Master Teachers of Indiana University

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 16:00 to 19:30
Music Centre, Sonore
Distance Learning Event
Free entry
Distance Learning Event Open to Public

Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University and Sibelius Academy of the Arts University of Helsinki have been ranked twice among the Top Ten Performing Arts Schools in the World (2016, 2017). Violin teachers from both schools have been visiting each others´ schools giving masterclasses and lectures. This fruitful collaboration has been enhanced by means of distance learning.

In the Sonore Hall the audience is able to view our next live event from a large screen. Violin professors Grigory Kalinovsky, Mimi Zweig, Brenda Brenner and viola professor Atar Arad will be teaching the students of Sibelius Academy. Evening will end with an Overseas Panel Discussion led by Lecturer in Violin Music Päivyt Meller. Head of Strings Päivi Arjas and Colourstrings specialist Yvonne Frye will join in the Panel in Helsinki.

The event is in English.

Schedule of the Event:

16-17 Masterclass of Grigory Kalinovsky

Niccolò Paganini: La Campanella
Otto Antikainen (Sibelius Academy), violin

Karol Szymanovski: Violin Concerto Nr. 2 Op. 61
Moderato – Molto tranquillo – Andantino sostenuto
Janne Jääskeläinen (Sibelius Academy), violin

17-18 Masterclass of Atar Arad

Béla Bartók: Viola Concerto
Aino Räsänen (Sibelius Academy), viola

Franz Anton Hoffmeister: Viola Concerto in D major
Valerie Albrecht, viola

All SibA students accompanied by Ayane Matsuura

18:15-19:00 Pedagogical lecture by Mimi Zweig and Brenda Brenner

J. S. Bach: Violin concerto in a minor BWV 1041
Katalijne Hunt (Indiana University String Academy), violin

Max Bruch: Violin concerto Nr. 1 in g minor Op. 26
Elson Koh (Indiana University String Academy), violin

19:00-19:30 Overseas Panel - Discussion between Sibelius Academy and Indiana University

Participants in Bloomington, Indiana:
Mimi Zweig, Brenda Brenner

Participants in Helsinki:
Yvonne Frye, Päivi Arjas


Grigory Kalinovsky is professor of violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He, along with violinist Joseph Swensen, holds one of two inaugural Starling Professorships, appointed in fall 2014.

Hailed by critics as a “superior poet” (Vancouver Sun) and praised for his “heart and indomitable will” (Gramophone), he has performed at some of the world’s major venues, from all three stages of Carnegie Hall in New York to Musikhalle Grosser Saal in Hamburg. As a recitalist and avid chamber musician, he has performed at numerous concert series and festivals, including the Asheville Chamber Music Series, Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York, Lucas Foss’s Festival at the Hamptons, Newport Music Festival, and Pavel Vernikov's festival, “Il Violino Magico” in Italy, collaborating with such renowned musicians as Pinchas Zukerman, Shmuel Ashkeniasi, Ralph Kirshbaum, Miriam Fried, James Buswell, Dora Schwarzberg, and Paul Coletti, among others.

A devoted educator, Kalinovsky joined the Jacobs School of Music faculty in the fall of 2013 and continues to teach at the Pinchas Zukerman Young Artists Program in Canada and the Heifetz International Music Institute. Previously a faculty member at Manhattan School of Music, he has taught at many summer music festivals, such as Keshet Eilon Mastercourse in Israel, Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, Soesterberg International Music Festival in Holland, Summit Music Festival in New York, “Il Violino Magico” in Italy, and Manhattan in the Mountains, where he was also one of the founding artistic directors.

He has presented master classes at many major U.S. festivals and music schools, including New England Conservatory, the Colburn School, Meadowmount, University of Maryland, San Francisco Conservatory, and Seattle Conservatory, and at numerous European and Asian institutions, such as the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Buchmann-Mehta Scool of Music and Jerusalem Music Center in Israel, Lübeck Academy of Music in Germany, Beijing Central Conservatory in China, Seoul National University and Korea National University of Arts in Seoul.

His students have won top prizes at national and international competitions, including the Menuhin Young Artists Competition in England, Andrea Postacchini Young Violinists Competition in Italy, and Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition in Chicago, and have gone on to study at institutions such as Curtis, Colburn, Juilliard, Yale, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and Indiana University, among others.

