Studio Class!

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A few hours from now, a group of hard-working, motivated students will perform their solo repertoire for each other in preparation for their formal recital two weeks from now.

Incidentally – all are welcome to attend that recital!  It’s free and open to the public, and it’s always a pleasure to hear beautiful music played by dedicated students.  Saturday, June 17, 3:00 PM, at the First Parish Church in Arlington Center, 630 Mass Ave.

Playing in studio class is one of the rare treats (and pressures!) of being a serious classical violin student.  Anyone who has gone through conservatory training is familiar with the ritual, but outside of that small niche, few usually are.  It is a safe place to try out Continue reading

Kreisler in the Rain (live recording!)

It’s a quiet, rainy day in Boston, so I decided to spend a few hours this afternoon reviewing and organizing some recordings of recent performances.  They tend to pile up very quickly, often sending me rushing to an electronics store to buy a fresh memory card before a concert since I haven’t had a chance to sort through the last recordings!

Finally listening to the recordings – facing the fear of hearing one’s own live performances, and separating the embarrassing takes from the gems – perhaps this is a musician’s spring cleaning.

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Community

A recent musical experience served as a reminder of why we play and listen to music, and its power to bring us together and uplift us.  At a difficult time, when we are so divided and there is so much fear and anger, a small audience in Somerville gathered last week to share in the beauty of music and the comfort of hearing it together.

The Somerville Public Library has been kind enough to host a second season of Invitation to Bach and Ysaye, a community lecture recital series.  These concerts are particularly meaningful because they are an opportunity to really interact with audiences Continue reading

An “Old World” Violin Recital

With great pleasure, I would like to announce a pair of recitals – December 11 in Boxford and December 13 in Cambridge – with a fascinating take on the “Old World” violin recital and a very special program from the heart.

The violin has often been called the instrument that most resembles the human voice, that pulls the heart strings, that makes dignified people weep!  This is because of it’s expressive power and its vast, varied repertoire.  There is a great tradition of violin recitals that take listeners on a journey Continue reading

The “Amazing Rep” Recital – 6/26 & 6/29

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With great pleasure, I’d like to officially announce a pair of recitals on June 26 and 29 – and if you are reading this blog post, you are very welcome and invited to come!

June 26, 3:00 PM, Second Congregational Church of Boxford

June 29, 7:30 PM, First Church in Cambridge

Click on either link above to order tickets.

The repertoire for these recitals was chosen from Continue reading

Let’s Get to Work

For all the good advice about musicianship and technique available today, one of the most powerful lessons a student can learn is how to train his or her own mind – in other words, how to practice.

There is little mystery in the process of developing a solid violin technique.  Famous pedagogue Ivan Galamian referred to the training of a young violinist as being a “scientific” process, meaning the fundamental skills could be analyzed and broken down into teachable elements.  My own teacher, Michael Frischenschlager, noted in his treatise that the countless young virtuosi at today’s international violin competitions stand as evidence that an astonishing technique can be deliberately and systematically trained by anyone willing to undergo such deliberate and systematic training!

It is a teacher’s job to share correct techniques of playing – a map and path up the mountain – but it is the student’s job to summon the mental will and vigor to complete the training.

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Beethoven Violin Concerto – March 13, 2016

With great pleasure, I would like to invite you to my performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic, George Monseur conducting, on March 13, 2016, at 2:30 PM.  Here are links to concert information and directions to the venue.

Here is  a preview pic, taken at our rehearsal earlier this week!

Merrimack Valley Beethoven Rehearsal

The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic holds a special place in my heart, as it was one of the first orchestras to give me the opportunity to perform as soloist.  Back when I was only 13 years old, Continue reading