Burton Kaplan

Burton Kaplan, a member of the string faculty at Manhattan School of Music, is also professor of violin and viola at New York University. During his continuing thirty-year tenure at Manhattan School of Music, he taught the courses Practicing for Artistic Success and Orchestral Excerpts and conducted the Manhattan Chamber Sinfonia. In addition, he is director of Performance Power, an organization dedicated to teaching a system for harnessing and integrating the powers of mind, body, and spirit in the practice room and on the stage. In these capacities, he has influenced the growth of several thousand preprofessional and professional musicians. As conductor and music director of the Manhattan/Downeast Chamber Orchestra and the Empire State Youth Orchestra, he has performed at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall to exceptional reviews: "Mr. Kaplan has fashioned the orchestra into a disciplined, precisely honed ensemble, one that plays with a crisp biting attack and an obvious relish of making music in a vigorous extroverted manner." (New York Times) In addition, the orchestra under his direction has performed at the White House and won the American Symphony Orchestra League's National Youth Orchestra Competition. In 2000, he was the conductor of the All-State Symphony Orchestra of the New York State School Music Association.

During more than three decades, Mr. Kaplan has served on the faculties of The City University of New York and the State University of New York and as director of education of the Downeast Chamber Music Center and the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City. His career includes international appearances as a lecturer on instrumental pedagogy, sight-reading and practicing; and he was the first instrumental teacher in the world to use video feedback in teaching (1967). He has patents on devices for learning stringed instruments and a unique tone-enhancing “shoulder horn” for violin and viola. Mr. Kaplan is the author of The Complete Music Sight-Reader series and The Musician's Practice Log. His latest book is Practicing for Artistic Success: The Musician’s Guide to Self-Empowerment in the Practice Room. In addition, he served as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell and the Pittsburgh and American Symphonies under William Steinberg and Leopold Stokowski.

Manhattan School of Music faculty since 1982.