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Laurie Niles

Postcards from Juilliard

June 4, 2013 at 2:03 AM

What could be better than a gathering of violinists, during the spring, in heart of New York city? Here are some scenes from the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School, to bring you there (or bring you back!).

With more than 200 violinists from 32 states and 14 countries, the Starling-DeLay staff wanted to make a collage that represented us all. We each were asked to bring a little something from home, and here is the masterpiece they created! If you squint and perhaps put on your glasses, you can see my little postcard from Pasadena on the left, under the "2013"!

Symposium sign

Symposium Artistic Director Brian Lewis works like crazy, helping to run this event and also teaching several pedagogy classes. He's also a Violin Ninja:

Brian Lewis
Photo: Nan Melville for The Juilliard School

This year I stayed in the Juilliard dorms. Yes, they are dorms, with cement floors, shared showers, etc. but they have great views, and I always meet new friends in the suite! (I also heard people playing quartets in the suite across from us!) Here I am with suite mate, Roberta:

In the dorms

Who doesn't love the food in New York? I had everything from pizza to sushi, and here I am at the Ed's Chowder House across the street from Lincoln Center, with my fries and mushroom chowder. Yum!

Loo with Lunch

My goal in any city is to find the good coffee, and I found a nice place called Aroma Espresso on 72nd St. Better yet, I had coffee with longtime Violinist.com member Caeli Smith, who also happens to be an undergraduate at Juilliard.

With Caeli

Eventually we all had to say goodbye, and here are some pictures of violinists and musicians who were at the final reception. Below, collaborative pianist Pamela Viktoria Pyle, Symposium administrative director Rob Ross, and young artist MariƩ Rossano of the Curtis Institute:

Pam, Rob, Marie

Richard Riss of Piscataway, New Jersey, sports his cool violin tie while chatting with Thomas Wood of Wooster, Ohio:

Richard and Thomas

Here I am with Eric Tsai, 16, of Alabama, one of the young artists who played in master classes and recitals throughout the week.

With Eric Tsai

Brian Lewis chats with Lisa Lee of Bellmore, New York; Dianne Pinner of Greenville, South Carolina; and Joanne Cohen of Moorhead, Minnesota (L-R).

Brian with fans

Did we get a little over-tired and punchy? Perhaps. Here I am, after the Symposium, with my good friend from Denver, violinist and teacher Arlette Aslanian. We were feeling inspired in front of the American Ballet Theatre sign at the Metropolitan Opera House. I might just stick to the violin!

At the Met

Check back for more this week from Starling-DeLay: Odin Rathnam on Galamian pedagogy; Michael McLean on Bach; Brian Lewis on works by Josef Suk; and Katie Lansdale on Bach.


From George Mitrou
Posted on June 4, 2013 at 4:08 PM
I really envy you Ms. Laurie. My dream (Apart from being a member of a professional orchestra) is to meet a lot of other famous violinists or other musicians in just one place. I see you have had a wonderful time there! Anyway I'm looking forward to seeing other updates as well!
From Tom Holzman
Posted on June 5, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Laurie- you are clearly having too much fun! When we stay in NYC, we stay near Aroma, and I go there sometimes. Good choice, Laurie.

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