The World Music division provides the opportunity for students to learn cross over
collabration from world-class musicians. By expanding their performing styles and
repertoire, students can widen their performing and teaching career opportunities. Each
student will be assigned to a cross over chamber group of various combinations,
focusing on the repertoire composed by internationally known composers over the past
20 years. They will be coached by musicians from the 6-Wire and Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road
Project, in preparation for a public chamber concert.
Our coaching faculty include: Erhu masters Cathy Yang and Jun Chu; Pipa masters Hong
Zhou and Jin Yang; violinist Xiang Gao; cellist Bo Li; pianist Matthew Brower; and
percussionist Ben Goldman.
Each student will have multiple private lessons with our world-class faculty. They can
also attend different master classes and lectures by faculty or visiting artists every day
during the festival. In addition, a different variety of concerts are held each day, providing
more learning opportunities for students. MPF holds the Young Artist Solo Competition
in which students are encouraged to participate but not required. Students from the World
Music Division can choose works from its traditional repertoire for the instrument.
Professors from China will also help the students to prepare the traditional works for the
competition. The winners will receive award certificates and the opportunity to
perform in the solo concerts.