Masterclass with Stanley Ritchie

Monday 15 May 2017

Recital Hall West

Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Sydney Conservatorium of Music offers you the opportunity to attend a masterclass with acclaimed violinist, Stanley Ritchie. You are invited to witness him working with talented students, workshopping techniques to perfect their craft in an ‘open lesson’ format.

Stanley Ritchie

Stanley Ritchie, a pioneer in the Early Music field in America, was born and educated in Australia, graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1956. He left Australia in 1958 to pursue his studies in Paris with Jean Fournier, continuing in 1959 to the United States, where he studied with Joseph Fuchs, Oscar Shumsky and Samuel Kissel.

In 1963 he was appointed concertmaster of the New York City Opera, and then served as associate concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera from 1965 to 1970. From 1970 to 1973 he performed as a member of the New York Chamber Soloists, and as Assistant Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony from 1973 until 1975, when he joined the Philadelphia String Quartet (in residence in the University of Washington in Seattle) as first violinist. In 1982 he accepted his current appointment as professor of violin at Indiana University School of Music.

His interest in Baroque and Classical violin dates from 1970 when he embarked on a collaboration with harpsichordist Albert Fuller which led to the founding in 1973 of the Aston Magna summer workshop and festival. In 1974 he joined harpsichordist Elisabeth Wright in forming Duo Geminiani – their 1983 recording of the Bach Sonatas for Violin and Obbligato Harpsichord earned immediate critical acclaim. He has performed with many prominent musicians in the Early Music field, including Hogwood, Gardiner, Bruegghen, Norrington, Bilson and Bylsma, and was for twenty years a member of The Mozartean Players with fortepianist Steven Lubin and cellist Myron Lutzke. He has appeared as soloist or conductor with a number of major Early Music orchestras, among them the Academy of Ancient Music, Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra.

Recognised as a leading exponent of Baroque and Classical violin playing, he performs, teaches and lectures worldwide, most recently in Australia, Germany, Italy, Colombia, China and Greece. Ritchie has served on the jury at the Leipzig International Bach Competition and is a frequent guest at Kloster Michaelstein, in Blankenburg, Germany, where he gives masterclasses in Baroque and Classical technique and interpretation. He has been a faculty member of the Accademia di Musica Antica in Bruneck (Südtirol) since 2000, and served for ten years as Artistic Director of the Bloomington Early Music Festival. His ex-students are prominent members of the Early Music profession, some of them also occupying important teaching positions in the United States. In June 2009 he received Early Music America’s highest honour, the Howard Mayer Brown Award for Lifetime Achievement in Early Music. In April 2016 he was promoted by the Board of Trustees of Indiana University to Distinguished Professor of Music.

Other recordings include Vivaldi’s Op.11 Violin Concertos with Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music (Oiseau Lyre); the Mozart piano quartets and the complete piano trios of Mozart and Schubert as a member of The Mozartean Players, and a CD of 17th Century music for three violins and continuo entitled Three Parts upon a Ground, with John Holloway, Andrew Manze, Nigel North and John Toll, all for Harmonia Mundi USA; selected Concerti and Serenate of Francesco Antonio Bonporti, with Bloomington Baroque (Dorian Discovery), and two CDs of chamber music of Anton Wranitzky with Ensemble Cordia (Brilliant). His recording of Bach’s  Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (Musica Omnia mo0503), released in January 2014, has received high critical praise.

His book entitled Before the Chinrest – a Violinist’s Guide to the Mysteries of Pre-Chinrest Technique and Style, published by Indiana University Press, was released in June 2012. A second book, The Accompaniment in “Unaccompanied” Bach – Interpreting the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, (Indiana University Press), was published in 2016.


ticket pricing
  • Free, bookings not required.