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    • 2024 Academy

      Ali Kian Yazdanfar

      Faculty: Ali Kian Yazdanfar Musical Instrument: Double bass
      June 9 to June 15, 2024,
      June 16 to June 22, 2024
    • Classe de maître avec Ali

      One of the most prominent double bassists of his generation, Ali Kian Yazdanfar maintains an active career not only as principal double bass of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, as well as a recital and concerto soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. Although he started playing the bass at 7 years old, he didn’t take the usual music school route. In fact, his science and mathematics background led to a physics degree from The Johns Hopkins University and, directly upon graduating, he won his first audition to become a member of the Houston Symphony.

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      During your stay at Orford Music, you will create unforgettable memories while evolving into the artist you aspire to be. Orford Music’s master classes are unique opportunities to work on your goals with the mentors of your choice.

      The master classes include the following elements:

      • Master classes or individual lessons lasting 2.5 hours per week
      • Group activities (master class, Q&A sessions, technical lessons)
      • Opportunity to perform in student concerts
      • Opportunity to perform in paid concerts
      • Access to a collaborative pianist
      • Networking activities with faculty members and the student community
      • Access to conferences on various topics related to a career in music (e.g., mental health, collaboration between artistic disciplines, stage presence development, etc.)
      • Accommodation in one of our two residences
      • Three meals a day, as well as full access to a kitchen and common areas
      • Rehearsal studios equipped with pianos (available from 6AM to 11PM)
      • Housekeeping, laundry facilities (for a fee), parking, and free Wi-Fi
      • Free tickets to concerts at the Gilles-Lefebvre Hall (subject to availability)
      • Opportunity to explore the beautiful landscapes of Mont-Orford National Park, the majestic Lake Memphremagog, and the tourist activities in the city of Magog


      Please note that all COVID-19 measures established by the Gouvernement du Québec will be followed.


    Ali Kian Yazdanfar
    Double bass, McGill University Schulich School of Music et Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

    Application Deadlines

    February 1st, 2024
    First Round (for automatic scholarship consideration)

    March 28, 2024
    Second Round (for scholarship consideration, subject to availability)

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    Audition material

      • collectif9 at the Orford Music Academy
      • J. Quarrington classe
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