Ilana Setapen Masterclass

Ilana Setapen
Acting Concertmaster, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

2020 Violin Masterclass

Sunday, December 13th,

6:00-8:00 pm CST


Ilana Setapen is currently the Acting Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the assistant concertmaster of the Grant Park Festival Orchestra in Chicago. Since her solo orchestral debut at age 15 with the Amarillo Symphony, Ilana Setapen has been flourishing as a violinist with a powerful and original voice.At the age of 21, Setapen won the concertmaster position of the Riverside Philharmonic in Los Angeles. She has also held concertmaster positions with the Juilliard Orchestra, the Colburn Orchestra, the American Youth Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the USC Thornton Symphony. Ms. Setapen grew up in Amarillo, Texas. She studied with Robert Lipsett both at the University of Southern California and at the Colburn Conservatory. She received her Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School as a student of Donald Weilerstein and Ronald Copes.

Ms. Setapen has won top prizes in many competitions, including the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, the Pasadena Showcase Competition, and the Kingsville International Competition. Also a passionate chamber musician, Ms. Setapen was for two years the first violinist of the award-winning Calla Quartet in New York. She is now the first violinist of the Milwaukee-based Arcas Quartet and a frequent guest on the Frankly Music Series as well as Chamber Music Milwaukee.

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