Perlman Suncoast announces three new virtual concerts in November and December

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The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast announces three new virtual concerts featuring alumni of The Perlman Music Program

SARASOTA, Fla. (October 27, 2020) — The PMP Alumni: At Home virtual concert series, presented by The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, continues in November and December with performances by three alumni of The Perlman Music Program.

On Sunday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m., violinist Max Tan visits Sarasota and hosts a free live Zoom presentation featuring a recorded performance of Poulenc’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, with Marisa Gupta on piano. Following the performance, Max will be on hand to discuss the repertoire and answer audience questions. Registration is required to receive a link to the Zoom session at

Born in Rockville Maryland, Taiwanese American violinist Max Tan is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the 2019 Foote Prize from the Harvard Musical Association and as a semifinalist in the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition. With diverse interests including arts advocacy and global citizenship, Tan is on the rosters for the Si-Yo Music Foundation, the Center for Musical Excellent, and Music for Food. He is also a co-founder of the Versoi Ensemble, which aims to explore arts diplomacy through chamber music performances. Tan has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras and has performed on prominent stages in the United States and Europe as a recitalist and chamber musician. He is a Harvard graduate with a major in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology and a minor in Music. Tan performs on the 1701 “ex-Franko” Stradivarius on generous loan from The Juilliard School.

On Thursday, November 19 beginning at 11:00 a.m., PMP Alumni: At Home features a virtual recital by Hungarian violinist Erno Kallai. The concert will be available at and on the PerlmanSuncoast YouTube Channel.

Erno Kallai is a versatile musician, equally at home performing as a soloist, as a chamber musician, and as concertmaster. In a 2015 review of Kallai’s recordings of Mozart Sonatas for Violin and Piano, the Strad magazine called his playing “refined and elegant.” Born in Budapest, Kallai first studied violin with his father, and at the age of twelve was admitted to the “Exceptionally Talented Children’s” class of the Franz Liszt University of Music. In 2006 Kallai moved to the United States to study with Itzhak Perlman at The Juilliard School, where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. In 2015 he founded the Kallai Quartet and won numerous awards and prizes, including second prize at the Societa Umanitaria International Music Competition in Milan in 2015, and first prize at the Leó Weiner Chamber Music Competition in Budapest in 2016. He is a devoted chamber musician and since 2016 has served as concertmaster of the Hungarian State Opera.

On Thursday, December 10 at 11:00 a.m. our virtual series continues with a recital by cellist Sterling Elliott, available at and on the PerlmanSuncoast YouTube Channel.

PMP Winter Residency attendees will certainly recognize Sterling Elliott, who has visited the Suncoast and participated in the program for the past three years. Elliott began his cello studies at the age of three under the direction of Suzuki Cello teacher Susan Hines. He made his solo debut at the age of seven when he placed first in the Junior Division of the PYO Concerto Competition. Elliott has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony, among others. In 2013 he placed second in the Junior Division of the prestigious Sphinx Competition, was awarded first place the following year, and in 2019 was the recipient of the first prize in the Senior Division of the 22nd Annual Sphinx Competition. Elliott currently studies with Joel Krosnick and is working towards an undergraduate degree in Cello Performance at The Juilliard School, where he is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.

For more information on upcoming events, to read complete artist bios, or to sign up for the Perlman Suncoast e-newsletter, visit

About The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast
The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast cultivates audiences of all ages through classical music performances and education outreach programs, including hosting the annual Perlman Music Program Winter Residency on the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Campus, PMP Alumni: Around Town and PMP Alumni: In Schools. Through its relationship with PMP, founded by Toby Perlman, and with a world-renowned faculty, including internationally-acclaimed violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman, Perlman Suncoast offers the public the unique opportunity to witness the talent and spirit of extraordinarily gifted and promising young string students and accomplished graduates.

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