What are some excellent masterclasses and sources of advice for music and playing?
I'd be very grateful to receive any suggestions, whether well known or not, as I just want to benefit from the exceptional skill, talent and knowledge of the various masters of their crafts.
I play the violin, so that's best suited to me in terms of technique, but I'm happy to learn from other sources about music and playing.
Links to videos, interviews, articles, books, whatever. Anything.
I second Buri’s recommendation of Daniel Kurganov. That man has some really good stuff on his channel. It’s a goldmine. Also look up Julia Bushkova. Her videos are very informative as well and she’s a professor at UNT. Dr. Lynn Kuo has some good stuff on her channel as well. I’ve probably mostly watched the videos of Kurganov and Bushkova.
For a lesser focus on the violin and a strong focus on music* I'd recommend Benjamin Zander. He has a tendency to show off but he stays focussed on the work in question and has a knack for giving students** hints and help in a way that makes them improve very noticeably right there on stage with him. Plus he really has things to say about the music that is being worked on.
There are a lot of very good chamber music masterclasses. I think it's also helpful to attend/watch classes by a range of instrumentalists. Masterclasses led by Miriam Fried, Yo-Yo Ma, and James Galway are on YouTube.
Paul Rolland’s book and/or DVD of “The Teaching of Action in String Playing” is amazing. The DVD is especially fantastic. Jascha Heifetz’s masterclass videos on YouTube from when he taught at USC. Mimi Zweig’s lesson videos of her teaching students of all ages on YouTube are amazingly helpful. Suzuki’s book and/or DVD of “Nurtured by Love.”
I have learned a lot about basic technique and practicing from the videos posted on Kurt Sassmannshaus's website at violinmasterclass.com. For interpretive ideas, I recommend the videos posted on YouTube by Roy Sonne. Roy's approach unites artistry with practicality. These are relatively elementary materials, but I don't know the current playing level of the individual who introduced this thread.
I want to parrot what has been said already. For technique, Daniel Kurganov, Julia Bushkova (Violin Class), Violinmasterclass (Kurt Sassmannshaus), and Nathan Cole are the best you will find on youtube. For musicality, Maxim Vengerov and Benjamin Zander from Boston Phil have lots of violin masterclasses on youtube as well. Maxim goes into musicality and technique a bit, but Zander exclusively covers interpretation and musicality. I've recently also found two new channels that I enjoy a lot: Joy Lee and Jinny Lee Violin Studio on youtube.
All good advices above, especially detailed list proved by Maka Li above. In addition to learning from these free YouTube lessons and podcast, I took both online bootcamps from Nathan Cole and Dr. Lynn Kuo last year. Highly recommended. Currently I am taking Dr. Lynn Kuo’s 2022 Winter Bootcamp, we will be tackling JSB Chaconne (https://lynnkuo.com/)
Many good recommendations that I look forward to checking.