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Project. UF Symphony Orchestra guest artist hosts master class for music students

On Tuesday, Klein, a Juilliard graduate who has performed at some of the world's most prestigious venues, hosted a master class with students from the piano studios of Professors Hee Jung Kang, Kevin Orr and Kevin Sharpe.

"Our students benefit tremendously from an artist of Andreas Klein's caliber, one of many international guests we have in the School of Music throughout the year," said Orr.

Yingying Wang, a graduate student at UF who earned her bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, was one of three students to perform in the master class.

"Andreas Klein's masterful tonal color and his tendency to explore the authentic characters of the piece and composer definitely inspired me," said Wang of the experience. "He understands the true character of Beethoven's music. I learned that notes are the reflection of the composer's intention and, more importantly, he encouraged me to create a narrative tonal story with contrasting mood and color, and to use a variety of touching methods on the keyboard."

Wang says master classes, such as the one with Klein, offer a valuable addition to solo practice. "In master classes, we all gain inspiration," she said.