Coming up June 13-23, 2018, we invite students to join us for this summer's Intensive Chamber Music Seminar. The program includes daily chamber music coaching (possibly multiple coachings daily), master classes, performance opportunities, and daily rehearsals. To register, please download and fill out our Intensive Chamber Music Seminar application and, if applicable, youth permission form. Applications are due no later than May 1, 2018. For more information, please contact David Ehrlich at ehrlich@vt.edu.
 

Faculty


VIOLIN

Shmuel Ashkenasi,
first violinist on the Vermeer Quartet and professor of violin at Northern Illinois University, holds an artist diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music. He performs extensively as a soloist in the United States, Europe, South America, the former Soviet Union, and Japan. His personal recording credits include the Paganini Violin Concerti with the Vienna Philharmonic, recorded for Deutsche Grammophon; the Mozart Violin Concerto no. 5, KV 219; and the Beethoven Romances with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, recorded for Tudor Records. In 1962 he was awarded second prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, causing an international sensation as well as a musical triumph, since his country, Israel, had no diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union at the time. He then went on to win the Merriweather Post Contest in Washington, D.C. He began musical training in Tel Aviv, Israel, and later studied with Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute. In 1969 Ashkenasi founded the Vermeer Quartet, a preeminent string quartet.

Mathias Tacke, violin, was the second violinist of the acclaimed Vermeer Quartet from 1992 until 2007 and, prior to that, a member of the Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, one of the most important professional groups specializing in contemporary music. In this capacity he gave countless first performances, including works by most of today’s leading composers. With the Vermeer Quartet, he gave performances in practically all of the most prestigious festivals, including Tanglewood, Taos, Ravinia, South Bank, and Berlin, to name only a few. He appears internationally as a soloist and chamber player, performing a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque to music of our time and has made numerous recordings for such labels as Sony, ECM, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, and Cedille. Three of the Vermeer Quartet recordings were nominated for a Grammy Award. Tacke is professor of violin and chamber music at Northern Illinois University and guest lecturer for string chamber music at Northwestern University.

Violinist David Ehrlich began his professional career as concertmaster and soloist with the Tel Aviv Chamber Orchestra and toured as guest soloist with other Israeli chamber orchestras. He served as concertmaster and soloist of the Colorado Festival Orchestra, Filarmonica de Caracas, and Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, and he was associate concertmaster with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In 1984 he joined the Audubon String Quartet at Virginia Tech as first violinist. With the quartet, Ehrlich toured all over the world, performing on some of the most prestigious stages and appearing on radio and television. He has conducted master classes and lectures at New England Conservatory, University of South Carolina, Oberlin, Cleveland Institute of Music, Chautauqua-New York, Tel Aviv University, and Arizona State University, as well as in Ireland, Venezuela, the Czech Republic, and many other countries. He has recorded on RCA, Telarc, and Centaur labels. Since 2004 Ehrlich has served as the outreach fellow of fine arts at Virginia Tech, where he is involved in developing music programs in underserved communities of southern and southwest Virginia. Together with his wife, Teresa Ehrlich, he founded the Renaissance Music Academy, and he is also the artistic director of Musica Viva, a chamber music concert series based in Blacksburg. Ehrlich performs on a violin made by Carlo Bergonzi (1735), through the generosity of the Virginia Tech Foundation.

VIOLA


Katharina Kang has performed as a soloist with leading orchestras at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, and Grieg Hall in Bergen, as well as Philharmonic Halls in Essen, Wuppertal, Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich. Her performances have been broadcast by BBC, NDR, WDR, SWR, and HR. Kang has worked with conductors such as Dmitrij Kitajenko, Arnold Katz, Kirill Petrenko, Michael Sanderling, Toshiyuki Kamioka, Ingo Ernst Reihl, Alondra de la Parra, Ruben Gazarian, and Neemi Jarvi. Kang is currently a student of Jaime Laredo at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her performances include collaborations with Pavel Gililov, Boris Bloch, Elmar Oliviera, Timothy Eddy, Franz Helmerson, Shmuel Ashkenasi, and Amit Peled. She attended master classes with Frank Peter Zimmermann, Miriam Fried, Phillip Setzer, Leon Fleisher, Pamela Frank, Escher String Quartet, and American String Quartet. In 2014 she was invited as artist-in-residence of  Heifetz International Music Institute in Virginia, Jamestown Art Center in Rhode Island, and Baltimore Youth Symphony in Maryland. Kang studied with Rosa Fain and Robert Schumann Musikhochschule in Düsseldorf and graduated with a bachelor of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, New York, with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec. Kang plays Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (Paris 1864).

