Famous Violinists, Interviewed by Violinist.com
Violinist.com Interviews: Volume 1 is our newly published collection of interviews with more than two dozen of the top violinists in the world today, including Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, David Garrett, and Anne-Sophie Mutter. It's a celebration of one of the world's most enduring instruments, and the people who are helping carry forth the violin's legacy into a new generation.
Editor Laurie Niles' book includes a foreword by Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn, who writes, "Laurie addresses topics that are comfortable but all-consuming, such as current projects, and delves into the delicate nuances of creativity. She captures specific moments in time. I love that. In this collection, you can observe her at work, but you will also travel along with her interview subjects."
Available now from Amazon.com in paperback ($19.95) and for Kindle ($9.95).
Recently published interviews
In addition to our original interviews, please take a look at our additional original, on-site coverage of the following events:
The Starling-Delay Symposium for Violin Studies at Juilliard
The Menuhin Competition
The Suzuki Association of the Americas Convention
Previously featured interviews
By Laurie Niles, February 16, 2014: The Milwaukee Symphony Concertmaster talks about the theft and recovery of Lipinski Strad. Previously: On the Lipinski Strad and "A Violin's Life."
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, October 23, 2013: On the Schumann and Mendelssohn Concertos. Previously: 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, September 18, 2013: Benjamin talks about playing Mozart after living in Germany, and studying with Christian Tetzlaff. Previously: On Curtis and the competition circuit.
By Laurie Niles, November 25, 2013: Bell talks about recording "Musical Gifts for the Holidays." Previously: On "Joshua Bell At Home With Friends", on cadenzas and conducting
By Laurie Niles, February 18, 2013: Nicola talks about the power of film music, and her recording "The Silver Violin." Previously: On Baroque music and Sistema Scotland, Recording the Bruch and Tchaikovsky Concertos.
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, 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, 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, March 20, 2012: "Don't Stop Believin'" for solo violin? Violinist Adam DeGraff has a new Rockin' Fiddle Challenge for his fellow fiddlers. Previously: On reclaiming the violin's rock n' roll heritage.
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, January 30, 2010: The Indianapolis Symphony concertmaster explores jazz, folk and other genres as part of the trio "Time for the Three." Previously: On forming 'Time for Three' and his move from Philadelphia to Indy
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, July 10, 2013: Fischer talks about his new book, "The Violin Lesson." Previously: On "Scales", On "Warming Up", On "The Secrets of Tone Production", Cutting a path straight to the issue at hand.
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, April 17, 2014: The Russian-born violinist talks about recording all the 24 Paganini Caprices. Previously: On the Menuhin Competition.
By Laurie Niles, August 6, 2013: Augustin explores the quiet combination of violin and guitar in Histoire du Tango. Previously: On Beethoven, Strads, On 'Echoes of Paris', On life after winning Indianapolis
By Laurie Niles, November 11, 2013: Hahn talks about "In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores."Previously: On the Charles Ives violin sonatas, On recording the Pulitzer-winning Higdon concerto; On 'Bach: Violin and Voice'; On the premiere of the Higdon; On the Schoenberg... and shoulder rests.
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, February 25, 2011: Jansen talks about her return to New York after taking a break from the violin. Previously: On the the Britten Violin Concerto, On the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
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, January 28, 2013: Khitruk talks about her collaboration with composer Michael Colina and performing "Chaconnes Through Time." Previously: Unearthing hidden gems of the repertoire
By Laurie Niles, May 2, 2014: For Jennifer Koh, seeking out 21st century composers is an ongoing process, part of bringing music into the present. Previously: On music connecting us with feelings.
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."
|Anne Akiko Meyers|
By Laurie Niles, February 26, 2014: Meyers talks Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Gesu and "The Four Seasons." Previously: On Bach and her album "Air", On buying the "ex-Molitor" Stradivarius, On recording "Smile", On championing new artists.
By Laurie Niles, January 21, 2014: In a two-part interview, Midori talks about her teaching, as well as her performing, recording and global outreach.
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, November 29, 2010: Anne-Sophie Mutter speaks about the Brahms sonatas, and her foundation for helping young violin soloists. Previously: On the Mendelssohn violin concerto, On works by Sofia Gubaidulina and Bach
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, 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, January 30, 2014: On guardian angels and 'Opera Breve.' Previously: On Bruch, Mendelssohn and Beethoven, On Paganini, On the Korngold and DeLay, On "Downtown Express".
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, 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.
|Lara St. John|
By Laurie Niles, March 5, 2013: Polkastra is back... with a wedding album! Previously: On Bach's sonatas as ideal vehicles for violin and harp, On Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, St. John and her friends record... a polka album!
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, October 1, 2013: On premiering the Bright Sheng violin concerto, popularizing the Korngold, and revisiting the John Williams concerto. Previously: On the Haydn Violin Concertos and Mendelssohn Octet, On Sarasate.
By Laurie Niles, November 22, 2011: Simonyan talks about his recording of the Khachaturian and Barber concertos.Previously: On "Beethoven, Not Bullets"
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, February 21, 2011: Violinist Alexandra Switala, 17, was no stranger to the Sphinx Competition when she won the Junior Division.
By Laurie Niles, August 14, 2013: The bluegrass mandolinist fell in love with Bach's Solo Sonatas and Partitas for Violin and HAD to learn to play them. Previously: On the debut of his new concerto.
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.'
Our interview with Sarah Chang is one of more than two dozen in The Violinist.com Interviews: Volume 1, which also features talks with Joshua Bell, Maxim Vengerov, and David Garrett, as well as a foreword by Hilary Hahn.
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