February 1, 2011 at 09:49 PM ·

I think it would be very nice to have an official or semi-official "Violin Day".  It could draw attention to the violin from a wider audience. If to have one, I would suggest February 2. I don't see why the groundhog should 'hog' the whole day to himself. Not when two of the greatest legends of violin playing, Fritz Kreisler and Jascha Heifetz, were both born on 2/2 (K on 2/2/1875, and H on 2/2/1901). Despite their age difference, they were friends, and admired one another enormously. I don't know how one makes such a thing "official" or if that matters too much. But anyway, what say ye all?

Replies (23)

February 1, 2011 at 10:08 PM ·

I love it, and I'm going to take the day off from work in observance. Maybe the next day too.

February 1, 2011 at 10:29 PM ·

I am in! great idea. next year, lets all organize some concert this day!

February 1, 2011 at 10:36 PM ·

 also,,,2 2  looks like the F holes :)

February 1, 2011 at 11:23 PM ·

Anything is better than punxsutawney phil! Hey Al, Keep warm!

February 2, 2011 at 12:40 AM ·

Great idea!

February 2, 2011 at 07:04 AM ·

I'm all for that!   I will celebrate today by listening to  Brahms  violin concerto,  and some  Vivaldi too. 

February 2, 2011 at 12:58 PM ·

Happy Violin Day, everybody.


February 2, 2011 at 01:02 PM ·

Yup definitely.  But why only one?  I'd like one violin day every day...  Just one mind you.


February 2, 2011 at 01:37 PM ·

 Excellent idea and it is also my daughter's birthday and she, too, plays the violin.

February 2, 2011 at 01:49 PM ·

Thanks for all the nice responses so far, everyone - and Happy Violin Day! So today I decided to finally play as well as Kreisler and Heifetz put together! And if I don't succeed, it's only because there is freezing rain outside, and that can interefere a bit with the violin's vibrations. Yeah...that's it. Sure! But seriously, one day I have an idea to give a recital on 2/2 that will include a number of Kreisler pieces and Heifetz transcriptions.

Meanwhile, should we spread the word with perhaps a number of letters to the Strad, Strings, etc.?

February 2, 2011 at 04:52 PM ·

But there is already one no?  They have violin day ecards on the net... that I always take and change the message to suit them for other occasions ; ) 

I love the concept! 


February 2, 2011 at 05:00 PM ·

That would give me two celebration days in a row the first week of February; violin day then my birthday :) Maybe next year I'll take a long weekend to really honor the occasion!

February 2, 2011 at 05:40 PM ·

i think a holiday whose 'motto' is a violin-playing groundhog definitely beats out valentines and presidents day!!!  go for it.

February 2, 2011 at 06:19 PM ·

A Kreisler/Heifetz themed recital is a great idea.  Here are my repertoire suggestions:


First Half:

Heifetz's arrangements of:

  • Dinicu, Horrible Staccato
  • Prokofiev, Masks (because we can't get enough of those fingered octaves!)

Kreisler arrangements/pieces:

  • Paganini I palpiti
  • Recitativo and Scherzo


Second Half:

The Walton concerto


Third Half:

The Beethoven concerto, with Kreisler's cadenzas.




  • La chasse
  • Tambourin chinois

Heifetz arrangements:

  • Gershwin, An American in Paris
  • Kodaly Chicken Song



I call the Tambourin chinois...




February 2, 2011 at 07:03 PM ·

Happy Violin day, everyone!!!!!

February 2, 2011 at 07:10 PM ·

 A couple of years ago, I found an "International Violin Day" on an internet site, and blogged about it:

I don't know who started it, or why, but it was on Igor Stravinsky's birthday, June 17.

February 2, 2011 at 08:09 PM ·

Hmmm...I just now found another "violin day" for Dec.13. But it sounds like both 12/13 and 6/17 were arbitrarily selected by someone, and never got off the ground. The Kreisler-Heifetz connection is a really meaningful one. If we want to, I think we can fuel this idea.

February 3, 2011 at 01:10 AM ·

I don't know how I feel about having to compete with a furry celebrity, but I'm on board with the concept!

Stradivari's birthdate is unknown, I guess, or I'd suggest that.

February 3, 2011 at 04:29 AM ·

Besides the same birthday, both Heifetz and Kreisler died at age 87.

February 3, 2011 at 12:52 PM ·

I think February is a bad idea.  The weather is so dry and cold and my violin sounds at its worst this time of year.  Violin day should be a time when there's enough humidity in the air to make our fiddles sound good.  April is good.

February 3, 2011 at 02:03 PM ·

I'm in.

February 3, 2011 at 02:36 PM ·

Marina - that's probably why I didn't succeed yesterday in playing as well as Kreisler and Heifetz put together! Yeah...that's why...

February 3, 2011 at 10:14 PM ·

OK - I just copied my original posting and emailed the editors of both The Strad* and Strings magazines. We'll see if they publish it in their "letters" section. Meanwhile, anyone else is welcome to contact them and second the motion. Also, if anyone is a member of ASTA, perhaps contact them. Let's see what happens!

*BTW, I'm surprized that The Strad, in the February issue, made no mention that I noticed of this month marking the 110th anniversary of Heifetz' birth.

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