Master Classes


The Kingston Chamber Music Festival engages world-class, virtuoso musicians for chamber performances that transform the Kingston landscape each summer. Beginning in the summer of 2015, festival Artistic Director Natalie Zhu, through the generous support of the Natalie Kampen endowment fund, established an educational program of annual festival master classes intended to provide expert coaching by festival musicians to advanced local music students. These classes offer Rhode Island students a special opportunity to deepen their study with their current music teachers by participating in an individual coaching session with the festival's world-renowned performers, whose insights and experience exemplify the highest levels of musical achievement.

Master classes in 2015 were offered by bassoonist Harrison Hollingsworth for woodwind players and by violinist Amy Oshiro for string players. Held at the URI Fine Arts Center, the 90-minute- long classes invited students to perform a prepared solo, followed by individual artistic coaching. Sessions were open for viewing by the general public and proved popular with participants and listeners alike. In 2016, the Clarosa Piano Quartet and pianist Stewart Goodyear coached student ensembles and solo pianists.

2017 Master Classes

Kyu-Young Kim, for solo violinists
Saturday, July 22, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Kyu-Young Kim, artistic director and principal violin of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, is one of the most versatile and accomplished musicians of his generation. His appointment as the SPCO’s artistic director in January 2016 marks the first time a playing member has been tapped to take the artistic helm of a major American orchestra. He is a founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, which won the grand prize at the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition, and a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Kim has received degrees from the Curtis Institute, the Juilliard School, and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Viktor Valkov, for solo pianists
Saturday, July 29, 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Winner of the 2015 Astral Artists National Auditions, and gold medalist at the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Viktor Valkov has been acclaimed by critics as “a lion of the keyboard” and “sensational.”  He has given recitals in the U.S., Japan, Germany, Italy, Greece, Macedonia, and his native Bulgaria. In partnership with cellist Lachezar Kostov, the pair made a Zankel Hall debut in New York in 2009, and won first prize at the Liszt-Garisson International Competition in 2011. Valkov studied at the State Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria, and in the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany. He earned his master's degree at Juilliard, and is pursuing his doctorate at Rice University with Jon Kimura Parker.

Application for Masterclasses
Students interested in 2017 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 2017 is June 9.

  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]

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