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Gwendolyn Masin

The Great Exhale – How I Learned to Love Teaching and Community Online.

Masterclass – Saturday 25th September – 15:00-16:00 (CEST)

Gwendolyn Masin

BIOGRAPHY

Gwendolyn Masin is a concert violinist, chamber musician, educator, artistic director and author, holding a PhD in musicology. She performs internationally to praise from press and audiences, working creatively with musicians, artists and orchestras from all over the world.
Gwendolyn teaches violin and chamber-music masterclasses at institutes and festivals and gives talks concerning her areas of expertise throughout Europe and North America. She is Professor of Violin Studies at the Haute École de Musique de Genève, Switzerland, since September 2013, and also the author of the award-winning book “Michaela’s Music House, The Magic of the Violin” which is available in English and German and is part of the ESTA Edition collection available via Müller & Schade. Her exploration and experience of somatics span more than twenty years and include practices such as Yoga, Pilates, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method and Spiral Dynamics. Gwendolyn designed The Exhale in 2019.

The Great Exhale – How I Learned to Love Teaching and Community Online.

A Unique Answer to a Global Crisis. The first Exhale retreat was planned for the Easter break in 2020. It was to be held at the beautiful Lake Biel in Switzerland. We had arranged a wealth of masterclasses. Experts in performance, nutrition and yoga were primed to join us. But as the worldwide pandemic took hold, it became clear this was not going to happen. Instead, in an incredibly tight timeframe, we took The Exhale online. The first Exhale was a resounding success. It embodied the very resilience and community at its core. Around 1,000 participants signed up to take part. Topics included everything from Baroque violin to improvisation and teaching. Every day began and ended with yoga for musicians. But once the initial thrill had worn off, and aware of our exhaustion after only being at this online-thing for 6 weeks, how would we continue?