PCM presents master classes throughout the school year. These public classes offer students the opportunity to learn, perform, and gain confidence as musicians.
These classes are typically attended by the friends and families of the student performers, however, they are free and open to the public.
About Geneva Lewis
Kiwi/American violinist Geneva Lewis has forged a reputation as a musician of consummate artistry whose performances speak from and to the heart. Geneva is the recipient of a 2022 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant and Grand Prize winner of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Competition. Most recently, Geneva was named one of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists.
Since her solo debut at age 11 with the Pasadena POPS, Geneva has gone on to perform with orchestras including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, North Carolina Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and Austin Symphony. In recital, recent highlights include performances at Wigmore Hall, Tippet Rise, and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
Deeply passionate about collaboration, Geneva has had the pleasure of performing with such prominent musicians as Gidon Kremer, Sir András Schiff, and Mitsuko Uchida, among others.
Geneva received her Artist Diploma and Bachelor of Music at the New England Conservatory, studying with Miriam Fried. Prior to that, she studied with Aimée Kreston at the Colburn School of Performing Arts. She is currently studying at Kronberg Academy with Professor Mihaela Martin. These studies are funded by the Strauss Family Patronage.
Geneva is currently performing on a composite violin by G.B. Guadagnini, c. 1766, generously on loan from a Charitable Trust.
About Gabriel Martins
Cellist Gabriel Martins (b. 1998) has established himself as one of the world’s most compelling young musicians. His artistry has already been recognized through an extensive list of accolades including the Concert Artists Guild/Young Classical Artists Trust Grand Prize, the Sphinx Competition Gold Medal, the David Popper International Cello Competition Gold Medal, the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians Silver Medal, the Schadt String Competition Gold Medal, the Orford Music Award, and the Prague Spring Czech Music Fund Prize. These successes have led to a number of high-profile debuts including Carnegie, Merkin, and Wigmore Halls, 92nd Street Y, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Maison Symphonique in Montréal, and the Arkansas, Greensboro, Houston, Indianapolis, Memphis, New Russian State, Omaha, Pacific, Phoenix and São Paulo Symphony Orchestras. In 2022, The Strad Magazine declared his New York City recital debut to be “flawlessly played…a deeply moving experience”, and Classic FM named him one of their “30 under 30” Rising Stars. Martins grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where he studied with Susan Moses. He later studied with Ralph Kirshbaum at USC and Laurence Lesser at NEC. He plays a composite Francesco Ruggieri cello and a François Nicolas Voirin bow.