"Taking a chamber music class at Juilliard with
Lewis Kaplan was wonderful."
|Yo-Yo Ma /
Shortly after graduating from The
Juilliard School with bachelors and masters degrees in violin
and conducting, Lewis Kaplan was appointed to the violin and chamber
music faculties, thus beginning a forty year association with this
Training at The Juilliard School is among the finest in the world
given its extraordinary faculty, the remarkable level of the students,
as well as its central location in New York City at Lincoln Center.
Lewis Kaplan has devoted much of his artistic life to guiding
the lives of young artists, helping them to develop a musical point
of view and to feel more secure technically as well. His students,
many performing worldwide, have been helped by the musical depth
he has brought to their playing. Early in his career, he taught
at the Juilliard School as an associate to his former mentor, Ivan
Galamian, for five years until Mr. Galamian's death in 1981. He
taught there as well with the renowned violinist, Szymon Goldberg.
Prior to that, he taught in association with Dorothy DeLay.
Lewis Kaplan's chamber and violin students have included Yo-Yo
Ma, Emanuel Ax, Pinchas Zukerman, Kyung-Wha Chung, Pamela Frank
and Cho-Liang Lin.
Each year Lewis Kaplan presents at Juilliard in lecture/performance
the Bach Ciaccona discussing its form, mystery and intrinsic messages.