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Laurie Niles

Greetings from New York!

May 28, 2007 at 6:28 AM

NEW YORK - Greetings from New York!


I'm here for the fourth biennial Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at Juilliard, which begins on Tuesday. Basically, some wonderful teachers and pedagogues will be teaching master classes to a group of young artists, and giving lectures and pedagogy classes to a larger group of violin teachers like myself. And of course I'll write about it all this week!

I can't believe I'm so ridiculously excited by the prospect of a Symposium, but this list of Big Names and events is a violin teacher's dream (only surpassed by that dream of having Heifetz drop in to play the Mendelssohn Concerto at your school's final concert...)

Check it out: Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman, Juilliard Dean Stephen Clapp, CIM professor Paul Kantor, NEC professor Donald Weilerstein and guy Kurt Sassmannshaus EACH are giving master classes. Indianapolis International Violin Competition winner Augustin Hadelich will play a recital, as will a number of other fine young artists. And Simon Fischer, most famous for his books, Basics and "Practice," will speak on "The Basics of Intonation," while Indiana University violin professor Mimi Zweig will lecture on "Kreutzer Etudes and the Development of the Young Artist." Also lecturing are Robert Duke and Brian Lewis, both of the University of Texas at Austin.

Everyone included, the gathering brings together people from 38 states and 15 countries.

P.S. Brian, my six-year-old, took my new profile photo. And the Times Square photo!

From janet griffiths
Posted on May 28, 2007 at 9:41 AM
I am so jealous why cant they do these seminars when people dont have a tight teaching shedule like in July or August.Keep us informed Laurie.
From Raphael Klayman
Posted on May 28, 2007 at 12:51 PM
Welcome to my town, Laurie!
From Sydney Menees
Posted on May 28, 2007 at 2:54 PM
Wow! That sounds awesome! All those amazing teachers giving lectures and a recital by Hadelich! You'll have to tell us how he is. I have lessons with Brian Lewis this summer! I'm really excited :)
From Ihnsouk Guim
Posted on May 28, 2007 at 2:59 PM
Great picture! Good job, Brian!


From Donna Clegg
Posted on May 28, 2007 at 3:04 PM
Wow - the mother lode of violin teaching! I hear your excitement way down here in Georgia and look forward to your posts.
From Barbara S
Posted on May 28, 2007 at 3:07 PM
This is really exciting...have a wonderful time!
From Man Wong
Posted on May 29, 2007 at 11:44 PM
Sounds like a great series at the symposium. Enjoy the visit to NYC!

BTW, hmmm... will Brian become a musician or a photographer (or both?)? ;-)


From John Chew
Posted on May 30, 2007 at 1:42 PM
Hi Laura,
Welcome! Enjoy your stay here!

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