Born in 1978 in Rochester, New York, Michael Klotz made his solo debut with the Rochester Philharmonic at the age of 17 and has since appeared as soloist with orchestras, recitalists, and chamber musicians throughout the world. Of a recent performance of the Brandenburg Concerto no. 6 with violist Roberto Diaz, the Portland Press-Herald proclaimed, “this concert squelched all viola jokes, now and forever, due to the talents of Diaz and Klotz." The Fort Worth Star-Telegram recently proclaimed Klotz to be “a superb violist, impressive, with an exceptionally attractive sound,” and the Miami Herald has consistently lauded his “burnished, glowing tone and nuanced presence.” Klotz joined the Amernet String Quartet in 2002 and has toured and recorded with the ensemble throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Romania, Colombia, Belgium, and Spain. Klotz has performed at some of New York’s most important venues, such as Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, MoMA, Bargemusic, and the Kosciuzsko Foundation. His festival appearances have included Seattle, Newport, Caramoor, ChamberFest Cleveland, Festival Mozaic, Great Lakes, Cervantino, Sunflower, Martha’s Vineyard, Skaneateles, Virginia Tech Vocal Arts and Music Festival, San Miguel de Allende, Beverly Hills, Music Mountain, Bowdoin, Madeline Island, Sarasota, Music Academy of the West, and Miami Mainly Mozart. Passionately dedicated to chamber music, Klotz regularly performs with many of today’s most esteemed artists, having appeared as guest violist with the Shanghai, Ying, and Borromeo String Quartets and collaborated with artists such as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Arnold Steinhardt, James Ehnes, Vadim Gluzman, Gary Hoffman, Carter Brey, Michael Tree, Robert DeMaine, Andres Diaz, Roberto Diaz, Joseph Kalichstein, and Franklin Cohen, as well as with many principal players from major U.S. orchestras. In 2015 he was named a Charter Member of the Ensemble with the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth. In 2002 and 2009 he was was invited by Jaime Laredo to perform with distinguished alumni at anniversary concerts of the New York String Orchestra Seminar in Carnegie Hall. Klotz is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded a performer’s certificate. In 2002 he became one of the few individuals to be awarded a double master’s degree in violin and viola from the Juilliard School. At Juilliard he was the recipient of the Tokyo Foundation and Gluck Fellowships. His principle teachers and influences include Zvi Zeitlin, Lynn Blakeslee, Lewis Kaplan, Toby Appel, Peter Kamnitzer, and Shmuel Ashkenasi. A dedicated teacher, Klotz is senior instructor and artist-in-residence at Florida International University in Miami, where he teaches viola and chamber music. Klotz has recently presented highly acclaimed master classes at the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Michigan, Penn State University, University of Nevada–Las Vegas, Ithaca College, Texas Christian University, and West Virginia University. Since 2015 he serves as director of chamber music and viola instructor for the Miami Summer Music Festival, where he curates a highly successful series of chamber music concerts featuring artist faculty of the festival and students at the Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach and Barry University. He has also been a member of the artist faculty of the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Beverly Hills International Music Festival, and the Killington Music Festival. His former students currently attend and are graduates of prestigious conservatories, including the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, Indiana University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music and are already achieving leading roles in the music world. Klotz was featured in the November 2013 issue of the Alumni Spotlight in the Juilliard Journal and as the subject of Strad Magazine’s Ask the Teacher column in the November 2013 issue. Klotz resides in Hallandale Beach, Florida, with his wife, Kelly, and sons, Jacob and Natan, as well as two dogs and a cat.

