Famous Violinists, Interviewed by Violinist.com
Read the best of our years of exclusive interviews in The Violinist.com Interviews: Volume 1, by our editor, Laurie Niles. The volumes includes interviews with 27 top performers, including Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, and David Garrett, with foreword written for us by Hilary Hahn. The book is available for in print and several eBook formats:
By Laurie Niles, April 10, 2014:
After winning awards and performing as a soloist, this excellent young violinist is taking a hiatus of undetermined length. Here's why.
Rachel Barton Pine
By Laurie Niles, January 30, 2015:
Rachel talks about performing all five Mozart Concertos. Previously: On the Schumann and Mendelssohn Concertos, Violin Lullabies, Wohlfahrt Etudes, On works for unaccompanied violin, On works by Bach, On Maud Powell and the rebec. Plus, her Maud Powell favorites: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
By Laurie Niles, March 18, 2011:
Lisa talks about the Shostakovich Violin Concerto and the composer's influence on Soviet musicians.
By Laurie Niles, November 19, 2013:
The CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic talks about the effort to transform the LA Phil into an industry-leading success story.
By Laurie Niles, November 26, 2014:
Modern violin makers share new ideas and disprove old myths.
By Laurie Niles, October 25, 2012:
The French violinist talks about the benefits of playing chamber music, and the violin concertos of Brahms, Berg and Korngold.
By Laurie Niles, June 23, 2010:
Regina Carter has so much to say on the violin, sometimes she's had to reinvent the language of the instrument.
By Laurie Niles, January 17, 2012:
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Concertmaster talks about Mahler 4 and the Phil's Mahler Project.
By Laurie Niles, December 18, 2009:
Sarah Chang talks of her perspective on life as a prodigy, and how that's prepared her for her current career.
By Laurie Niles, Septemebr 27, 2014:
The Gold Medal Laureate of the 2014 International Violinist Competition of Indianapolis talks about being a Clevelander at heart.
By Laurie Niles, June 19, 2013:
Online violin lessons are attracting some big players as instructors, including the Assistant Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
By Caeli Smith, August 27, 2007:
An interview with violin teacher Joey Corpus, known as New York's "Secret Weapon."
By Laurie Niles, January 11, 2012:
Pianist Jeremy Denk talks about his collaboration with Joshua Bell and their new recording, "French Impressions."
By Laurie Niles, July 10, 2007:
A conversation with Emerson String Quartet violinist Eugene Drucker about his debut novel, "The Savior."
By Laurie Niles, March 4, 2009:
This guy keeps good company: Stradivari, del Gesu, Guarneri.... Ehnes talks about "Homage," where he plays on nine violins and three violas from the Fulton collection.
By Laurie Niles, November 30, 2012:
Fallstad talks about coaching actors Christopher Walken, Mark Ivanir, Philip Seymour Hoffmann and Catherine Keener for the movie, 'A Late Quartet.'
By Laurie Niles, January 6, 2012:
Mark Fewer talks about 'the bad boy of music,' George Antheil, and his violin sonatas.
By Laurie Niles, October 5, 2010:
The German violinist talks about her recently-released recording of the Paganini 24 Caprices.
By Laurie Niles, August 2, 2012:
The Nielsen violin concerto might not be the most commonly recorded or performed, but it has a passionate champion in the Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang.
By Laurie Niles, June 21, 2012:
Even if David has found great success and enjoyment covering pop tunes and performing the occasional stunt, he has never renounced his classical roots.
By Laurie Niles, November 25, 2009:
Vadim Gluzman believes the violin has a living soul - and knows something about how to give it breath.
By Laurie Niles, August 25, 2009:
The "From the Top" veteran talks about recording her debut album.
By Laurie Niles, June 28, 2013:
At 27, Bella Hristova has an impressive list of achievements, winning grants and competitions worldwide. Perhaps more importantly, she plays so beautifully.
By Laurie Niles, April 30, 2014:
The former Barrage cast member talks about the enduring relevance of the 1964 musical, "Fiddler on the Roof."
Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-Ki Joo
By Laurie Niles, April 10, 2012:
Ready for a 'Little Nightmare Music'? We talk with the violin-and-piano comedy duo about their Carnegie Hall debut and their classical training.
By Laurie Niles, Feb. 15, 2010:
Losing a violin sent Dylana Jenson into a tailspin that lasted longer than anyone could have imagined.
By Laurie Niles, September 29, 2010:
Our interview with the Gold Medal Laureate of the 2010 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, the morning after her win.
By Laurie Niles, May 10, 2011:
Judy covered the map as a classical musician, then got a hot-pink electric violin and went on tour with Lady Gaga.
By Laurie Niles, March 28, 2014:
The London-born Japanese violinist never planned to be a concertmaster, but he has greatly enjoyed being that with the Berlin Philharmonic, since 2009.
By Laurie Niles, December 5, 2013:
The Greek violinist talks about Brahms and Bartók, and preserving the human quality in violin performance.
By Laurie Niles, March 9, 2011:
Misha talks about his new recording, and reviving the legacy of Vieuxtemps' violin concertos.
By Laurie Niles, June 29, 2012:
His first album, Sounds of Defiance, came to life at the same time that he found himself playing in front of 12,000 people at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and only a few weeks before the death of his teacher, Roman Totenberg.
By Laurie Niles, February 16, 2011:
Violist Paul Laraia, 21, has come a long way, from the sink-or-swim public school program where he first picked up the violin to winning the 2011 Sphinx Competition's Senior Division.
