Watch Gilharmonic on Violinist.com, Ep. 8 Sunday, with Gil Shaham and Vijay Gupta

July 31, 2020, 5:31 PM · It's the last show of the summer! I have had a wonderful time, working with violinist Gil Shaham to bring you Gilharmonic on Violinist.com -- the happiest hour of live violin talk online! Gil's idea to spread some cheer during this global pandemic has allowed us to work with more than a dozen students from all over the U.S., as well as share the amazing talents of violinist guests from all over the world, including: Jason Anick, Elena Urioste, Tessa Lark, Roberts Balanas, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Roby Lakatos, Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Stuart Duncan, the Stars Aligned Siblings - and this Sunday, Vijay Gupta!

So please enjoy our last show of the summer: Watch it live here at 11 a.m. Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 p.m. Central, 2 p.m. Eastern and 7 p.m. in London on Sunday. And tell your friends!

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Our guests this week include:

Vijay Gupta is a violinist as well as an advocate for social justice, and he is a 2018 recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Grant. When he joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2007, he was the orchestra's youngest member, at age 19. He played in the LA Phil's first violin section through 2018, when he left to dedicate his energies to Street Symphony, a non-profit organization that he founded to bring music performances and education to homeless and incarcerated communities in Los Angeles. Vijay also serves on the faculty of The Colburn School and Longy School of Music, and he is the Senior Program and Artistic Advisor of Young Musician’s Foundation in LA. Vijay will play When the Violin, by LA-based composer Reena Esmail, who is composer-in-residence for the LA Master Chorale.

John Fawcett is a violinist pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where he studies with Robert Lipsett. Since his solo orchestral debut at age nine, he has won multiple concerto competitions, and is a six time recipient of a Sunriver Music Festival Young Artist Scholarship. He has also played with several orchestras and chamber groups, including the New York String Orchestra, the American Youth Symphony, and the Central Oregon Symphony. Previously, John studied violin with Jan Mark Sloman and Kathryn Lucktenberg, and piano with Peter Brownlee, and this summer he is studying at the Heifetz Institute. He will play the "Last Rose of Summer" by Wilhelm Ernst, based on the Irish folk song, which is the setting of Thomas Moore's poem by the same name.

Claire Oviedo is a violin student from Rockville, Md., who just turned five this week. Claire began violin lessons almost 11 months ago, at the age of four, with Stephanie Sims Flack. She has practiced every day since, creating an impressive practice streak of 342 consecutive days! She will play "Andantino" from Suzuki Book 1.

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