The Ottawa Suzuki Strings: Education for violinists, violists, and cellists/a>


This Year's Dates: June 5-14, 2015
rehearsal for cello

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Our 2015 Absolutely Ottawa! dates are posted now, as well!


How to Apply

SOUND ENCOUNTERS is for advanced string students who play at or beyond the following minimum repertoire levels:

  • Violin: Handel Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Bach Concerto No. 1 in a minor
  • Viola: Marcella Sonata in G Major
  • Cello: Saint-Saens, The Swan
  • Bass: Orchestral experience
  • Piano: Advanced players, by audition

I. Collegiate Division

Spring 2015 high school graduates.

II. Undergraduate Division

Advanced students of all ages through high school. Note: Suzuki equivalencies to minimum repertoire level: Violin – Book 7, Viola – Book 5, Cello – Book 6, Bass – Orchestral experience, Piano – by audition.

How to audition for a SOUND ENCOUNTERS Master Class

Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas (45 minutes southwest of Kansas City via I-35)

Faculty 2015 update coming soon!

Violin Master Classes
Brian Lewis, Violin
Brian Lewis, Austin, TX

One of the most versatile and charismatic violinists on the current scene, Brian Lewis is an exceptionally dedicated and gifted performer whose passionate artistry has been heard and embraced around the world. “There are a lot of fine violinists on the concert stage today, but few can match Lewis for an honest virtuosity that supremely serves the music,” reports the Topeka Capital-Journal. Acclaimed performances include concerto debuts in both New York’s Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, as well as performances with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Berlin (Germany), Louisiana, Kansas City, Syracuse, Hartford, Odense (Denmark), Greenwich, Wichita, Lima (Peru), Topeka, Boulder, Guadalajara (Mexico), Amarillo, Midland-Odessa, Sinfonia Toronto (Canada), Eugene, Spokane, and American Symphony orchestras, among many others.

Activities in Asia include concerto performances with the Taejon City Symphony in Korea, the Taipei Conductors’s Orchestra in Taiwan, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra in Japan. Mr. Lewis has recorded seven CDs, most recently with Laura Kennedy in Beethoven’s Halle in Hanover, Germany. The CD of short pieces will be released later this year. He has recorded music of Leonard Bernstein and Hollywood composer Michael McLean with the London Symphony. His numerous recital appearances include performances across the United States, including the Mostly Mozart Festival and the Great Performer’s Series at Lincoln Center in New York. Internationally, Mr. Lewis has been a featured recitalist in Australia, Canada, the French West Indies, Puerto Rico, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, France, England, Denmark, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Peru, Chile, and Brazil.

As a student of Eleanor Allen, Mr. Lewis began his violin studies at the age of four, and participated in the Ottawa Suzuki Strings program under the direction of his mother, Alice Joy Lewis. He later studied with Tiberius Klausner, and twice traveled to Japan where he studied with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto. He holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School where he was a student of Dorothy DeLay, Masao Kawasaki, and Hyo Kang.

Highly committed and dedicated to teaching young artists, Mr. Lewis has quickly emerged as one of the leading violin teachers of his generation. He holds the David and Mary Winton Green Chair in String Performance and Pedagogy at The University of Texas at Austin, where he is Professor of Violin. He is also Artistic Director of the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School in New York City, Artistic Director of the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program in Kansas, a founding member of the Texas Piano Quartet, and Artistic Director of the Starling Distinguished Violinist Series at the Butler School of Music at UT. Additionally, Mr. Lewis was in residency at the Yale School of Music as the Class of ’57 Visiting Professor in Music and served as concertmaster of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston for several years. Brian Lewis has been recognized for his fine teaching and his contributions to the community; in the spring of 2013 he was awarded a University of Texas Butler School of Music Teaching Excellence Award. Mr. Lewis served on the jury of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in the spring of 2014. Brian Lewis was awarded a 2014 Austin Critics’ Table Award for Best Instrumentalist for his performance of Michael McLean’s ELEMENTS during the Menuhin Competition.

Cello Master Classes
Cellist to be announced