have been published by One World Strings.
Evan Rothstein, Chamber Music
Evan Rothstein studied chamber music with members and ex-members of the Cleveland, Tokyo, Juilliard, Fine Arts and Borodin string quartets. A grant from the Foundation des Etats-Unis gave him the opportunity to study in Paris with famed pedagogue Veda Reynolds, and he afterwards performed on French radio and in major festivals in France and across Europe. After completing his doctorate at Indiana University and several degrees in musicology, he was named instructor at the University of Paris 8 - Saint Denis, and has been invited for lectures and residencies internationally. In 2004 he was appointed as pedagogical consultant to the Pro quartet-European Center for Chamber Music. In 2009, he was elected to a three-year term as Chairman of the European Chamber Music Teachers Association (ECMTA). He is currently Deputy Head of Strings at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London.
Sherry Sinift, Violin
Sherry Sinift is the director of the String Academy of Wyoming, and a member of the University of Wyoming faculty. At UW she is a member of the Summit Chamber Players, and Supervising Teacher for the UW String Project, as well as teaching violin and viola pedagogy and studio violin. Ms. Sinift is former associate concertmaster of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and performed throughout the U.S. and Europe as a member of the Hawthorne Quartet. She has built exceptional violin classes at the String Academy of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Lawrence University Preparatory Program and Indiana University String Academy. Ms. Sinift holds a MM in performance from Indiana University and a BM in performance from Western Michigan University. Her influential teachers included Tadeusz Wronski, Mimi Zweig, Rostislav Dubinsky, and Gerald Fischbach. In the summer Ms. Sinift serves on the faculty of the IU Summer String Academy and the IU Retreat for Professional Violinists and Violists.
Cory Smythe, Chamber Music
Cory Smythe, pianist, is a graduate of the music schools at Indiana University and the University of Southern California. He currently resides in New York City, where he is active as a chamber musician, improviser, and composer. Recently, Cory has performed alongside flutist Dora Seres, violinist Timothy Fain, at the Jazz Standard with the Greg Osby Four, and at the Bang On A Can Marathon with the International Contemporary Ensemble. He is a member of the Oblique quartet founded by drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey, with whom he recently finished recording an album for the Firehouse 12 label. Cory's principal teachers have included Luba Edlina-Dubinsky and Stewart Gordon.
Violinist Hal Grossman has been hailed by critics for his "tremendous virtuosic technique" and "outstanding artistic sense". As concerto soloist, he has appeared with American and Canadian orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic and the North Carolina, Illinois, Lima, Guelph and Battle Creek symphonies. Grand Award Winner of the Lima Young Artist Competition and Silver Medalist of the International Stulberg Competition, Mr. Grossman also received First Prize Awards at the prestigious International Cleveland Quartet Competition and the National Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. He has performed for their Royal Highnesses, Prince Charles and Princess Diana and his New York Debut at Carnegie Hall received exceptional reviews from the New York Times. Recital appearances have taken him throughout North America and Europe. In the United States he has also been heard on National Public Radio, WQXI-New York, and WFMT-Chicago. Mr. Grossman has served as Concertmaster of the Estranach Festival Orchestra in Luxembourg, the Illinois, Boise, Lansing and SaginawBay symphonies. He has been featured at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Evian (France), Orfeo (Italy), Aspen, Lancaster, Breckenridge, Fontana, Great Lakes, Manitou, and Garth Newel music festivals. As First Violinist of the Oxford String Quartet, he performed throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded several new works for string quartet.
Mr. Grossman holds music performance degrees from the University of Michigan and the Eastman School of Music. His primary studies were with Paul Makanowitzky and Sylvia Rosenberg. Mr. Grossman is Associate Professor of Violin at The University of Oklahoma and on the violin faculty at the Aria International Summer Academy. He was formerly on the violin faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and Miami University. Mr. Grossman's students can be found in every major music conservatory in the nation including Curtis, Juilliard, New England, and San Francisco.
Stacia Spencer is a senior lecturer in string pedagogy at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music and string coordinator for the Northwestern Music Academy. She also has been on the faculty of the Northwestern National High School Music Institute teaching violin, viola and chamber music. Prior to moving to the Chicago area, Ms. Spencer was an assistant professor of music at Indiana University School of Music where she taught classes in violin and viola pedagogy and was the assistant to Mimi Zweig at the IU String Academy. Ms. Spencer has a special interest in contemporary music, working with composers and performing new pieces. An eclectic musican and performer, she has been a vocalist and jazz singer in the Jon Eaton Pocket Opera Company in Chicago and New York. As a singer and electric violist she has also performed and recorded in the rock genre. She received her bachelors and masters degrees in viola from Indiana University School of Music, where she studied with Mimi Zweig, Kim Kashkashian and George Janzer. Ms. Spencer’s students have won many competitions and have been featured on “From the Top”. They also participate in their school orchestras as well as the Chicago Youth Orchestras and the Midwest Young Artists Orchestras.