Martin Beaver

Martin Beaver

Canadian violinist Martin Beaver was First Violin of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet from 2002-13, appearing to critical and public acclaim on the major stages of the world.

Chamber Music

Chamber Music

Chamber music opportunities include the String Quartet Seminar, the Fellow Chamber Music Program, and the Faculty Intensive Chamber Music Experience.

Academy Festival Orchestra

Academy Festival Orchestra

All instrumental fellows participate in this orchestra, which is led by distinguished guest conductors chosen for both artistic skill and dedication to making great music with professionally bound musicians.

String Leadership Program

String Leadership Program

Under the direction of former New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, the String Leadership Program offers select violinists an intensive opportunity to explore concertmaster excerpts and the fundamentals of leading a string section.

London Symphony Orchestra Partnership

London Symphony Orchestra Partnership

The Music Academy of the West and the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) launched a major new partnership in 2018, based at the Academy’s annual Summer School and Festival in Santa Barbara, California, and at the Barbican and LSO St Luke’s in London.

Noah Bendix-Balgley

Noah Bendix-Balgley

First Concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Noah Bendix-Balgley has thrilled and moved audiences around the world with his performances.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Widely acclaimed as a key figure in the music of our time and as a uniquely significant interpreter of piano repertoire from every age, Mr. Aimard enjoys an internationally celebrated career.  

Claire Chase

Claire Chase

2012 MacArthur Fellow and 2017 Avery Fisher Prize winner Claire Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, curator, and advocate for new and experimental music.  

Isabel Leonard

Isabel Leonard

Highly acclaimed for her “passionate intensity and remarkable vocal beauty,” the Grammy Award winner continues to thrill audiences both in the opera house and on the concert stage.  

Ben Bliss ('12): Mise-En-Scène Studios

Ben Bliss ('12): Mise-En-Scène Studios

“Your leading support has made it possible for us to move forward with our first ticketed events at MESS…thank you for investing in us during these crucial formative years.” - Ben Bliss

Evan Shinners ('09): The Bach Store

Evan Shinners ('09): The Bach Store

“When the Bach Store opens I will have you to thank as the group of people who helped me set this in motion and develop these very practical business skills.” - Evan Shinners

Molly Carr ('07) & Anna Petrova ('17): NOVEL VOICES

Molly Carr ('07) & Anna Petrova ('17): NOVEL VOICES

“We are so grateful for your incredibly generous support for our NOVEL VOICES Refugee Aid Project. The Alumni Enterprise Award gave us the wings we needed to launch this year-long journey.” -Anna Petrova and Molly Carr

Theresa Kim ('06): International Music Sessions

Theresa Kim ('06): International Music Sessions

“Thanks to this generous prize, IMS will be able to apply its philosophy of music education for social integration beyond its summer programs and into the school year.” -Theresa Kim

Marilyn Horne

Marilyn Horne

Opera News declared, “Marilyn Horne – whose face and song have been in the light – in so many places, in so many styles, through so many media – may be the most influential singer in American history.”

John Churchwell

John Churchwell

One of the leading collaborative pianists of his generation, John Churchwell enjoys a career on the concert stage as well as in the nation’s leading opera houses.

James Darrah

James Darrah

Los Angeles based director and designer James Darrah's collaborative focus has quickly led him to be recognized as "the newest discovery... a gifted young American director" (Chicago Tribune).

Michael Tilson Thomas

Michael Tilson Thomas

Michael Tilson Thomas is Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Elim Chan

Elim Chan

Elim Chan holds the position as Principal Conductor of the Orchestra of NorrlandsOperan and in the 2018-19 season has been named Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

David Alberman

David Alberman

David Alberman has held the position of Principal Second Violin of the London Symphony Orchestra since 1998.