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This the first song I work on with Ann Fontanella my violin teacher! I been with her almost two years started in April!
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Xian Zhang Celebrates Chinese New Year With Los Angeles Philharmonic and Tan Dun's New Triple Concerto

Dateline: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, Saturday evening, February 21, 2015To celebrate the arrival of the Chinese year of the sheep and goat, the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Xian Zhang presented its first performances of two Chinese milestones composed almost 60 years apart, and of three Western solo vehicles…See More
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Auryn Quartet Continues its Neverending Story in Los Angeles

Dateline: Doheny Mansion, Los Angeles, Friday, February 20, 8 p.m., 2015In the midst of a grueling, month-long US tour, the Auryn Quartet made their third appearance on DaCamera Society's Chamber Music In Historic SItes series with Mozart K.458 "The Hunt," Beethoven Op. 18 No. 4 and Schubert D 810, "Death and the Maiden." But…See More
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Love reading violin-related fiction? Then this is the place to be! I'll try to post reviews and news of violin novels and interviews with authors at least once a week. Feel free to make recommendations of books you've read. See More
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Frederick The Great Takes Center Stage at the Great Montréal Bach Festival 2014

Dateline: Bourgie Hall, Montréal, Thursday night, November 27, 2014

In 1747 Frederick the Great, the greatest ruler of his age, sent Johann Sebastian Bach, the greatest composer of his age, a dour, nine-bar theme of his own devising to improvise…


Posted by Laurence Vittes on January 1, 2015 at 6:18pm

Andrew Wan Plays and Records Saint-Saëns's Three Violin Concertos With the OSM in Montréal

Dateline: Maison Symphonique de Montréal, Wednesday night and Thursday morning, November 26 and 27, 2014

Over the course of four live concerts at the end of November, in the shining new Maison Symphonique at the Place des Arts, Andrew Wan, the Orchestre Symphonie de Montréal (OSM) of which he is…


Posted by Laurence Vittes on December 29, 2014 at 8:11am

Download This Jazzy Holiday Version of 'Greensleeves'

“Greensleeves” is a traditional English song, its lyrics giving voice to a disappointed lover. Rumor has pinned its composition to a lovelorn Henry VIII, discouraged by his initial rejection by Anne Boleyn, but “Greensleeves” is more likely an Elizabethan tune. It is believed to have been first published in 1580 under the title “A New Northern Dittye of the Lady Greene Sleeves,” and is referenced in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, first published around 1602, but probably…


Posted by Greg Cahill on December 19, 2014 at 4:50pm

Lara St. John's Letter from Turin—the Odd One Out

From our friend the violinist Lara St. John:

A few days before appearing with the Rai Orchestra, with Steven Mercurio conducting John Corigliano’s Red Violin Concerto, I started to realize I was in one of those puzzles where One of These Things Does Not Fit. It was the first homecoming of my 1779 Guadagnini in over 150 years, playing a concerto by an Italian-American dedicated to his Calabrese father on that father’s bow, with an Italian-American conductor doing an…


Posted by Greg Cahill on December 3, 2014 at 10:30am

Spruce tone wood harvested ca. 1800

Lovely material in the workshop. I am just starting to cut into it, and this spruce, which is used for the tops of instruments, has a golden brown patina all the way through it. Normally, wood is aged by the tone wood seller for a number of years, and some sellers bake the wood in the sun, giving then of…


Posted by Nate Tabor on October 10, 2014 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Day Five Part One at the Fifth International Chamber Music Festival of Kaposvár: The Arrival of Kirill Gerstein

Dateline: Hall of Art and Culture, Kaposvár, Hungary, Sunday August 17, noon, 2014

August 17 was once again a provocative day at the Fifth International Chamber Music Festival of Kaposvár, a festival without any recognized limits of where the musicians are allowed take the music they play

Each night and each morning, the venues were packed with kids, music students…


Posted by Laurence Vittes on August 21, 2014 at 12:30pm

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