Famous amateur violinists part IILife in general: Just 69 so far, keep them coming...!
From Mischa S.
You can find some explanations to these in the old threat.
From Luke ForesterCan we really count Data since he's a fictional character? Or does Brent Spiner play the Violin?
Posted on May 14, 2008 at 01:56 AM
From Daniel StevensBrent Spiner does not play, just look at Data play and you can tell.
Posted on May 14, 2008 at 02:20 AM
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.the CNN host/cellist is Paula Zahn
Posted on May 14, 2008 at 06:20 PM
Molecular biologist Mark Ptashne plays violin & owns some spectacular instruments & bows, some of which are on loan to professional musicians
From Daniel StevensBuddy from the Dick Van Dyke Show was Morey Amsterdam.
Posted on May 14, 2008 at 08:27 PM
From Bill WaldermanDaniel Schorr, the venerable television/radio newsman, started his career as a violinist.
Posted on May 14, 2008 at 08:35 PM
From Mischa S.Beethoven's Andrei K. Rasumowski and Mozart's Hieronymus von Colloredo.
Posted on May 17, 2008 at 06:13 AM
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 WolcottI believe Dudley Moore was quite a pianist, though Wikipedia states that he played violin when he was young.
Posted on May 17, 2008 at 12:03 PM
From Sander MarcusMischa:
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,
From Bruce BoddenMy favorite Youngman (not appropriate for use on v.com):
Posted on May 17, 2008 at 03:09 PM
"He thinks of himself as a wit, and he's half right."
From Bruce BoddenP.S. Regina Carter isn't an amateur.
Posted on May 17, 2008 at 03:17 PM
From Graham ClarkI think the Regina Carter suggestion was a jibe...
Posted on May 17, 2008 at 04:33 PM
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