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.

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Upcoming events

  • Strings: Studio Showcase

    Outstanding representatives from selected studios within the Strings program present an evening of unaccompanied and collaborative works.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    Lina Bahn leads USC Thornton Strings students in a survey of iconic chamber works as part of a winter festival.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    Lina Bahn leads USC Thornton Strings students in a survey of iconic chamber works as part of a winter festival.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    Lina Bahn leads USC Thornton Strings students in a survey of iconic chamber works as part of a winter festival.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Sounds of the Season: A Scholarship Gala

    Celebrate the holidays in style with our annual gala concert, featuring 250 singers and instrumentalists ringing in the season with carols and songs, in support of scholarships for USC Thornton's most talented students. An optional, pre-concert dinner at the USC University Club will take place at 5:00 PM, before the gala concert, for an additional fee.

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • PICF '20 Opening Gala Concert

    The Opening Gala Concert of the 2020 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival features the USC Thornton Symphony, conducted by Carl St. Clair with cellist Mischa Maisky and violist Yura Lee, performing 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 7:00pm. Cellists: Thomas Demenga, Chiara Enderle Samatanga, David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Antonio Lysy, Mischa Maisky, Andrew Shulman, 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)


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    Kathryn Eberle appointed concertmaster of Hollywood Bowl Orchestra

    November 4, 2019

    USC Thornton alum Kathryn Eberle (BM ’04) has been appointed concertmaster of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Eberle was selected after the orchestra’s summer auditions to fill the position of the late Katia Popov. Along with being a seasoned soloist and chamber musician, Eberle is the associate concertmaster for the Utah… read more

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