What is a masterclass? A masterclass is an informal performance experience where a master artist or ensemble listens to and offers constructive comments to the group. Its focus is on improving the young ensemble's overall performance while at the same time imparting musical wisdom beyond the technical aspects of the repertoire. A great masterclass, like great teaching, should inspire the performer to higher levels of playing and understanding.
Previous ACMS masterclasses have been presented by the critically acclaimed Artaria String Quartet, as well as by the Takacs, Miro, Pacifica, Brentano, St. Lawrence, Cavani, Borromeo, Parker, and Miami String Quartets. Renowned chamber musicians Roberto Diaz (President of the Curtis Institute) and Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri Quartet) have also made a profound impact in their sessions with ACMS students.
Attendance at masterclasses is important to the success of those performing and those actively listening to their peers. Families, friends, and teachers are especially invited to come and share in the excitement of the creative learning process.
All masterclasses are free for ACMS students, guests, and the general public.
ACMS students receiving a masterclass from Roberto Diaz, renowned Violist and Curtis Institute President.