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NSA Masterclass Series: Dr. Ka-Wai Yu, cello – April 17, 2021 (Online)

Online Experience

April 17, 2021 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Tuition: Complimentary
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9:30 am – 11:30 am

11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Q&A with Guest Artist

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DR. KA-WAI YU, cello

Dr. Ka-Wai Yu is Assistant Professor of Music at Dixie State University, where he teaches cello and string chamber music. He previously taught at Eastern Illinois University and Indiana Wesleyan University. In great demand as a clinician, Dr. Yu has given master classes in numerous universities and institutions in North America and Asia. He is the Co-Director of the Castle Rock Music Camp in DSU. He has also taught in music camps and workshops in Illinois, Georgia and Michigan, as well as in Hong Kong, among them the Blue Lake Fine Arts. He has served as adjudicator, held clinics, and guest-conducted regularly at various high schools, youth orchestras, and string festivals in the Southwest and Midwest, USA. Dr. Yu is the President-Elect of the Utah Chapter of the American String Teachers Association. He has presented in the national and regional conferences of ASTA, the Historical Keyboard Society of North America and Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. He is President of the Cello Society of Southern Utah.

Currently the Principal Cellist of Southwest Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Yu has performed at major concert halls in Canada, China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. He is vivid as a chamber musician, and has been a member of the Zion Trio, Ensemble Finesse, and the period-instrument ensembles Cosmopolitan Baroque and Concentus.  He has appeared in the Aspen Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Orford Arts Center, Toronto Summer Music Academy, Vancouver Early Music Festival, among others. His recent solo performances include concerto appearances with Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Illinois, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Chamber Orchestra, Dixie State Symphony Orchestra, and Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra. His performances have been broadcast on RTHK and WILL-FM. His transcription of Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto for cello and string quartet has been published by A-R Editions, Inc.

Dr. Yu obtained his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with cellist Brandon Vamos of the Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet. He also holds a Master of Music in Cello Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Music with first-class honors from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His other major mentors have included conductors Maurice Peress and Angela Tam, cellists Helga Winold, Csaba Onczay, David Starkweather and Ming-Yuen Cheung, singers Raymond Fu and Chiu-May Wong, and viola da gambist Wendy Gillespie. He has also studied chamber music with members of the American String Quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, Pacifica Quartet and Parker Quartet.

Going Virtual with NSATechnology Requirements

We recommend using a wired internet connection for the best experience. If you are unable to connect your desktop, laptop or tablet to the internet using an Ethernet cable, a strong, stable Wi-Fi connection and/or cellular data may be used. Check the speed and strength of your Wi-Fi at; connections of at least 20 mbps (download) and 10 mbps (upload) are best. If yours is below 10 mbps (download) or 5 mbps (upload), you may need an upgrade from your internet provider. Upload speeds below 5 mbps will produce poor quality video and audio. 

We also recommend that participants have access to an external microphone and webcam for best video and audio quality. 

NSA Masterclass Series: Ferenc Cseszko, violin/viola – April 24, 2021 (In Person!)

In-Person Experience

April 24, 2021 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium (Seating limited to 70)

Tuition: Complimentary
Registration Deadline: April 23, 2021

10:00 am – 11:40 am

11:45 am – 12:00 pm

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Meet the Artist

Parking will be available at the Historic Fifth Street School (Home to NSA) and in the city garage across the street.

Health Protocols followed by NSA are as followed:

  • Masks are required
  • Temperatures will be checked at the door
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided and must be utilized
  • All seats and commonly touched surfaces will be disinfected prior to use

FERENC CSESZKO, Violinist/Violist

Hungarian-American violinist/violist, pedagogue, and orchestra conductor, Dr. Ferenc Cseszko joined the Nevada School of the Arts in 2019 as a violin, viola, and strings chamber music faculty.  His appointment followed 18 years of teaching/performing in Academics while an Associate Professor of Violin/Viola and Director of the Orchestra Program at the University of Idaho (2003-18), and Assistant Professor of Violin/Viola at Fort Hays State University (Kansas, 2000-03).  In addition, Dr. Cseszko served as Artist-in-Residence at the Universidad Juan N. Corpas in Bogotá, Colombia (2003-2009).  His main activities at that institution included regular masterclass and workshop presentations, as well as solo and faculty chamber music recitals presented at various local academic institutions, such as the Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano.       

In addition to Colombia, Dr. Cseszko presented recitals and clinics at concert venues and music festivals in Austria (Bregenz), Croatia (Dubrovnik), Germany (Frankfurt, Munich and Giessen), Hungary (Budapest), Italy (Rome, Ancona), Serbia (Belgrade, Novi Sad and Subotica), Switzerland (Sion), throughout the United States, Canada (Vancouver, B.C.), and Mexico (Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey).

As an orchestral musician, he held positions in over a dozen professional orchestras, including the Spokane Symphony, Wichita Grand Opera, Nevada Ballet Orchestra, Madison Symphony (Wisconsin), and the Budafoki Dohnányi Zenekar (Hungary; including its 10-city Mexican tour with Jesus López Cobos conducting). Currently, he is performing with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Las Vegas Sinfonietta, and Opera Las Vegas.  

As an orchestra conductor, Dr. Cseszko frequently led festival and university orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, such as the Orquesta Filarmónica de Universidad Juan N. Corpas at the Teatro Colón in Bogotá, Colombia, the National Chiayi University Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), and the Washington Idaho Symphony Orchestra on subscription concerts. 

Born in the former Yugoslavia to Hungarian parents, Dr. Cseszko earned a Conservatory Diploma from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, a Master of Music degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His teachers included Tyrone Greive, János Pallagi, Sándor Devich, Peter Lissauer, Eszter Perényi, and Michael Barta (violin and chamber music) and David E. Becker (orchestral conducting). In addition, he performed on masterclasses given by Yehudi Menuhin, Sidney Harth, Michael Tree, Lóránd Fenyves, György Pauk, and Elmar Oliviera.