V.com weekend vote: Have you ever been bullied or teased for playing the violin or other instrument? border=0 align=

V.com weekend vote: Have you ever been bullied or teased for playing the violin or other instrument?

January 19, 2018, 12:51 PM · This week we have been having a long discussion in response to an eighth-grade boy that has been insulted for playing the violin, and many of our members have responded with sensitivity and wisdom.

On the positive side, playing the violin or other instrument is a special activity; not everyone has the opportunity to try it, much less become an accomplished instrumentalist. On the negative side, that leaves some room for those who are unfamiliar with music or who feel left out to mock the activity as "elitist" or worse. And carrying an instrument is not like carrying a cell phone -- it's a conspicuous object. Even if no one is making fun of you, probably people do comment, ask questions and notice the instrument you are carrying! For someone who doesn't want a lot of extra attention, that can be difficult.

This vote is about unpleasant attention, not friendly teasing. Has anyone made you feel bad for playing an instrument? And was it a situation of unpleasant teasing and attention, or did it cross the line of bullying, making you feel threatened? In the comments, please share how you have dealt with such situations and how you would advise others who face this kind of harassment.

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Violinist Hilary Hahn Gets Creative with Her 'Retrospective' border=0 align=

Violinist Hilary Hahn Gets Creative with Her 'Retrospective'

January 19, 2018, 9:35 AM · Though much of our modern cultural diet is served in digital soundbites and clips, the latest recording from violinist Hilary Hahn is an emphatically analog creation, from its direct-to-disc pressing to its cover art.


Sure, you can still get it digitally, on CD or on Spotify, but she's gone out of her way to provide a gorgeous physical object of art in the vinyl release of her latest project, Retrospective, a compilation of selections from her last 12 recordings with Deutsche Grammophon as well as a recent live recital recording.

"It was really nice to be part of the process," Hilary said to me Sunday, speaking on the phone from London, where she was performing in a benefit concert for the Refugee Council. She explained that when record companies re-group and re-issue an artist's recorded works, the artist sometimes finds out only after the final product has gone public. Such was the case with Hahn's early recordings for Sony. But in the case of "Retrospective," Deutsche Grammophon enlisted Hilary's input for the entire process. Keep reading...

For the Record, Op. 41: Johnny Gandelsman's Bach S&Ps; Hilary Hahn's 'Retrospective'; Alfredo Campoli collection border=0 align=

For the Record, Op. 41: Johnny Gandelsman's Bach S&Ps; Hilary Hahn's 'Retrospective'; Alfredo Campoli collection

January 18, 2018, 3:54 PM · Welcome to "For the Record," Violinist.com's weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones to add to your listening!

Bach’s Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Violin
Johnny Gandelsman

Johnny Gandelsman, a member of the Silk Road Ensemble and a founding member of Brooklyn Rider, makes his solo album debut with J.S. Bach: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Violin. The project was launched in 2015: "After spending more than a decade working in collaborative settings, I wanted to focus inward and look for my own voice again," Gandelsman said. "I also suspected that, having worked with non-classical musicians like Iranian kamancheh legend Kayhan Kalhor, master Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, and American composer and banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, my understanding of Bach’s music would evolve, if I gave it the proper focus." That year, Gandelsman performed Bach’s complete sonatas and partitas on 15 occasions. Lloyd Schwartz, describing a live performance on NPR’s Fresh Air, said: "I’ve heard some famous violinists attempt this epic feat, but none of them gripped me and delighted me as thoroughly as Gandelsman." Raised in a musical family in Russia and Israel, Gandelsman began his studies with Natalya Boyarskaya, continuing with Felix Andrievsky and Maya Glezarova, legendary pedagogues of the Russian violin school. After winning medals at the Menuhin and Kreisler International Violin Competitions, he moved to the U.S., where he studied with Jascha Brodsky and Arnold Steinhardt at the Curtis Institute of Music. BELOW: Johnny Gandelsman performs the complete Bach Sonatas & Partitas in 2015:

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