Kurt Sassmannshaus holds the Dorothy Richard Starling Chair for Classical Violin at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).His students perform as soloists, hold appointments at major conservatories (Berlin's Eisler School,Universität der Künste, Peabody, Beijing Central Conservatory) and are leaders in major orchestras around the world (Berlin, Philadelphia, Cleveland and many others).They have won prizes in major competitions, including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Naumburg in New York, and the China National Competition.
Sassmannshaus founded the Starling Preparatory String Project in 1987 in Cincinnati as a training ground for exceptional young string talentfrom the United States and abroad. The program enrolls students from foreign countries via internet lessons.
In the summer of 2005, Sassmannshaus founded the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing, an annual summer festival for young string soloists. An international faculty including the American String Quartet and prominent teachers from major Chinese, European and American Schools teach sixty young artists from around the world.
His pioneering violin teaching website www.violinmasterclass.com
was published in 2004. In the ten years since the launch, the site has given millions of students, parents, and teachers access to sophisticated knowledge about violin technique, practice methods, and performance. This knowledge was previously only available to the select few who had access to the world's best violin studios.
He expands the pedagogic material available to young students through Bärenreiter'sSassmannshaus Tradition
, continuing the work started by his father Egon Sassmannshaus.
Kurt Sassmannshaus is an avid chamber musician and a founding member of the Sassmannshaus Piano Trio, together with the pianist Rohan DeSilva and his son Christoph Sassmannshaus. The trio's recent appearance at the National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing was described as a "stunning performance" by London's Strad Magazine.
His first teacherswere his father, Gert Hoelscher, and Conrad von der Goltz in Würzburg, Germany. He studied in Cologne with Igor Ozim and at New York's Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay. Sassmannshaus taught for many years in close association with Dorothy DeLay both in Cincinnati and at the Aspen Music Festival and School.