Booking open: Shmuel Ashkenasi Public Masterclass Sunday 23 March 2014

Shmuel Ashkenasi - ViolinThe first of our two Public Masterclasses in Kings Place Hall Two in 2014 is now on sale. Tickets can be booked online via the Kings Place website, by phone 020 7520 1490 or in person at the Kings Place ticket desk. No booking fee applies however you book.

World–renowned violinist and quartet leader Shmuel Ashkenasi coaching ensembles from ChamberStudio (including The Busch Ensemble)

Sunday 23 March 2014, 11am – 3pm (3 groups, with breaks)

Kings Place, Hall Two

Outstanding young professional chamber groups explore the repertoire in detail in a Public Masterclass with legendary Israeli violinist and pedagogue Shmuel Ashkenasi.

Hailed as a ‘genuine talent and profoundly gifted’ by The Vienna Express, Shmuel Ashkenasi was first violin in the Vermeer Quartet from its inception in 1969 for the duration of the quartet’s career, and is considered one of the world’s great chamber musicians.

Born in Tel Aviv in 1941, Shmuel Ashkenasi studied with Ilona Feher at the Musical Academy of Tel Aviv before going to the United States on a scholarship to study with Efrem Zimbalist at The Curtis Institute of Music. The international music community discovered him quickly: he won the Merriweather Post Competition, was a finalist in Belgium’s Queen Elisabeth Competition, and received second prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Ashkenasi is currently on the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music. This is his third visit to ChamberStudio, following his inspirational Public Masterclasses at Kings Place in 2011 and 2012.

Named after the legendary violinist Adolf Busch, The Busch Ensemble – Omri Epstein piano, Mathieu van Bellen violin, Jonathan Bloxham cello – are one of ChamberStudio’s three 2013/14 Mentorship groups. They show exceptional potential and have already achieved considerable acclaim on the concert platform. Amongst numerous competition successes in 2012 and 2013, they were winners of the 2012 Royal Overseas League Competition and were announced Park Lane Artists for 2013.



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