InterHarmony International School of Music Presents
Open Master Class Series

Learn about the InterHarmony International School of Music Online by attending the Open Master Class Series. These free by RSVP classical music events will showcase IISM Professors. Informative and fun, potential students will get a taste of what it is like to study classical music at IISM.

  • InterHarmony Open Master Class Series: Cello Master Class with Laszlo Mezo

    InterHarmony Open Master Class Series: Cello Master Class with Laszlo Mezo

    Born in Budapest, Hungary, Laszlo Mezo gained national recognition as one of the top musicians of his generation when he won First Prize in the “Kertész Ottó Memorial Competition” at the young age of 18. Since then, he has won numerous other competitions which have brought him international recognition. 

    Mr. Mezo is currently a professor in cello at Chapman University and Saddleback College in California, and he was Assistant Teacher at the University of Southern California between 2007 and 2008. Currently residing in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Mezo is a member of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. He is a sought after soloist, and an active studio musician in Hollywood. He has played in many film scores, some latest blockbusters include Star Wars, Ice Age, Life of Pi, Wolverine, and The Lone Ranger.

  • InterHarmony Open Master Class Series: The Inner Worlds of Robert Schumann with Alexandra Eames

    InterHarmony Open Master Class Series: The Inner Worlds of Robert Schumann with Alexandra Eames

    Composer of genius, passionate, romantic, intellectual, insightful music critic, and writer. Robert Schumann is certainly one of the most fascinating figures of the nineteenth century. Pianist Alexandra Eames takes a deep dive into his Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), Op. 82. This cycle of nine pieces was composed when Schumann was on the brink of his mental breakdown a few years before the end of his tragically short life. These pieces were cherished by both Schumann and his wife Clara, and they are a magical window into his sensitive nature and rich imagination.

    Since her New York debut at Merkin Concert Hall, Alexandra Eames has enjoyed an active career as a pianist. Her recent appearances include the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, the Aspen Music Festival Composers Symposium, the Kosciuszko Foundation and the Leschetizky Association Artist Series in New York City. Her CDs of Chopin and Schubert have been broadcast on WQXR’s Reflections from the Keyboard, hosted by David Dubal. In addition, Ms. Eames participated in the live broadcast of an all-Chopin Marathon at The Greene Space on WQXR.

  • Open Master Class Series: Quintessential Practicing with Cellist Misha Quint

    Open Master Class Series: Quintessential Practicing with Cellist Misha Quint

    Join Misha Quint for this Performance Master Class, featuring InterHarmony International School of Music Students, where he will describe and demonstrate efficient practicing. How does one spend less time practicing and get twice as much accomplished? How does one capitalize on the idea of "quality over quantity"? How does this relate to preparing for concerts with multiple programs at one time? Quint hails from the the Leningrad Special School for the Gifted and St. Petersburg Conservatory, where students and their soloist professors practiced all day long, where concerts were not just entertainment, but enticed deep artistic discussions on artistry of classical music, emotive pieces and composers, and technique, and where classical music was a way of life. Now living on the other end of the globe, Quint is a soloist and Founder and Music Director of the InterHarmony® International Music Festival that take place in Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy, Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Bavaria, Germany, and Online, and the InterHarmony® Concert Series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and the InterHarmony International School of Music Online.

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Puccini's La bohème with Eric Chernov

    Puccini's La bohème with Dr. Eric Chernov presented by InterHarmony Open Master Class Series and Ungeeking Music
    December 15 at 8pm EST

    One of the most popular operas of all time, Puccini's grand Parisian masterpiece is full of charm, drama, lightheartedness, laughter, and tragedy in equal measures. Chock full of inventive melodies, sophisticated and often subtle harmonic command, and an uncanny sense of rhythmic flow, Bohème delights through and through, and sounds as fresh today as it surely must have at its 1896 premiere. Come to this UnGeeking session and hear what all the fuss is about! We are just in time for the Metropolitan Opera’s 40th anniversary production of La Boheme.

    Eric Chernov, Music Theorist, Composer, Percussionist

    Composer and Music Theorist Dr. Eric B. Chernov teaches courses in music theory, musicology, and related fields. He has given over thirty public lectures in his popular UnGeeking Music lecture series. He holds degrees from the University at Buffalo (Ph. D.; 2009; Music Theory); Queens College (CUNY) (M.A.; 1997; Music Theory); and Mannes College of Music (B.M.; 1996; Percussion). Dr. Chernov has been an Assistant Professor of Music (adj) at Queens College's Aaron Copland School of Music since 2006, (former co-chair of the theory department) at Mannes College of Music's Preparatory Division since 1996, and on the faculty of the Juilliard MAP program.

