Written by Laurie Niles
Published: July 24, 2015 at 11:05 PM [UTC]
Mine just got a lot better, with the return of my newly restored Gagliano violin, which looks and plays better than ever after a great deal of beautiful work by luthier Nazareth Gevorkian of Burbank, Calif. On Monday I will post more details, as I've got some pictures from the fascinating process that was required to repair a center-seam crack, which also required correcting the arching.
Also, next week I'll be in Staunton, Va., to check out this year's Heifetz Institute, directed by Daniel Heifetz. The Institute will be in its fifth week of a six-week program, with about 80 young musicians participating. The program involves the typical music classes such as lessons, chamber music and practice time, but also offers communication classes in subjects such as public speaking, voice, drama, movement, and freedom of expression. The faculty sounds wonderful; next week I'm looking forward to watching Elmar Oliveira, Mark Kaplan, Grigory Kalinovsky, Ilya Kaler, Larry Dutton, Martha Strongin Katz, Robert Vernon, Amit Peled, Matt Haimovitz, and Ralph Kirshbaum. I'll also peek in on some classes by a pops blues artist, on drama and freedom of expression. Watch for those blogs next week!
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During this same time I was also studying orchestral literature with Isador Saslav: then Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony. Between them and my musicologist professor, Dr. Asher George Zlotnik (an absolute genius in musical artistry), I was prepared for a career in symphonic performance.
My first job was with the Florida Symphony. Two years into my career, my wonderful teacher, Daniel Heifetz performed the Mozart Concerto in D—an amazingly graceful performance.
Glad to see him looking so young and vibrant as usual. You are blessed, Laurie. Keep up the good work.
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