TSO Master Class Series

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Learn from guest artists and TSO musicians as they share their expertise with advanced student musicians. The TSO Master Class Series is a rare opportunity to see great musicians behind the scenes as teachers. These events are free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations needed, and everyone is welcome!

September 23, 2 PM
Zhang Zuo, piano
Tucson Symphony Center

Zhang Zuo studied at the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, where she won the coveted Petschek Piano Award and at the Peabody Institute with Leon Fleisher. She won first prize at the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition and has appeared with the BBC Symphony, BBC and London and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Cincinnati Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, among many others.


November 18, 2 PM
Drew Peterson, piano
Tucson Symphony Center

Drew Petersen is the winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards and the Christel DeHaan Fellowship of the American Pianists Association, and has been named Artist-in-Residence for two years by the University of Indianapolis, commencing in the fall of 2017. Petersen did his undergraduate and graduate music studies at The Juilliard School, the former as a recipient of the prestigious Kovner Fellowship. He’s recently been accepted into the prestigious Artist Diploma program at The Juilliard School.




January 5, 2 PM
Julian Schwarz, cello
Crowder Hall, University of Arizona

Born in Seattle into a musical family, cellist Julian Schwarz made his orchestral debut at the age of 11 playing the Saint-Saens Concerto No. 1 with the Seattle Symphony with his father, Gerard Schwarz, on the podium. Since then, he has appeared with the Seattle, San Diego, Puerto Rico, Columbus (OH), Syracuse, Virginia, Sarasota, Grand Rapids, Omaha, Wichita and Modesto symphonies among others, and performed recitals at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico. He received both his Bachelor of Music degree and Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School in New York City. Schwarz is Asst. Professor of Cello at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University.


February 2, 2 PM

Kelly Markgraf, baritone
Tucson Symphony Center
In partnership with the Tucson Desert Song Festival

Baritone Kelly Markgraf is a distinguished graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center, where his work included theroles of Mamoud in a staged concert of John Adams’ The Death of Tlinghoffer, conducted by the composer, and Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff.  Possessing a voice that The New York Times calls “heart-stirring” and a “charismatic and powerful” stage presence, Markgraf has performed and recorded with the Milwaukee, Nashville, San Francisco and Boston Symphony Orchestras and the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics.



March 17, 2 PM
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Tucson Symphony Center

Heralded as a leading interpreter of the great classical masterworks, international concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s most prestigious ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony; the Philadelphia Orchestra; the Royal Philharmonic; and the Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie. Her bestselling recordings include Mozart: Complete Violin Concerto, Sinfonia Concertante, Testament: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by Johann Sebastian Bach and Violin Lullabies (Cedille, 2013) both charted at number one.