Violin Professor Francesca dePasquale Featured Teacher for 2023 Starling-DeLay Symposium
May 25, 2023
Oberlin violin professor Francesca dePasquale is a featured teacher for the 2023 Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies—a biennial master class series for 12 highly accomplished young violinists. Held at The Juilliard School, the symposium is dedicated to fostering the legacy of the late renowned teacher Dorothy DeLay, a violinist who studied at Oberlin Conservatory in 1933-34.
DePasquale’s May 24 master class showcased her work with five students who brought performances of concertos by Wieniawski, Prokofiev, Sibelius, and Shostakovich, as well as the Bartok Second Rhapsody. It was covered by violinist and writer Laurie Niles in an insightful article for Violinist.com. It provides a window into how dePasquale teaches and thinks about how to deliver great musical performances—and her focus, in this class, "on finding the most ergonomic and tension-free way to play, harnessing the energy of performance, and zooming in on details such as rhythm and articulation to affect the larger musical picture."
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