My mentor, Nathaniel Shlomo Luwish, a brilliant violinist with a most unique musicianship, introduced me to the fine art of violin-playing appreciation. He'd been in classes with Milstein and Kogan, after having studied at Rosand's studio in Curtis, and he has thus, with his knowledge, directed me toward a deeper understanding of violinistic art.
My favorite violinists include Milstein, Elman, Stern, Gitlis, Thibaud and Szigeti. I'm not much of a fan for pyrotechnics without musicality...and I also prefer a calmer tempo in most cases. So I, with plenty of trepidation, will say that I am not such a hard-core fan of Jascha Heifetz and all his followers.