Who is/are your favorite musician(s) ??
Do you have any favorite musician(s)?
I love Gidon Kremer, James Ehnes and Maxim Vengerov :))
Jerry Garcia, Willie Nelson, and that great baroque violinist (now conductor) Andrew Manze:
Martin Hayes, Bonnie Rideout, Alisdare Fraiser, Bruce Molskey, Brittany Haas.......
Hilary Hahn, James Ehnes, Clara Jumi-Kang, Ray Chen, Joshua Brown
Yanni, and everyone in his personal band and orchestra, especially Mary Simpson and Samvel Yervinyan on violin and Sarah O'Brien and Alexander Zhiroff on cello. Yanni is far from a top tier pianist but his songwriting and arrangements are!
I just don't have favorites. There's so many great violinists in the world, and the internet has made them accessible. Here's two violinists that I'd like to share with you, that you're likely not familiar with. "maiko", the composer of the piece is screen right, and Naoko Terai is screen left.
Like Mark writes there is a staggering number of truly great violinists. But I do have a personal favorite, just because it is fun to have one: Bomsori Kim.
One favourite all-round musician of mine was the Cambridge Professor of Theoretical Chemistry, later Sussex Professor in something along the lines of cognitive science, Christopher Longuet-Higgins. He used regularly to accompany Tessa Robbins in performing sonatas, was the most convincing statue in Don Giovanni I've ever heard, and on one occasion showed himself to be a capable conductor.
Violinist- Isabelle faust. Flawless technique, deep musical thought, spectacular phrasing and variety in preformance. She’s all around spectacular .
Hilary Hahn, Andras Schiff, Stephen Kovacevich, Pavel Haas quartet, Vadim Repin, Richard Thompson. Plus many of the amazing violinists out there whose playing I don't know well enough to class as 'favourites'.
I was just watching a video of The Divertissement Chamber Orchestra playing The Storm by Antonio Vivaldi. Those players can smoke!
Andy Laverne, Bill Charlap, Fred Hersch, Michel Petrucciani, Bill Evans, Andre Previn, Monty Alexander, Art Tatum ... (I love piano jazz).
Alison Krauss and Union Station
Violinists or musicians in general?
John Rokos - I'm late catching up with this thread but you reminded me of the Cambridge Professor of Agriculture, part-time composer and double-bass player Jimmy Beament. I was pleased (well, made the best of it) to be involved in the annual operetta he wrote for my college, until one year we substituted his terrible string quartet on nursery tunes instead. He also wrote a highly respected book, The Violin: Components, Mechanism and Sound