Zephyr International
Chamber Music Course & Festival

datesJuly 2-20 2019

locationCourmayeur Italy

Artistic Directors Mack McCray & Jodi Levitz

Administrative Director Meikui Matsushima

Courmayeur, Italy

The small and lovely city of Courmayeur, one of Europe's premiere skiing and alpinist destinations, is located in a spectacular setting at the foot of the majestic Mont Blanc. This region, the Valle d'Aosta of Italy, is noted for its breath-taking scenery, its castles, churches and rich history dating back to the Roman Empire. Courmayeur is 137 miles/220 km from Milano, easily accessible by bus, train or car.

Our Program

The Zephyr International Chamber Music Course and Festival features a daily regimen of coaching, rehearsals and master classes for strings and piano, and will present fifteen concerts throughout the region during the twenty-day session. Students, faculty and non-participants will be housed in a 3-star hotel where two meals will be served daily, and in addition to the intense musical activities there will be time for recreation, social events and excursions (included in the tuition fee) to Mont Blanc, Cogne, and Piccolo San Bernardo. Auditions are required (no exceptions). A maximum of only 25 of the highest quality students will be accepted for the festival. Repertoire will be assigned and prepared in advance of the actual session. All students will participate in the ensembles and performances.

Meet the Faculty
Mack McCray & Jodi Levitz • Artistic Directors
Meikui Matsushima • Administrative Director
Board of Artistic Advisors: John Adams, Emanuel Ax, Jorja Fleezanis, Bonnie Hampton, Klaus Hellwig, Garrick Ohlsson, Michael Steinberg (in memoriam), The St. Petersburg String Quartet


BETTINA MUSSUMELI / VIOLIN • Violin soloist, pedagogue, and clinician Bettina Mussumeli enjoys a storied and varied career as a concert artist on the great stages of the world. While completing her artist diploma at the Juilliard School, in addition to being selected as a finalist at the New York Philharmonic violin auditions, she was offered the position of co-concertmaster and violin soloist of the Italian chamber orchestra “I Solisti Veneti”, a world famous chamber orchestra which performed over 200 concerts annually around the world. With this orchestra, she toured for nine years as featured soloist, and recorded numerous discs, including seminal recordings of the Pergolesi violin concerto and Vivaldi “L’estero Armonico”, still frequently heard on classical radio stations today. A gifted performer on original instruments, she also recorded works by Salomone Rossi, Alessandro Scarlatti and Arcangelo Corelli with noted harpsichordist and scholar Emanuela Marcante. • Ms. Mussumeli returned to the United States in 2001 to join the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as professor of violin and chamber music. Her students at SFCM include winners and finalists of numerous competitions, including the Menuhin, Paganini, and Stradivarius competitions, as well as outstanding professional violinists working throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. • While in San Francisco, Bettina was first violinist of the Ives Quartet for 10 years, with whom she recorded a benchmark collection of the Quincy Porter quartets for the Naxos label, as well as commissioning over 10 new string quartets and performing throughout the United States. new string quartets and performing throughout the United States. • Commuting between her homes in Miami and Northern Italy, she is currently serving on the faculty of the Frost School of Music and the Zephyr Chamber Music Festival, and she maintains a varied concert calendar as both soloist and chamber musician.

JODI LEVITZ / VIOLA • Jodi Levitz, Professor of Viola at the Frost School of Music and Artistic Coordinator of Stamps Ensembles at the University of Miami, boasts an international reputation as a consummate artist and a passionate advocate of exploring new musical possibilities for the viola. She brings that energy and experience to the classroom, having spent twelve years as principal viola and soloist with the critically acclaimed Italian chamber group I Solisti Veneti, a position she attained while still a student at The Juilliard School of Music. • Professor Levitz's career has been built on stellar accomplishments. She has performed as soloist throughout Europe, South America, North America and Asia, and has recorded her music for such distinguished record labels as Concerto, Dynamic, Naxos and Erato. A highly regarded educator and pedagogue, she was on the faculties of the Ars Musica Academy at Imola and Progetto Orchestra, and she presently serves as co-artistic director of the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy. As Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, she served as both Chair of Strings and Chair of Chamber Music. An avid chamber musician and violist of the Ives Quartet from 2007-2015, she has collaborated with Menahem Pressler, Peter Frankl, Gil Kalish, Robert Mann, Norman Fisher, Joel Krosnick, Geoff Nuttall, amongst many others. • A 2011 recipient of the Sarlo Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, Professor Levitz has helped her students achieve a number of notable accomplishments. As a result of her guidance and encouragement, her students have claimed first prize awards from the Walter W. Naumburg and Fischoff chamber music competitions, while others have been recruited for positions in major orchestras and teaching institutions both here and abroad. In addition, her influence has motivated many of her students to become music activists throughout the world. • Professor Levitz herself was awarded first prize in the D'Angelo and Hudson Valley competitions, among many others. She entered The Juilliard School Pre-College Division at age 12, and holds a BM. and MM. from Juilliard. In addition to her principal teachers, Margaret Pardee, Paul Doctor, William Lincer and Dorothy DeLay, she studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard Quartet, Felix Galimir, and Josef Gingold. • Personal Website: www.jodilevitz.com

