there is something i've always thought to be somewhat true, listening and watching and playing violin myself, i've always thought the sound coming out of the hands of a male is by far more relaxed, and less tense and strained, as a result, superior. no offense to my own sex, since some of the my favorite violinists are female.
i was watching youtube, jumping between sarah chang, vadim repin, and other popular artists joshua bell and hilary hahn, the people i've been obsessing about since i was a young child. i've noticed that as i get older and begins to pick up the subtle differences between the masters, i really prefer the ease and the "having fun" element in the sound made by a bigger, more muscular body. i guess when anne akiko meyers frowns deeply in passion and she seems extremely tense is indeed moving and displays her great appreciation for what she is doing, but honestly, for me to be entertained and feel relaxed, i'd rather watch heifetz or somebody who seems like they OWNS the violin and has total control over not just the instrument, but themselves.
anyone else feels this way? perhaps i just hasn't listened to the right female violinsts? i'm a female and i'm majoring in violin, needless to say i feel somewhat at a disavantage, for i'm not sure whether a biological or an innate psychological inferiority. lol.
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