Strings

Strings

Overview

The USC Thornton Strings department is an internationally recognized, distinguished top-tier program. Its eminent artist-teachers are exceptionally qualified in both individual instruction and in coaching for chamber music. Outstanding standards of professionalism in performance and teaching have been upheld for more than a century by a faculty that has included Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky and William Primrose. More recent faculty have included Donald McInnes, Midori Goto, Glenn Dicterow, and the chair of the Strings department, Ralph Kirshbaum.

Strings students will have the opportunity to participate in the varied, professional-level performance groups on campus, including the USC Thornton Symphony, the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra and many prize-winning chamber ensembles.

USC Thornton, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), and the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA) have joined forces to offer the Los Angeles Orchestra Fellowship, which offers rigorous training to top-tier string musicians in the Graduate Certificate (GCRT) program at USC Thornton, as well as a generous financial package covering full tuition and living expenses. See more information on the Graduate Certificate page.

event calendar

Upcoming events

  • USC Thornton Symphony: New Music for Orchestra

    Donald Crockett leads the USC Thornton Symphony in this annual concert featuring original works by Thornton student composers.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • Strings: Studio Showcase

    Talented students from the Strings program present an evening of unaccompanied and collaborative works, exploring the wide-ranging chamber music repertoire.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Strings Showcase

    Talented students from the Strings program present an evening of unaccompanied and collaborative works, exploring the wide-ranging chamber music repertoire.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • USC Thornton Symphony: Opening Gala for Piatigorsky International Cello Festival

    Carl St.Clair leads the USC Thornton Symphony in the Opening Gala of the 2020 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. The performance includes Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Strauss's Don Quixote featuring acclaimed cellist Mischa Maisky and distinguished violist and Thornton faculty member Yura Lee. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative. Program Ludwig van Beethoven: Egmont Overture Richard Strauss: Don Quixote

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • PICF '20 Mischa Maisky: Reflections on the Challenges and Joys of a Musician's Life

    An intimate forum with an eye to professional development, renowned cellist Mischa Maisky will speak to PICF Fellows and the general public about his career as a solo cellist–that now spans over 50 years–and give advice on how to generate, develop, sustain and enjoy a successful musical career.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • PICF '20 Piatigorsky Film Screening & Panel Discussion

    Honoring the Festival’s namesake, a 2018 documentary film by Murray Grigor and Hamid Shams will be screened. A panel comprised of Piatigorsky’s former students (Terry King, Laurence Lesser, Mischa Maisky, Jeffrey Solow, Raphael Wallfisch) and grandson (Evan Drachman) will discuss Piatigorsky’s teaching and enduring musical influence.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • PICF '20 Piatigorsky Book Launch

    A previously unpublished novel, “Mr. Blok” by Gregor Piatigorsky, introduced by his son, Joram Piatigorsky.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • PICF '20 Recital Gala

    The Recital Gala features festival cellists performing works of Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. A pre-concert talk, presented by American cellist Jeffrey Solow, will begin at 7:30pm. Cellists: Chiara Enderle Samatanga, David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Antonio Lysy, Mischa Maisky, Andrew Shulman, Laura van der Heijden, Quirine Viersen, and Raphael Wallfisch. Pianists: Bernadene Blaha, Jujo Pohjonen, and Robert Thies.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • PICF '20 Masterclass with Maria Kliegel

    German cellist Maria Kliegel presents a masterclass. Central to the ethos of the Festival are the masterclasses, in which the artists/teachers work with individual cello students in a public forum. Audience members can observe their teaching and hear some of the best young cellists from around the world.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • PICF '20 Lunch Series Concert with Jakob Koranyi

    Cellist Jakob Koranyi, who has been called "a force to be reckoned with" by The Strad, and pianist Juho Pohjonen perform a duo program, featuring works by Hillborg, Lysenko and Shostakovich.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • PICF '20 Masterclass with Frans Helmerson

    Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson presents a masterclass. Central to the ethos of the Festival are the masterclasses, in which the artists/teachers work with individual cello students in a public forum. Audience members can observe their teaching and hear some of the best young cellists from around the world.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • PICF '20 Bach Series with Quirine Viersen

    Cellist Quirine Viersen performs Cello Suite No. 1 in the Bach Series.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)


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