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USSR Special Forces in Special Music Schools for the Gifted with violinists Oleh Krysa, Yuri Mazurkevich, Dana Mazurkevich, and cellist Misha Quint

    InterHarmony Open Master Class Series  USSR Special Forces in Special Music Schools for the Gifted with violinists Oleh Krysa, Yuri Mazurkevich, Dana Mazurkevich, and cellist Misha Quint
    May 20 at 6:00 PM EST

    USSR’s Special Music Forces in Special Music Schools for the Gifted: Join IISM’s panel - Misha Quint (cello), Yuri Mazurkevich, Dana Mazurkevich (violin), and Oleh Krysa (violin) - as they impart their experiences studying music in the USSR in regard to artists to whom they were exposed, discipline, and musical lifestyle, how it influenced them as soloists and professors, and how it is different from studying music now and perceptions have shifted.



  • InterHarmony International School of Music Presents: Open Master Class Series: Debussy with Catherine Kautsky

    Mozart à la carte: Performing Mozart’s Divertimento K563 for String Trio with Teri Lazar (violin), Osman Kivrak (viola), and Misha Quint (cello)
    May 13 at 6:00 PM EST

    Written in 1788 for a friend who helped Mozart when he was struggling with debt, Divertimento K563 turned out to be one of the most inventive pieces for string trio. Lazar, Kivrak, and Quint will perform excerpts from the trio and then discuss Mozart and analyze the piece. Grab a drink or aperitif and sit back and listen!

  • InterHarmony International School of Music Presents: Open Master Class Series: Debussy with Catherine Kautsky

    Open Master Class Series: Debussy in Fin-de-siècle Paris: Clowns, Colonies and Cakewalks with Pianist Catherine Kautsky
    March 25 at 7:00 PM EST

    A look at Debussy’s piano music as it relates to the Paris of his time. Learn about the ways that Debussy’s music reflects French attitudes toward poetry, painting, and culture. Identify all the myriad references to poems, paintings, fairy tales, and children’s books that are embedded in the Preludes and other piano works. Start to see Debussy as the consummate Parisian and very much a product of his place and time! 

  • InterHarmony International School of Music Presents: Open Master Class Series: Cello Master Class: Misha Quint, cello

    Inside the Mind of the Composer with Steven Sacco
    December 22 at 7:00 PM EST

    Kick off your holiday break with American composer and InterHarmony International School of Music Artist Faculty Steven Christopher Sacco for "In the Mind of the Composer" on Tuesday, December 22 at 7:00 PM EST for an exciting and enlightening webinar seminar/discussion about the creation of music with the opportunity to discuss and pick the composer's brain at the end. Sacco will answer questions such as: What is my compositional process? Why do I compose? Is it important for performers to compose? Is it important for composers to perform? Featured pieces include Sacco's Quintet for Brass, Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, and Book of Whimsey for Piano solo, and Six Studies for Fixed Media. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Sacco's work is performed internationally by some of today’s leading soloists and ensembles. Critics praise him for writing “absorbing, poetic and passionate music that easily engages the sympathies and attention of a concert audience.”  International tours have seen his work performed in Australia, Asia, Europe and North and South America. 

  • InterHarmony International School of Music Presents: Open Master Class Series: Cello Master Class: Misha Quint, cello

    Open Master Class Series: Detailed Practicing: Fact, Fiction, and Reality with Cellist Misha Quint

    Join cellist Misha Quint as he works with talented students, sharing his insights on practicing, ways to reach goals within a short time, resolving technical issues using common sense and logical thinking that transforms the practice room into a scientific yet very exciting music lab filled with groundbreaking experiments. Quint hails from the world of the Leningrad Special School for the Gifted and St. Petersburg Conservatory, when students and their soloist professors practiced all day long, where concerts were not just entertainment, but enticed deep artistic discussions on artistry of classical music, emotive pieces and composers, and technique, and where classical music was a way of life. Now living on the other end of the globe, Quint is a soloist and Founder and Music Director of the InterHarmony® International Music Festival that take place in Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy, Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Bavaria, Germany, and Online, and the InterHarmony® Concert Series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and the InterHarmony International School of Music Online that opened in the Fall of 2020.

  • InterHarmony International School of Music Presents: Open Master Class Series: Chopin Mazurkas: Dances of the Soul

    Open Master Class Series: Chopin Mazurkas: Dances of the Soul

    Join pianist and IISM professor Alexandra Eames for an In-depth exploration of Chopin's Mazurkas, a highly stylized and exotic collection of dances. Chopin composed Mazurkas all his life; they outnumber all his other works. He was the first to bring these varied dance forms into the standard music literature, and they contain some of his most daring and inventive musical expressions. Pianist Alexandra Eames has spent decades studying these amazing pieces and has recorded many of them. Discover these marvelous dances and learn why musical notation cannot impart their unique flavor. Chopin wrote, "In Paris everyone wants Waltzes, but my pen keeps writing Mazurkas."