Throughout his more than forty years of guiding the development
of young musicians, Lewis Kaplan has demonstrated his abiding dedication
to the careers of gifted artists.
In forty years at The
Juilliard School and The
Bowdoin International Music Festival, and more than fifteen
years with the Mannes College for
Music and the Summer
Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, Mr. Kaplan continues
to devote much of his energies and experience to helping young students
internationally reach new horizons.
His students, prizewinners at many of the most prestigious international
competitions as well as members of renowned string quartets, Lewis
Kaplan enjoys working with students of interest and promise who
are seeking both technical and musical guidance.
Lewis Kaplan's chamber and violin students have included Yo-Yo
Ma, Emanuel Ax, Pinchas Zukerman, Kyung-Wha Chung, Pamela Frank,
Cho-Liang Lin, members of the Brentano, Cassatt, and Ying Quartets,
and members of most major orchestras worldwide.
Distinguished for his highly praised interpretations of the modern
repertoire, Kaplan is considered a pioneer of contemporary music
and has had over 100 composers - including George Crumb, William
Bolcom, Luciano Berio, and Ralph Shapey - compose both for him and
the Aeolian Chamber Players. With his significant contribution to
modern music, Lewis Kaplan strongly encourages his students to embrace
the new world of music.