2014 Summer String Academy Faculty
Mimi Zweig, Program Director
- Amir Eldan
- Wonji Kim
- Wonmin Kim
- Ching-Yi Lin
- Stacia Spencer
- Pacifica Quartet
Master Class Faculty
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 Assistant 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.
Chih-Yi Chen, Piano
Chih-Yi Chen, pianist, is currently director of Collaborative Piano at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. During her studies at IU, she worked with Lev Vlasenko, Michel Block, and the pianist of former Borodin Trio Luba Edlina Dubinsky. Active in chamber music, accompanying and teaching, she performs often in the States, Europe and Asia, and was the pianist for the String Academy for 14 years.
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.
Wonji Kim, native of Seoul, Korea, started to play the violin of the age of five, and she studied with Prof. Chong-Suk Li and later in Switzerland with prof. Max Rostal and prof. Igor Ozim. 1994 she received her soloist-diploma at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Bern" with distinction. She also took part in master courses with Donald Weilerstein, Sylvia Rosenberg and Yfrah Neaman. Since winning several national and international prizes, she has appeared as a soloist with Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Berner Sinfonie Orchester, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Hungarian National Chamberorchestra and the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra (conductor: V. Fedosejev). Since 1996 she has taught as an assistant of prof. Igor Ozim at the "Hochschule für Musik in Vienna" and "Hochschule für Musik und Theater" in Bern and is now teaching at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg/Austria. Since 2007 she is also teaching her own precollege class at the University Mozarteum Salzburg.
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, Chamber Music
Jeanette Koekkoek, pianist, graduated from the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam and studied with the illustrious Aube Tzerko in Aspen and Los Angeles. She performs worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician. In addition, Ms. Koekkoek, a devoted pedagogue, teaches piano and chamber music from her studio in Tuscany, Italy, where she resides. She has been a faculty member of the Indiana University String Academy since 1990.
Ching-Yi Lin is Violin-Professional-In-Residence at Western Kentucky University, where she teaches violin, heads the Pre-College Violin/Viola Program, and serves as concertmaster of the Symphony. Dr. Lin holds performance degrees from Indiana University, where she was an assistant to Professor Mauricio Fuks and taught his undergraduate and graduate students at the Jacobs School of Music. At the Pre-College level, she has been featured as an instructor at the IU String Academy, teaching violin and group lessons while working closely with her mentors, Mimi Zweig and Brenda Brenner. Her other principal teachers include Fredell Lack (University of Houston), Nelli Shkolnikova (IU), and Boris Kuschnir (Vienna Conservatory).
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.
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”.
Elizabeth Zempel, Violin
Elizabeth (VanGelderen) Zempel has studied the violin with Mimi Zweig at the String Academy of Wisconsin and received her MM degree from Indiana University. She currently oversees a large and active string program in Milwaukee.