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March 2006

Violin Gossip, Op. 2, No. 14

March 30, 2006 20:17

Why wait for next Monday for another installment of news and gossip from the violin world? Instead, enjoy this mid-week edition!

4/6-4/20/06 - The Library of Congress will host "The American Violin: From Jefferson to Jazz," a two-week symposium celebrating the precision and craftsmanship of historical and modern American violin and bow making. The free series of events in Washington, D.C., will include lectures, instrument displays, and concerts. Perfomances will include a concert played by the Turtle String Quartet using the Library's collection of Stradivari instruments, and a display of other items from the Library's collection, including a personal, annotated manuscript belonging to violinist Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein's bow.

3/30-4/1/06 – Joshua Bell is soloing with the Boston Symphony tonight and tomorrow night. He will be playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Emmanuel Krivine will conduct.

3/27/06 - The Baltimore Sun reported that Leri Slutsky, a veteran Baltimore Symphony Orchestra violinist and teacher of violin at the Peabody Conservatory, died of lung cancer at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center. He was 72. Slutsky was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. "At 19, he earned a spot at the prestigious Moscow Conservatory to study with Yuri Yankelevich, who trained many renowned violinists." Slutsky emigrated to New York City in 1977, and joined the BSO as a second violinist in 1980. "A year later, his wife joined the BSO in the viola section ... He taught for 10 years at the Preparatory Division of the Peabody Conservatory. There, he worked with the young Igor Yuzefovich, who emigrated from Moscow in 1991 and now is the BSO's assistant concertmaster." Yuzefovich, an active member, comments: "It's very hard to find a teacher so dedicated to his students ... He would drop everything for pretty much anyone." The paper adds: "This month, he and his wife were honored at a concert celebrating those with more than 25 years with the BSO. Mr. Slutsky played with the orchestra despite having undergone a seven-hour blood transfusion that day."

3/17/06 - David Robertson has been awarded Columbia University's 2006 Ditson Conductor's Award for his championing of American music. The St. Louis Symphony music director gets $25,000 for the honor, reports PlaybillArts.

3/17/06 – The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reports that, after a two-year search, the Santa Rosa Symphony's board of directors has named Bruno Ferrandis to succeed Jeffrey Kahane as conductor ... The 10-member search committee unanimously recommended Ferrandis, who tried out last month as the final candidate for the post…Symphony concertmaster Joe Edelberg said Ferrandis was the first-place preference of a majority of orchestra musicians, who responded to his clear and compelling conducting style as well as to his collegial spirit."

3/16/06 - The Takács Quartet won the disc of the year award at the inaugural BBC Music Awards, reports Playbill Arts. The Takács was honored for its three-disc recording of Beethoven's late string quartets, the final installment in its complete Beethoven cycle. The set also won in the chamber music category... Conductor Paavo Järvi and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra won the orchestral award for a recording of Grieg's Peer Gynt. A recording of Vivaldi's Orlando Furioso led by Jean-Christophe Spinosi won the opera award; soloists included soprano Jennifer Larmore."

3/14/06 - The Fort Worth Symphony's first recording on the Decca label was released March 14. Sentimiento Latino features tenor Juan Diego Florez and Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya leading the FWSO in performance of Latin American and Spanish popular songs. Florez and Harth-Bedoya are both from Peru and met in their native city of Lima.

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