2019 Galamian Prize

Brannon ChoAt the 2019 Benefit Concert, Brannon Cho, cellist, was awarded the Galamian Prize, a $25,000 prize for career development. Previously this prize was awarded to James Ehnes in 1994. Mr. Ehnes was a featured performer at this year's benefit concert and presented the award to Brannon.

Brannon Cho attended Meadowmount between 2006-2014 and studied with Hans Jørgen Jensen. He is the First Prize winner of the prestigious 6th International Paulo Cello Competition in Finland, and is also a prize winner of the Queen Elisabeth, Naumburg, and Cassadó International Cello Competitions.

Born in New Jersey, Brannon received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music under Hans Jørgen Jensen. He was awarded the prestigious Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Laurence Lesser. Now, he is in the Professional Studies program at the Kronberg Academy, under the tutelage of Frans Helmerson.

Ann Setzer appointed faculty at DePaul

Ann SetzerMeadowmount faculty Ann Setzer was recently appointed to the violin faculty of DePaul University in Chicago, IL. 

Ms. Setzer will start at DePaul as violin professor in the fall of 2019, in addition to continuing to teach at Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard School in New York.

Congratulations Ms. Setzer!

Ivan Ženatý reviewed in New York Concert Review

Ivan ZenatyDmitri VorobievMeadowmount faculty Ivan Ženatý, violin and alumni Dmitri Vorobiev, piano performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York on April 9, 2019. Read the review of their performance by New York Concert Review here:
http://nyconcertreview.com/reviews/legato-arts-presents-ivan-zenaty-in-review-2/

"Technically no hurdle was too great for this duo" - Rorianne Schrade for New York Concert Review. 

James Ehnes Wins Grammy

James EhnesJames Ehnes, violin, won a 2019 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for his performance of Aaron Jay Kernis' Violin Concerto (which also won a Grammy for Best Comtemporary Classical Composition.)

Mr. Ehnes studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music and then at Juilliard from 1993 to 1997. He has since established himself as one of the foremost violinists of his generation.

Mr. Ehnes will present master classes in violin and chamber music at Meadowmount this summer, 2019.

Guest Artist: Jeffrey Solow

Recognized worldwide as an outstanding teacher, Jeffrey Solow has presented master classes throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, Asia and South America and he is professor of cello and chamber music at Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance.

Mr. Solow will give a cello master class and a presentation on the Bach Cello Suites. Read more about Mr. Solow by clicking here.

Guest Artist: Dmitri Vorobiev


Meadowmount Alumnus Dmitri Vorobiev, Associate Professor of Piano at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, returns to Meadowmount in 2019 to present piano and chamber music master classes.

Mr. Vorobiev was in the first class of the Meadowmount Piano Program in 1993. Read more about Mr. Vorobiev by clicking here.

Guest Artist: Ani Kavafian

Distinguished violinist and Meadowmount alumna Ani Kavafian joins us Meadowmount as a guest artist in 2019.

Violinist Ani Kavafian enjoys a prolific career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, having performed with virtually all of America’s leading orchestras. She studied with Ivan Galamian at Juilliard receiving a master’s degree with highest honors. Read more about Ms. Kavafian by Clicking Here.

Guest Artist: Daniel Avshalomov


Daniel Avshalomov, violist of the American String Quartet, returns to Meadowmount in 2019 to present master classes for solo viola and chamber music.

Mr. Avshalomov was recently hailed by Strad magazine as "one of the finest occupants of that chair, both instrumentally and musically, of any quartet now active"... Read more about Mr. Avshalomov by Clicking Here.

Guest Artist: James Ehnes

James Ehnes
Violinist and Meadowmount alumnus James Ehnes returns to Meadowmount in 2019 to present master classes in violin and chamber music.

Mr. Ehnes studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music and then at Juilliard from 1993 to 1997. He has since established himself as one of the foremost violinists of his generation.

Guests Artists: Ehnes Quartet

Ehnes QuartetMeadowmount's 2019 Benefit Concert with feature The Ehnes Quartet on August 4, 2019.

Hailed as “an important new force in the chamber music arena” with a “dream-team line-up” (Strings), the Ehnes Quartet is comprised of four internationally renowned string musicians: violinists James Ehnes and Amy Schwartz Moretti, violist Richard O’Neill, and cellist Edward Arron.

Read more about the Ehnes Quartet here.

Guest Artist: Lynn Harrell

Cellist Lynn Harrell will once again return to Meadowmount in 2019.

Lynn Harrell is a consummate soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher, his work throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia has placed him in the highest echelon of today’s performing artists.

Read more about Mr. Harrell by Clicking Here.

New Faculty Announcement: Carol Cole

Meadowmount is pleased to announce the appointment of Carol Cole, professor of violin and chamber music from the Conservatory of Music at Lynn University, to the violin faculty at Meadowmount for the summer of 2019.

Ms. Cole will be on campus weeks 1, 3, 4 and 5, teaching a joint studio with Elmar Oliveira.

To read more about Ms. Cole click here.

New Faculty Announcement: Julia Lichten

It is with great pleasure that the Meadowmount School of Music announces the appointment of Julia Lichten to the cello faculty.

Ms. Lichten has been a guest performer and teacher at Meadowmount on numerous occasions and we are delighted to welcome her as a full time member of the faculty in 2019.

Read more about Ms. Lichten HERE.