SFCMP Contemporary Music Masterclass Series

2020-21 Season
Contemporary Music Masterclass
MAR 4 on demand through APR 4, 2021
online at San Francisco Conservatory of Music
in collaboration with SFCM String Department



In our ongoing Masterclass series, we interact with some of the most talented Bay Area pre-professional musicians in a live performance and feedback session with one of our renowned ensemble members. Students bring selected works to the stage while being mentored in the techniques, skills, and myriad styles of contemporary music performance. This season’s masterclass focuses on contemporary repertoire for stringed instruments, coached by SFCMP violinist Hrabba Atladottir.

*Students at San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM)


Bright Sheng, The Stream Flows
*Adrian Wu, violin

Philip Glass, Partita for Solo Violin

*Solanch Sosa, violin

Béla Bartók, Violin Concerto No. 2, Mvt I
*Ryan Cheng, violin

Giacinto Scelsi, Manto
*Natalia Badziak, viola


Violinist Hrabba Atladottir studied in Berlin, Germany with professor Axel Gerhardt and professor Tomasz Tomaszewski. After finishing her studies, Hrabba worked as a freelancing violinist in Berlin for five years, regularly playing with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Oper, and Deutsche Symphonieorchester. Hrabba also participated in a world tour with the Icelandic pop artist Björk, and a Germany tour with violinist Nigel Kennedy. Joshua Kosman, music critic of San Francisco Chronicle, praised her performance of Vivaldi’s “Spring”, and called her violin playing “delicate but fervent.”

In 2004, Hrabba moved to New York, playing on a regular basis with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra among other orchestras. She also played with the Either/Or ensemble in NY in close collaboration with Helmut Lachenmann.

Since August 2008, Hrabba is based in Berkeley, California, where she has been performing as a soloist and with various ensembles including New Century Chamber Orchestra, The Empyrean Ensemble, the ECO ensemble. Hrabba is currently a Violin Lecturer at UC Berkeley and at Mills College. Hrabba joined SFCMP in 2015.


Past Contemporary Music Masterclasses

Kate Campbell, Contemporary Piano Technique, 2019
Kyle Bruckmann, Contemporary Music and Reeds, 2018
William Winant, Contemporary Music Percussion Technique, 2017
Steven Schick, New Music and Percussion, 2016