Inaugural Strings & Piano Festival Celebrates Legacy of Violinist Josef Gingold

Violinist Andrés Cárdenes

Violinist Andrés Cárdenes

The Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival of Miami announces the inaugural season of world-class concerts and intensive educational initiatives celebrating the legacy of violinist Josef Gingold—the primary exponent of the “Golden Age” of violin—on the Miami Shores campus of Barry University, July 7-28, 2019.

Fifty-five students from around the world descend on Miami for intensive study with 18 faculty members from top conservatories, such as Juilliard, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Colburn School, and St. Petersburg Conservatory, and orchestras such as New York Philharmonic, and Dallas and Pittsburgh Symphonies.

Further, the three-week educational program offers master classes, career management symposia, and lectures on musical and industry topics. The festival focuses on both solo and chamber repertoire for strings and piano.

Public concerts also occur during the 2019 festival featuring violinists Andrés Cárdenes and Gary Levinson, pianists Alexandre Moutouzkine and Alon Goldstein, cellists Andrés Diaz and Anne Martindale Williams, violists Paul Coletti and Michael Klotz, and other prestigious artists. Varied programming features string quartets, string trios, piano quintets, solo piano as well as works for strings with piano.

This is a unique opportunity in Miami to hear some of the world’s foremost classical musicians in an intimate setting this summer.


The festival begins with Andrés Cárdenes and Friends on Tuesday, July 9, in Cor Jesu Chapel. It will feature music of Dvořák, Rachmaninov, and Brahms with violinists Andrés Cárdenes, Yuriy Bekker and Gary Levinson, violinist/violist Paul Coletti, pianist Wendy Chen, and cellist Andrés Diaz.

Other performances include:

Friday, July 12: Slavic Journeys (Faculty Concert)

Music of Dohnanyi, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky

Andrés Cárdenes, violin
Wendy Chen, piano
Paul Coletti, viola
Andrés Diaz, cello
Alon Goldstein, piano

Saturday, July 13: Early and Late Bloomers

Gingold Festival Virtuosi

Friday, July 19: A Musicale in Budapest (Faculty Concert)

Music of Kodaly, Schubert, Brahms

Yuriy Bekker, violin
Andrés Cárdenes, violin
Katharina Kang, viola
Gary Levinson, violin
Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano
Anne Martindale Williams, cello
Jerry Wong, piano

Saturday, July 20: Romantic Gems of the Repertoire

Gingold Festival Virtuosi

(This concert is in partnership with Martha/Mary Yamaha Concerts and located at La Merced Chapel, Colonial Florida Cultural Heritage Center.)

Wednesday, July 24: Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano (Faculty Concert)

Friday, July 26: All Roads Lead to Vienna (Faculty Concert)

Music of Schumann, Mozart, Mendelssohn

Michael Klotz, viola
Gary Levinson, violin                     
Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano
Irina Muresanu, violin
David Russell, violin
Bion Tsang, cello

Saturday, July 27: Effervescence in Music

Gingold Festival Virtuosi

The festival also will include student young artist recitals, to take place in Gato Gallery on:

  • Thursday, July 11

  • Thursday, July 18

  • Thursday, July 25

About the Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival

The Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival of Miami upholds the belief in mentoring the next generation of performers in the culturally diverse and vibrant city of Miami. It aims to spread knowledge, interest, and appreciation in classical music across Miami-Dade County.

Josef Gingold’s principal exponent, Cuban-born violinist Andrés Cárdenes, leads the festival as Music Director. The festival is co-founded by two veteran arts administrators, Dr. Giselle Elgarresta Rios and Robert H. Smith, Jr., both of Miami, FL. Gary Levinson is General Manager and Michael Klotz is Musical Advisor.

More information can be found on the festival’s website.