Professor Haas Visits Mexico, Sweden and Latvia

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Professor Haas Visits Mexico, Sweden and Latvia

Members of the Sweden National Youth Orchestra, founded by renowned conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and pianist/conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, worked with Jonathan Haas in an intensive 4 day coaching/master class opportunity which culminated in a sold out concert in Bewarldhallen as the opening concert of the Baltic Sea Festival.

Featured on the concert was marimba virtuoso Johan Bridger who gave the world première of Tobias Brostrom’s Concerto for Violin, Marimba and Orchestra . Members of the SNYO, Knut Bengtsson, PetterHedbom, Set Summanen,Tobias Rondin and Camilla Cederlid will tour the United States in January 2012 on the orchestra's first international tour. They will continue to work closely with Haas and will present several percussion concerts at NYU and for the Juilliard Pre-College. 

Pictured: Knut Bengtsson, Camilla Cederlid, Tobias Rondin, Jonathan Haas, PetterHedbom, Set Summanen.


The Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional, Carlos Miguel Preito conductor, featured timpanists Julian Romero and Jonathan Haas in performances of the Concerto Fantasy for 2 Timpanists and Orchestra,  composed by Philip Glass. The performances were broadcast live on National Mexico Radio and taped for television.

Haas presented a 4.5 hour master class for over 60 students and professionals from throughout the greater Mexico City area. The class focused on solo percussion (N. Zifcovic) , marimba (P.Chang), snare drum (J. Delecluse) compositions and select orchestral excerpts. Haas also visited with virtuoso percussionist Jose Navarro who specializes in pre columbian percussion instruments/ensembles as well as having met with one of the most highly regarded pre-columbian instrument artisan, Angel de la Serna.

Pictured: Jonathan Haas surrounded by students and professional percussionists in Mexcio City master class.


On Monday August 22nd  Jonathan Haas, sponsored by NYU,  presented a master class in the Great Hall at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, Latvia.

In attendance were young percussionists studying at the Latvian Academy of Music under the direction of Prof. Edgars Saksons (principal timpanist of the Latvian National Orchestra), percussion students from the music schools around Latvia as well as a guest participant, Andrei Pushkarev - percussionist from Gidon Kremer ensemble Kremerata Baltica.

This was the second time Jonathan Haas presented a master class at the Latvian Academy of Music. His first meeting with the Latvian percussionists was back in 2006 and this is a new beginning to future collaborations between Jonathan and his Latvian colleagues.

Pictured: Jonathan Haas surrounded by students and professional percussionists in Riga, Lativa.