Master Classes

Central to the ethos of the Festival are the master classes, in which the artists/teachers work with individual cello students in a public forum. Audience members get to observe their teaching, and hear some of the best young cellists from around the world.

MASTER CLASS WITH RAPHAEL WALLFISCH
Monday, May 16 – 3:00 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Internationally lauded English cellist Raphael Wallfisch, known for his performances of British cello concerti, presents a master class.

MASTER CLASS WITH JENS PETER MAINTZ
Tuesday, May 17 – 10:00 AM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

German cellist Jens Peter Maintz, renowned for his recordings of Haydn, leads a master class.

MASTER CLASS WITH TRULS MØRK
Tuesday, May 17 – 1:00 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Distinguished Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk, awarded the 2010 Sibelius Prize, leads a master class.

MASTER CLASS WITH RONALD LEONARD
Wednesday, May 18 – 10:00 AM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Acclaimed American cellist Ronald Leonard, former holder of the prestigious Piatigorsky Endowed Chair in Violoncello at USC, leads a master class.

MASTER CLASS WITH MISCHA MAISKY
Wednesday, May 18 – 3:00 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

The celebrated Latvian-born Israeli cellist Mischa Maisky, who studied under Piatigorsky, leads a master class.

MASTER CLASS WITH LAURENCE LESSER
Thursday, May 19 – 10:00 AM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

The distinguished American cellist Laurence Lesser, former student and teaching assistant to Piatigorsky, leads a master class.

MASTER CLASS WITH THOMAS DEMENGA
Thursday, May 19 – 3:00 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Swiss cellist Thomas Demenga, an internationally renowned soloist, composer and teacher, leads a master class.

MASTER CLASS WITH COLIN CARR
Friday, May 20 – 10:00 AM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Celebrated British cellist Colin Carr, who appears throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher, shares his insights in a master class.

MASTER CLASS WITH JEAN-GUIHEN QUEYRAS
Friday, May 20 – 3:00 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Internationally acclaimed French-Canadian cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras leads a master class.

MASTER CLASS WITH RALPH KIRSHBAUM
Saturday, May 21 – 10:00 AM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

Piatigorsky International Cello Festival artistic director Ralph Kirshbaum leads students in a master class.

MASTER CLASS WITH DAVID GERINGAS
Saturday, May 21 – 3:00 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

One of the most versatile performers and respected teachers in the world today, Lithuanian cellist David Geringas leads a master class.

MASTER CLASS WITH FRANS HELMERSON
Sunday, May 22 – 3:00 PM  


USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall

The highly esteemed Swedish cellist and pedagogue, Frans Helmerson, leads a master class.