Roberta Guaspari

sito 11 Febrero, 2008 0

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Roberta GuaspariEl primer tema es Bach Double Concerto (movt. 1) – Roberta Guaspari, el segundo video Small Wonders – The Concert. Roberta Guaspari, Founder and Artistic Director

Ms. Guaspari holds a Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Fredonia as well as a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from Boston University School of Fine Arts and honorary doctorates from the New England Conservatory of Music, SUNY Fredonia and Mount Holyoke College. Roberta Guaspari began her remarkable teaching career in three East Harlem Public schools in 1981. She devised her own teaching method, combining the rudiments of traditional violin instructions, elements of the Suzuki method, with her own highly developed approach to the instrument. In response to severe budget cuts by the New York City Board of Education in 1991 when her teaching position was eliminated in all three schools, together with parents, teachers, and volunteers, Ms. Guaspari founded Opus 118—Harlem Center for Strings.

The first benefit for Opus 118—Harlem Center for Strings was the Fiddlefest concert in Carnegie Hall. Ms. Guaspari received support from some of the biggest stars of the music world, including Quincy Jones, Dave Grusin, Mark O’Connor, Itzhak Perlman, Arnold Steinhardt, and Isaac Stern. A documentary, Small Wonders (Allan Miller), and a feature film, Music of the Heart (Miramax, starring Meryl Streep as Roberta) soon followed, depicting Ms. Guaspari’s passionate struggle to keep music in the Harlem Schools. Both films were nominated for the Academy Awards.


A dynamic and devoted teacher, Ms. Guaspari has received numerous awards and honors including the Petra Foundation’s annual award to “recognize and encourage unsung individuals who are making distinctive contributions to human freedom.” Manhattan Borough President, C. Virginia Fields issued a proclamation recognizing Ms. Guaspari “for her dedication in unlocking the potential for academic and artistic achievement in her students.” She was named Woman of the Year in 1994 by CBS This Morning and also was the recipient of the Heroes for Today Award by Readers Digest and the Outstanding Achievement Award by SUNY Fredonia Alumni Association. She will receive the Arison Award in 2003 presented by NFAA for her “significant influence in the development of young American artists.”

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