Music Institute of Chicago PINCHAS ZUKERMAN WEEKEND Preview

The Zukerman Trio: Amanda Forsyth, Angela Cheng, and Pinchas Zukerman. Photo by Cheryl Mazak

In May, the Music Institute of Chicago welcomes acclaimed violinist, violist, conductor, and educator Pinchas Zukerman to perform, conduct a master class, and receive the Music Institute’s Dushkin Award at its 2018 Anniversary Gala.

Concluding the Music Institute’s 2017–18 Faculty & Guest Artist Series, the Zukerman Trio—violinist Pinchas Zukerman, cellist Amanda Forsyth, and pianist Angela Cheng—performs a concert May 20 at 3 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall. The program features Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat, WoO 39 “Allegretto”; Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor; and Dvořák’s Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 90 “Dumky.” Officially launching in 2013, the Trio has performed in Japan, China, Australia, Spain, Italy, France, Hungary, South Africa, Istanbul, and Russia and throughout the United States.

On Monday, May 21 at 11 a.m., Zukerman conducts a master class with Music Institute students, including violinists Julian Rhee and Ria Honda from the Music Institute’s Academy for gifted pre-college musicians; the Kairos String Quartet, consisting of Academy students Julian Rhee (violin/viola), Joshua Brown (violin/viola), Thompson Wang (violin), and Lydia Rhea (cello); and Christian Kim (violin) from the Music Institute’s Community Music School. This is Zukerman’s third master class with Music Institute students. The Music Institute has invited local students and faculty participating in their high school orchestra programs.

The Kairos Quartet, students in the Music Institute's Academy: Joshua Brown, Julian Rhee, Thompson Wang, and Lydia Rhea Photo Courtesy of Music Institute of Chicago
Pinchas Zukerman receives the Music Institute's prestigious Dushkin Award Photo by Cheryl Mazak

That evening, Zukerman is a guest of honor at the Music Institute of Chicago’s 2018 Anniversary Gala, receiving the prestigious Dushkin Award. Named for the Music Institute’s visionary founders, Dorothy and David Dushkin, the award recognizes international luminaries in the world of music for their contributions to the art form, as well as to the education of youth. The evening also features a cocktail reception, dinner, performances by Music Institute students, and the presentation of the Cultural Visionary Award for Chicago to Frederick H. Waddell, chairman, Northern Trust, and the Richard D. Colburn Award for Teaching Excellence to Music Institute clarinet and saxophone faculty Stanley Davis. 

Born in Tel Aviv in 1948, Pinchas Zukerman—violinist, violist, conductor, pedagogue, and chamber musician—has remained a phenomenon in the world of classical music for more than four decades. The 2017–18 season marks his ninth as principal guest conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and his third as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s artist-in-residence. His enthusiasm for teaching has resulted in innovative programs in London, New York, China, Israel, and Ottawa. He chairs the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, where he pioneered the use of distance-learning technology in the arts more than two decades ago.


Zukerman Trio concert
Sunday, May 20, 3 p.m.

Zukerman Master Class
Monday, May 21, 11 a.m.

Music Institute of Chicago Anniversary Gala
Monday, May 21, 5:30 p.m.


Concert and Master Class:
Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue

Anniversary Gala:
Fairmont Hotel Chicago
200 N. Columbus Drive



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