Music at Tateuchi

Music at Tateuchi is a two-week, intensive summer program offering high level training to intermediate and advanced string players and pianists that are selected by video audition.

About Music at Tateuchi

Under members of the San Francisco Symphony and distinguished guest artists, students participate in daily master classes, recitals, chamber music and small group coaching. Music at Tateuchi provides ample opportunities to perform in public, honing professionalism, developing leadership skills and self-confidence.

Music at Tateuchi is also an ideal environment for fostering young musical talent. The program focuses on providing students with access to high quality training with music professionals at the top of their field.

Music at Tateuchi has a limited enrollment of 25 students. The program takes place at CSMA’s Finn Center in Mountain View. Financial aid is available to qualified students.

Launched in 2017, the program is made possible through a collaboration between the San Francisco Institute for Classical Music Performance (SFI) and CSMA.

Music at Tateuchi Session Dates

  • Sunday, July 7 - Saturday, July 20, 2019

Application Deadline

  • Apply by April 15, 2019

Music at Tateuchi Instructors

  • Florin Parvulescu; Violin, San Francisco Symphony
  • Helen Kim; Associate Principal 2nd Violin, San Francisco Symphony
  • Eric Sung; Cello, San Francisco Ballet
  • Nicholas Dold; Collaborative Pianist, Santa Clara University
  • Samantha Cho; Collaborative Pianist, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • Aaron Janse; Violin/Viola, Minnesota Orchestra
  • David Kim; Viola
  • Special Guest Artists:

  • Brinton Averil Smith; Principal Cello, Houston Symphony
  • Ayke Agus; Collaborative Pianist, Author of Heifetz as I Knew Him
  • Herbert Greenberg, Violin, Peabody Conservatory

Program Components

  • Training with professional musicians at the top of their field
  • Daily performance opportunities
  • Chamber music participation to develop leadership and collaboration skills
  • Mentor training for participants by matching them to rising 6th grade students in CSMA’s Young Musicians Program

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 10am: Instrumental Masterclass
  • 11am: Practice Time
  • 12pm: Lunch
  • 12:45pm: Private Lesson
  • 1:30pm: Chamber Ensemble Rehearsal
  • 2:30pm: Chamber Ensemble Coaching
  • 4pm: Daily Recital
  • 5pm: Mentoring in CSMA’s Young Musician’s Program


Music at Tateuchi FAQ

What instruments are included in the workshop?
Violin, viola and cello students will make up the bulk of the participants. There will be a select number of spots for pianists.

What can a student expect from participating in the workshop?
Students can expect to fill their days with rigorous practice, master classes, lessons with master teachers, performances and chamber music. The workshop is designed to give students a conservatory feel to their studies and encourage students to challenge themselves to perform at a higher level.

Do I need to perform an audition?
An in-person audition is not required, but students must have prior approval before registering. Please complete the application here. The application includes submission of a video of no longer than 5 minutes. The video should include two contrasting pieces that show the student’s musical and technical abilities. You may upload the video in the application form.

What performance opportunities will be available?
Daily recitals will give students the opportunity to perform solo pieces, and when appropriate, chamber music.

How to Apply

Interested students should complete the application form here. Please Note: There is a $50 application fee. Application deadline is April 15, 2019.

“One of the most valuable things I learned was how to learn a piece in only one week. It was high pressure, but in a good way.” -2017 Student

“Being able to perform so much helped me overcome stage fright” -2017 Student

About the Founders

San Francisco Institute (SFI), Artistic Director Florin Parvelescu, and the Community School of Music and Arts are uniquely qualified to host Music at Tateuchi.

The San Francisco Institute of Classical Music Performance (SFI) is dedicated to providing comprehensive instruction in the study and performance of classical music, providing students with the opportunity to give public performances of the classical music repertoire, and enhancing community awareness of and appreciation for the works of classical music dating from the Baroque period through current compositions by American and international composers. A principal goal is to bring accomplished music students from across the country and other nations to study with premier symphony musicians, prepare them for ensemble and pedagogical careers, and to serve as ambassadors of classical music throughout the United States and abroad.

Florin Parvelescu, Artistic Director was born in 1971 in Bucharest, Romania. He started playing the violin at the age of six at the Georges Enescu Music School. In 1978, he attended the Juilliard School Pre-College division, studying with Shirley Givens. In 1989, he continued his studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where his principal teachers were Sylvia Rosenberg and Herbert Greenberg.

Mr. Parvulescu joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1998. From 1996 – 1998, he was a member of the St. Louis Symphony. As soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Parvulescu has appeared in recital series at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Aspen Music Festival, Berkeley Chamber Music Series, Johanessen International School of the Arts in Victoria British Columbia, San Francisco Symphony Chamber Music Series; Heidelberg, Germany and Fontainebleau, France. He appeared as a soloist with the Xiamen Philharmonic in 2009 and 2010 and performed in chamber music concerts with pianists Kiril Gerstein and Anton Nel and performed Thomas Ades’s Piano Quintet with the composer at the piano. He has given masterclasses at the Beijing Conservatory and at the School for the Arts in Macau. He has been featured on the McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase on WQXR radio NY and on National Public Radio. The San Francisco Chronicle praised him for his “gleaming tone and pyrotechnics.”