Master Classes

2018 Master Classes

Zach DePue, for solo violinists
Saturday, August 4th, 1pm.

Known for his virtuosic, high‐energy performances, violinist Zachary DePue successfully balances his roles as concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, soloist, chamber musician, fiddler, community leader and mentor with passion and dedication.   

A rising star among both classical and crossover music fans, he was appointed concertmaster of the ISO in 2007 and became one of the youngest concertmasters in the country. He graduated in 2002 from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with renowned violinists Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo. He earned a full‐tuition scholarship to Curtis and he also held the David H. Springman Memorial Fellowship. He served as concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra before becoming a violinist in The Philadelphia Orchestra. Prior to entering Curtis, he attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with William Preucil, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra.

With an innate talent for improvisation and arranging, Mr. DePue found much of his inspiration from his three older brothers, all violinists and fiddlers. In 1985, the four classically‐trained brothers formed their own acclaimed group, which combines classical and bluegrass for an eclectic, fun concert experience. The group’s father is Wallace DePue, a composer and professor emeritus at Bowling Green State University.

Mr. DePue was a founding member of Time for Three, ISO’s first ever ensemble-in-residence, alongside his fell Curtis colleagues, violinist Nick Kendall and double bassist Ranaan Meyer. With its dynamic energy and unique mash-ups of bluegrass, jazz and classical music, Time for Three has reinvented the ISO’s Happy Hour Series and has introduced a new audiences to the symphony experience.

This season, Mr. DePue became a member of the 40th Class of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, a prestigious program that connects Indianapolis’ emerging leaders to the issues and needs of the community.

His violin was made by Ferdinand Gagliano of Naples, Italy, in 1757.


Ronaldo Rolim, for solo pianists
Saturday, July 24, 4pm.

With “a special ability to present touching interpretations” (El Norte), Brazilian pianist RONALDO ROLIM is a prominent figure among the newest generation of outstanding musicians. Acclaimed for his “consummate elegance” (New York Concert Review) and “mastery of phrasing, agogic accents, and dynamics” (Oberbaselbieter Zeitung), he has performed extensively over four continents, and in such venues such as Carnegie Hall, Zurich’s Tonhalle, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Great Hall of the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts. He is a winner of Astral’s 2017 National Auditions.

​In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Rolim is featured in a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Enrique Granados, with performances of the composer’s complete Goyescas at various venues in the U.S., Europe, and Brazil. Recent guest soloist performances include Brahms’ Concerto No. 1 with the Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella, Debussy’s Fantaisie with the Minas Gerais Philharmonic in Brazil, and a German tour of Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5 with Ukraine’s Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra. He has captured top prizes at numerous international competitions, including the James Mottram, Bösendorfer, San Marino, Lyon, Teresa Carreño, and the prestigious Concours Géza Anda in Zurich. A passionate advocate of chamber music, Mr. Rolim is the founding member of Trio Appassionata, formed in 2007 with violinist Lydia Chernicoff and cellist Andrea Casarrubios. Some of the ensemble’s most recent projects include tours of Brazil and China, and the release of its debut album gone into night are all the eyes, for Odradek Records. Featuring piano trios by American composers, Gramophone said the disc “deserves automatic respect”, presenting “music-making as impressive and dangerous as a granite cliff” (International Record Review). Mr. Rolim greatly enjoys working with diverse chamber musicians, and has performed with the Jasper, Aizuri and São Paulo string quartets, and members of Ensemble Connect, the Baltimore Symphony, the Brazilian Symphony, and Bronx Arts Ensemble.

​Mr. Rolim has performed with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Concerto Budapest, Phoenix Symphony, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as many of Brazil’s foremost ensembles. A frequent presence at international music festivals, he has been featured in solo recitals and chamber music performances at Ravinia, Folle Journée, Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Musikdorf Ernen, Académie Musicale de Villecroze, and the Lake George Music Festival.

Mr. Rolim’s performances have been featured in radio broadcasts in Brazil (Radios MEC and Cultura), the U.S. (Spokane Public Radio and WBJC Baltimore), and Europe (Radios SWR 2, BBC 3, Rai 3, and France Musique). He has also been featured in several television programs in his home country, including Brasil Piano Solo, a series of recitals dedicated exclusively to Brazilian music, presented by the TV Cultura Channel. He has also participated in the documentary Magda Tagliaferro: A World Inside The Piano, in which he performed music of Scriabin.


Application for Masterclasses
Students interested in 2018 masterclasses are required to submit a short videotaped performance of the piece to be played for the masterclass and a brief application form. Application deadline for 2018 is June 30th.

  1. Submit an Audition Tape in One of Two Ways: Create a video of the short piece you would like to play for the masterclass and upload to YouTube station KingstonChamberMusicFestival. (Please list your video as "public" or "unlisted." If you list "private" we will not be able to view your submission.) Or email your video directly to masterclass [at] kingstonchambermusic.org

  2. Submit an Application Form: Click to download a fillable PDF application form. Send the form to masterclass [at] kingstonchambermusic.org or through the U.S. postal service to Kingston Chamber Music Festival at P.O. Box 1733, Kingston, RI 02881.


Educators: Looking for the 2018 master classes flyer? Click here to download the printable PDF version.