Sheila Reinhold gave her first performance as soloist with orchestra at the age of nine in the Kaufmann Concert Hall of the 92nd Street Y in her native New York City. At the age of fourteen, she was invited by Jascha Heifetz to join his master class at the University of Southern California, where she studied with him for five years. She received her B.Mus. from USC and studied theory and analysis with composers Leon Kirchner and Earl Kim at Harvard University.
Ms. Reinhold's concert engagements have included solo appearances with conductors such as Zubin Mehta and André Kostelanetz, chamber music with Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky, and performances both as soloist and as chamber musician at festivals such as Chautauqua, Ives, and Mohawk Trail. She has premiered many solo and chamber works for both violin and viola and can be heard as a chamber musician on the North/South and Albany labels, most recently on a CD of the music of Victoria Bond. Her varied career has also included work on major films and Broadway productions, and appearances in concert and on recordings with popular artists such as Tony Bennett and Aretha Franklin.
Ms. Reinhold is the founder and music director of Intimate Voices, a chamber music series in New York City which has been presenting chamber music concerts and community outreach events since 2009, featuring some of New York's finest chamber musicians in classical and contemporary repertoire.
Ms. Reinhold has had a life-long dedication to teaching, with positions including Resident Musician at Harvard and head of the string faculty at the Children's Orchestra Society in New York, in addition to maintaining her home studio. She has also been an adjudicator, guest teacher and chamber music coach at, among others, the Juilliard School, Mannes College, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, and Columbia University. She has been a faculty member of the Chamber Music Conference and Composer's Forum of the East each summer since 2000.
Sheila Reinhold recently moved her home base to Denver after 40 years in New York City, while maintaining her commitment to Intimate Voices in New York and engagements elsewhere.
The musicians of the Intimate Voices concert on February 29, 2020, our last in-person concert before the pandemic.
top l-r: Sheila Reinhold, Renée Jolles, Melissa Reardon, James Wilson
Giving a good cue
In the CMC Presents video series of the Chamber Music Conference and Composers' Forum of the East, filmed in June of the pandemic summer
Exploring string quartets with the teens in an Intimate Voices chamber music high school residency, along with Renée Jolles, James Wilson, and Danielle Farina (not shown)
L'Histoire du Soldat by Igor Stravinsky with the Judy Oberfelder Dance Projects and the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra
July 9 - July 23 at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY.
Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin
Sheila Reinhold, violin, viola
Seoyoen Min, cello
Zigmund Schul, Two Chassidic Dances for two violins
Erwin Schulhoff, Duo for violin and cello
László Weiner, Duo for violin and viola
Gideon Klein, Trio for violin, viola, and cello
Feiner Chapel of Temple Emanuel Denver
51 Grape Street, Denver, CO 80220
Banned Music Reborn: The Rediscovery of Two Generations of European Composers
March 23, 30 6:30-8:30 MDT on Zoom
In 1933, the Third Reich began the persecution of all musicians of Jewish ancestry and all musicians suspected of opposition to Nazi culture. By 1945, two generations of European composers had been murdered or had fled into exile.
This course is an introduction to the exciting and moving rediscovery of these composers and their music, with performances throughout the world of lost or forgotten compositions. Topics discussed in the sessions will include: the place of these composers in the musical life of pre-war Germany and Europe, the many perils that faced them after the Nazi rise to power, the challenges and consequences of exile for those who survived, the possible reasons - both cultural and political - that until recently so much music was lost, forgotten, or willfully suppressed, and how these discoveries are re-shaping our view of 20th-century music and impacting the international classical music scene. In each session I will perform music for solo violin.
Saturday evening, Nov 11, with Renée Jolles (violin), Caeli Smith (viola) and James Wilson (cello)
Saturday evening, March 11, with Renée Jolles (violin), Ramón Carrero-Martínez (viola), and Melissa Meell (cello)
Sunday afternoon, March 12, Free sensory/autism-friendly Family Program, with Ramón Carrero-Martínez (viola), and Melissa Meell (cello)
July 10 - July 24 at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY.
During COVID-19, a special adaptation of A Performer's Exploration of Bach's Six Masterpieces for Solo Violin, offered free to all over Zoom.
3 Saturday evenings in January,
Follow-up roundtable on February 9, joined by Intimate Voices regulars violinist Renée Jolles (joining from Rochester, NY) and cellist James Wilson (joining from Staunton, VA)
A Performer's Exploration of Bach's Six Masterpieces for Solo Violin
October 5, 12, 19 6:30-8:30 MDT on Zoom
A three-session course designed to deepen our experience of listening to the Six Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by J. S. Bach. The sessions will delve into topics such as the structure of the pieces, the violinistic techniques they demand, and the evolution of how they have been interpreted and performed, always with the goal of illuminating how all these aspects, and many more, affect how audiences and performers experience these works which evoke, in the words of Brahms, “the deepest thoughts and most powerful feelings”. In each session I will include live demonstrations and will perform of one of these masterpieces, as well as a related work.
July 25 - July 31 at Bennington College, Bennington, VT
Live over Zoom, sharing some stories of of my parents' experiences during the Holocaust, and playing short selections by J.S. Bach and Joseph Achron in memory of the Shoah.
During COVID-19, 3 free concerts on Zoom, free to all.
With cellist James Wilson and pianist/harpsichordist Carsten Schmidt joining from VA.
January 17, February 7, March 7
During COVID-19, A Little Day Music (and a little in the evening)
April 2 - August 24, 2020
13 short sessions of live music for solo violin or viola, Q&A, and chat
Live on Zoom from my home in Denver, free to all.