Where are the violinists aside from the well known like Einstein? Right know, I can just think of a few:
actor Armin Müller-Stahl (he studied violin and is still a noble, discreet patron for younger violinists)
Lots of american presidents: Nixon (besides some other instruments), Lyndon B. Johnson, Woodrow Wilson and Jefferson, who could "calculate an eclipse, survey an estate, tie an artery, plan an edifice, try a cause, break a horse, dance a minuet, and play the violin."
Heydrich, some members of the Red Army Fraction (RAF), e. g. one of their leaders Ulrike Meinhof, she thought about studying violin in the 50's and kept on practising in the solitary confinement (pretty beyond belief, but historians say so)
Then Hermann Hesse, Thomas Mann, Paul Klee and Marlene Dietrich: she studied hard as a kid ("The lessons are tough, I've to practise like mad!"). Though she wasn't as obsessed of her instrument like Charlie Chaplin, she kept on practising, especially in her holidays.
"I took my violin to my holidays in Sylt to practise, I had hardly any opportunities to play the weeks before. No doubt - I'd make it up for. On the first day - rain fell in sheets anyway - I started. I remember exactely: I practised Kreisler's „Tambourin chinois“. After a few bars, it knocked on the door and a tiny little man appeared: "Erm..., would you mind to stop playing here? You know, I'm a musician,and I HAVE to recover, and if you play..."
So I changed the hotel and played there. But just for one day. Meanwhile so many guests complained about my playing, that the innkeeper told me, not to open my violin case again. So I moved again. Next morning in the next hotel I tuned, deeply hoping I could practise. Just when I started the first bar, someone in the adjoining room started trumpeting. When I stopped, he stopped. Wrathfully I put my violin away and went to the beach. And whenever I started to practise, he started to play trumpet. So I threw the violin on the bed and surrendered.
So - which famous amateur violinist do you know?
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