For Immediate Release: Discovery Series performer to lead master class for young, burgeoning musicians

Escondido, California — :

Prior to his performance at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) on Jan. 19, international award-winning violinist Nadir Khashimov will lead two master classes in the community, including one with second- and third-graders studying violin through the Jean Will Strings Program.

Khashimov’s performance in the Center Theater at 3 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 19 will be the second installment of the Center’s new Discovery Series, presented in conjunction with the La Jolla Music Society. Appearing with orchestras the world over, the violinist is praised for his virtuosity. Playing on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin from 1828, Khashimov embodies the passion and elegance of classical music.

In the days leading up to the concert, Khashimov will lead master classes for students at MiraCosta College in Oceanside and at Conway Elementary School in Escondido. The media is invited to attend the class at MiraCosta at 3 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 16 or the class at Conway from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 17.

The class at Conway will also give reporters an inside look at one of the Center’s new music education programs. This season, embarking on the path of classical music tutelage, the Center added a new wing to its already-robust educational offerings: the Jean Will Strings Program. Held at Conway School during afterschool hours, the free Suzuki (method of teaching music) program was open to EUSD and home-schooled students in grades 2 and 3 and provided each with a violin. With such a fantastic opportunity to study music offered at no cost to local families, the program filled up to capacity quickly! The young musicians have been attending both a private and group lesson each week, and the students are able to perform as a group throughout the year. The program is named after the generous Center donor who made it possible: Jean Will.

While the class at MiraCosta is primarily intended for the students of the college, it will also be open to the general public as a learning opportunity for local musicians. The master class will be held in the Concert Hall at the Oceanside campus (1 Barnard Drive, Bldg. 2400).

The master classes are two of several organized by the Center’s Education department this season as part of its community outreach efforts. The Education department is planning additional master classes, both on- and off-site, led by the talented dancers and musicians performing at the Center this season.

While the MiraCosta class is open to the public, Khashimov’s class at Conway is NOT. Media interested in attending and covering the strings program master class at Conway School (1325 Conway Drive, Escondido) should RVSP to Carissa Marsh at (760) 839-4178 or

More about Khashimov and his Discovery Series concert

Uzbek-American violinist Nadir Khashimov was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where he began his studies at the age of 7 and graduated from the Uspensky Specialized School of Music for Gifted Children. The 23-year-old currently lives in Philadelphia and attends the Curtis Institute of Music, studying under the tutelage of renowned violinists Pamela Frank and Shmuel Ashkenasi. Previous teachers include Vakhob Khashimov, Sergiu Schwartz and Patricio Cobos.

He has been awarded scholarships from the Vladimir Spivakov International Foundation, the President of Uzbekistan, and is also the winner of the Woodruff Award for Excellence. Khashimov has appeared as a soloist with orchestras throughout the world and has attended several festivals, including the Verbier Academy where, in 2012, he was awarded the Violin Prize.

Khashimov has won many more top prizes at international competitions– First Prize at the Young Musicians Republican Competition, Uzbekistan, First and Special Prize at the Dvarionas International Violin Competition, Lithuania and First Prize and Grand-Prix at the Enescu International Violin Competition, Romania, to name a few. Other notable accomplishments include debuts at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

Concert Program

Khashimov will play five pieces for Center Theater audiences:

  1. Mozart: Violin Sonata in A major, K. 526
  2. Franck: Violin Sonata in A major, M. 8
  3. Bach: Chaconne
  4. Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28
  5. Wieniawski: Variations for Violin on an Original Theme, Op. 15

Discovery Series ticket prices:

  • Center members: $26
  • Non-members: $30
  • Student/Military: $20
  • Children 12 and under: FREE!

To get their discounted rate, Center members should call the Ticket Office at (800) 988-4253. Special group rates are also available. Those interested should call the Ticket Office for more information. Tickets can also be purchased online at



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