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Famous amateur violinists part II

Life in general: Just 69 so far, keep them coming...!

From Mischa S.
Posted May 13, 2008 at 08:38 PM

Let’s continue to find some more or less famous amateur violinists (fictional or non-fictional), so far they are 69.

You can find some explanations to these in the old threat.

Alba, Jessica
Anderson, Laurie
Aubrey, Jack
Axelrod, Herbert R.
Barba, Antonella
Baron-Cohen, Sasha
Beck, Ludwig
Bellow, Saul
Benny, Jack
Berliner, Emile
Boray, Paul
Borodin, Alexander
Byrd, Robert
Carter, Regina
Crockett, Davy
Crow, Russell
Data, Lt. Commander [10 THz]
Dawes, Charles G.
de Saint-Exupéry, Antoine
Dickson, William Kennedy
Dietrich, Marlene
Drinker Bowen, Katherine
Eichmann, Adolf
Einstein, Albert
Farrakahn, Louis
Fine, Larry
Ford, Henry
Fortas, Abe
Fulton, David
George III of the United Kingdom
Gingrich, Arnold
Hardy, Thomas
Haskil, Clara
Hesse, Herrmann
Heydrich, Reinhard
Holmes, Sherlock
Ingalls, Charles
Ingres, Jean-Auguste-Dominique
Irons, Jeremy
Johnson, Sheila
Klee, Paul
Klemperer, Werner (Otto Flick from the BBC comedy Allo Allo, son of Otto Klemperer and relative of Victor Klemperer)
Kárpáti, Rudolf
Kreeger , David Lloyd
Louis, Joe
Mann, Thomas
Mansfield, Jayne
Matisse, Henri
Meinhof, Ulrike
Monhaupt, Brigitte
Müller-Stahl, Armin
Mussolini, Benito
Nixon, Richard
Jefferson, Thomas
Johnson, Lyndon B.
Pearl, Daniel
Pope Pius XII.
Queen Elisabeth of Belgium
Ritchie, Nicole
Steinhausen, F. A.
Streep, Meryl
Tate, Allen
that old guy in the Frankenstein movie (must be this one)
Tramitz, Christian
Tukhachevsky, Mikhail
Tyler, John
Wilson, Woodrow
Wittgenstein, Ludwig
Wolfensohn, James
Youngman, Henry

At least we should reach the 100, so keep them coming...! :)

From Luke Forester
Posted on May 14, 2008 at 01:56 AM
Can we really count Data since he's a fictional character? Or does Brent Spiner play the Violin?
From Daniel Stevens
Posted on May 14, 2008 at 02:20 AM
Brent Spiner does not play, just look at Data play and you can tell.

One big one you missed - but maybe not an amateur since he was considered a musician as well as an actor/comedian - Dudley Moore was very good on the violin, there was a movie where he was a classical conductor and actually played the violin in the movie on screen, the actor who played the virtuoso violinist he was working with was obviously not playing.

Also one of the anchor women on CCN plays cello - cant remember her name. "Buddy" from the original Dick Van Dyke show was a pretty good cellist as well.

From Christina C.
Posted on May 14, 2008 at 06:20 PM
the CNN host/cellist is Paula Zahn

Molecular biologist Mark Ptashne plays violin & owns some spectacular instruments & bows, some of which are on loan to professional musicians

From Daniel Stevens
Posted on May 14, 2008 at 08:27 PM
Buddy from the Dick Van Dyke Show was Morey Amsterdam.
From Bill Walderman
Posted on May 14, 2008 at 08:35 PM
Daniel Schorr, the venerable television/radio newsman, started his career as a violinist.
From Mischa S.
Posted on May 17, 2008 at 06:13 AM
Beethoven's Andrei K. Rasumowski and Mozart's Hieronymus von Colloredo.

The next one is not that famous, but he should be in fact - he's the patron saint for a certain kind of amateur: Baron Ernst von Bagge, a remarkably bad, but rich amateur, who invited the complete cream of violinists in his time to receive a lesson of him, since he declared to have found a new method of playing. And they all came: Kreutzer, Viotti, Stamitz, Befuzzi etc.. Bagge pretended to know everything about Tartini's bow hold, Pugnani's Appoggiamento etc. whatever, his convictions about artists were devastating. After the lesson they all applauded and got a louisd’or. Besides his bizarre method of playing (he dashed with the bow on the strings) he was a very sweet-tempered and generous patron, who composed a concerto, which Kreutzer played on his funeral.

E.T.A. Hoffmann wrote a lovely story about him.

From William Wolcott
Posted on May 17, 2008 at 12:03 PM
I believe Dudley Moore was quite a pianist, though Wikipedia states that he played violin when he was young.
From Sander Marcus
Posted on May 17, 2008 at 01:00 PM

In your initial (and excellent) list, you list as the last name "Henry Youngman." I believe that you meant Henny Youngman, the famous comedian, king of the one-liners, and my comic hero. He always used the violin in his act, but didn't play much onstage (thank goodness).

He told jokes with an economy of language that was stunning. For example,
"There are two sides to every argument - my wife's side and the losing side."
"My mother is 90 and still doesn't need glasses - drinks right out of the bottle."
And, of course, his most famous line, "Take my wife - please!"


From Bruce Bodden
Posted on May 17, 2008 at 03:09 PM
My favorite Youngman (not appropriate for use on v.com):

"He thinks of himself as a wit, and he's half right."

From Bruce Bodden
Posted on May 17, 2008 at 03:17 PM
P.S. Regina Carter isn't an amateur.
From Graham Clark
Posted on May 17, 2008 at 04:33 PM
I think the Regina Carter suggestion was a jibe...