Just recently I had the privilege of auditioning one of Vadim Gluzman’s Master Classes in Vancouver BC. He was an excellent teacher- with his intelligent, supportive and humorous style. I even had a chance to examine his Auer Strad closely. Supposedly, the great Russian pedagogue tried Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto on this very fiddle before he made his famed claim that the piece was unplayable. Having listened to Gluzman play live a few times, I have to say that the Auer is one of the greatest Strads exisiting today, both tonally and visually.
The highlight of the master class came when a friend of mine played the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Upon the opening octaves I immediately noticed his violin- it had a warm, colourful, Strad-like ringing sound. As I found out, it’s made by a maker by the name of Hermann Janzen.
So I looked up on the web for his info/bio and we talked on the phone about his works. Surprisingly, he told me that he knows Howard Needham and in fact they compare notes and collaborate.
He offered me a very reasonable price to commission a new instrument, considering the prices some of the comtemporary makers command today. Does any of you know his work/ or have tried his instruments?
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