We were privileged to be host for an off-campus concert by advanced students of the renowned Meadowmount School of Music. The program began with Weilu Zhang playing two movements of the Sonata for Solo Violin in A minor, BWV 1003 by J.S. Bach.Â Then followed the exquisite Ravel Trio in A Minor with Liam Kaplan, piano; Nanao Yamada, violin; and Jeremy Tai, cello. Â After intermission Jeremy Tai performed a movement Kodalyâ€™s wildly virtuosic Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 8.Â The concert’s glorious culmination was Schumannâ€™s Quartet for Piano and Strings, Op. 47, with Matthew Harikian, piano; Weilu Zhang; violin; Aaron Rosengaus, viola; and Luiz Venturelli, cello.
Founded in the Adirondacks in 1944 by the legendary Russian violinist and pedagogue Ivan Galamian, the school soon became â€“ and continues to be today â€“ a pre-eminent summer program for young musicians training for a professional career in music. Meadowmount offers a bucolic environment with a balance between the enjoyment of nature and the pursuit of high art. Â Individual instruction in the solo repertoire, participation in weekly master classes, guest artist master classes, and involvement in a chamber group coached by both the piano and string faculties provide for a tremendous amount of growth. Â Alumni of Meadowmount have won every major competition worldwide, and are among the very best of international soloists and chamber musicians, concertmasters and principal players of the worldâ€™s leading orchestras, and the distinguished artist-teachers in every major university and conservatory. Â Among hundreds of distinguished artists who attended Meadowmount in their youth are Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell, Soovin Kim, Jaime Laredo, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Arnold Steinhardt, Pinchas Zuckerman.