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October 6 @ 8:30 am - 5:15 pm

Hosted by Arizona State University in partnership with ASTA-AZ, Violin360° is an event for high school violinists and their teachers that explores all things violin. Participants will have the opportunity to work and perform with Arizona’s Danwen Jiang, Timothy Kantor, Louise Scott, and Jonathan Swartz. Sessions will examine violin technique for students and perspectives in pedagogy for teachers.

Artistic Director

Jonathan Swartz (

Guest Artist

Paul Kantor, Rice University

Paul Kantor is currently the Sally Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University having previously served as the Eleanor H. Biggs Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard studying violin with Dorothy DeLay and chamber music with Robert Mann. For thirteen years he served as Chair of the String Department at the University of Michigan and has taught at the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory and Yale University. He continues as Artist in Residence at the Glenn Gould School of Music/ Royal Conservatory of Music since his appointment in 2008. Along with his son, violinist Timothy Kantor, he founded and directs the Gabriel Del Orbe Violin Program in the Dominican Republic.

Additionally, he has presented master classes at the Starling-Delay Symposium, Indiana University, the Eastman School, the University of Southern California and the New World Symphony, among others. His students consistently win major awards at important violin competitions including the Indianapolis, Montreal, Stulberg, Buenos Aires, Klein and Fischoff.

For the past 37 years he has been on the Artist/Faculty of the Aspen Music Festival & School where he has been concertmaster of both the Festival Orchestra and the Chamber Symphony. He has performed as soloist with numerous symphony orchestras as well as serving as concertmaster of the New Haven Symphony, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and the Great Lakes Festival Orchestra. Kantor was a member of The New York and Lenox string quartets, the Berkshire Chamber Players and the National Musical Arts Chamber Ensemble in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Kantor has performed the world premieres of Dan Welcher’s Violin Concerto, (subsequently recorded with Larry Rachleff and Symphony II) as well as John Corigliano’s “Red Violin Caprices”. His recordings can be found on the labels of Equilibrium, CRI, Delos and Mark Records. In 2014 he was honored with the Artist Teacher Award from the American String Teachers Association.

He is married to pianist Virginia Weckstrom.

Artist Teachers

Danwen Jiang, Arizona State University


Timothy Kantor, University of Arizona


Louise Scott, Northern Arizona University


Jonathan Swartz, Arizona State University


Registration fee is waived for teachers with students participating.

Register before September 27 to secure your t-shirt!

Work to be studied and performed: Telemann Concerto No. 2 for 4 Violins in D Major (TWV 40:202)

Please consult with your teacher which part would be best for you to prepare.

Telemann Score 

Telemann Violin 1

Telemann Violin 2

Telemann Violin 3

Telemann Violin 4

Telemann Viola

8:30 Registration
9-9:50  Warm-up/technique class
10:00-10:40  Sectionals for students; pedagogy session for teachers
10:45-11:25  Technique sessions
11:30-12:15 Rehearsal with tutti
12:15-1:15  LUNCH (provided)
1:15-2:45  Master Class
3:00-3:40  Technique sessions
3:45-4:25  Sectionals for students; pedagogy session for teachers
4:30-4:50  Rehearsal with tutti


October 6
8:30 am - 5:15 pm


Arizona State University
50 E Gammage Pkwy
Temp, AZ 85281 United States
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