Violinist Ann Setzer has received enthusiastic praise for the (expressive lyricism and tonal beauty) of her playing. Critically acclaimed as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician, Ms. Setzer has performed throughout the United States and Europe and has been a frequent guest artist on radio broadcasts.
Ms. Setzer received her musical education as a scholarship student at the Juilliard School, where she studied with her mentor, Sally Thomas. Additional studies were at SUNY Stony-Brook where she received her DMA. Her chamber music studies were with Josef Gingold, Jascha Brodsky, Earl Carlyss, Gilbert Kalish and Timothy Eddy. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a teaching fellowship from the Juilliard School, and a quartet fellowship from SUNY Stony-Brook.
Highly sought after as a violin pedagogue, Ms. Setzer has served as a violin professor for over thirty years at the Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard School Pre-College Division. She also is an Associate faculty member in Juilliard College and is a violin faculty member at New York University, Steinhardt School of Music and Performing Arts Professions. Because of her work in violin pedagogy, she is in demand as a master class artist and has given classes throughout the world at prestigious institutions in Korea, Romania, Germany and throughout the United States. She frequently adjudicates in national competitions and her students have won prizes in numerous national and international competitions.
Ms. Setzer began her teaching career as a teaching assistant to Ivan Galamian at the Meadowmount School of Music where she was appointed to the faculty in 1981. She has been a guest artist or faculty member at festivals such as the Killington Music Festival, the Interharmony Festival, and the Green Mountain Music Festival.