Summer Music Institute at Tateuchi Hall stands out because of its extraordinary faculty: distinguished guest artists and members of the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory and other nationally renowned orchestras.

Students participate in masterclasses, recitals and chamber music ensembles. The program provides ample opportunities to perform in public, honing professionalism, developing leadership skills and building self-confidence.

CSMA Summer Music Institute at Tateuchi Hall

About Summer Music Institute at Tateuchi Hall

Launched in 2017, Summer Music Institute at Tateuchi Hall provides an ideal environment for fostering young musical talent and focuses on providing students access to high-quality training with music professionals at the top of their field.

Read more about the program in a recent feature article from the Los Altos Town Crier, “Musical Mentoring: CSMA Summer Workshop Accelerates the Learning Curve.

In Summer 2023, the program will be held in person at CSMA’s spacious campus in Mountain View.

Highlights of the program include:

  • Masterclasses exploring solo repertoire with world-renowned faculty.
  • One-on-one coaching sessions with faculty.
  • An in-depth and rigorous chamber music program.
  • Daily informal performance opportunities allowing students to hone their performance skills and become more comfortable on stage.
  • Formal performance opportunities for both solo and chamber music repertoire.
  • In-depth coaching on solo repertoire with staff collaborative pianists.
  • Lectures and group classes on performance, practicing effectively, and more.

Tuition & Dates

Program Dates

July 9-22, 2023

Program Tuition

$75 application fee
$2,050 tuition

2023 Faculty

Florin Parvelescu, Artistic Director, has served as Artist Director of the Music at Tateuchi Program since its launch in 2016.  Mr Parvelescu joined the San Francisco Symphony in 1998. From 1996 to 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, Johannessen 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.”

Yun Jie Liu, viola

Associate Principal Viola of the San Francisco Symphony since 1993, violist Yun Jie Liu has served on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 2014, where many of his students have gone on to win prestigious positions in major symphony orchestras throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Mr. Liu regularly performs chamber music concerts and solo recitals in the most acclaimed venues in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

Born in Shanghai, China, Mr. Liu began violin studies at the age of five and subsequently entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Upon graduation, he was named Assistant Professor of Viola. In 1986, Mr. Liu came to the United States to study with Professor Donald McInnes and Alan De Veritch at the University of Southern California. Three years later, he won his first orchestra position as Principal Viola with San Diego Symphony. Just a year later, Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich invited him to join the National Symphony in Washington DC.

A devoted pedagogue, Mr. Liu completed a three-week teaching residency in 2011 as a Fulbright Specialist at China’s Central Conservatory of Music and, from 1999 to 2015, he served as the viola coach of the Asian Youth Orchestra, as well as for the China National Youth Orchestra (NYO-China) in 2017.

Ihang Lin, piano

Dr. Lin holds her Bachelor of Music degree from Taipei National University of the Arts, Master of Music from New England Conservatory and Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University. She had been an instructor for one-on-one piano and group piano courses at Boston University from 2007-2009. From 2009 to 2013, she was piano faculty at South Shore Conservatory. Since moving to California in 2014, Dr. Lin had joined Opera San José as a pianist. In addition, she had been invited to Ticino Musica festival in Switzerland and International Lyric Academy in Italy as a collaborative pianist and répétiteur in summer 2018, 2019 and 2022. Currently, she is the piano faculty and collaborative pianist at Community School of Music and Arts, San José State University and San Francisco Opera Guild.

Robin Sharp, violin

Violinist Robin Sharp is a solo performer, chamber musician, concertmaster, and teacher. Ms. Sharp is Concertmaster of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and a Senior Lecturer in Violin and Chamber Music at Stanford University. A frequent guest artist, she appeared this season as soloist with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra. Her chamber music engagements include ongoing collaborations with the Saint Michael Trio and Prospect Park Concerts in Pasadena. Ms. Sharp is also currently an active substitute violinist with the San Francisco Symphony.

Ms. Sharp has appeared in recital at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the National Music Hall in Taipei, and the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco where she performed on Jascha Heifetz’s Del Gesu violin.

Axel Schmitt, piano

Axel Schmitt earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles; a Master of Music from the University of California, Los Angeles; and a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Los Angeles.