MARIANNE CHEN / CELLO • Marianne Chen began studying the cello at the pre-university program of the Juilliard School of Music under the guidance of Toby Saks, Michael Rudiakov, Channing Robins, and Jerome Carrington. She continued her studies at the Juilliard School with Lorne Munroe, and studied chamber music with Robert Mann and Felix Galimir, graduating with the prize "Mu Phi Epsilon". She furthered her studies under the master Antonio Janigro in Stuttgart and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She also studied at the "Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, where she received the Diploma of Merit. Marianne Chen has performed in major theaters and symphonic festivals in Europe, Asia, and the United States. She has made recordings for Dynamic and Tactus, including first performances of contemporary music. She regularly gives master classes in Italy, Greece, Slovenia, and the United States. She was invited to teach at the Garden State Music Festival (New Jersey), the Academy Gustav Mahler Bolzano, the School of Music of Fiesole, and the Juilliard School. She has participated as a judge in many prestigious international competitions and is professor of cello at the Istituto Superiore di Musica in Modena.

MACK MCCRAY / PIANO • A graduate of Juilliard School, Mack McCray won the Silver Medal in the International Georges Enescu Competition, first prize in the San Francisco Symphony and Charleston Symphony Young Artists competitions and numerous other prizes all in one season: 1969-1970. He has been invited guest artist at important festivals throughout the world, including Paris, Seville, Monte Carlo, Bucharest and Hong Kong . He has performed under such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, Josef Krips, Leon Fleisher and Arthur Fiedler. McCray has performed with the Japan Philharmonic in Suntory Hall, Tokyo, at the Carmel Bach Festival, Manhattan's Trinity Church Series, and at the International Piano Festival in Shanghai. Most recently he has performed at Lee University’s 2015 Piano Festival in Tennessee, and was soloist and chair of the jury at the 2015 Piano Festival in Xiamen, China.

MEIKUI MATSUSHIMA / PIANO • Meikui Matsushima graduated from the Toho Music College in Tokyo, Japan where she studied piano with Eiko Tanaka. She continued her musical studies with Beatrice Beauregard at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Currently she is a member of the piano faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory's Preparatory Division, and taught at the International Chamber Music Course and Festival in Positano, Italy from 1998-2001. She served two terms as the president of the San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, and was Program Director of the 1999 San Francisco International Summer Music Festival.

Visiting Guest Artists-in-Residence:

GIACOMO AGAZZINI, VIOLIN • Born into a family of musicians, Giacomo Agazzini, studied at the Turin Conservatoire , graduating in 1982 from the class of Massimo Marin. He furthered his studies with Corrado Romano,Salvatore Accardo Peiro Farulli, Milan Skampa and Gyorgy Kurtag. • In 1988 he founded the “Quartetto d’archi di Torino” and for some 20 years, as the quartet’s leader, he performed in the most prestigious concert halls and seasons in Italy and throughout the world, making many recordings and radio broadcasts. With the Quartet he collaborated with such important figures as Aldo Ciccolini, Valentin Berlinsky, Enrico Dindo and Ezio Bosso. • Agazzini has been much involved in contemporary music, and has given many first performances, including Sylvano Bussoti’s violin concerto for Radio France, the first string quartet by Fabio Vacchi and all of Ezio Bosso’s violin works, which he has recorded in a set of 6 CDs for iTunes. • In his explorations of electronic music, Agazzini collaborate with Andrea Chenna, and with Claudio Lugo and Andrea Lanza has created the “Agalula” project of improvisations in trio, where he plays electric violin. • Agazzini is currently Professor of violin at the Verdi Conservatoire in Turin.

