Soloist/ Chamber Musician

Professor Violin The Eastman School of Music



Charles Castleman, perhaps the world’s most active performer/ pedagogue on the violin, has been soloist with the orchestras of Philadelphia, Boston, Brisbane, Chicago, Hong Kong, Moscow, Mexico City, New York, San Francisco, Seoul and Shanghai. Medalist at Tchaikovsky and Brussels, his self-learned Jongen Concerto is included in a CD set of the 17 best prize-winning performances of the Brussels competition’s 50-year history.

400-word Musical Biography and Curriculum Vitae
Currently available discography 
Personal Biography
The Prodigy Years
Administrative Experience
Academic Pursuits


Professor of Violin at The Eastman School of Music, Charles Castleman has conducted master-classes in Kiev, London, Montreux, Salzburg, Vienna, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver, and over 50 U.S. Universities. He is founder/director of THE CASTLEMAN QUARTET PROGRAM, in its 44th season, now at S.U.N.Y. Fredonia in New York State, and University of Colorado at Boulder, an intensive and extensive workshop in solo and chamber performance. Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma have donated master-classes there, Mr.Ma praising it as "the best program of its kind..a training ground in lifemanship."



JULY 29- AUGUST 10 IDEAS INTERNATIONAL CAMP Qinhuangdao, China (teach + perform)

SEPTEMBER 27 Musical Feast Benefit for Claudia Hoca Burchfield Gallery, Buffalo NY

OCTOBER 13 Zvi Zeitlin Memorial Celebration Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall, Rochester NY

18 Erie Chamber Orchestra Luther Church, Er ie PA

NOVEMBER 1 2-4 PM Master Class University Denver Denver CO

2 3:30-5:30 Master Class Oregon State University Room#178, Eugene OR

4 12-2 Master Class University British Columbia Vancouver BC

5 2 Master Classes University Victoria Victoria BC

8 12-2 Master Class University Central Washington Ellensburg WA


4 7PM Chamber Music Master Class Bard College, Annandale NY

7 Chamber Music performances Ukrainian Institute-MATI series New York City


JANUARY 17 Miami FL-- Deering Estate--Chamber Music Concert

18 Miami FL-- Deering Estate-- Master Class

19 7:30 Lantana FL--Lakeside-- Recital ,

University Miami --Master Class

FEBRUARY 2 3:30 Rochester NY--Eastman School--Kilbourn Hall--Recital

assisting artists: Barry Snyder-piano Michael Burritt-percussion

APRIL 13 Miami FL Deering Estate-- Chamber Music Concert


Available CDs:

8 Hubay Csardases (with Eastman Chamber Orchestra, Mendi Rodan, conductor) , from MUSICANDARTS

Benjamin Boretz Violin Concerto from OPEN SPACE


Available edition: 8 Hubay Csardases (ed. Charles Castleman), from Craig Purdy for $25 per Csardas, $20 each for more than 1.


Available technical studies:

Violin Masters and their Bow Techniques , by Charles Castleman, from for $15

Superior Facility Exercises of Emanuel Ondricek (ed Charles Castleman), from Southern Music Company





  Achievements of former students

Questions? Email Charles Castleman  at

write him at The Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs St, Rochester, NY 14604, or

telephone him at (585) 274-1592