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Guest Artist Master Class & Performance: Atar Arad, viola

Monday, April 03, 2017,
  • Location: Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall • 2400 Blakemore Avenue • Nashville, TN 37212

Monday, April 3

Guest Artist

Atar Arad, viola

9 a.m., Master Class

11 a.m., Performance

Steve & Judy Turner Recital Hall

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, Banff and Domaine Forget, Canada, Heifetz Institute and the Steans 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, a String Quartet, 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.

Recent  performances include the Primrose Memorial Concert at BYU  and a recital played in Toronto as the Lorand Fenyves Distinguished Visitor.  Arad’s set of Twelve Caprices for viola is published by Hofmeister Musikverlag.  He presented the set in a great number of concert tours in the US, Canada, Germany, England, France, Spain, Portugal and Israel.

More information as well as some of his essays (published by Strad and Strings magazines) may be found on his website AtarArad.com.