Master Classes

Each season a number of internationally renowned artists are invited to present master classes at Manhattan School of Music. Master classes give students the opportunity to supplement their studies with Manhattan School of Music studio teachers through interaction with legendary guest performers whose insight and experience exemplify the highest levels of musical achievement.

Our rich tradition of visiting artists goes back to the School's beginning, when Pablo Casals and Harold Bauer were a guiding force. Throughout the years, classes given by important artists have been regular events, including visits by Julian Bream, Alicia de Larrocha, Ezio Flagello, Marian McPartland, Sherrill Milnes, Yehudi Menuhin, Birgit Nilsson, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Ned Rorem, Mstislav Rostropovich, Arthur Rubinstein, Billy Taylor, Dawn Upshaw, Andre Watts, and Pinchas Zukerman, to mention a few.

For a current listing of upcoming master classes that are available to the public, please see our Season Calendar.

"Every amazing musician comes to New York, so you hear the best concerts and have the best teachers and master classes. I play horn, but I went to a master class with cellist Mstislav Rostropovich because he is so famous. He has great energy, and the class was awesome. He told stories about talking with Prokofiev and Shostakovich, and he knows what they wanted from the music."

—Wei-Ping Chou
Former undergraduate, horn