Mimir Festival - Chamber Masterclass Three
Kenneth Myer Auditorium
The Ian Potter Southbank Centre
43 Sturt Street
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With Jun Iwasaki, Curt Thompson, Stephen Rose, Joan DerHovsepian, and Brant Taylor.
Violinist Jun Iwasaki was appointed concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero at the beginning of the 2011/12 season. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s prestigious Concertmaster Academy, he has been hailed for his combination of dazzling technique and lyrical musicianship.
Violinist Curt Thompson serves as Associate Professor and Head of Strings at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He is Founder and Executive Director of the Mimir Chamber Music Festival. Thompson performs throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia as concerto soloist, recitalist, concertmaster, and chamber musician. He is a member of the Firebird Trio and the Pettman Ensemble.
Stephen Rose is Principal Second Violin of The Cleveland Orchestra, a position he has held since 2001. He joined the Orchestra in 1997 as a member of the first violin section and made his solo debut with the Orchestra in 2011. He again appeared as a soloist with the orchestra in 2013 and 2018. He has also been heard in solo appearances and chamber music concerts throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Violist Joan DerHovsepian holds the position of Associate Principal Viola of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. She joined the viola section of the Houston Symphony in 1999, hired by Christoph Eschenbach, and began her current position with the HS in the fall of 2010. She is an Artist Teacher of Viola at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, instructing students in viola orchestral repertoire and chamber music.
Brant Taylor was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Daniel Barenboim in 1998. He was previously cellist of the Everest Quartet, prize winners at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, as well as a member of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. His varied career includes solo appearances and collaborations with leading musicians throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
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