(My uncle had perfect pitch and taught himself to play the violin, in order to teach strings at his school, in addition to teaching band and piano; I, however, definitely needed a teacher!)
My teacher is Karen Pendley (Karen Pendley-Kuykendall) -- (karenpendley.com). She is a professional performer, recording and studio artist (with released CDs), songwriter and singer.
My favorite violinists are Jascha Heifetz and Anne-Sophie Mutter. There are other great violinists, however, whom I admire.
My interests include learning the violin, listening to classical music (which I have done since childhood), literature, chess, and Linux.
(Regarding classical music, I am planning on creating a moderated, electronic discussion list about the life, music, and influence of Arnold Schoenberg. Please contact me if you would be interested in this list, or even if you just love Schoenberg!)
I am a technical writer and Web designer, by profession, although my current involvement is solely with technical writing.