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The Friends of Music present a Cello Masterclass with Rafael Figueroa

Date and Time
Thursday April 8th, 2021
10:00 - 11:30am
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The Friends of Music at Stanford present this cello masterclass with distinguished guest artist Rafael Figueroa (Principal Cellist, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra). Three Stanford student cellists will perform works by Elgar, Prokofiev, and Schumann and receive coaching from Mr. Figueroa.

Rafael Figueroa, principal cellist with The Metropolitan Opera since 1995, has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Europe, South and Central Americas, Korea, and Japan. He is the winner of many distinguished competitions and awards, including First Prize at the Gregor Piatigorsky Competition in Boston, the Bronze Medal at the International Pablo Casals Competition in Budapest, and winner of the concerto competition at the Third American Cello Congress. Rafael has been a frequent soloist with the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, as well as The Casals Festival in Tokyo, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Aspen Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, Cape Cod Music Festival, and the Musique et Vin Festival in Burgundy, France. Rafael made his Carnegie Hall debut as soloist to critical acclaim, performing the Brahms Double Concerto with The Met Opera Orchestra concertmaster David Chan, conducted by James Levine. Rafael studied at Indiana University with Janos Starker and Gary Hoffman.

Student performers:

  • Tracy Lang
  • Jessica Lee
  • Paul Lee

A program PDF for this event is available below.

Event Sponsor
Department of Music