While Andrea Amati’s “King” cello makes its debut in NYC this summer, NOTES looks into the Nicola Amati violin being played right here at CIM


“Does your instrument have a story?” That’s what CIM’s NOTES magazine asked faculty this spring. And faculty had plenty to share. Stories ranged from cellos that survived the Holocaust to oddly-shaped violas to colorful plastic clarinets. In light of the Andrea Amati cello, dubbed the “King” cello, on display at the Metropolitan Museum this summer, one story starring CIM’s very own Jaime Laredo seems especially timely. Laredo, violin faculty at CIM, plays an Amati as well—this one, however, was made by Andrea’s grandson, Nicola.

American composer, author, administrator and thought leader Gunther Schuller, dies at age 89

Pulitzer Prize winner, MacArthur “Genius” award recipient and two-time Grammy award winner, Gunther Schuller, died on Sunday. The musical icon was the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Kulas Visiting Artist this year and in May, Mr. Schuller delivered the Commencement Address to the graduating class of 2015. During the ceremony he conducted a CIM ensemble in the playing of one of his last commissioned pieces, written specially for the occasion. Mr. Schuller was 89.

Alum gets Yo-Yo Ma as a stand partner after last-minute sub

Cleveland Institute of Music alum and cellist Genevieve Tabby (BM ’13, Kraut/Geber) was about to go on stage for the second half of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s June 10 concert, when she learned she’d have a new stand partner. And it would be Yo-Yo Ma.

Alum’s performance at Dallas City Performance Hall is “wow”

Cleveland Institute of Music alum Jinjoo Cho (PS’15, Laredo) performed at Dallas City Performance Hall as part of Chamber Music International with pianist Hyun Soo Kim. The Dallas Morning News said the performance “had it all: brilliant virtuosity, a visceral feeling for rhythm and, when called for, natural lyricism.”

Faculty perform at NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk”

Performances at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk are just that: musicians sit at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen’s desk and play a concert. This month, head of the CIM guitar department and recent Grammy winner Jason Vieaux and CIM harp department head Yolanda Kondonassis were invited to perform together in the small office, a packed bookcase serving as their backdrop. Both are veterans to the space. “We rarely invite Tiny Desk alumni back to the confines of Bob Boilen’s work space,” says NPR’s Tom Huizenga, “but we couldn’t resist this time.”

Faculty perform around the globe this summer

As the school year comes to a close, CIM Faculty members are packing their bags and setting off for festivals, workshops, performances and appearances around the world. From the Aspen Music Festival, to the Interlochen Viola Workshop to performances at The BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall in London, you can find CIM faculty just about anywhere this summer. Find out if they’re playing near you by checking out our Faculty Summer Performances page!

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