Masterclasses

All masterclass events are free and open to the public.   

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra hosts incredible guest artists each year on our M&T Bank Classics and BPO Pops Series.  We make many of these masters available to the community in our BPO Masterclass series. These artists will work one-on-one with talented local students in front of a live audience. 

Musically advanced high school and college students are invited to apply as a performer for any class.  All applications require a private instructor’s nomination and an audio recording.

All events are free and open to the public with a required reservation. To reserve a seat, please click on the artists name.

PLEASE NOTE: Some masterclasses this season will take place at the Clement House at 786 Delaware Avenue, in the beautiful Music Room. Take note of location for each.

 

2018-19 Masterclasses

Paul Huang, violin
October 11, 2018
7:00pm
Clement House @ 786 Delaware Ave.

Recipient of the​​​​ prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, violinist Paul Huang is ​quickly​ gaining attention for his eloquent music making, distinctive sound, and effortless virtuosity. He is one of the most talked-about violinists on the classical circuit today. Many will remember him from his 2012 Gift to the Community recital in the Mary Seaton Room.

To apply as a performer, or make a reservation, please click the artist’s name.

 

Alex Jokipii, trumpet
November 8, 2018
7:00pm
Clement House @ 786 Delaware Ave.

Alex Jokipii has held the position of Principal Trumpet with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra since 1998. He received a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from The Juilliard School and has performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conferences, with the New York Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Florida Orchestra and the Savannah Symphony and as a member of the Charleston Symphony.

To apply as a performer, or make a reservation, please click the artist’s name.

 

Henry Ward, oboe
February 5, 2019
7:00pm
Clement House @ 786 Delaware Ave.

A native of the Philadelphia area, oboist Henry Ward joined the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Oboe in 2016, and previously served as Acting Associate Principal Oboe of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for two seasons. He has performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (New Zealand), and was a fellow with the New World Symphony.  He has been featured as a soloist with the BPO in concertos by Bach and Handel, and Mozart in January 2019.

To apply as a performer, or make a reservation, please click the artist’s name.

 

 

Anthony McGill, clarinet
March 6, 2019
7:00pm
Clement House @ 786 Delaware Ave.

Considered among the top solo, chamber and orchestral musicians today, Anthony McGill is  principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, having previously been principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and associate principal of the Cincinnati Symphony. As an educator, McGill is on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music and Bard College Conservatory.

To apply as a performer, or make a reservation, please click the artist’s name.

 

Fabio Bidini, piano
March 22, 2019
7:00pm
Kleinhans Music Hall

Italian pianist Fabio Bidini is one of this generation’s top-flight pianists. His appearances have included performances with The London Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican, The Philharmonia Orchestra of London at Royal Festival Hall, the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Dallas Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and many more.  In 2015 Fabio Bidini became the first recipient of the Carol Grigor Piano Chair – a new position enabled by a $5-million endowment gift from the Colburn School’s board chairwoman Carol Colburn Grigor in Los Angeles. Mr. Bidini has been Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, in Berlin, one of Europe’s premiere music conservatories. He also serves as an Artist-in-Residence at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Köln.

To apply as a performer, or make a reservation, please click the artist’s name.