Farewell. Ida – Violinist Ida Haendel 192?-2020 border=0 align=

Farewell. Ida – Violinist Ida Haendel 192?-2020

July 2, 2020, 9:39 AM · So Ida Haendel has left us – a legend has departed. What a violinist! What a woman! Magnificent, unique, incorrigible – she was a law unto herself.

First, the playing: a film about her was aptly entitled: I AM the Violin. And she was! The violin was her life; she mastered it, devoted so much of her existence to it, cared so much about it. Every performance was an event, which she took absolutely seriously, giving each concert her all. She spoke through her violin, proved herself through it, lived within the music she made. She was a marvel, an icon; each note she played was the result of total conviction – and as a consequence was totally convincing. She had been groomed from the beginning to be a star – and a star she was. Keep reading...

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From the Metronome to Real Time - Keeping the Beat in a World of Changing Beats

July 1, 2020, 12:35 PM · I empathize with anyone who has trouble following a metronome because of the complications I faced when I started using one. Unlike watching a conductor who shows a slight broadening of the phrase, the metronome’s version of rhythm was robotic. When I had trouble following a metronome, I’d rationalize it by thinking I was too human to follow it. However, there was no getting around the fact that I had rhythmic problems, and one symptom was having trouble playing with a metronome. Keep reading...

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Fiddler's Favorite Recipes Episode 26: Joel Link's 20th Century Boy Cocktail

July 1, 2020, 11:06 AM · What could be more fun than a mid-week summer cocktail with Dover Quartet violinist Joel Link? Joel’s love of chamber music has taken him to highly regarded music festivals across the globe. As First Violinist of of the Dover Quartet, Joel concertizes with the ensemble to great critical acclaim. Enjoy Joel’s 20th Century Boy .... Relax and have a great day!

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Find an Online Music Camp

July 1, 2020, 10:20 AM ·

Find an Online Music Camp

It's already July, but it's not too late to sign up for a summer program to inspire and boost your playing! With so many music camps cancelled this year, Violinist.com seeks to connect you to those high-quality programs that are offering their programs virtually this summer. Our "Find an Online Music Camp" listings include programs for many different ages and styles for violinists and string players. We invite you to click around and learn more about each of these programs - each is linked to the program's website for more information. This directory will be posted on Violinist.com throughout July, and you will be able to return to this page by clicking the "Find an Online Music Camp" graphic that is listed with our sponsors on the right. Wishing you a productive summer full of musical connection and exploration! Keep reading...

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