6. Bard College-Conservatory of Music – Annandale-On-Hudson, NY
Notable Faculty: Laurie Smukler, Arnold Steinhardt, Ida Kavafian, Ani Kavafian
Many of the faculty who teach at other top schools such as Curtis and Colburn, also teach at the Bard College-Conservatory of Music. Some prominent teachers include Laurie Smukler, who is one of the finest and most accomplished chamber musicians in the nation, having founded the Mendelssohn String Quartet. In addition to being an avid chamber musician, she is a dedicated teacher who teaches at Mannes as well as the Manhattan School of Music. Other faculty members include the Kavafian sisters, two of the most important teachers of violin in the last 30 years whose students have accepted positions in the most prestigious classical music symphonies.
Known for its liberal tendencies, Bard is a rising star in the world of classical music academia, with a faculty that is on par with the faculties of any top conservatory like Juilliard, Curtis, and Colburn.
Listen to the Faculty: Check out the Kavafian sisters on this recording of Brahms Quintets
5. Colburn School – Los Angeles, CA
Notable Faculty: Robert Lipsett, Arnold Steinhardt
Possibly the most notable violinist residing in Los Angeles, Robert Lipsett has been one of the foremost teachers for violin performance in the entire world for over 25 years. His students are among the most famous young violinists in the world, having won the following orchestral positions: Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, and Concertmaster of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and that is just the beginning. Many of his students have also gone on to freelance solo careers of great renown. Some of his most successful students include Leila Josefowicz, a 2006 MacArthur Fellow, Elizabeth Pitcairn, noted violinist who performs the 1721 Red Mendelssohn instrument said to be the inspiration for the film The Red Violin, and Elbert Sai, violinist with the San Francisco Symphony.
Also on the faculty at Colburn is Arnold Steinhardt, a noetd violin teacher who holds a dual appointment with the Curtis Institute of Music.
4. Curtis Institute of Music – Philadelphia, PA
Notable Faculty: Ida Kavafian, Aaron Rosand, Pamela Frank, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Arnold Steinhardt
String musicians at the Curtis Institute are exceptionally well known for attaining fortune in the world’s most lucrative symphonies, including the orchestras of Boston, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Berlin, and San Diego, amongst countless others. Artists Ida Kavafian and Aaron Rosand work with, among other Curtis faculty, the most selective young talent in the world, making Curtis an exclusive destination for the aspiring orchestral violinist. Other faculty members include Arnold Steinhardt, former first violinist of the Guarnieri String Quartet, and Pamela Frank, a famous and active concert violinist who won the distinguished Avery Fisher Prize in 1999 at the age of 32. Indeed, like Juilliard, Cleveland, and Manhattan, many of the world’s most renowned and sought-after violinists teach at the Curtis Institute of Music.
As with any other program at the Curtis Institute of Music, all students are admitted to the college on a tuition-free basis.
Listen to the Faculty: Check out Aaron Rosand performing Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, and Berlioz.