Acclaimed Violist Nicholas Cords to give Master Class at Hoff-Barthelson Series featuring world-class musicians and educators commences on February 6, 2020


Thursday, February 6, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The 2019-2020 Hoff-Barthelson Music School Master Class Series commences with acclaimed violist Nicholas Cords on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 7:00 pm. The class is open to the public to observe free of charge, and takes place at Hoff-Barthelson Music School, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale. Space is limited, reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by e-mailing [email protected]


About the Hoff-Barthelson Music School Master Class Series:

Master class coaching by guest artists has been part of Hoff-Barthelson’s curriculum since the School’s founding in 1944. This distinguished tradition continues this season with a roster of world-class musicians and educators including Nicholas Cords, viola (February 6); Colin Jacobsen, violin (March 5); Joel Krosnick, cello (March 29); members of the New York Philharmonic (April 20); Bart Feller, flute (April 23); and Roman Rabinovich, piano (April 26).


Master classes are an enlightening experience for students and audiences alike. After months of careful preparation, students perform for, and then receive feedback and guidance from a master teacher who challenges the student to think in new and critical ways about the piece they’ve prepared. The results are inspiring and enlightening and serve as a catalyst for students to reach new heights in their own musical explorations. Yet, the learning isn’t limited just to the students who perform. Any student—regardless of their level of development, or whether or not they even play the same instrument—can learn a great deal.


For additional information, or to reserve seats:

[email protected]; 914-723-1169;


About Nicholas Cords

For more than two decades, omnivorous violist Nicholas Cords has been on the front line of a growing constellation of projects as performer, educator, and cultural advocate. Nicholas currently serves as violist, Programming Chair, and Co-Artistic Director of the internationally renowned musical collective Silkroad. Founded by Yo-Yo Ma in 2000 with the belief that listening across cultures leads to a more hopeful world, Silkroad’s mission is explored world-wide through countless learning initiatives and a deep commitment to the exploration of new music and partnerships.

Another key aspect of Nicholas’ busy musical life is as founding member of Brooklyn Rider, an intrepid group which NPR credits with “recreating the 300-year-old form of the string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.” Brooklyn Rider’s singular mission and gripping performance style have resulted in an indelible contribution to the world of the string quartet that has brought in legions of fans across the spectrum. Recent collaborators include Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, Swedish mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman, Persian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor, banjo legend Béla Fleck, and Mexican jazz singer Magos Herrera.


A committed teacher, Nicholas joined the viola and chamber music faculty at New England Conservatory in the fall of 2018 after teaching at Stony Brook University for the previous seven years.


About Hoff-Barthelson Music School:

Hoff-Barthelson Music School, now celebrating its 75th Anniversary, has achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for its unsurpassed leadership in education, performance and community service. With a faculty drawn from the region’s most talented teachers and performers, the School has long been one of Westchester County’s most cherished cultural resources. At Hoff-Barthelson, students find a warm, friendly music school dedicated to the highest standards of education, performance, and community service. Students of all ages, aptitudes, and levels of interest enjoy a supportive, joyful learning environment; a focus on the whole person; exceptional teaching; and a multifaceted curriculum.


The Master Class Series is made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with support from Westchester County Government, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Photo credit and caption: Violist Nicholas Cords will present a master class at Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7 pm.

Event Location and Ticket Information

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Hoff-Barthelson Music School
25 School Lane
Scarsdale, New York
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020
Times: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ticket pricing:
Free event

Presenter: Nicholas Cords
Presenter Phone: 914-723-1169
Presenter Website:

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