Introducing Professor Edward Klorman!

Photo by Tristan Cook, courtesy of Music@Menlo

What’s your name?

Edward Klorman.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Rochester, NY but have called NYC home for twelve years. I’m currently a proud resident of Harlem!

How did you come to the viola?

When I was a kid, I was more interested in composition and in learning about music all around than I was in practicing violin. But when I switched to viola in eighth grade, something clicked and I began to take playing more seriously. Once I started playing viola in string quartets, I was hooked.

What do you do at Juilliard?

I was a Juilliard student for five years and somehow never left. I’m now on the faculty, serving as chair of the Music Theory and Analysis Department and also as a chamber music coach. And I’m glad to continue as a teaching assistant for the ACHT studio.

Tell us about one of your favorite performances?

One concert that was really special for me was performing the Mozart Sinfonia concertante with my friend Stefan Jackiw and a wonderful chamber orchestra called Camerata Notturna (an ensemble of musicians who make their living in other fields, but who play incredibly well and with such wonderful enthusiasm). It’s just a perfect piece, so full of wit and pathos–a joy to play!

If you could perform any viola piece, what would it be?

I’ve always had a secret soft spot for Harold in Italy…

If you could play any non-viola piece, what would it be?

That’s easy: any violin sonata by Mozart, Schubert, or Brahms.

Who made your viola and how did you get to be the one playing it?

For the past five years, my companion has been a modern Italian viola by Giuseppe Modaudo (Catania, ca. 1920).

Do you have any secret skills?

I won a baseball award in second grade… is that a skill?

You are forced by the United States Government to not practice for a day.  What do you do with yourself?

I have a long reading list waiting for me whenever I have some free time.

Do you have a website?

Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival: www.LakeMusicFestival.org

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