I am so excited to continue my online academy series in 2021! Stefan’s Sessions is a masterclass series launched in 2020 as a way for musicians to continue performing, discussing, and learning during quarantine. In each episode, I take viewers on a deep dive into one masterpiece of the violin repertoire. I will be joined by three up-and-coming violinists, who will each perform one movement from the work. The fifth episode in the series will be devoted to Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 62.
The outstanding young violinists joining me each episode will be chosen via online application, and each musician will perform a movement of the piece live on Zoom. After each performance, I’ll provide a brief analysis of the movement, we’ll discuss various possible interpretations of the music, technical solutions to tricky passages, and I’ll also offer tips and tricks to get the most out of a performance of the piece. At the end of each episode, we’ll open up the session to viewer questions regarding the repertoire of the day, general violin technique, and career advice.
Applications are open for Episode 5 of Stefan’s Sessions! The fifth episode of the series will air on Sunday, February 21 (time TBA) on Zoom, and will feature Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2. The deadline for applications is Friday, February 12. Future episodes to be announced!
Three performers will be selected for each episode, with each violinist performing one movement from that episode’s concerto. Applicants must upload a video to YouTube of themselves playing one of the movements of the repertoire in question. Applicants may submit a separate application for each movement of the work. Please note, access to an external microphone is required.
The deadline for video applications to play in Episode 5 (Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2) is February 12. The three violinists chosen for Episode 5 will be notified by February 14.
To join us and gain access to participate in the Q&A, register below. A Zoom link will be emailed to all audience members before the event.