In 2015 Melbourne Youth Music hosted a Masterclass Series, comprising of three Masterclasses, each focusing on different instruments and rehearsal techniques, presented at different venues around Victoria.
The third and final Masterclass for 2015 focussed on the Violin and was held at the Victorian College of the Arts, featuring violinist Eoin Andersen. Four violin students workshoped their chosen piece with Eoin and received advice and personalised feedback. Eoin guided students through key aspects of instrumental performance, in front of a live audience – both in person and online. All audience members had the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with Eoin on any aspects of violin performance.
A native of Wisconsin, USA, Eoin Andersen began violin lessons at the age of 5. His teachers have included Sr Noraleen Retinger, Gerald Fischbach, David Taylor, Efim Boico, and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. He studied film production and arts management at New York University and graduated in 2000.
He made his concerto debut with the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. As a former member of the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble, he toured the US and Europe performing chamber works of Schumann and Bartók, among others.
Eoin has performed as Guest Concertmaster of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and as Guest Principal with the Mahler and Australian Chamber Orchestras, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, and frequently with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.
He was a long-time member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. As a founding member and director of the Mahler Chamber Soloists, he performed in South America and throughout Europe, and collaborated with the pianist Fazıl Say, the choreographer Sasha Waltz, and soprano Anna Prohaska. He has made chamber music performances at the Aspen, Tanglewood, and Sarasota Festivals in the United States, and at the Il de Re Festival in Bordeaux, in Aix-en Provence, in a Pacific Music Festival sponsored tour of Japan, at the Lucerne Festival, and biannually at the ICMF Wassenaar in the Netherlands, among others. Most recently he collaborated with Patricia Kopatchinskaja in a Bach Double Concerto concert in Zurich.
Eoin was appointed Principal Second Violin of the Orchester der Oper Zürich in 2011. He left that position in 2015 to become Co-Concertmaster of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
This Masterclass was live-streamed by our Digital Partner 5stream.