Carnegie Hall To Stream Free Master Class Video Series As Part of ‘Learn With Carnegie Hall’

Mike Lawson • News • October 13, 2020

This fall, online audiences have the opportunity to hear musical insights directly from some of the world’s leading artists through a new weekly video series drawn from the rich catalogue of master classes for emerging artists presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI).

Beginning October 14 through late November, free episodes will stream each Wednesday on the Hall’s Facebook and YouTube channels, highlighting excerpts from past WMI master classes led by internationally-renowned musicians including pianists Jonathan Biss and Richard Goode, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, trumpeter Hans Peter Schuh, and trombonist Dietmar Küblböck, and other celebrated artists from across musical genres. Following the stream, episodes will also be available for free on-demand viewing on the Hall’s website at

The master class series kicks off on Wednesday, October 14 at 2 p.m. EDT with a brass orchestral master class hosted by Sarah Willis, horn player from the Berliner Philharmoniker. Throughout the master class, Willis, alongside trumpeter Hans Peter Schuh and trombonist Dietmar Küblböck (both of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra), works with alumni from the Hall’s critically acclaimed National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA). The workshop will focus on music by Stravinsky, Mozart, and Beethoven. Willis will be a live host throughout this online episode and will answer questions from audiences at home.

The series continues on Wednesday, October 21 at 2 p.m. EDT when viewers can watch favorite past moments from master classes featuring performances from up-and-coming opera singers coached by Joyce DiDonato, the widely-acclaimed mezzo-soprano who has mentored young professional vocalists through Carnegie Hall workshops since 2015. In the workshop, they will explore the music of Handel and Puccini. DiDonato will also interview mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Decker, who participated in the WMI program in 2015 and is a recent graduate of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Celebrated pianist Jonathan Biss will host an episode devoted to solo piano master classes on Wednesday, October 28 at 2 p.m. EDT, featuring highlights from his past workshops along with sessions led by pianist Richard Goode.

November episodes will include orchestral woodwind masterclasses hosted by flutist Demarre McGill; a workshop focused on orchestral string playing hosted by bassist Joseph Conyers, and a master class led and hosted by jazz pianist Gerald Clayton. Dates and additional details for these programs will be announced later this fall and available at

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