Masterclasses at Davos, Esslingen and Utrecht, 2011

Gwendolyn Masin gave masterclasses in Davos twice in 2011, both at the Winter and Autumn String Academies. She also fulfilled her role as guest artist at the Podium Festival in Esslingen during a series of masterclasses and seminars for students and teachers, as well as appearances as soloist with the Podium Festival Strings Chamber Orchestra and at chamber music performances. She enjoyed masterclasses with the third-level students of Het Utrechts Conservatorium March. As part of her GAIA Chamber Music Festival, Gwendolyn Masin once again called GAIA Masters into being. Here, she performed with and taught masterclasses alongside violinists Shmuel Ashkenasi and Philippe Graffin, the violist Gérard Caussé, and cellists Gavriel Lipkind and Philippe Muller.

The dates were:

January 30th — 6th February 2011
Masterclasses in Davos, Switzerland.

March 27th and 29th 2011
Masterclasses at Utrecht Conservatory, the Netherlands.

April 27th — 2nd May 2011
Residency at the Podium Festival in Esslingen, Germany.

May 5th — 8th 2011
Masterclasses at GAIA in Thun, Switzerland.

September 4th — 11th 2011
Masterclasses in Davos, Switzerland.

Residencies in Izmir and Lisbon, 2010

Gwendolyn Masin was a guest artist in Izmir and Lisbon during the spring months of 2010. At masterclasses, seminars and lectures, she explained and demonstrated her approach and methodology, working with both teachers and pupils towards uncovering the secrets of exciting teaching and learning.

The dates were:

March 4th — 8th 2010
Residency at Izmir Dokuz Eylúl University State Conservatory in Turkey.

May 22nd — 25th 2010
Residency at the Metropolitano de Musica de Lisboa in Portugal.

Michaela, Daimee, Quartetto Gli Uccellini, Luke and David on RTÉ 2, January 19th 2010

On News2Day, Raidió Teilifís Éireann's news programme designed specifically for a young audience, Michaela's Music House, its author and some of the students that appear in the book were filmed at work and play.

Gwendolyn Masin on BBC Radio Ulster, January 9th 2010

In an interview given to John Toal on BBC Radio Ulster's "The Saturday Magazine", Gwendolyn discussed the benefit of story-telling in teaching, described the moment when a student takes ownership of that which they have learned, and explained the advantages of being able to call on the Patience Fairy for assistance...

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Gwendolyn Masin on Newstalk, January 7th 2010

In this excerpt from Newstalk's "Culture Shock", Gwendolyn was interviewed by Fionn Davenport about the relevance of a modern, fresh approach to learning music such as the one described in "Michaela's Music House", the recognition of musical potential in young students, the art of practising, and how eating ice-cream can possibly become a chore...

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And the Winner is...

On November 6th 2009, Michaela's Music House was nominated for and won the IDEA Awards 2009 in the Literature category.

Moreover, ahead of objects of desire presented by some of Ireland's most prestigious companies and institutions, the book received the Grand Prix on awards ceremony night. The judging panel were unanimous in their decision, describing Michaela's Music House as an exceptional accomplishment that works both practically and visually as an engaging tutor for children and adults. This overall prize is not given every year and is only offered to outstanding and innovative achievements.

In Gwendolyn Masin's absence due to performance commitments, the design team behind Michaela's Music House were in attendance to revel in the celebrations.

Michaelas Music House design team

Left: Roger Jupp (Chair of IDEA judging panel), Rocky Grennell (designworks), Nick Cloake (Chairman of Design Business Ireland), Katy Judge (designworks)

Right: Martin Gaffney (founder of designworks), Katy Judge (graphic designer, Michaela's Music House), Amanda Dalton (project management, Michaela's Music House)

Gwendolyn Masin in the Irish Independent

Above: Nick Cloake, Chairman of Design Business Ireland, announcing the award

Michaela's Music House on SR DRS 2, October 24th 2009

Recommended by Gabriela Kaegi on "Musikmagazin", one of SR DRS 2's most popular broadcasts, Michaela's Music House was spotlit on Saturday 24th of October.

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Gwendolyn Masin on Lyric FM, July 31st 2009

The author of Michaela’s Music House, Gwendolyn Masin, was interviewed by Lyric FM’s Aedín Gormley on the weekly arts show "Artszone" on Friday 31st of July. Ms Masin spoke in detail about her ideas and methodology, and the motivation behind writing Michaela’s Music House.

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