This fall, acclaimed musicians Lynn Harrell and Alexander Treger will join Pepperdine University's Fine Arts Division faculty as the new Artists in Residence. Harrell, a classical cellist and conductor, and Treger, a violinist and former concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will begin coaching student string ensembles and giving private cello and violin lessons to music majors at the start of the 2013-14 academic year.
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Treger and Harrell are not only accomplished soloists and chamber musicians who have performed with prestigious orchestras around the world, but they also have more than 50 years of combined experience as educators. "We're looking forward to Lynn and Alexander sharing their expertise with our students," said Melanie Emelio, chair of Pepperdine's Fine Arts Division. "They will undoubtedly challenge and inspire the entire music department."
Harrell joins Pepperdine after serving six years on the faculty of Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in Houston. Before that, he served for nine years as the international chair for cello studies at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and five years as artistic director of the orchestra and conductor training program at the L.A. Philharmonic Institute.
(photo credit: Christian Steiner)
Harrell's love for music and young people is not confined to the classroom. In 2010, he and his wife, Helen, founded HEARTbeats — a nonprofit which helps impoverished children around the world harness the power of music to better cope with and recover from the extreme challenges of poverty and conflict, in hopes of creating a more peaceful, sustainable world.
Treger has also spent the majority of his career nurturing young musicians. Before coming to Pepperdine, Treger taught violin for 20 years at UCLA, and he is currently the music director for Los Angeles' American Youth Symphony, leading a first-rate training program for up-and-coming musicians. "I'm thrilled to be joining the Pepperdine family," said Treger. "There's nothing better than being able to share the wonderful experiences of my life with students who share my passion for performing and moving audiences."