Cleveland Institute of Music, Colburn School, Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, New World Symphony, Royal Conservatory of Music, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music share performances by their gifted young artists

Hosted by The Violin Channel on Saturday, April 16 at 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET
(Tuesday, April 12, Los Angeles) – A group of top independent music conservatories and professional training programs in the United States and Canada have come together to present a free virtual benefit concert to honor and support the people of Ukraine. Young artists from the eight organizations – Cleveland Institute of Music, Colburn School, Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, New World Symphony, The Royal Conservatory of Music, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music – will perform in an online benefit concert, introduced by celebrated violinist, activist, and educator Midori.

Hosted by The Violin Channel at, the concert will be streamed on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at 12 p.m. PST/3 p.m. EST.  During the concert, viewers will be able to make donations to support organizations providing humanitarian aid, supplies and transportation, and medical services to the people of Ukraine.

Filmed across North America in New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and Boston, the concert is dedicated to the people of Ukraine. The program includes performances by the New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation Klezmer Ensemble; the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Roots, Jazz and American Music (RJAM) program; and music from the Colburn School’s Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices, dedicated to reviving works by composers suppressed by the Nazi regime. The concert also features works by Schubert, Bartók, Paul Taffanel, Miroslav Skoryk, and David Popper by students of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, the New World Symphony, and The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School.

The concert to benefit Ukraine is the result of a longtime relationship among independent conservatories and training programs. These organizations dedicated to preparing young artists for professional careers have met annually for the past 10 years. This concert marks the first performance collaboration among the schools.


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Cleveland Institute of Music (Cleveland, OH)
Franz SCHUBERT, Piano Sonata in A Minor, Op.42/D.845: Moderato (1st movement)
Performed by Nikolay Pushkarev

The Colburn School (Los Angeles, CA)
Mieczysław WEINBERG, Concertino for Violin and String Orchestra (2nd and 3rd movements)
Performed by Anais Feller and Academy Virtuosi; Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices

Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia, PA)
Béla BARTÓK, String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102, I. Allegro
Performed by the Viano String Quartet

Manhattan School of Music (New York, NY)
Paul TAFFANEL, Wind Quintet in G minor (1st movement: Allegro con moto)
Performed by The Uptown Winds: Megan Torti, flute; Josh Owens, oboe; Spencer Reese, clarinet; Hunter Lorelli, bassoon; Andrew Angelos, horn

New World Symphony (Miami Beach, FL)
Miroslav SKORYK, Melody for String Orchestra
Roderick Cox, Conductor
Performed by the New World Symphony

New England Conservatory (Boston, MA)
Dave TARRAS, Nicolaev Bulgar
Jacob HOFFMAN, Xylophone Doyne
TRADITIONAL, Dem Trisker Rebn’s Khusidl
Performed by Contemporary Improvisation Department Jewish Music Ensemble: Hankus Netsky, director, piano; Nikita Manin, clarinet; Noah Kelly, Catherine Byrne, violins; Kimberly Sabio, trumpet; G Korth Rockwell, banjo; Emily Mitchell, guitar; Anwei Wang, guzheng, Henry Wilson, xylophone; Hannah Dunton, bass; and Maude Bastien-Desilets, drums

The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory (Toronto, Canada)
David POPPER, Requiem for 3 Cellos and Piano, Op. 66
Performed by Peter Eom, Kuan-Yu Huang, Kanon Shibata, cellos, and Jeanie Chung, piano

San Francisco Conservatory of Music (San Francisco, CA)
Eddie HARRIS, Freedom Jazz Dance                       
Performed by students from the Roots, Jazz and American Music (RJAM) program: Nate Gilbreath,trombone; Michael Potter, piano; Mateyko Jazwinski, bass; Jayla Hernandez, drums

The Cleveland Institute of Music empowers the world’s most talented classical music students to fulfill their dreams and potential. Its graduates command the most celebrated and revered stages in the world as soloists, chamber musicians and ensemble members; compose meaningful, award-winning new repertoire; and are highly sought-after teaching artists, administrators and thought leaders. A testament to the excellence of a CIM education, more than half of the members of The Cleveland Orchestra are connected to CIM as members of the faculty, alumni or both. The school’s increasingly diverse student body benefits from access to world-renowned visiting artists and conductors, intensive study with CIM’s stellar faculty and the rich curriculum offered by CIM’s partner Case Western Reserve University. A leader among its peers, CIM presents nearly 350 free performances and master classes on campus each year, and hundreds more at locations throughout the region, including Severance Music Center. Explore to learn more.

An internationally renowned performing arts institution located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the Colburn School trains students from beginners to those about to embark on professional careers. The School comprises four academic units joined by a single philosophy: that all who desire to study music and dance should have access to top-level instruction. The units of the School are the diploma- and degree-granting Conservatory of Music, a preeminent training ground for professional musicians; the Music Academy, a pre-college program that prepares musicians to study at top conservatories; the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute, a comprehensive dance program that includes the pre-professional Dance Academy; and the Community School of Performing Arts, which offers private lessons and group instruction in music performance, drama, and theory for students of all ability levels and ages. Serving students from all units of the School, the Center for Innovation and Community Impact helps prepare young artists for sustainable careers and nurtures their passion and ability to serve the community.

