Yehudi Menuhin Seminar and Festival for Chamber Music

Event Date: Thursday, February 1 - 4:00 pm to Sunday, February 4 - 5:00 pm
Location: Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall

This special event provides young chamber music ensembles from throughout California the opportunity to participate in master classes and concerts with the Music faculty.

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All events listed are free to the general public

Yehudi Menuhin Festival Events February 1, 2018 - February 4, 2018

All events will be held in the Creative Arts Building: Knuth Hall ***except where otherwise noted

Thursday February 1st

4:00PM - 6:00PM - Masterclass with seminar faculty

Participating chamber groups

Friction String Quartet: Otis Harriel and Kevin Rogers - violins; Taija Warbelow - viola; Doug Machiz - cello

Via Rose Piano Quartet: Magali Pelletey - violin; Vincenzo Calcagno - viola; Eamon Riley - cello; Kaelen Russell - piano

Town Quartet: Mia Bella D'Augelli & Corey Mike - violins, Jacob Hansen-Joseph - viola; Lewis Patzner - cello


Friday February 2nd

Concert and Masterclasses followed by discussion of "Regarding Romanticism" with seminar faculty


Shostakovich Quartet #7 Op. 108 (1960)
Performed by, Alexander String Quartet
Zakarias Grafilo and Frederick LIfsitz - Violins
Paul Yarbrough - Viola
Sandy Wilson - Cello 
Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 Op. 67 (1943)
Allegro con brio
Performed by, Roger Woodward - Piano, Frederick Lifsitz - Violin, Sandy Wilson - Cello
2:00PM - Coaching and Masterclasses
4:00PM- Discussion "Regarding Romanticism" with seminar faculty and guests

Saturday February 3rd 

Pre-concert prelude lobby performance
Dohnanyi Serenade, Young Chamber Musicians
10:00am (Ticketed)
Alexander String Quartet with Robert Greenberg, lecturer
Shostakovich Quartets 9 and 10
Presented by San Francisco Performances
Box office: (415) 392-2545
***Note: both Saturday morning events take place at the Herbst Theater,
401 Van Ness Avenue

7:30PM Concert in honor of the Galante Family

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921)
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28
Performed by: Jassen Todorov, violin, and I-Husan Cheng, piano
Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
(Transcribed for voice and string quartet by Zakarias Grafilo)
“Nun will die Sonn’ so hell aufgeh’n”
“Nun seh’ ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen”
“Wenn dein Mütterlein”
“Oft denk’ ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen”
“In diesem Wetter”
Performed by Kindra Scharich, mezzo soprano, and the Alexander String Quartet:
Zakarias Grafilo & Fredrick Lifsitz, violins;
Paul Yarbrough, viola; Sandy Wilson, cello
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60
Allegro non troppo
Scherzo. Allegro
Finale. Allegro comodo
Performed by the Delphi Trio: Jeffrey LaDeur, piano;
Liana Bérubé, violin; Michelle Kwon, cello; and Toby Appel, viola

Sunday February 4th - Galante Competition 

10:00AM - 12:30PM - Semi-final Chamber Music Performances 

2:00PM - 5:00PM - Final Round, the awarding of prizes and celebratory massed ensemble concert

Gottfried Heinrich
"Bist due bei mir" Stolzel 
Felix Mendelssohn Octet Op. 20


Launched in 2003 to honor the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin’s association with San Francisco and SF State, this event advances the belief that music has the power to create understanding and transcend differences between people. Directed by Cyrus Ginwala.

The competition process for participating ensembles will begin in January 2018 and conclude during the Yehudi Menuhin Festival (February 1 – 4, 2018). Members of the Alexander String Quartet and Menuhin Seminar/Festival faculty will serve as judges.

Seminar Faculty 

  • Alexander String Quartet
  • Delphi Trio
  • Jassen Todorov, Violin
  • Toby Appel, Viola

Festival Artist

  • Kindra Scharich, Mezzo-Soprano 
  • I-Husan Cheng, Piano


  • The McLean Fellowship First Prize
  • The Norma Siani-Alston Second Prize
  • The David and Judy Preves Anderson Third Prize


Chamber ensembles, with member average age of 18, with no member over 20, hailing from California, are eligible to apply. Ensembles must have a sponsor, which can be a school music program, youth orchestra, private music studio, or chamber music training program. All members of eligible ensembles must be available for the awarding of the Galante Prize and Prizewinner’s performance at the 2018 Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festival on Sunday February 4, 2018.