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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 has long held the title of Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and is presently Principal Associate Concertmaster Emeritus. 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 the legendary 20th century violin pedagogue, Ivan Galamian. Other teachers include Sally Thomas, Paul Makanowitzky, and Jaime Laredo.

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. Mr. Sloman was on the faculty of the Meadowmount School of Music from 2010-2017, and in March 2015, accepted an appointment to the violin faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. His summer studio at Meadowmount received generous financial support from the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation. In the summer of 2018, Mr. Sloman will join the faculty of the Heifetz International Music Institute.

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 been selected to participate in the Indianapolis International Violin Competition, Queen Elizabeth Competition, Sendai International Music Competition and the Geneva International Music Competition. 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

Texas Young Masters: Caitlin Tully (2004), Shannon Lee (2006), Robbie Switala (2008), Alexandra Switala and Michael Taylor (2010), Ann Cho (2014), and 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

Lynn Harrell Competition: Shannon Lee, first prize; Christine Wu, first prize, Phoenix Avalon, honorable mention

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

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

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

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

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

National Competitions

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 Yongjoo Lim, honorable winner

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

National YoungArts Foundation: Sean Yongjoo Lim, honorable mention winner, MUSIC INSTRUMENTAL/Strings/Violin (2015)

International Competitions

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 participants

National Student Appearances

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, and Sean Yongjoo Lim (shared teaching with Jaime Laredo)

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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