The Lyra Music Festival is an outstanding series of summer classical music events based in Northampton, MA. Each July Lyra Music brings together world class musicians, outstanding young string players and pianists and an exceptional faculty of professional musicians and educators for concerts, masterclasses and outreach performances. Join us in July for Concerts and Masterclasses at Sage Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA with Henry Kramer, piano; Sarah Rommel, cello; Itamar Zorman, violin with Liza Stepanova piano: SARAH ROMMEL, Cello Thursday, July 9, 2020 1:30pm Cello Masterclass 7:30pm Recital Cellist Sarah Rommel is a top prizewinner of the 2014 George Enescu International Cello Competition. She has been the recipient of several awards and grants including a Williamson Foundation Grant, Frank Huntington Beebe Fund Grant, and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists Award, which led to a subsequent appearance on NPRs From the Top. Sarah has given solo recitals at Caramoors Evnin Rising Stars Showcase and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in addition to performances in Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, France, Italy, England, and Romania. HENRY KRAMER, Piano Thursday, July 16, 2020 1:30pm Masterclass 7:30pm Henry Kramer in Solo Recital Praised by The Cleveland Classical Review for his astonishingly confident technique and The New York Times for thrilling [and] triumphant performances, pianist Henry Kramer is developing a reputation as a musician of rare sensitivity who combines stylish programming with insightful and exuberant interpretations. Henry emerged as a winner in the National Chopin Competition in 2010, the Montreal International Competition in 2011 and the China Shanghai International Piano Competition in 2012. In 2014 he was added to the roster of Astral Artists. The following year, he earned a top prize in the Honens International Piano Competition. In 2016, he garnered international recognition with a Second Prize win in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Most recently, he was awarded a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant by Lincoln Center one of the most coveted honors bestowed on young American soloists. ITAMAR ZORMAN, Violin Sunday, July 19, 2020 10:30am Violin Masterclass 2:30pm Itamar Zorman in recital with pianist Liza Stepanova The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award, Itamar Zorman was also joint winner of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition. Other competition successes include first prize at the 2010 International Violin Competition of Freiburg and the Juilliard Berg Concerto Competition in April 2010. As a soloist, Itamar Zorman has appeared with, among others, the American Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, Het Gelders Orkest in Amsterdams Concertgebouw, the Tokyo Symphony in Japans Suntory Hall, as well as the Jerusalem Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Haifa Symphony, Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Philharmonie Baden Baden, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Russian State Symphony Orchestra Novaya Rossiya. In November 2014 he made his Italian debut at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo playing the Beethoven concerto with Daniel Oren, and in January 2015, his Korean debut with the KBS symphony Orchestra and Yoel Levi. Itamar Zorman plays on a 1734 Guarneri Del Jesù from the collection of Yehuda Zisapel A Festival concert of chamber music with the FACULTY ARTISTS of the Lyra Music Workshop (Sunday, July 12, 2020) and a final STUDENT GALA concert will round out the festival (Saturday, July 25, 2020). **All ticketed events will take place at Sage Hall on Smith Campus in Northampton, MA, please see our website for FREE outreach concerts with Lyra Music Student performers throughout the Pioneer Valley in July. www.lyramusic.org.