Aspen Music Festival And School

Paul Kantor Back To Artist-Faculty

Instrumental Focus

  • violin

Paul Kantor is the Sally Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, having previously taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Michigan, The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, and Yale University. He was appointed artist-in-residence at the Glenn Gould School of Music in 2008, and, along with his son, violinist Timothy Kantor, he founded and directs the Gabriel Del Orbe Violin Program in the Dominican Republic. An artist-faculty member of the AMFS for the past thirty-eight years, he served as concertmaster of both the Aspen Festival Orchestra and Aspen Chamber Symphony. He has performed as soloist and concertmaster with numerous symphony orchestras and was a member of the New York and Lenox string quartets, Berkshire Chamber Players, and National Musical Arts Chamber Ensemble. Kantor has performed the world premieres of Dan Welcher’s Violin Concerto and John Corigliano’s Red Violin Caprices. In 2014 he was honored with the Artist Teacher Award from the American String Teachers Association and is currently an honorary board member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Paul Kantor is an alumnus of the AMFS and an artist-faculty member of the New Horizons Program, which is made possible by an endowment gift by Kay and Matthew Bucksbaum. He is married to pianist Virginia Weckstrom.

Robert Spano, Music Director

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