When I was attending a summer science research program at Michigan State University for high school students, I had the privilege of attending several concerts by faculty member Walter Verdehr.
Verdehr routinely performed with the Verdehr Trio consisting of clarinetist wife Anna and pianist Gary Fitzpatrick (?) I thoroughly enjoyed their old world style of making music especially since it was basically the opposite of what I had grown up hearing and doing in NY.
I brashly went over to his studio on campus and played Paganini Caprice #24 for him, and he told me to make the rolling chromatics in variation #3 more double stop like. Later that summer, I found out from Margaret Pardee that he had come to Meadowmount and told her that he had seen me and enjoyed my playing.
A few posts ago, somebody raised the question of old school German playing. I had forgotten to mention Verdehr's name, as that was long ago. Still, I remember him well and consider him one of the greats. Perfect intonation, great taste, humble musicianship, understated style, clean tone. Had I not been so programmed to be a doctor by my parents, I'd definitely have considered studying with him. He'd have been really good for me, not just in terms of violin playing.
Has anybody else here studied with Walter Verdehr or attended any of his concerts?
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