Together, these units provide performing arts instruction to more than 2,000 students from around the world, who benefit from a world-class faculty and exceptional facilities. Learn more at

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. For nearly a century Curtis has provided each member of its small student body with an unparalleled education alongside musical peers, distinguished by a “learn by doing” philosophy and personalized attention from a faculty that includes a high proportion of actively performing musicians. With admissions based solely on artistic promise, no student is turned away due to financial need. Curtis makes an investment in the artistic potential of its students, providing them with full-tuition scholarships and need-based grants for living expenses to ensure that each student can enter the profession without educational debt. In a typical year, Curtis students hone their craft through more than 200 orchestra, opera, and solo and chamber music offerings and programs that bring arts access and education to the community. This real-world training allows these extraordinary young musicians to join the front rank of performers, composers, conductors, and musical leaders, making a profound impact on music onstage and in their communities. To learn more, visit

Founded as a community music school by Janet Daniels Schenck in 1918, today MSM is recognized for its more than 975 superbly talented undergraduate and graduate students who come from more than 50 countries and nearly all 50 states; its innovative curricula and world-renowned artist-teacher faculty that includes musicians from the New York Philharmonic, the Met Orchestra, and the top ranks of the jazz and Broadway communities; and a distinguished community of accomplished, award-winning alumni working at the highest levels of the musical, educational, cultural, and professional worlds.

The School is dedicated to the personal, artistic, and intellectual development of aspiring musicians, from its Precollege students through those pursuing doctoral studies. Offering classical, jazz, and musical theatre training, MSM grants a range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. True to MSM’s origins as a music school for children, the Precollege program continues to offer superior music instruction to 475 young musicians between the ages of 5 and 18. The School also serves some 2,000 New York City schoolchildren through its Arts-in-Education Program, and another 2,000 students through its critically acclaimed Distance Learning Program.

Founded by Eben Tourjée in Boston, Massachusetts in 1867, the New England Conservatory (NEC) represents a model of music school that combines the best of European tradition with American innovation. This independent conservatory stands at the center of Boston’s rich cultural history and musical life, presenting concerts at the renowned Jordan Hall on Huntington Avenue, recognized as Boston’s Avenue of the Arts. As a not-for-profit institution that educates and trains musicians of all ages, NEC cultivates a diverse, dynamic community, providing music students of more than 40 countries with performance opportunities and high-caliber training from 225 internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. Propelled by profound artistry, bold creativity and deep compassion, NEC seeks to amplify musicians’ impact on advancing our shared humanity, and empowers students to meet today’s changing world head-on, equipped with the tools and confidence to forge multidimensional lives of artistic depth and relevance. NEC pushes the boundaries of music-making and teaching through college-level training in classical, jazz, and contemporary improvisation. Through unique interdisciplinary programs such as Entrepreneurial Musicianship and Community Performances & Partnerships, NEC empowers students to create their own musical opportunities. As part of NEC’s mission to make lifelong music education available to everyone, the Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education deliver training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students and adults.

The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, prepares graduates of music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. In the 34 years since its co-founding by Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas and Lin and Ted Arison, NWS has helped launch the careers of more than 1,150 alumni worldwide. A laboratory for the way music is taught, presented, and experienced, the New World Symphony consists of 87 young musicians who are granted fellowships lasting up to three years. The fellowship program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, professional development training and personalized experiences working with leading guest conductors, soloists and visiting faculty. Relationships with these artists are extended through NWS’s extensive distance learning via the internet. NWS Fellows take advantage of the innovative performance facilities and state-of-the art practice and ensemble rooms of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, the campus of the New World Symphony.

The mission of The Royal Conservatory of Music, which founded The Glenn Gould School in Toronto, Canada, is to develop human potential. Advancing the transformative effect that music and the arts have on society lies at the heart of everything The Royal Conservatory does. The Glenn Gould School builds on the Conservatory’s 130-year history of excellence and offers gifted young artists the optimum conditions in which to develop their talents and to find their individual voices. It is dedicated exclusively to performance training and students have as many performance opportunities as they can prepare for, and virtually unlimited access to practice studios while our faculty members, all highly regarded performers in their own right, are gifted, nurturing, and committed teachers. The school is also integrated with a major performing arts centre, the acoustically superb Koerner Hall, which gives students an edge when it comes to preparing for a professional career. Graduates are not only acclaimed musicians who perform on the world’s stages, but many have successfully assumed leadership positions within cultural organizations in Canada and around the world. To learn more, visit

SFCM draws on the bold creativity of San Francisco to offer unparalleled training for the 21st century musician. We support students in developing the skills and vision to chart successful careers and advance the human experience through music.

We believe a musical education must extend far beyond technical and performance skills. Our commitment to music of enduring quality and importance is the foundation of our innovative curriculum, cultivating critical thinking and business acumen alongside artistic practice, and creating a transformative environment of inquiry, collaboration, and entrepreneurship.

Our DNA combines a global perspective with the unstoppable energy and imagination of our hometown. Our pioneering programs and partnerships with leading institutions and businesses prepare students to seize opportunities in music and a wide array of the fastest developing sectors today. SFCM is a magnet for exceptional faculty whose ongoing professional experience benefits our students. As the only conservatory partnered with a leading artist management company, we are able to provide our students unique insight and access to the music industry. To learn more, visit or @sfconservmusic.