This week I spoke to two violinists who are also aspiring conductors - they are Salonen Fellows at the Colburn School who may be writing some blogs here on Violinist.com about their experiences. They mentioned that it gives you a pretty different perspective, making music from the podium vs. in the section.
The conversation made me think about the fact that a lot of conductors have emerged from the string sections of orchestras - after all, Gustavo Dudamel played violin, as did Jaap van Zweden. And of course there are artists such as Joshua Bell and Itzhak Perlman who turned to conducting after having an established solo career.
Personally, my experience leading musical groups is mostly as a teacher. I have led many, many Suzuki groups, from the violin, and conducted some student ensembles on occasion. I've also played as the first violinist in quartets, which does involve some leading.
However, when it comes to classic "conducting," I don't own a baton!
Have you ever taken to the baton, or conducted from the violin? Was it a full orchestra, or a smaller ensemble? Was it a pro group, or are you a teacher who conducts student groups? Please participate in the vote by choosing the answer that feels most appropriate (recognizing that you may have several answers!) and then tell us all about it in the comments!
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