Aaron Rosand chinrest infos
I am trying to find the chinrest model of Aaron Rosand. I have heard it could be named “Ysaye chinrest” (maybe an old Hill model impossible to fin now). However it seems that Ysaye used a chinrest with a bridge over the tailpiece which is not the case for Rosand. His chinrest is similar to a Kauffman slightly higher towards the tailpiece.
Thank you for your help :-)
Mr. Rosand used Ysaye’s actual chin rest that he inherited from Leon Sametini (Ysaye’s son) on his del Gesu and Vuillaume. I remember he showed it to me. It’s very similar to the Kaufman chin rest or the old Hill ones. It doesn’t have a flap that goes over the tailpiece like the Guarneri style chin rests.
Beware of purchasing a chinrest by "name of style," they have changed in the past half-century! I was fortunate to purchase several "original STUBER made in Germany" chinrests in the 1960s. When I tried to buy some more Stubers later in the 20th century they were NOT THE SAME!
One of Ysaye's famous former students did say that the master left his DNA all over the American midwest. But I hadn't heard that Sametini was one of his offspring.
Remember that Nate Robinson studied with Rosand. I use a Kaufmann CR but I carved part of it down to suit my anatomy.
May one hope the DNA was distributed by gifts of chinrests?
Stephen - Aaron Rosand told me that Sametini was Ysaye’s son. It was pretty well known in musical circles back then according to him. Sametini was briefly a concertmaster with the Chicago Symphony. He must’ve been quite a violinist. Not surprising considering his bloodlines. Paul - I wasn’t really a student of Rosand’s. I played for him a few times. My family was friends with him for decades.
Thank you Nate for those infos ! I was wondering if he was using some kind of pad under his shirt and if he could play without the pad ?
Thanks, Nate! He would have been from his youth in Belgium. Apparently he worked hard at that skill, and was a great companion of Jacques Thibaud for this reason.
Hi Henri, yes, Rosand did use a piece of foam upholstery under his jacket or shirt when he played, similar to the one Stern used and what Zukerman currently uses. I always saw him playing with this foam rubber pad but I’m sure he could play without it. Heifetz apparently also had some padding sewn discreetly inside his concert jackets.
David Nadien was the only one with nothing I guess ;-))
Yes Nadien was about a foot shorter than me (around 5’2”) and had a very small clearance between his neck & collarbone. He didn’t need any padding under the instrument when he played, in the time I knew him.
Nate thanks for the clarification -- I had only remembered that you had spent some time with Rosand and seemed to know him pretty well. His 1970 "Live Performance" album from a recital in Chicago is one of my all time favorite albums -- the Bloch on there is stupendous. The album now appears to be out of print, sadly.
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