Who is/are your favorite musician(s) ??

June 29, 2019, 10:51 AM · Do you have any favorite musician(s)?

I love Gidon Kremer, James Ehnes and Maxim Vengerov :))

Replies (15)

June 29, 2019, 10:59 AM · Jerry Garcia, Willie Nelson, and that great baroque violinist (now conductor) Andrew Manze:


I also admire the early music players local to me, especially Michael Rigsby and his Elm City Consort:


Edited: June 29, 2019, 12:30 PM · Myself?...

I'm kidding. Roman Kim all the way.

June 29, 2019, 2:15 PM · Martin Hayes, Bonnie Rideout, Alisdare Fraiser, Bruce Molskey, Brittany Haas.......
Yep I'm one of "those people" ;)
June 29, 2019, 2:24 PM · Hilary Hahn, James Ehnes, Clara Jumi-Kang, Ray Chen, Joshua Brown
I'd say these 5 probably constitute 95% of my listening --- the rest being the Heifetz encores (especially Porgy and Bess!)
Edited: June 29, 2019, 3:15 PM · 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!

The progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater are up there as well as Swedens Opeth

June 29, 2019, 4:03 PM · 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.


(I'd also like to point out that they're using clip on microphones for amplification, Terai using an Audio Technica ATM-350, and maiko is using a DPA-4099, in a loud sound space, yet the audio engineer is able to manage the feedback and bleed through so that we, the listeners, get a beautiful amplified sound. It can be done, and damn those annoying piezos.)

June 29, 2019, 4:32 PM · 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.
June 29, 2019, 5:49 PM · 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.
June 29, 2019, 8:28 PM · Violinist- Isabelle faust. Flawless technique, deep musical thought, spectacular phrasing and variety in preformance. She’s all around spectacular .
Musician- Hopkinson Smith- his sonatas and partitas are so spectacular in every aspect it seems to sell me as the best music every recorded on disc.
Of course we can’t forget Karajan, Bernstein, piatigorsky, Glenn Gould, Bach.
June 30, 2019, 4:18 AM · 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'.

No longer with us or (probably) no longer performing.....
Colin Davis, Karel Ancerl, Smetana Quartet, Panocha Quartet, Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Robert Simpson, Hans Keller, Janet Baker, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, plus the usual collection of violinists - Oistrakh, Haendel, Suk, Milstein, Kogan etc

Not forgetting Mozart, Beethoven (special favourites among many)

June 30, 2019, 3:29 PM · I was just watching a video of The Divertissement Chamber Orchestra playing The Storm by Antonio Vivaldi. Those players can smoke!
June 30, 2019, 3:44 PM · Andy Laverne, Bill Charlap, Fred Hersch, Michel Petrucciani, Bill Evans, Andre Previn, Monty Alexander, Art Tatum ... (I love piano jazz).

Hilary Hahn, the Emerson, Guarneri, Audubon, Dover, and St. Lawrence Quartets, Aaron Rosand, Anne-Sophie Mutter.

PS. I like Vengerov and Kremer too!

June 30, 2019, 7:35 PM · Alison Krauss and Union Station
Edited: July 5, 2019, 11:48 AM · Violinists or musicians in general?

Violinists, I like Markov, and Podger I think.

If you ask me in general, I'd usually say Kevin Shields and Bilinda Butcher and the others MBV members.

July 5, 2019, 11:42 AM · 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

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