I started violin lessons and piano lessons at the age of 5. When I left home for college in 1983, I kept up with piano as a staff accompanist in my college's music department, and as a jazz performer. But I gave up the violin entirely. In 2009, when my daughter started violin lessons, I decided to pick it up again and see what might be possible within the constraints of career, family obligations, and continuing involvement in the local music scene as a jazz pianist.
I now enjoy the violin thoroughly, partly because the quality of instruction that I (and my daughter) receive is so much higher than what I received as a child. I have performed the Bach D Minor Sarabande and Gigue, the first movements of the Haydn G Major and Bach A Minor Concertos, the Mozart E-Minor Sonata K304, and numerous other pieces as part of "adults-only" recitals. I live in Blacksburg, Virginia, where my wife and I are both members of the Virginia Tech chemistry faculty. We have two daughters, one who plays violin (as already mentioned), and one who plays cello. I have accompanied their performances on the piano, and we have even played a few chamber pieces together for informal recitals, etc.
Recently my friend Justin Craig (a professional guitarist in my area) put together a Brazilian trio in which I play violin including some jazz improvisation. The trio is rounded out by Bill Ray, a local pro who is Principal Percussionist with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. We have played a handful of gigs together with more to come.