FIU and Friends of Chamber Music of Miami Form Distinguished Artist Master Class Series


On October 28th in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, violist of the Ehnes Quartet and member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Richard O’Neill gave a masterclass to both undergraduate and graduate viola students. His appearance was the first in a series of masterclasses given by distinguished musicians who are appearing on the Friends of Chamber Music of Miami 2014-15 concert season.

After working with O’Neill, graduate student Victor Torres explained, “this was an amazing opportunity! It was truly an honor and privilege to work with such an outstanding violist.”  

These artists will impart their knowledge to students of the School of Music and selected high school students. Other featured artists include internationally acclaimed violin soloist and recording artist James Ehnes, President and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music Roberto Diaz, Juilliard piano professor and pianist of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Joseph Kalichstein, and renowned British pianist Stephen Hough.

Michael Klotz states “with the new Friends of Chamber Music of Miami- FIU Distinguished Artists Masterclass Program, FIU continues to increase the quality of education to its already outstanding programs. This series of masterclasses features a most distinguished roster to which the students will undoubtedly benefit greatly from their expertise and knowledge.” 

This initiative, conceived by President of Friends of Chamber Music of Miami Julian Kreeger and FIU viola professor Michael Klotz and generously supported by CARTA Dean Brian Schriner, is another example of the “Worlds Ahead” activity at FIU. All classes are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Mr. Klotz at

To view the masterclass schedule, click here.

For more information about the Friends of Chamber Music of Miami’s concert season, click here.

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