Sharan Leventhal Masterclass

Sharan Leventhal

Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Berklee College of Music

Violin Masterclass

Sunday, April 11th, 6:00-8:00 pm CST

Observation is  free and open to the public.

Advance registration is required. Click here to register!


If there was a new music/experimental component to the WYSO Amazing Series of Masterclasses, Sharan Levanthal would represent it! This exciting WYSO alumna currently teaches at the Berklee School of Music, has premiered more than 130 pieces, and has received more than 30 grants that award for creativity and artistic merit. You won’t want to miss this exciting WYSO alumna working one-on-one with WYSO violinists.

Since winning the 1984 Kranichsteiner Musikpreis in Darmstadt, Germany, Sharan Leventhal has built an international reputation as a champion of new music. Among her more than 130 premieres are works by Gunther Schuller, Ben Johnston, Virgil Thomson, Pauline Oliveros, Taina León, Simon Bainbridge, Scott Wheeler, Matt Aucoin, and Fred Hersch. Leventhal has been equally active in traditional venues. Her solo appearances include performances with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra; the Toledo, Milwaukee, Gulf Coast, Topeka, Dayton, and Albany symphonies; and the Wisconsin and Cleveland chamber orchestras. She is a founding member of the Gramercy Trio, the Kepler Quartet, and Marimolin, and is a member of the Boston Artists Ensemble. Her recordings include the complete string quartets of Ben Johnston (Kepler Quartet on New World, 2016, 2011, and 2006), the violin and piano works of Virgil Thomson (Northeastern Recordings, 1990), Gramercy Trio (PARMA Recordings, 2008; Naxos, 2007; Newport Classic, Ltd., 2004), and Marimolin (GM Recordings, 1996 and 1988, and Catalyst/BMG, 1995). Broadcasts include the BBC, ORF (Austria), Musikradion (Sweden), and WNYC.

Leventhal has received more than 30 grants, including awards from Chamber Music America (2011), the Fromm Foundation (2011), the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording (2011, 2006, 2003, 1999, 1992), the Koussevitzky Music Foundation (1992), and the National Endowment for the Arts (1993, 1988, 1987).

Her motto: “My studio cultivates a supportive environment based on mindful practice and effortless playing. Imagination is our only limitation.

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