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Project STEP Masterclass with Adrian Anantawan

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Higginson Hall, Symphony Hall

301 Massachusetts Avenue

Boston, MA 02115

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FREE and Open to the Public with EVENTBRITE Ticket. Donation encouraged.

Join the talented students of Project STEP as they learn from master musican Adrian Anantawan. This exciting masterclass will focus on music and inclusion, which is at the very heart of STEP's mission.

"I am a one-armed violinist, and have lived without the use of a right hand for my entire life. When I was ten, my parents bought me a violin, which was an inordinate expense at the time, and the possibility (of) a successful adaptation would be difficult. With the help of biomedical engineers at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, I was able to play with an adaptive device known as a “spatula.” This product of technology has allowed me to play the instrument proficiently, with careful guidance from innovative arts educators within schools and the community. While all children may not have the same luck and opportunities as I did, I believe it is possible to have a career in music for those with disabilities, given the right environment and assistance."
- Adrian Anantawan

About Adrian Anantawan: Canadian born violinist and educator Adrian Anantawan holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University and Harvard Graduate School of Education. As a violinist, he has studied with Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, and Anne-Sophie Mutter; his academic work in education was supervised by Howard Gardner. Active within his community, Adrian helped to create the Virtual Chamber Music Initiative at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Centre. The cross-collaborative project brings researchers, musicians, doctors and educators together to develop adaptive musical instruments capable of being played by young people with disabilities within a chamber music setting.

About Project STEP: Project STEP (String Training Education Program) is a long-term, non-profit classical string training organization for Black and Latino students. We envision a world in which the classical music profession reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of our communities.

Project STEP recognizes that certain racial and ethnic minorities are vastly underrepresented in classical music.

Our mission is to address this imbalance by identifying musically talented children from underrepresented Boston and surrounding communities, providing them with comprehensive music and string instrument instruction. We set the highest standards for our students, provide mentoring and performance opportunities, and create a network of support for our students, their families, and their communities. Learn more at ProjectSTEP.org


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