On December 10th, 2012 it will be 25 years ago that the great Jascha Heifetz passed away. One of his last students, Rudolf Koelman, wishes to pay a special tribute to remember this great musician and will be touring in Asia and Australia.
Rudolf Koelman is former concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Professor of violin at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK); winner of the Edison Award 2010 and a frequently worldwide invited soloist. During this tour the favorites of the Master will resound. Masterclasses and workshops will be added to most of the concerts (tour dates are marked below).
We’ve been asking Rudolf Koelman why he wants to do this tour.
“To me it is a tribute to a great Master. Heifetz was a very dedicated teacher, twice a week lessons, once a month chamber music day; he would always go for: What do you want to express with the music? Technique was secondary but if you had some problems he would show you 3 different ways to solve it instantly!”
Why was Heifetz such a great teacher?
“He always would grab his violin at certain moments and show me in a few notes a whole story, incredible poetic sound and musicality. He was and unequaled, genius, magic violinist; from another world!”
‘No strings attached’
Koelman’s most memorable moment:
“He must have heard from some one I had money troubles. One day he called me after the lesson in his office (I thought I was kicked out of the class!), surprisingly he gave me some money. “No strings attached," he said, I replied: what does that mean? He said: when people give you something they often expect something back in return......I don't....”
Tour dates and more:
Professor Koelman is a one of a kind performer and teacher. I was so happy to study under him and play with him. His concerts are a real treat, and I encourage anyone interested in the true Heifetz style to attend!
I'm sure going to watch his schedule until he's having a concert in here, the netherlands
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December 6, 2012 at 01:47 AM · Thank you for this blog post. I must admit, though, that the last paragraph made me cry....