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Before one's eyes a living creature produces enthusiasm and order, which are the two symmetrical powers of great art. But these two major virtues of performance - as they are of all creation - do not harmonize except through discipline and sustained practice, which transform their antagonism into equilibrium. One does nothing good without passion; nothing excellent by passion alone. – Paul Valery
Jan Sloman

Life & Music

Jan Mark Sloman is a highly-regarded violinist and dedicated teacher whose multi-faceted career speaks to his passion for the violin, its ability to communicate powerfully, and his desire to develop true artistry in the students he guides. He has enjoyed a distinguished career leading orchestral violin sections throughout the United States and around the world. He is based in Dallas, Texas, where he long held the position of Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as guest concertmaster with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and internationally with orchestras in Florence, Italy; Lugano and Geneva, Switzerland; and Melbourne, Australia.

Mr. Sloman has worked with world-renowned conductors such as Carlos Kleiber, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, and Riccardo Chailly. He has also mastered a wide range of repertoire as an orchestral soloist, performing works spanning Bach to Beethoven, and Tippett to Shostakovich. His recital and chamber music performances are highlighted by collaboration with artists such as Leonard Rose, Nobuko Imai, and Yo-Yo Ma. Mr. Sloman was a University Scholar at Princeton University and attended the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Jaime Laredo, Paul Makanowitzky, and Ivan Galamian. Other teachers include Joseph Silverstein.

In the past two decades, Mr. Sloman’s attention has increasingly turned to teaching. He has a large private studio, and for nine years taught both graduate and undergraduate students as an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University. Embracing the digital world, he recently added teaching via Skype, and is now able to mentor students throughout the United States. In 2015 Mr. Sloman accepted an appointment to the violin faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), where he teaches gifted students at the college, graduate, and pre-college levels. His studio at CIM receives generous support from the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation.

After having taught for seven summers at the Meadowmount School of Music, Mr. Sloman rejoined the faculty of the famed Heifetz International Music Institute in 2018, where his studio receives generous support from the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation.

Strongly committed to educational opportunities for young musicians, Mr. Sloman founded a nonprofit organization, The Institute for Strings, to provide students in the Dallas area the opportunity to immerse themselves in an intensive music program that included solo and chamber music performance opportunities, as well as concerts as part of a self-conducted string orchestra. This unique summer program allowed 40 elite string players each session the ability to work with experienced professional musicians to hone their technical and interactive music skills over the course of 19 seasons.

The success of Mr. Sloman’s students at major conservatories and competitions has brought him increasing national recognition as a teacher and mentor of the next generation of string players. His students have been finalists and received awards in both national and international competitions including: American String Teachers Association (ASTA), Kingsville, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Sphinx, Stulberg, and Andrea Postacchini (Italy). Additionally, his students have won top prizes in the Queen Elisabeth, Sendai, Naumburg, and Indianapolis Competitions. In 2004, Mr. Sloman received the Pre-Collegiate Teaching Achievement award given by the Texas Music Teachers Association, and in 2010 was named YoungArts Performing Arts Educator of the Year by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.

Studio Achievements

Regional Competitions

2018 TEXASTA Violin Competition: Matthew Ho, 1st prize

Lynn Harrell Competition: Johnathan Wu, 2nd prize (2018); Phoenix Avalon, 3rd Place (2017); Shannon Lee, first prize, Christine Wu, first prize, Phoenix Avalon, honorable mention

Cleveland POPS Jean L. Petitt Memorial Music Scholarship Competition: Sean Yongjoo Lim (2015), Phoenix Avalon (2016)

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Senior Performance Strings Competition: Sean Yongjoo Lim, Ohio State Winner and East Central Honorable Winner (2016)

Texas Young Masters: Megan Lin(2018), Caitlin Tully (2004), Shannon Lee (2006), Robbie Switala (2008), Alexandra Switala(2010), Michael Taylor (2010), Ann Cho (2014), Johnathan Wu (2016)

Dallas Symphonic Festival, grand prize winners: Abby Fuchs, Laura Liu, Christine Wu, Jason Issokson, and Stirling Trent

Juanita Miller Concerto Competition, first prize winners: Stirling Trent, Jason Issokson, Anna Katherine Holcomb, Robert Switala, and Christine Wu

