Internationally renowned viola soloist Kim Kashkashian will be holding a master class which is open to the public for students of the Steans Institute at Ravinia Festival. I would highly recommend this event to musicians and music lovers of any genre. It’s a great way to pick up technical tips and get a glimpse of the inner workings of a musical master’s mind. The master class will take place on Friday, July 2 at 2 PM in Bennett Gordon Hall. No park admission is required, and parking is available in Ravinia’s south lot.
Kashkashian has made guest appearances with the Tokyo, Guarneri, and Galimir quartets; solo appearances with major orchestras in New York, Berlin, and London; and has played solo recitals in cities including Boston, Cleveland, and Los Angeles. Violists revere her as an artist who has worked to bring the viola to the forefront as a solo instrument. Her extensive list of recordings ranges from standard repertoire such as the Johannes Brahms viola sonatas to contemporary works by Luciano Berio. Kashkashian has a warm, glowing tone and outstanding virtuosity. Plus, any metalhead who wants to hear some first-class shredding should listen to her recording of the third movement of Paul Hindemith’s Sonata for Solo Viola Op. 25 No. 3.
Kashkashian is currently on faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music and is teaching at the Steans Institute during its 2010 summer session.