MET Orchestra Musicians Masterclasses

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2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
Cello Masterclass with MET Orchestra Principal Cello Jerry Grossman
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
Viola Masterclass with MET Orchestra Associate Principal Viola Shmuel Katz
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
Violin Masterclass with MET Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Nancy Wu
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
Bassoon Masterclass with MET Orchestra Principal Bassoon Evan Epifanio

Jerry Grossman

Cello Masterclass with MET Orchestra Principal Cello Jerry Grossman

September 15, 2024

Jerry Grossman has been the principal cellist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1986. He has appeared in recital, and with symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the United States. His highly acclaimed New York debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was followed by the American premiere of Kurt Weill’s 1920 Cello Sonata, leading to recording that work, as well as works by Dohnanyi, Prokofiev, Bartok, and Kodaly for Nonesuch Records. His recording of works for cello by Victor Herbert is available on New World Records. He has appeared as soloist in Carnegie Hall and on domestic and European tours with the Met Orchestra under James Levine playing Don Quixote by Richard Strauss. The performance has also been recorded for Deutsche Grammophon.

A long association with the Marlboro Music Festival, including numerous ‘Music from Marlboro’ tours and recordings, figures prominently in Mr. Grossman’s chamber music experience. He is a former member of Orpheus and Speculum Musicae, and has also appeared as a guest artist with the Guarneri, Vermeer, and Emerson String Quartets. He was the founding cellist of both the Chicago String Quartet and the Chicago Chamber Musicians. Before assuming his position at the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Grossman was a member of the Chicago Symphony for two seasons and the New York Philharmonic for two seasons.

Mr. Grossman began his music studies in his native Cambridge, Massachusetts. His teachers there included Judith Davidoff, Joan Esch and Benjamin Zander. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied cello with David Soyer and chamber music with the other members of the Guarneri Quartet. Sandor Vegh and Harvey Shapiro were also important influences.

Mr. Grossman has held faculty positions at the Juilliard School, the State University of New York at Binghamton, and DePaul University in Chicago. He currently teaches at the Kneisel Hall Summer Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine.


“One constantly felt the presence of a musician who treasures these works [the Six Suites for Solo Cello of J.S. Bach], understands their secrets and communicates them with disarming honesty and expressive warmth. —New York Magazine

“A consistently compelling and imaginative interpreter.” —NY Times

“…Utter spontaneity, deep commitment and infectious vitality.” —NY Times

“…originality, imagination and technical mastery” —Boston Globe

“It is hard to imagine a more satisfying evening.” —NY Times

“…playing that truly warmed the heart.” “…passion, power and rare exuberance.” —Washington Post

“Grossman is a virtuoso throughout…magnificent” —Musical America

Shmuel Katz

Viola Masterclass with MET Orchestra Associate Principal Viola Shmuel Katz

November 3, 2024

Shmuel Katz has been praised as a “World-class musician” by the leading German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau, and heralded by the Ottawa Citizen for his “Uncommonly rich and introspective” playing.

Mr. Katz is the Associate Principal Violist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He was previously an associate member with the company for over a decade. Shmuel serves as Principal Violist of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra and the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra. He has also served as the Assistant Principal Violist of the New York City Ballet Orchestra, Principal Violist of the Pennsylvania Ballet, member and guest Principal Violist of the New York City Opera, and member of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He also appeared as Concertmaster and Soloist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, and has toured with the orchestra across Europe, Asia and North America. Shmuel has also performed as a guest violist in the sections of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.

Mr. Katz is on the viola faculty of the Manhattan School of Music for both the College and Orchestral Performance Programs, in addition to leading the Orchestral Repertoire classes. He previously taught on the viola faculty of SUNY Purchase and New York University. Mr. Katz has given masterclasses at TON at Bard college and at the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Shmuel is an active recording artist. He has recorded for the EMI, Deutche Grammophon and Ondine labels with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. His studio work in New York includes albums of Sting, Bruce Springsteen, and Lou Reed as well as more than 20 movie soundtracks.

Mr. Katz enjoys playing in a variety of chamber music concert and recitals throughout the year.  He performs regularly with Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin as part of the Met Orchestra Chamber Ensemble Series at Carnegie Hall, as well as with the Concertante, Richardson and American Chamber Players, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble and the Israeli Chamber Project. He has collaborated in chamber music performances with Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Yefim Bronfman, Michael Tree, Ralph Kirchbaum, Vadim Gluzman, Leif Ove Andsnes, the American String Quartet, and Tabea Zimmerman.  He has also collaborated in chamber ensembles with opera singers such as Tamara Mumford, Eric Owens, Ryan Speedo Green, and Joyce DiDonato. As a recitalist, Mr. Katz has performed in Weill Recital hall, David Geffen Hall, the Jerusalem Music Centre, National Library in Ottawa, Canada and more.

Also in demand as an arranger, Mr. Katz has had his viola arrangements performed by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra members in New York City, as well as by principal musicians in the Royal Swedish Orchestra and renowned chamber musicians in England. 

He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied violin and viola with Pinchas Zukerman, Michael Tree and Patinka Kopec. Before leaving for New York, he studied in Israel with Haim Taub, Ora Shiran and Yair Kless. He also performed in masterclasses given by Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, Dorothy DeLay, Josef Gingold, Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt, and Alexander Schneider.

Mr. Katz performs regularly on his Iizuka violas, one of which was previously owned by his former teacher and mentor, Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet. He is also a Thomastik Infeld Artist Ambassador.

Shmuel Katz

Violin Masterclass with MET Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Nancy Wu

March 30, 2025

Nancy Wu has served as Associate Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1989. She performs regularly with the MET Chamber Ensemble and has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Martha’s Vineyard and the Fondation Giannada in Martigny, Switzerland. Ms. Wu has been a coach for the Verbier Festival Orchestra since its founding in 2000. She is an exclusive artist for Thomastik-Infeld Strings. A Fulbright grant recipient, Ms. Wu graduated with honors from Stanford University and the Vienna Hochschule für Musik, and lives in Pleasantville, New York, with her husband, double bassist Leigh Mesh and their two children.

Evan Epifanio

Bassoon Masterclass with MET Orchestra Principal Bassoon Evan Epifanio

May 4, 2025

Evan Epifanio was appointed Principal Bassoon of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in 2018.  Prior to The Met, Evan was a member of The Sarasota Orchestra and New World Symphony, as well as serving as Principal Bassoon of the Des Moines Metro Opera.  He has also performed with other ensembles including The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Florida Orchestra. 

Evan can be heard playing with The MET Orchestra Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall throughout the year. In addition to performing, Evan serves as Bassoon Faculty at The Manhattan School of Music, and has lead masterclasses at a variety of locations including The Academia Filarmónica de Medellín, Colombia and The Juilliard School. 

During his summer months Evan serves as Bassoon Faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School.  He has been heard performing with Classical Tahoe in Incline Village, Nevada and The Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego.  

When Evan is not playing bassoon or making reeds, he enjoys spending time on his various knitting and sewing projects! 

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