What a joy for me, to have the opportunity to pick the fertile brain of violinist Gil Shaham over the last month as we have worked together on creating our live-stream show, Gilharmonic on Violinist.com. You can it watch our latest episode right here:
Many people have noticed that this famous violinist smiles quite a lot when he performs - I've concluded that it's because he absolutely loves what he does. Not only that, he thinks deeply about every aspect of whatever music he's playing.
Lucky for everyone, he has taken this pandemic time to share his enthusiasm and ideas with students around the world, and also exchange ideas with other violinists through this show.
Our guests this week include:
Roby Lakatos, who is steeped not only in the traditions of seven generations of Hungarian gypsy violinists, but also in classical violin, which he studied at the Bela Bartok Conservatory in Budapest. Known for his fast fingers and free spirit, he regularly sells out large venues in Europe for his lively shows. Roby and his Lakatos Ensemble will play a piece called "Tic Tac" from his yet-to-be-released new album, "Double Standard." (His ensemble includes Léo Ullmann, violin; Jeno Lisztes, cimbalum; Kálmán Cséki, keyboard; Róbert Szakcsi Lakatos, piano; Gábor Ladányi, guitar; Vilmos Csikós, double bass.)
Rabia Brooke, 19, who just completed her freshman year studying with Catherine Cho at the Juilliard School. Before that, she was a student of Desirée Ruhstrat and played in the Aspen Festival Orchestra, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and Curtis Young Artists Summer Program. She also has played numerous solo performances and won many awards. She will play excerpts from Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2, first movement.
Yugo Maeda, age 8, who began his violin studies in his native Japan and now lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, where he is a student of Gail Gerding Mellert. Upon winning the “Reflections Competition,” where he dedicated his composition to Itzhak Perlman, he subsequently flew to Texas to present erlman a CD of his composition. Yugo is a recent prize winner of the LA Chapter of ASTA competition, and has performed in master classes with violinists Etienne Gara, assistant to Midori at USC, Brynn Albanese, formerly of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Yugo is being mentored by Jazz Artist and Composer/Conductor David Benoit. Last year, Yugo became a member of American Mensa. He will perform the "Preludio" from Bach's Sonata No. 3 in E major.
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