NEWS


September 6, 2016 - Denton, TX

Exciting news to share: I will join the esteemed violin faculty (Frank Almond, Stefan Milenkovich, Regis Pasquier, Christiano Rodrigues, and Nancy Wu) at Round Top Music Festival next summer!


August 2, 2016 - Denton, TX

Wonderful news: my student, Amy Wang, won the Third Prize in the 2016 ENKOR International Violin Competition! 


July 9, 2016 - Denton, TX

Congratulations to my student, Karim Ayala Pool, for winning the concertmaster position at Round Top Music Festival Orchestra! He did a wonderful job playing the Scheherazade soli this season at Round Top!


April 11, 2016 - Denton TX

Congratulations to my student, Mia Detwiler, who did a fantastic job as the soloist with the UNT Percussion Ensemble premiering the Chamber Concerto "Xochiquetzal" by composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez!


March 1, 2016 - Dallas, TX

Looking forward to the next Chamber Music International concert with Cho-Liang Lin, Toby Hoffman, Bion Tsang, Jon Kimuara Parker, and Nancy Allen.


February 13, 2016 - Albuquerque, NM

I had a wonderful time at the University of New Mexico giving a violin masterclasses and adjudicating the Jackie McGehee Young Artists' Competition.


January 31, 2016 - Denton, TX

As Director of the UNT Summer String Institute, I am excited to announce that the online application is now available. For its 3rd season, we also welcome double bass and harp students to apply. It will be another fabulous SSI this summer.


August 6 - Denton, TX

Proud to hear that my doctoral student Yu-Ri Noh was selected twice as concertmaster at the Round Top Music Festival (TX) this summer! Way to go, Yu-Ri!


July 28 to August 4 - Purchase, NY

What a lovely teaching environment: the Summit Music Festival at Manhattanville College! With my lovely and talented students, Ming-Wei, Jenna, William, Kaitlyn and Liu. 

Summit Music Festival - Reid Castle 

Summit Music Festival - Reid Castle 


June 19 to July 3 - Denton

The UNT Summer String Institute finished  another successful season: we had 119 participants from China, Chile, Taiwan, Vietnam, Mexico and 8 US states, heard and observed fantastic faculty in concerts, masterclasses and workshops, listend to talented students in solo and chamber recitals, and had our first season with string orchestra. Looking forward to the 2016 season!


May 29 to 31 - San Diego, California

Judging the semi and final rounds of the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego Competition. Great fun to hear such talented students from across the entire US. Awarded $84,000 to 12 finalists!


May 23 to 28 - Bogota, Colombia

Another fantastic experience in South America! Thank you, Anyango Yarbo-Davenport, for organizing my wonderful teaching residency at Foundation Universitaria Juan N. Corpas

TEAtro de Bogota

TEAtro de Bogota


May 15 to 22 - Porto Alegre, Brazil

It was great to be back at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. I really enjoyed my teaching and performing with faculty and students. Thank you, Fredi Gerling, for hosting me!


April 19 - Fort Worth 

Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth @ the Modern Art Museum

  Eddie Aaron    Jason Calloway    Alex Kerr    Michael Klotz    Misha Galaganov

 

Eddie Aaron    Jason Calloway    Alex Kerr    Michael Klotz    Misha Galaganov


March 17 - Denton

Congratulations to my student, Ashton Fineout (a senior in violin performance), who won the award as outstanding undergraduate in strings this year!  


Feb. 15 - Dallas

Dallas — Once again Friday evening, the Blue Candlelight Music Series delivered an outstanding musical experience to the several dozen audience members lucky enough to get tickets. Violinist Felix Olschofka and pianist Paul Posnak were the musicians for this evening of chamber music in the intimate and lovely setting of the home of Richard and Enika Schulze. [...]

But it was not just the accouterments that made the evening remarkable. The music was simply terrific. Olschofka, a faculty member at the University of North Texas, has outstanding technical facility. The pieces he and Posnak performed together Friday evening tended to privilege lyricism over pyrotechnics, including Fritz Kreisler’s Liebesfreud and Liebeslied, Maria-Theresia v. Paradis’s Sicilienne, and the third of Clara Schumann’s Three Romances for Violin and Piano.

However, it is in violinistic pyrotechnics where Olschofka truly excels. He demonstrated his skills ably in Franz Ries’s flashy La Capricciosa, and also in the less technically but perhaps more musically demanding Scherzo by Brahms from the F.A.E. Sonata. [...]

The Paradis piece, originally for piano quartet, probably was not actually composed by Paradis, alas, but instead is a reworking of part of a Carl Maria von Weber violin sonata by a violinist named Samuel Dushkin, who claimed to have discovered the Paradis Sicilienne. Still, the piece is lovely, as was Olschofka and Posnak’s rendering, and makes us aware of Paradis, a contemporary of Mozart’s who went blind as a small child but nonetheless, despite her disability and her gender, made a career as a singer, pianist, and composer. [...]

The enthusiastic audience clearly agreed, showering both musicians with well-earned and enthusiastic applause.

by J.Robin Coffelt

Please visit http://www.theaterjones.com/ntx/reviews/20150215115938/2015-02-15/Blue-Candlelight-Music-Series/Love-is-in-the-Air to find the entire review.


Jan. 5 - Denton
2015 will be another great year with several trips to wonderful countries and cities: Brazil, Columbia, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Netherlands, and Germany.  I very much look forward to my concerts, masterclasses, and residences with my friends and colleagues.


   

Aug. 26, 2014 - Denton
Congratulations to my doctoral student, Mia Detwiler who won an adjunct teaching position at Tarleton State University (a member of Texas A&M).


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Dec. 2, 2013 - Denton
New SWARMIUS release on iTunes: "Dragon"

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Nov. 20, 2013 - Denton
What a fun concert with the UNT Concert Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Clay Couturiaux. Thank you, Clay, for programming the Haydn Sinfonia Concertante! 


Nov. 5, 2013 - Tulsa
Congratulations to my doctoral student, Ai-Wei Chang, who won a section position with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. 


Sept. 1, 2013 - Dallas
My doctoral student, Rhea Edelman, got hired full-time at the Dallas Suzuki Center. Wonderful news!