Bayard Friedman Award: Stirling Trent, Jason Issokson, Zoya Tsvetkova, Shannon Lee, Lois Lee, Michael Taylor, Alexandra Switala, Robert Switala, and Ruth Chang

TEXASTA, first prize winners: Jason Issokson, Shannon Lee, Robert Switala, and Christine Wu

Fort Worth Symphony Competition, first prize winners: Megan Lin, Ruth Chang, Alexandra Switala, Robert Switala, and Jason Issokson

National Competitions

December 28, 2019 Carnegie Hall/New York debut: Shannon Lee (Tschaikowsky Concerto)

2018 MTNA National Competition : Matthew Ho, 3rd prize, junior division

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Senior Performance Strings Competition: Sean Lim, East Central Division Winner and National Finalist (2017)

National YoungArts Foundation: Sean Lim, honorable mention winner, Music Instrumental/Strings/Violin (2015)

Sphinx Competition, Junior Division: Robert Switala, first prize; Alexandra Switala, second prize

American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Solo Competition: Shannon Lee, top prize, bowed instruments; Stirling Trent and Jason Issokson, national finalists; Sean Lim, top prize

MTNA National Competition, first prize winners: Jason Issokson, Jeffery King (Pre-college), Sarah Vendsel (College), and Kiarra Saito Beckmann (Senior Division)

Stulberg Competition: Shannon Lee, silver medal; Jason Issokson and Stirling Trent, finalists

Kingsville Competition: Shannon Lee, third prize; Caitlin Tully, Director’s Prize

New York String Seminar: Shannon Lee, Stirling Trent (concertmaster), Christine Wu, Amelia Sie, Paul Aguilar, and Paolo Dara

International Competitions

2019 Sendai International Music Competition: Shannon Lee, Top prize

2019 Queen Elisabeth Competition: Shannon Lee, 4th prize

2018 Naumburg Competition: Shannon Lee, 2nd prize

2018 Indianapolis International Violin Competition: Shannon Lee, 6th prize

Cooper International Competition: Kiarra Saito Beckman, 2017, Top Prize

The New York International Artists Competitions: Sean Lim, 2017, 2nd Prize, Category B; Matthew Z. Ho 2017, Top Prize, 3rd Prize, Category A

Andrea Postacchini Competition (Italy): Jason Issokson, Top Prize

Indianapolis International Violin Competition: Stirling Trent and Shannon Lee, selected participants

Queen Elizabeth Competition: Stirling Trent, selected participant

Geneva International Music Competition: Stirling Trent, selected participant

Sendai International Music Competition: Jason Issokson and Stirling Trent, selected participant

National Student Appearances

New York International Artists Association: Sean Lim (shared teaching with Jaime Laredo), Matthew Z. Ho, Award ceremony and concert at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, September 2017

Solo performance with Cleveland POPS Orchestra: Sean Lim(2015, shared teaching with Jaime Laredo), Phoenix Avalon(2016, shared teaching with Jaime Laredo), and Julia Schilz, Severance Hall

NPR’s From the Top: Caitlin Tully (shared teaching with Itzhak Perlman); Shannon Lee, Robert Switala, Alexandra Switala, Laura Liu, Michael Taylor, Jackie Tso (shared teaching with Almita and Roland Vamos), Amelia Sie (shared teaching with Simon James), Phoenix Avalon, Kiarra Saito-Beckmann, Michael Taylor, Sean Yongjoo Lim (shared teaching with Jaime Laredo), and Corina Deng.

Students have appeared in solo performances with orchestras including: Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Boulder Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, and Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra

Recording: At age 14, Shannon Lee signed a three CD recording contract with Telarc International. Her debut CD was released in 2008.

Student Performances

The Institute For Strings

TIFS existed to prepare dedicated, hard-working students for the performing experience. Its programs gave young players an opportunity to work closely with experienced, dedicated coaches to develop the interactive skills and technical discipline that chamber music demands. The sessions offered chamber music study and performance, sonata class for selected participants, master classes and solo performance opportunities, large ensemble and musicians' chorus, and speakers on interdisciplinary activities related to performance.



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