Charles Castleman is the newly appointed professor of violin at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. He taught as a visiting professor during the 2014-2015 academic year, then exclusively and full time at Frost beginning Fall 2015. He was the professor of violin at the Eastman School of Music for four decades and department chair for eight years.
He is perhaps the world's most active performer and pedagogue on the violin today. He is also the founder and director of the prestigious Castleman Quartet Program, an intensive and extensive summer workshop in solo and chamber performance, now in its 47th year.
He has appeared as a featured soloist with the orchestras of Philadelphia, Boston, Brisbane, Chicago, Hong Kong, Moscow, Mexico City, New York, San Francisco, Seoul and Shanghai, to name a few. A beloved artist-teacher with thousands of former students around the world, he has conducted master classes in all major cities of Europe, the USA, Australia, Canada, China and more.
As one of 16 Ford Foundation Concert Artists, he commissioned David Amram's Violin Concerto and premiered it with Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony. His discography includes some of the most difficult works ever written for violin such as six Solo Sonatas by Ysaÿe, eight Csardases for Violin and Orchestra by Jenő Hubay and ten virtuoso cameos by Pablo de Sarasate, plus chamber music with acclaimed ensembles including the Raphael Trio. As a medalist at both the International "Tchaikovsky" and "Brussels" competitions, his Jongen Concerto is included in a Cypres CD set of the 17 best prize-winning performances of the Brussels Concours' 50-year history.
Charles Castleman earned degrees from Harvard University, Curtis Institute of Music, and the University of Pennsylvania. His teachers were Emanuel Ondricek and Ivan Galamian, his most influential coaches David Oistrakh, Henryk Szeryng, and Josef Gingold. He plays the "Marquis de Champeaux" Stradivarius and "Sammons" Goffriller from 1708, and chooses from over 80 bows.