Masterclasses 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

Henry Ward, oboe
February 5, 2019
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 to reserve your seat, click here.

Anthony McGill, clarinet
March 6, 2019
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 to reserve your seat, click here.

Fabio Bidini, piano
March 22, 2019
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 to reserve your seat, click here.