When: Saturday, November 18, 2017 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Pickman Hall | Longy School of Music
Witness Boston's brightest young performers delve into the most inspiring aspects of music-making as conductor and renowned educator Benjamin Zander brings his musical interpretation expertise to an intimate and dynamic workshop setting.
We are excited to return to Longy School of Music's Pickman Hall for the third Interpretation Class of the 2017-18 Season and are grateful to them for hosting us.
Yasmin Myers, violin
Yasmin Myers of Amherst, NH is a Sophomore at the Rivers School in Weston, MA. She started violin lessons at age three with Debbie Markow and continued her studies with Elliott Markow when she was seven. Yasmin currently studies with Kyoko Horowitz.
In 2010, Yasmin received a Merit Award from the Longy School of Music Prep Studies and at the age of nine, Yasmin was one of the winners of the American Fine Arts Festival Golden Strings Competition and performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NY. In 2011, Yasmin won the Best Violin Performance Award as well as 1st Place in her division in the “Young Promise” International Festival and Competition.
As a soloist, Yasmin has performed for the Governor of New Hampshire, at a TEDx Conference, with the Granite State Symphony Orchestra, with the NH Youth Symphony Orchestra and most recently with the Nashua Chamber Orchestra.
For five summers Yasmin has attended the Meadowmount School of Music where she studied with Jan Sloman and the internationally acclaimed Sally Thomas.
Yasmin has served as Assistant Concertmaster and Concertmaster in various youth orchestras in Boston. This is her first year as a member Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
Yasmin also has a first degree black belt in Kenpo Karate and loves the Circus Arts.
Deborah Palmer, violin
Boston-based violinist Deborah Ferry Palmer began her violin studies in Salt Lake City at the age of 3 as a student of Deborah Moench. She made her solo debut with the Utah Symphony at the age of 8 as the youngest musician to ever solo on its annual "Salute to Youth" concert. Deborah was chosen again in 2003 and 2008 at ages 12 and 17 to solo with the Utah Symphony performing the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky violin concerti, conducted by Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops and Scott O’Neil.
Since moving to Boston, Deborah has performed with various ensembles, including the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. She is currently working as an Arts and Music Resident Tutor for undergraduate students at Harvard University where she helps organize and execute artistic events and concerts on campus. Her greatest musical passions are symphony orchestra, opera, teaching, and community service. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jon, and two children (James, 4 and Margaret, 2).
Visit Deborah's website: www.deborahferrypalmer.com
Jonathan Shin, piano accompanist
Pianist Jonathan Shin has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician across multiple genres. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music Degree in Composition (Classical) at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
A prizewinner of Singaporean and international piano competitions, Jonathan was awarded top prizes in all four age categories of the National Piano and Violin Competition. In 2008 he clinched 3rd prize in the Young Pianists Division of the 18th Ibiza International Piano Competition (Spain). For his performance of Franck’s Symphonic Variations he was awarded the Special Prize in the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music’s 2009 Concerto Competition, before he appeared as soloist in the same work with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as winner of the coveted President’s Young Performers Concert.
In his first year at Longy School of Music, Jonathan won both the Concerto Competition and the Orchestral Composition Competition. He will perform Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto during the spring season of 2017, and his orchestral work Heloise and Abelard will premiere early 2018.
Jonathan is a founding member of the Lorong Boys, a Singaporean multi-genre quintet consisting two violins, flute, percussion and piano. In 2017, Jonathan was commissioned to compose a concerto for quintet and orchestra, in which the Lorong Boys will take centre-stage as soloists. Siginnah! will premiere at the Esplanade Concert Hall in January 2018.
Jeremy Klein, viola
Cello Suite in D Minor
Jeremy Klein joined the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in the 2014-15 season, and in the 2016-17 season, became assistant principal viola. He is a student of Mark Lakirovich and previous principal teachers include Clayton Hoener, Mischa Lakirovich, Lisa Lederer, and Marta Zurad. He has won first prize in the Cremona International Music Competition and additional prizes in the MTNA Competition and Roman Totenberg Young Strings Competition. Jeremy has been principal viola of the NEC Youth Symphony, Longy Youth Chamber Orchestra, and Belmont Festival Orchestra and assistant principal of Longy Camerata. Festivals include Cremona International Music Festival and Bowdoin International Music Festival, as well as tours of the Czech Republic, Germany, New York, Spain, and Switzerland with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Benjamin Zander. Jeremy has also studied at festivals and in masterclasses with Felix Andrievsky, Anatoly Bazhenov, Roberto Cani, Alexander Kaganovsky, Carol Rodland, Anna Serova and Phillip Ying. Jeremy is in eleventh grade at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and also plays violin.
Ethan DePuy, Tenor
Erstarrung from Winterreise
Praised for his “masterful acting” and “fine singing,” American tenor Ethan DePuy brings his unique dramatic style to works ranging from the Baroque era to now.
DePuy trained as a young artist at the Chautauqua Opera Company, where he was a recipient of the Young Artist Encouragement Award. His list of credits includes Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, the title role in Albert Herring, Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, Jaquino in Fidelio, King Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Motel the Tailor in Fiddler on the Roof.
Mr. DePuy has also established himself as a presence on the concert stage, where highlights of recent seasons include performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Easter Oratorio, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Mozart’s Requiem, Solemn Vespers, and Coronation Mass, Schubert’s Mass in G, Haydn’s Seven Last Words, Rachmaninoff’s All Night Vigil, Stravinsky’s Mass, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, the Evangelist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and the title role in Handel's Judas Maccabaeus.
A native of Rochester, NY, Ethan earned degrees in voice and opera performance from SUNY Fredonia and Arizona State University.
Visit Ethan's website: www.ethandepuy.com
Dina Vainshtein, piano accompanist
Boston-based pianist Dina Vainshtein is known for her sensitive and virtuosic collaborations with some of the most promising musicians of recent years. Dina, a longtime Faculty Pianist for the Heifetz Institute, is the daughter of two pianists, and studied with Boris Berlin at the prestigious Gnessin Academy in Moscow. While there she received the Special Prize for the Best Collaborative Pianist at the 1998 Tchaikovsky International Competition. She came to the United States in 2000 to attend the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she worked with Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, and her husband, Donald Weilerstein.
Her talents vaunted her to numerous performing opportunities, from Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall in New York City, to the Caramoor Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Music Academy in the West at Santa Barbara, not to mention tours of Japan, China, Europe and Russia. To this day, Donald Weilerstein regards her as “an extraordinary collaborator. She is an extremely fine musician and one of the most empathetic, dynamic and supportive chamber players I know.” For nearly a decade Dina has been affiliated with the New England Conservatory and the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts.
We are pleased to have her on staff as our piano accompanist for this series.