Hoff-Barthelson Master Class Series presents Michael Boriskin

Hoff-Barthelson Master Class Series presents Michael Boriskin

The 2017-2018 Hoff-Barthelson Music School Master Class Series commences with internationally renowned pianist and lecturer Michael Boriskin coaching HBMS piano students on Sunday, February 4, 2018, at 2:00 pm, at Hoff-Barthelson Music School, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale.

The public is invited to observe the Master Class free of charge.

For additional information: 914-723-1169, hb@hbms.org, www.hbms.org.

Hailed by The New York Times as "our fearless tour guide, who offers an adventure for the audience," internationally-acclaimed pianist Michael Boriskin performs in over 30 countries at major concert halls and festivals and as soloist with leading orchestras and chamber ensembles, and records extensively for important American and European labels. He is a much-sought-after lecturer in three languages on both sides of the Atlantic, and is a familiar presence on National Public Radio as a commentator, host, and performer. He has also served as a program advisor for the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, the U.S. Department of State, Columbia University's Miller Theater, and many other leading organizations, and is the longtime Artistic and Executive Director of Copland House, the award-winning creative center for American music based at Aaron Copland's National Historic Landmark home in northern Westchester.

About the Hoff-Barthelson Music School Master Class Series:

Master class coaching by guest artists has been part of Hoff-Barthelson's curriculum since the School's founding in 1944. This distinguished tradition continues this season with a roster of world-class musicians and educators including theater director Laura Josepher, composer David Sisco, pianist Michael Boriskin, cellist Peter Stumpf, violist Chauncey Patterson, violinist Rachel Barton Pine, flutist Yoobin Son, jazz great Gary Smulyan and members of the New York Philharmonic.

Master classes are an enlightening experience for students and audiences alike. After months of careful preparation, students perform for, and then receive feedback and guidance from a master teacher who challenges the student to think in new and critical ways about the piece they've prepared. The results are inspiring and enlightening and serve as a catalyst for students to reach new heights in their own musical explorations. Yet the learning isn't limited just to the students who perform. In point of fact, any student-regardless of their level of development or whether or not they even play the same instrument-can learn a great deal. As HBMS voice faculty member Jenny Hayden attests, master classes can provide powerful growth experiences for everyone in the room: "Young artists need to grasp that they have everything to gain by listening to experts of any instrument or the voice. A master class is an introduction to excellence-the musical enlightenment is transferable and inspiring. Any master class is an opportunity for a transformed perception of what phrasing, intonation and expression offer to the audience."

For additional information, or to reserve seats:

hb@hbms.org; 914-723-1169; www.hbms.org

About Hoff-Barthelson Music School:

Hoff-Barthelson Music School has achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for its unsurpassed leadership in education, performance and community service. With a faculty drawn from the region's most talented teachers and performers, the School has long been one of Westchester County's most cherished cultural resources. Whatever a student's age or level of musical interest, Hoff-Barthelson's diverse offerings provide the highest quality musical education, personally tailored to his or her specific passions and goals in a supportive and vibrant community.

The Master Class Series is made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Government, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Photo credit and caption: Michael Boriskin; Photo by Tracy Ketcher.

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