His recording with pianist Tatiana Goncharova featuring Shostakovich’s Violin Sonata and Twenty-Four Preludes transcribed for Violin and Piano by Dmitri Tziganov—with several of the transcriptions commissioned by Kalinovsky from the celebrated composer Lera Auerbach—was released by Centaur Records to great critical acclaim and hailed by the composer's son, conductor Maxim Shostakovich, as “a must-have for any Shostakovich music connoisseur.” The duo’s recording of the complete set of sonatas for violin and piano by Mieczysław Weinberg was recently released on Naxos label.

Kalinovsky started his music education with Tatiana Liberova in his native St. Petersburg, Russia. After coming to New York, he continued his studies with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec at Manhattan School of Music, where he served as a faculty member shortly after graduating and until his move to Indiana University.


Mimi Zweig is currently Professor of Violin at the Jacobs School of Music and Director of the Indiana University String Academy. Since 1972 she has developed pre-college string programs across the United States. She has given master classes and pedagogy workshops in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Japan, Argentina and Europe.  She has produced Mimi Zweig, an innovative web-based teaching tool, which is being accessed worldwide.  In the spring of 2006, American Public Television released the Emmy-nominated documentary, Circling Around -- The Violin Virtuosi, featuring String Academy students. Her students have won numerous competitions and teach and perform worldwide.


Brenda Brenner, Associate Professor of Music Education in the Jacobs School of Music, specializes in string music education, teaching applied violin, as well as courses in violin and string pedagogy.

She received a BM and BME from Wichita State University, and an MM and DMA in violin performance from the Eastman School of Music.  In addition to her appointment to the Music Education Department, she serves as co-director of the IU String Academy, a position she has held since 1993. Her String Academy students have been featured in concerts in major venues throughout the United States and have presented tours throughout Europe, Asia and South America. As director of the Fairview Project - a program in which every first and second grader in an underserved school is taught violin as part of the curriculum - Brenner is researching the cognitive, academic and social outcomes of early instrumental music instruction.  

An active performer of chamber music throughout the United States, Brenner partners with pianist Kenneth Huber and her husband, organist Christopher Young.  She also teaches and conducts at the IU Summer String Academy, and is Assistant Director of the IU Retreat for Professional Violinists and Violists. She is an active international clinician, with recent appearances at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the ASTA National Conferences, and at Music Educators Conferences throughout the United States.  Brenner is the President of the American String Teachers Association.


Israeli-born violist and composer Atar Arad is a faculty member at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington. His summer activities include teaching at Keshet Eilon, Israel, Domaine Forget, Canada, Heifetz Institute and the Steans Music Institute (where he is serving as faculty since 1991).

A Cum Laude First Prize winner at the Geneva International Music Competition (1972), he has performed worldwide in recitals and as a soloist with major orchestras and, for seven years, as a member of the celebrated Cleveland Quartet. His recordings with the quartet and as a soloist for labels such as Teldec, Telarc, RCA and RIAX are widely acclaimed. His performance of Paganini’s Sonata Per La Grand’ Viola e Orchestra in particular is considered by many as a landmark in the history of the viola.

A “late bloomer” composer, Arad’s compositions include a Solo Sonata for Viola, two String Quartets, a Viola Concerto (which he premiered in Bloomington, Brussels and in Stockholm) and more. His Tikvah for Viola Solo was commissioned for the 2008 Munich International Viola Competition by the ARD. His Listen (three poems by W.S. Merwin) for tenor, clarinet, viola, cello and bass was written for the International Musicians Seminar’s concert tour in England with singer Mark Padmore. Epitaph for cello and string orchestra was written for cellist Gary Hoffman who premiered it in Kronberg, Germany, with the Kremerata Baltica Orchestra (Arad performed the viola version of this piece at the International Viola Congress in Rochester, NY). Arad performed and presented his Twelve Caprices for Viola on several USA, Canada, Israel and European concert tours. The Caprices are published by Hofmeister Musikverlag, Leipzig.

Recent performances include the Primrose Memorial Concert at BYU and, as a part of his services as the Lorand Fenyves Distinguished Visitor, in Toronto.

Arad plays on a viola by Niccolo Amati. He uses a set of PI strings by Thomastik.

Further information:
Päivyt Meller, 0400 989 909,