December 5, 2012 at 12:06 PMOn December 10th, 2012 it will be 25 years ago that the great Jascha Heifetz passed away. One of his last students, Rudolf Koelman, wishes to pay a special tribute to remember this great musician and will be touring in Asia and Australia.
We’ve been asking Rudolf Koelman why he wants to do this tour.
“To me it is a tribute to a great Master. Heifetz was a very dedicated teacher, twice a week lessons, once a month chamber music day; he would always go for: What do you want to express with the music? Technique was secondary but if you had some problems he would show you 3 different ways to solve it instantly!”
Why was Heifetz such a great teacher?
“He always would grab his violin at certain moments and show me in a few notes a whole story, incredible poetic sound and musicality. He was and unequaled, genius, magic violinist; from another world!”
‘No strings attached’
Koelman’s most memorable moment:
“He must have heard from some one I had money troubles. One day he called me after the lesson in his office (I thought I was kicked out of the class!), surprisingly he gave me some money. “No strings attached," he said, I replied: what does that mean? He said: when people give you something they often expect something back in return......I don't....”
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