Fox Valley Symphony offers free Master Class with Alexander Kobrin

September 14, 2008

APPLETON – Music students, teachers and anyone who loves classical music is invited to attend a free Master Class led by Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Alexander Kobrin on Friday, October 3 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 163 of the Lawrence University Conservatory Building.

Audience members will watch and listen Kobrin offers individual instruction to three selected students. The students may be asked to play a passage repeatedly to attain perfection as the student is expected to have complete control of more basic elements such as rhythm and pitch. The value of a Master Class is that all students can benefit from the master’s comments on each piece. Aspiring classical musicians and their teachers typically consider Master Classes to be one of the most effective means of musical development, along with competitions, examinations and practice.

Born in Moscow, Kobrin was awarded the prestigious Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005. He has played with leading orchestras in the United States and Europe. A graduate of the Moscow Conservatoire , Kobrin also teaches at Moscow State Gnessins Academy of Music.

Kobrin will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 4 with the Fox Valley Symphony at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased at the PAC ticket office or by calling (920) 730-3760. All student tickets are $10 and music teachers also can get into the concert free by showing their ID.

The Fox Valley Symphony’s mission is to enrich and nurture the human spirit through symphonic music and educational opportunities than enhance the cultural development of our community. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is the 2008-09 season underwriter and Time Warner Cable, DMiNTERACTIVE and WBAY-TV are season media sponsors. The season is also sponsored in part by funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and by grants from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. The FVS sponsors two youth orchestras, the Youth Symphony and Philharmonia Strings, who perform fall and spring concerts. In addition to the season concert series, the orchestra performs an education concert for students enrolled in the Partners in Education program.
For more information, please visit the FVS online at

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