What question would you ask a famous violinist?
What would you ask a famous violinist, mostly about playing/practice and performance technique? Just curious :)
The problem here is I already know the answers I would get. There is no "magic" trick to practicing better, except the basic values that any good teacher tells us from a young age.
"Do you offer lessons?"
Did you actually have to sell your soul to play like that? So what's the process for that?
I like to know Hilary Hahn's secret to tone production and a totally seamless change of bow.
"do you want to play some violin duets?"
"Do you still enjoy it?"
I once asked James Ehnes how much trouble he had switching back and forth between violin and viola. "Not much..."
I've actually met a few in my day. I usually ask about what they like to do when they aren't practicing and performing. More than a few actually "light up" and I have discovered that, behind all the prestige, they are pretty normal people. Some are sports fans, a lot are very good cooks, others are fellow bicyclists, walkers, joggers, swimmers. When I got to meet Yehudi Menuhin after a concert, I got a treatise on yoga as a response. I've had really warm answers because I'm interested in them as people as much as a famous performer.
Great point, George - I've observed something similar when talking to performers. They don't tend to want to "talk shop" or discuss tonight's show, but they will talk about things that interest them.
George, you're great!
My questions would be along the lines of how they survived the practicalities of touring soloists - the constant travel, spending most of their lives in planes, airports, and hotel rooms, worrying about schedules and travel connections going smoothly - and how they handled glitches in the same. How did they get in the necessary practice? I'd want to know what tricks they developed to make all of the above and more, easier and more efficient.
well, if I could really ask anything, my question would be: Can I have a try on your Strad (or Guarneri of course)
How much d'you charge for an autograph? :)