CLAUDIA RAVETTO, CELLO • Claudia Ravetto studied cello with Sergio Patria at the Turin Conservatoire, graduating in 1988 with top marks. She continued her studies with Michael Flaksman at the Stuttgart and Mannheim Hochschules, obtaining masters’ diplomas from both institutions. • As a soloist she was awarded the “Giovanni Camerana” and “Luigino Tandura” scholarships at the 10th Vittorio Veneto Cello Series 1988 , while in 1989 she won the Settembre Musica Prize in Turin and the linked master courses at Portogruaro. In 1992, as member of a cello-piano duo, she received 3rd prize at the International Chamber music competition at Caltanissetta. • In 1993 she won a competition organised by the Mannheim Hochschule for the award of the loan of an instrument from the Baden-Wurttemberg collection, and in 1994 she won the European section, which allowed her to participate in the Piatigorsky Seminars at the Music department of the University of Southern California. • From 1990-2005 she was the cellist of the Borciani String quartet, with which she performed at prestigious festivals and concert seasons throughout Italy(Settembre Musica , Turin, La Scala and the Società del Quartetto in Milan, the Venice Biennale to name but a few), as well as throughout Europe and the USA(for example, at Mozart festivals at the Mozarteum, Salzburg and in San Luis Obispo,California, the Chamber Music hall of the Bonn Beethoven House, the Purcell Room, London ). The quartet was chosen to play at a direct broadcasted concert at the Quirinale Palace in Rome in honour of the 80th anniversary of the founding of the RAI (Italian Radio) in the presence of the President of Italy, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. Furthermore, with the Borciani quartet she has performed the complete cycle of Beethoven quartets at the Teatro Sociale in Como, as well as the complete Schumann quartets at the San Carlo Theatre Naples. • The quartet’s large discography includes: Boccherini’s quartets Op 32 and Op 39 for Naxos, which won the Vivaldi prize of the Cini Foundation in Venice for best recording of the year 2001, a Schubert CD album for Amadeus, including the great G major quartet D 887 and the C major string quintet with the cellist Enrico Dindo , as well as various CDs of contemporary music for Stradivarius, including Donatoni’s The Heart’s Eye and Alessandro Solbiati’s Quartetto con Lied.

FULVIO SCHIAVONETTI, CLARINET • Fulvio Schiavonetti graduated with honors in 1978 from the Conservatory of Turin under the guidance of M. Raffaele Annunziata. Subsequently he played with the Italian Chamber Orchestra directed by Salvatore Accardo, the Contemporary Music Group of RAI in Turin with Giampiero Taverna, the Cameristi di Torino, the Classical Instrumental Group, the Accademia Verdi Ensemble of Asti, the Classical Orchestra of Alessandria , Orchestra Asti Filarmonica, the Pops Harmonic orchestra and the Turin Symphony Orchestra of RAI under the guidance of important Directors such as Maag, Bertini, Ceccato, Berio, Gavazzeni, Martin, Sinopoli and soloists such as Radu Lupu and Salvatore Accardo. • He has dedicated himself particularly to chamber music, performing the most important literature for clarinet. He received the Diploma of Honor at the Tradate "International Music Competition for Young Musicians” (1986), at the "Cittá di Tortona International Music Competition" (1994), and at the National Music Competition, Cittá di Asti (1992). • He has always been involved in artistic activity as an instructor in conservatories (Turin, Cuneo, Trieste, Castelfranco Veneto, Novara) and Civic Schools (Asti, Turin). From 2001 to 2017 he was the coordinator of the educational-artistic activities of the Civic Institute of Music G. Verdi of Asti. He is a clarinet teacher at the Conservatory "G. Verdi" of Turin.

Associate Instructors:

ANGELA KRATCHMER, VIOLA • A native of Iowa, violist Angela Kratchmer maintains an international career as a teacher, performer, and arts administrator. Committed to socially-motivated artistic practice, Kratchmer was selected to join the Global Leaders Program as a member of the 2018 Cohort and recently received a certificate in social justice, teaching artistry, cultural agency, and social entrepreneurship with teaching artist residencies in Chile, Paraguay, and Tanzania. • Kratchmer holds degrees from Luther College (BA '13), the Eastman School of Music (MM '16), and is currently pursuing a DMA at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami as a teaching assistant to Jodi Levitz. Previous teachers have included Spencer Martin and Carol Rodland.

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