In April 2004, Axel Schmitt was the piano soloist in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the UCLA Philharmonia Orchestra. In the same year, he was invited to perform with the Grammy-winning Southwest Chamber-Music. His final doctoral recital at UCLA, which was announced as a featured recommendation in the LA Times, received a standing ovation from the audience. The program included Liszt’s transcription of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and the Don Juan Fantasy, which is the subject of his doctoral dissertation. In 2007, he performed Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto “Emperor” in Germany for a sold-out audience and received rave reviews from the press. In the same year, the United States government declared him an artist of extraordinary ability and granted him permanent residency.

At CSMA, he has performed solo and chamber-music in Tateuchi Hall to sold-out audiences. Axel Schmitt has participated in numerous international piano master-classes of Natalia Antonova, Dimitri Bashkirov, Sergei Dorensky, Elza Kolodin, Vitaly Margulis, Victor Merzhanov and others. Besides his solo activities, he has performed as an accompanist of singers, instrumentalists, and choirs. His extensive repertoire reaches from Bach to the 21st century and displays a special affinity for the music of Bach, Beethoven, and Liszt.

Brinton Smith, cello

Mr. Smith has been the principal cellist of the Houston Symphony since 2005, and is also a faculty member of the Shepherd School of music at Rice University and the Aspen Music Festival. He was previously a member of the New York Philharmonic and the principal cellist of the San Diego and Fort Worth symphonies. At age 10, Mr. Smith was admitted part-time to Arizona State University, studying mathematics, music and German, and he completed a B.A. in mathematics at age 17. He received his masters and doctoral degrees from Juilliard, studying with renowned cellist Zara Nelsova and writing on the playing of Emanuel Feuermann.

Schedule

2023 Daily Institute Schedule

9:00-10:00am – Private Lessons with Institute Faculty

10:00am-11:50am – Morning Performance Classes: (Masterclasses, Chamber Ensemble Coaching, Rehearsals with Accompanists)

12:00-1:00pm – Lunch Break

1:00-2:50pm – Afternoon Performance Classes

3:00-4:00pm – Institute Forum: Informal Performances and Lectures on Special Topics

Concert Schedule

Formal Student Concerts:

  • Friday, July 14, 2023 at 6:30pm – Solo Recital
  • Saturday, Jul 15, 2023 at 2pm – Solo Recital
  • Friday, July 21, 2023 at 6:20pm – Chamber Ensemble Concert
  • Saturday July 22, 2023 at 2pm – Chamber Ensemble Concert

Faculty Concerts:

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at 6:30pm

Application Process

Applications are now closed for the Summer 2023 session.

 

Step 1

Complete the application and submit your audition video.

Step 2

Pay the application fee by registering through CSMA’s online portal.  Applications will be considered incomplete until the application fee is received.

Step 3

Once the application and audition video have been reviewed students will be notified of their audition results by email.

Upon acceptance, applicants will receive registration instructions. Enrollment and tuition payment is due no later than June 1, 2023.

Accepted students are expected to participate for the full two-week period (July 9-22, 2023) without absences.

FAQs

Violin, viola, cello and piano students are welcome to apply.

Students can expect to fill their days with rigorous practice, master classes, lessons with master teachers, performances and chamber music, all while collaborating with other accomplished, pre-collegiate young musicians. The institute is designed as an introductory conservatory experience to encourage students to challenge themselves to perform at a higher level.

The application includes submission of a video of no less than 5 minutes and longer than 10 minutes containing excerpts from the required list below.  Please complete the application here.  The application deadline is April 30, 2023.

Required Audition Repertoire:

All applicants must submit a video recording which includes:

  • Violin: Two stylistically contrasting solos, one of which must be a movement from any Sonata or Partita for Violin Solo by J.S. Bach
  • Cello/Viola: Two stylistically contrasting solos, one of which must be a movement from any of the six suites for Cello/Viola Solo by J.S. Bach
  • Piano: One selection from the Baroque or Classical Period and one selection from the Romantic Period or later

Masterclasses and performance forums will give students the opportunity to perform solo pieces, and when appropriate, chamber music. The program will also conclude with a formal student recital.

About the Directors:

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.”