CELLO

Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his “astonishing prowess,” cellist Coleman Itzkoff enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and educator. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Itzkoff was born into a musical family, his parents both professional violinists, and so began playing cello at the age of 5. Itzkoff’s first primary teacher was Eric Kim, who was then principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony, followed by Desmond Hoebig, who Itzkoff studied with for four years as an undergraduate student at Rice University. Currently Itzkoff is pursuing graduate degrees at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music under the tutelage of Ralph Kirshbaum. In January 2013 he was invited for a weeklong artist residency with NPR’s Performance Today with host Fred Child, recording interviews and a full recital program. He has been prize winner at the Fischoff, Johansen, Blount Slawson, Young Texas Artist Competitions, and Irving Klein International String Competition and has performed solo across the country, the most recent of which was his Walt Disney Concert Hall concerto debut. Itzkoff enjoys playing in the orchestra as well and is currently the principal cellist of the American Youth Symphony and the USC Symphony Orchestra and is a regular sub with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Itzkoff has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Midori, John O’Connor, Richie Hawley, Cho-Liang Lin, Mark Peskanov, Johannes Moser, and Daniel Heifetz. He is a regular performer at the Brooklyn concert series, Bargemusic, and has performed at festivals around the country, including Aspen Music Festival and School, the International Heifetz Institute, La Jolla SummerFest, YellowBarn, and Music@Menlo. In 2014 as a graduate student at the University of Southern California, Itzkoff was introduced to the Armenian-American pianist Alin Melik-Adamyan and soon after they began their musical collaboration. The duo hit it off immediately and swiftly achieved success in their first local competition, the Beverly Hills National Auditions, subsequently making their debut together in recital at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. This past November the duo traveled to Colorado for their first International competition, the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition’s The Art of Duo, and, from an applicant pool of over 150 duos, were awarded second prize and the special prize for the commissioned work. Future engagements include recitals in Boulder and Denver, Colorado; an appearance in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's series of the Music of Kurt Weill; and several recitals in the Southern and Northern California areas. Aside from his performing career, Itzkoff is a gifted educator and communicator, teaching and performing outreach concerts in schools, community centers, and hospitals around the county. Through this work, Itzkoff was recently awarded the Cleveland Clinic Arts and Medicine Award in recognition of his contribution and performances for patients in the clinic. Most recently, he was awarded multiple prizes at both the 2016 Irving Klein Competition and the 2016 Boulder International Chamber Music Competition. Upcoming engagements include a tour of Baltimore and Virginia with Heifetz on Tour, chamber music and outreach at the 2017 Music@Menlo Winter Residnecy, and recitals in the Los Angeles and Bay Areas. Itzkoff received a bachelor of music from Rice University and a master’s degree at the Thornton School of Music at USC under the tutelage of Ralph Kirshbaum. He performs on a 1740 Carlo Antonio Testore Cello, generously loaned to him by the Newman family of Los Angeles.

A versatile performer, cellist Dmitry Kouzov has performed on five continents with orchestras and in solo and duo recitals and chamber music performances. He has appeared with the St. Petersburg Symphony (Russia), National Symphony of Ukraine, South Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic (Czech Republic), and Symphony Orchestra Classica (Russia). Kouzov received first prize at the International Beethoven Competition in the Czech Republic and is a two-time laureate of the International Festival-Competition Virtuosi of the Year 2000 in Russia and winner of the New York Cello Society Rising Star Award. His credits include numerous performances at many prominent concert venues throughout his native Russia. He made his New York orchestral debut at Alice Tully Hall in 2005, under the baton of Raymond Leppard. Highlights of Kouzov’s recent seasons include a debut with the Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, and Johannesburg Philharmonic, as well as solo appearances, duo recitals, and chamber music appearances at the Ravinia and Caramoor Festivals Rising Stars Series. Most recently, he made his recording debut on Naxos with three C.P.E. Bach Gamba Sonatas and a recital CD, Two Hundred Years of Cello Masterpieces, on Marquis Classics. Kouzov has appeared in command performances before Mikhail Gorbachev and Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and is a founding and active member of the Manhattan Piano Trio, performing extensively throughout United States. Currently Kouzov is an assistant professor of cello at the University of Illinois and was previously a faculty member at the Juilliard School and Oberlin Conservatory. He holds both bachelor of music and master of music degrees from the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, as well as an artist diploma from Juilliard.

PIANO

Pianist Kwan Yi has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center, Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Center, the Metropolitan and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museums, Jordan Hall, Jones Hall, Mann Performing Arts Center, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Library of Congress, Kravis Center of the Arts, Großer Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Auditorium du Louvre, Teatro Principal de Alicante, Suntory Hall, and Seoul Arts Center. Yi has appeared as a soloist with the Russian National Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, and the Brevard Festival Orchestra under the batons of Hans Graf, Julian Kuerti, Grant Llewellyn, and Mikhail Tartanikov. As an avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Miriam Fried, and Roberto Diaz on national tours and was invited to perform at the Kronberg, Ravinia, Trondheim, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and the Castleton Festivals. As a recitalist and masterclass instructor, he has completed residencies at Michigan State University, Cleveland Museum of Art, Theatre de Vevey, and Sendai Cultural Center. His performances have been broadcast by WQXR, Radio France, and Radio Frankfurt. He has recorded for Hänssler label with violinist Itamar Zorman. A recipient of many honors and prizes, Yi's awards include the Mieczyslaw Munz Prize, the National Federation of Music Clubs Award, and top prizes in the Sendai International Piano Competition and the Trondheim and Trio di Trieste International Chamber Music Competitions. Yi is a graduate of the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School, and the Peabody Institute, where he worked with Leon Fleisher and Robert McDonald. He has also attended the Steans Institute at Ravinia Festival. He currently serves as assistant professor of piano at East Carolina University in North Carolina.

Program includes daily chamber music coaching (possibly multiple coachings daily), master classes, performance opportunities, and daily rehearsals