By Janelle Gelfand
The Cincinnati Enquirer
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS - Kurt Sassmannshaus will take the top post and two other prominent violinists will be named to positions in the violin department at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the school will announce today.
Sassmannshaus, who has chaired the string department since 1984, will be named to the Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in classical violin. In addition, CCM is adding two world-renowned concert artists to its faculty. Cho-Liang ("Jimmy") Lin will be named distinguished guest artist in violin, and Chee-Yun Kim (known professionally as Chee-Yun) will become adjunct professor of violin.
The appointments signal commitment to the future of violin studies at CCM, said Douglas Lowry, dean.
Sassmannshaus succeeds Dorothy DeLay, perhaps the most influential violin teacher of the 20th century, who died in March 2002. A former student of DeLay at New York's Juilliard School, Sassmannshaus worked as her assistant at CCM and the Aspen Music Festival. In 1987, Sassmannshaus founded the Starling Preparatory String Project, a pre-college program to develop the talent of extraordinary young violinists.
The other artists are also former DeLay students. Lin is one of the most distinguished violinists touring today, and performs annually with major international orchestras. The Taiwanese-American virtuoso was chosen by Musical America in 2000 as its "Instrumentalist of the Year," and his recordings have received Grammy nominations and other awards. He has been a member of the Juilliard School faculty since 1991.
Kim, a native of Seoul, South Korea, has appeared on five continents with many major orchestras, and performed at the White House for President Clinton. Among her awards is the Avery Fisher Career Grant.
CCM is recognized as one of the nation's top conservatories.
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