Masterclass Series

Seattle Chamber Music Society is proud to be able to offer public master classes to our academy participants throughout the season. All master classes are free and open to the public. Come and join us at our Center for Chamber Music! Look below to see what’s next!

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024
Location: Center for Chamber Music – Dr. Ken Hollingsworth Living Room
Time: 4:00 pm




4:00 PM

Caileen Wan, violin, Ayar Newman, cello, Avery Pun, piano

Anton Arensky — Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 32, III. Elegia

4:30 PM

Anthony Kim, cello, and Changan Zhu, piano

Felix Mendelssohn — Cello Sonata No. 2, Op. 58 in D Major

5:00 PM

Leisa Tsutsumi, violin, Suchitra Oka, cello, Rebecca Li, piano

Johann Hummel — Piano Trio in E-flat, Op. 12, I. Allegro agitato

5:30 PM

Calvin Chang, violin, Aiden Roberts, cello, Bowen Leung, piano

Louise Farrenc — Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 33 in E-flat major, I. Allegro

6:00 PM

Rachel Jung, violin, Lucas Robshaw, violin, Amanda Wu, viola, Charlie Lee, cello, Ella Sumanaseni, piano

Robert Schumann — Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44



Recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Silver Medalist of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and winner of the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition, Tessa Lark has been invited to many summer festivals including Marlboro, Yellow Barn, Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival, and Music@Menlo, and she is a member of the Caramoor Virtusoi. Lark has been a soloist with the Cincinnati, New Haven, Hawaii, Santa Fe, and Indianapolis symphony orchestras. Lark regularly performs and programs bluegrass and Appalachian music, premiering her own piece as part of a Carnegie Hall recital. She is a graduate of New England Conservatory and is in Juilliard’s Artist Diploma program. Lark plays the 1683 ex-Gingold Stradivari violin on generous loan from the Josef Gingold Fund for the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

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Michi Wiancko is a versatile and highly imaginative composer, violinist, and collaborator, whose multi-faceted creative projects and organizational work prioritize artistic discovery, as well as community resilience and social change. She has been commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, American Lyric Theater, On Site Opera, Experiments in Opera, American Ballet Theater, Boston Chamber Music Society, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Knights, Ecstatic Music Festival, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Camerata Bern, Liquid Music, Accordo, Schubert Club, The Aizuri, Enso, Friction, Jupiter, and Parker Quartets, Ensemble Connect, Sybarite5, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and Metropolis Ensemble. She also composes music for short and feature-length films, commercials, and for her own band, Kono Michi.

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James Ehnes is recognized as one of the world’s foremost violinists, and is a favorite guest of many of the world’s most celebrated orchestras and concert halls. Recent orchestral highlights include the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, London Symphony, Gedwandhausorchester Leipzig, New York Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Chicago Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic. Alongside his concerto work, Ehnes maintains a busy recital schedule and performs regularly at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Center Chicago, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. In 2010, he established the Ehnes Quartet, with whom he has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

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A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, cellist Edward Arron made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has since appeared in recital, as a soloist with major orchestras, and as a chamber musician, throughout North America, Europe and Asia. The 2023-24 season marks Mr. Arron’s 11th season as the co-artistic director of the Performing Artists in Residence series at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Mr. Arron tours and records as a member of the renowned Ehnes String Quartet and he is a regular performer at the Boston and Seattle Chamber Music Societies, the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Palm Beach Chamber Music Society, Bargemusic, and Caramoor, and his performances are frequently broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today. In 2021, Mr. Arron’s recording of Beethoven’s Complete Works for Cello and Piano with pianist Jeewon Park was released on the Aeolian Classics record label. The recording received the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artists Award from the Classical Recording Foundation. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Arron has served on the faculty at University of Massachusetts Amherst since 2016.

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Amy Schwartz Moretti has a distinguished musical career of broad versatility. Since 2007, she has been Director of the McDuffie Center for Strings and has developed the Fabian Concert Series; she also holds the Caroline Paul King Chair, teaching in the Mercer University Townsend School of Music. A performing artist with an affinity for chamber music, she enjoys touring with the Ehnes Quartet and maintains an active schedule of solo, chamber and concertmaster appearances. Recent performances include the 2019 premiere of Schmitz’s Violin Concerto written for her. Her other festival appearances this summer include Bridgehampton, ChamberFest Cleveland, La Jolla, Meadowmount, and Manchester Music Festival. Moretti is former concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony and Florida Orchestra. She has served as guest concertmaster for the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Houston, Pittsburgh; the New York Pops and Hawaii Pops; and the festival orchestras of Brevard, Colorado and Grand Teton. The Cleveland Institute of Music has recognized her with an Alumni Achievement Award and she is the 2014 San Francisco Conservatory of Music Fanfare Honoree. In December 2018, Moretti was selected as one of Musical America’s “Top 30 Professionals of the Year.”

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Taiwanese-American violist Che-Yen Chen has established himself as an active performer and educator. Since winning First Prize in the 2003 Primrose International Viola Competition and the “President Prize” of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, he was described as a musician whose “most impressive aspect of his playing was his ability to find not just the subtle emotion, but the humanity hidden in the music.” As the founding and former member of the Formosa Quartet, he won the first prize in the 2006 London International String Quartet Competition, founded the Formosa Chamber Music Festival in Taiwan, and has released recordings on EMI, Delos, New World, and Bridge Records. Chen was the principal violist of the San Diego Symphony and Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra for eight years and has appeared as guest principal viola with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony. A former Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two member, Chen frequently performs and teaches at music festivals across North America and Asia. Professor of Viola Performance and Chamber Music at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Chen has previously served on the faculty of USC Thornton School of Music, UC San Diego, San Diego State University, California State University Fullerton, and McGill University.

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Hailed as one of today’s preeminent American classical pianists, Adam Neiman has cultivated a breathtaking career spanning more than three decades and traversing four continents. Possessed of an encyclopedic repertoire, Mr. Neiman has been acclaimed as a thought-provoking, charismatic, and highly virtuosic performer. Mr. Neiman has performed as soloist with numerous major orchestras, including those of Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Saint Louis, San Francisco, and Slovenia, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C. His recitals have spanned many of the great concert halls and festivals across the globe. Mr. Neiman is an accomplished composer, with a catalogue of compositions that includes two symphonies, two piano concertos, a string quartet, and various solo and chamber works. Recent commissions include his Piano Concerto No. 2, Piano Trio No. 2 for Clarinet, Violin, & Piano, and his String Quartet.

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Reach out to us at (206) 283-8808 or [email protected] with any questions!