Category Archives: Violin & Violinists

Articles and post about the most legendary instrument ever created

New crossroads on and beyond musical paths – Part II

Cutting edges of violin playing  

Last week we wrote about Malwina Sosnowksi and her adventures in Brazil. When she returned to Switzerland she found herself within 10 days ending up booking a flight to New Delhi and heading off to beautiful India. This time as a backpacker and attached to it, an old and modest but playable violin inside a very moderate but light violin case, both perfectly fitting her violin playing plans for the coming two months. Continue reading New crossroads on and beyond musical paths – Part II

Jascha Heifetz “Your mother is not your date”

Rudolf Koelman’s legendary phone conversation with Jascha Heifetz – on video

Rudolf Koelman was one of Jascha Heifetz last pupils. In the eighties and nineties, he was one of the major violin talents in the Netherlands. He studied with Herman Krebbers. Later, as a most beloved student of Jascha Heifetz, the god among violinists, he made his international breakthrough. Continue reading Jascha Heifetz “Your mother is not your date”

Why Online Music Lessons Are So Effective

Why Online Music Lessons Are So Effective

by Paul Casserly

With the dawn of the internet, there is now a decades-old argument as to whether or not learning an instrument or piece of music online is better, or if musicians should merely stick with the traditional in-person approach. This article will attempt to shed light on both sides of this debate.  Continue reading Why Online Music Lessons Are So Effective

André Rieu – from Pizza Paganini to Johann Strauss Orchestra

André Rieu – “Heringe Biete” concerts and  Johann Strauss Orchestra

By Irma de Jong

I remember André Rieu and his “Heringe biete” (Maastricht dialect for “to bite a haring”) Concerts that he used to organise around Carnival, in the beginning of the nineties in Maastricht his home town. At that time I was working occasionally at the ticket office of the Theater aan het Vrijthof, the

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The Most Baroque Stradivari Violin in the world

Setup and playing of a real baroque violin in modern age – (video)

Review of the Baroque Stradivari violin played by Miriam Fried

Last year I was the director in a recording session for iClassical Academy in Italy, to record violin lessons of the Bach solo pieces to be published on the web. The teacher was Professor Miriam Fried, she is a very renown violinist and professor in the States. She came with the instrument she used to play already for thirty years and maybe more, a  genuine baroque Stradivari violin built by the legendary Italian luthier in 1686.

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BACH VIOLIN PARTITA NO. 1 IN B MINOR – MUSIC INSTRUCTION

BACH PARTITA NO. 1 IN B MINOR, BWV 1002, ALLEMANDE

MUSIC INSTRUCTION –  BACH SOLO VIOLIN REPERTOIRE

In his Partitas, Bach treats the traditional dance form with great liberty, accentuating virtuosity, melodic inventions, rhythm and beautiful counterpoint elaborations. Master Teacher Miriam Fried has pervasive knowledge and understanding of Bach’s Violin Partitas and Sonatas and in her Masterclasses considers all of these very demanding themes, combine it with technique and exposes the importance of all these arguments in her outstanding masterclasses.
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Online Paganini Caprices Video eLearning Series – Review

Paganini Caprices, a devilish challenge for many violinists

The 24 Caprices for Solo Violin were written in groups (six, six and twelve) by Niccolò Paganini between 1802 and 1817. As we all know, they demand a lot of technique, velocity, accuracy and precision from the violinist. No wonder these Caprices are both loved and hated by the majority of the players! The series is a real challenge to master. Not only for students but also for professionals and teachers.  We had a look at the
online eLearning video series Paganini Caprices with Pavel Berman. Continue reading Online Paganini Caprices Video eLearning Series – Review

Stradivari Vesuvius try out by Shlomo Mintz

Backstage comparison between the Vesuvius and his own violin by Shlomo Mintz (video)

The Stradivari Vesuvius belongs to the latest period in which the legendary violin maker Antonio Stradivari still handcrafted his instruments. Yet, although he was already more than 80 years old, and his hands had no more the same precision that they used to have in his beautiful mature age, this violin keeps the qualities Continue reading Stradivari Vesuvius try out by Shlomo Mintz

Fiddler on a luxury ship – Lincoln Center Stage

Playing Chamber Music on the Holland America Line @Lincoln Center Stage

The musical adventure of Floor Braam on a cruise ship from Florida to Alaska

In spring 2016, violinist Floor Braam was scrolling through the MusicalChairs website when an interesting advertisement caught her eye: The Lincoln Center Stage, combined out of two leading companies, the Holland America Line and the Lincoln Center, brought together in an exclusive partnership, was looking for musicians. Continue reading Fiddler on a luxury ship – Lincoln Center Stage

World Première: Miriam Fried Online Bach Video Encyclopedia

The most complete online video encyclopedia about Bach’s violin solo repertoire in the world.

Miriam Fried dedicated almost a year to complete her online Bach video encyclopedia. It’s a true declaration of love and admiration for Bach. We dare to say the most complete online video encyclopedia about Bach’s violin solo repertoire in the world that was ever created. We caught up with her, despite her busy schedule and asked her why she decided to create this so precious knowledge about the incredibly versatile composer Bach.  Continue reading World Première: Miriam Fried Online Bach Video Encyclopedia