Weekend vote: Have you hit your 10,000 hours playing the violin? border=0 align=

Weekend vote: Have you hit your 10,000 hours playing the violin?

August 23, 2019, 6:50 PM · No matter how great the quality of your practice, there is an element of quantity required. How are you doing, when it comes to putting in the hours? Have you reached 10,000 hours? How long did it take you to get there? Are you halfway there? Just at the beginning? Well over the mark?

I did some math, to help everyone along. If you play for one hour a day, it will take you a little more than 27 years to log 10,000 hours. If you play two hours a day, it will take nearly 14 years. If you play three hours a day (this is every day, mind you), you can expect to reach 10,000 hours in about nine years. Four hours a day, about seven years. Six hours a day, it will only take four and a half years, provided that you don't injure yourself. There is a point of diminishing returns!

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Stefani Collins Matsuo Appointed Concertmaster of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

August 23, 2019, 4:51 PM · Violinist Stefani Matsuo has been named Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, beginning in September with the start of its 125th season. She is the orchestra's first female concertmaster. Keep reading...

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For the Record, Op. 92: Violist Antoine Tamestit's Bach Viola da Gamba Sonatas

August 23, 2019, 1:07 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: Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord
Antoine Tamestit, viola da gamba
Masato Suzuki, harpsichord

Violist Antoine Tamestit and Masato Suzuki, Principal Conductor of the Bach Collegium Japan, immersed themselves in Bach’s three sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord in order to present this interpretation using a modern viola.
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The 1919 Berkshire Festival Competition: A Momentous Weekend in the Viola's History

August 22, 2019, 5:54 PM · One hundred years ago, during the weekend of August 23–24, 1919, six men gathered together in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Their task was to select the winner of the Second Berkshire Festival Competition, devoted to compositions for viola and piano. The outcome from their deliberations was so momentous that it still resonates a century later. Keep reading...

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