By Laurie Niles, April 14, 2009:
The British violinist has faith in classical music - that the music itself needs no dressing up to appeal to people across a wide spectrum.
By Laurie Niles, January 12, 2012:
Conductor David Lockington talks about how orchestras can connect better with their communities.
Members of the Louisiana Philharmonic
By Laurie Niles, October 29, 2005:
Hurricane Katrina, and the subsequent New Orleans flood, left every member of the orchestra homeless, its season canceled, and the future of this musician-owned and operated symphony very much in doubt.
By Laurie Niles, May 22, 2006:
Suzuki pioneer James Maurer prepares to retire from the University of Denver after decades of service to his school, his studio and the Suzuki movement.
By Laurie Niles, August 7, 2007:
Composer McLean talks about his collaboration with violinist Brian Lewis, which has produced the new violin concerto, "Elements."
By Laurie Niles, May 22, 2012:
Tai Murray calls Eugène Ysaÿe's Six Sonatas for Solo violin "an opus of love and expression" -- written from the composer's love for Bach, for his friends, and for the violin itself.
By Laurie Niles, April 9, 2013:
Elmar Oliveira hit the world stage in 1978 with his gold medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition and continues to perform, record and teach today.
By Laurie Niles, September 2, 2009:
The host of NPR's "From the Top" talks about young artists and collaboration between violinists and pianists.
By Laurie Niles, May 7, 2015:
One of today's most-respected period performers once had to hide her Baroque life from her modern-violin teachers and colleagues.
By Laurie Niles, December 6, 2011:
The Bulgarian native talks about what makes Hollywood special and about why she loves playing music for the movies.
By Laurie Niles, August 31, 2010:
Laurie visits with the master luthier and founder of America's first violin-making school, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
By Laurie Niles, March 31, 2009:
Niles talks with Repin about his early career and newest recording, as well as his relationship with Yehudi Menuhin.
By Laurie Niles, December 1, 2007:
Ricci talks about the techniques described in his new book, 'Ricci on Glissando,' and about his life, from prodigy to artist. [VIDEO]
By Laurie Niles, November 19, 2012:
Indiana University's Ritchie describes Early Music style and technique: violin-playing before the chinrest.
By Laurie Niles, August 11, 2014:
To speak to violinist Aaron Rosand is to gain a sense of what it was like to come of age as a violinist in the mid 20th century. Part One
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By Laurie Niles, March 10, 2010:
The violinist and physical therapist talks about avoiding injury while playing.
By Caeli Smith, June 21, 2006:
David Russell is a renowned violinist, pedagogue, and Violinist.com contributor. He is the Assistant Director of String Chamber Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
By Laurie Niles, October 15, 2012:
The composer and conductor talks about "Out of Nowhere," the first recording of his violin concerto, by Leila Josefowicz.
By Laurie Niles, May 22, 2009:
The violinist reflects on 30 years with the Emerson String Quartet, as it releases a new CD of works by Czech composers.
By Laurie Niles, September 4, 2014:
Members of the Chiara String Quartet weren't just being romantic (or Romantic) when they named their latest album "Brahms by Heart."
By Laurie Niles, January 21, 2006:
Starr has both challenged and embraced the beloved Suzuki method since the 1960s, when his family went to Japan to study with Shinichi Suzuki.
By Laurie Niles, October 1, 2014:
Who is the most visible, most popular violinist in America right now? Without a doubt, it's Lindsey Stirling.
By Laurie Niles, February 21, 2011:
Violinist Alexandra Switala, 17, was no stranger to the Sphinx Competition when she won the Junior Division.
Time for Three
By Laurie Niles, June 24, 2014:
Violinists Zach De Pue and Nick Kendall and bassist Ranaan Meyer talk with Laurie about stirring the musical melting pot on their new, self-titled album.
By Caeli Smith, August 11, 2007:
Northwestern University violin professor Almita Vamos talks about teaching, working with her husband, Roland, and what makes life rich for a musician.
By Laurie Niles, October 5, 2012:
When one of the foremost experts on violin technique writes a book of double-stop exercises, one must take note!
By Laurie Niles, January 9, 2013:
Maxim Vengerov couldn't be happier to be playing the violin again, after his four-year hiatus from performing, and after the painstaking reinvention of his playing technique following shoulder surgery.
By Laurie Niles, December 21, 2007:
Who knew that a violinist played with the U.S. Marine Band? We talk to the Commander of the String Section for the Marine Band about playing for world leaders... when Perlman's not swiping his violin.
By Laurie Niles, October 17, 2013:
The associate concertmaster of the Hamburg Symphony has written an encyclopedic textbook on orchestra playing for violinists, The Orchestral Violinist's Companion
By Laurie Niles, May 7, 2014:
Martha and Laurie talk about the joy of teaching violin through playing duets, using Martha's duet arrangements of Suzuki books 1-8.
By Caeli Smith, August 1, 2007:
A Conversation with David Ying, cellist from the Ying Quartet.
By Laurie Niles, November 6, 2013:
For Made in Germany
, German violinist Herwig Zack has put together a program rich in meaning as well as in virtuosic playing.
By Laurie Niles, April 9, 2007:
The Brooklyn-based luthier, who has built instruments for Isaac Stern, Joshua Bell and Yo-Yo Ma, talks about being 'The Violin Maker.'
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