This weekend offers the opportunity to enjoy an unusual close-up look at the craft of making music. Just this week, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra announced a violin master class taking place at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Mary Seaton Room of Kleinhans Music Hall. Presiding will be two up-and-coming artists, Vadim Guzman and Philippe Quint. The event is free, and the public is invited.
Quint, who grew up in Moscow, and the Ukrainian-born Guzman are both creating something of a buzz in the musical world. Both studied with Juilliard's Dorothy DeLay, known for her star-studded roster of students. Quint, in particular, has become a favorite with Buffalo audiences. He has performed with the BPO and, most recently, was a big draw at a benefit for Buffalo's Olmsted Parks.
Both instructors will be performing on Stradivarius instruments on loan from Clem and Karen Arrison and the Stradivari Society of Chicago. Quint plays the "Kiesewetter," which dates to 1723, and Gluzman the "Auer," made in 1690.
Audience members may also feast their eyes on a few rare violins from the Stradivarius Society of Chicago, which will be on display at 1:30 p.m.
Quint and Guzman will be coaching four students from the Eastman School of Music as well as one student of Mary Cay Neal, who leads Buffalo Suzuki Strings.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman