FLASHY violinists. And who are your favorites?
A violin is a fiddle that went to university - but the fiddle earns more money.
Máiréad Nesbitt, your first video link, at 0:19 said, "I first picked the violin when I was six, A BIT OF A LATE STARTER ACTUALLY..."
Who seriously thinks 6 is a late start? Surely she was joking?
Speaking of late, I did find it hard to believe starting at 6 is late.
Wow this thread is great. I had no idea there were violinists on youtube.
Hmmm...I guess waiting until age 61 to start was not a good career move. Oh well, c'est la vie
Age 10 is a late start for a professional string player.
Nowadays, due to high competition for orchestra positions, it's best to start playing before you are conceived. I heard about someone who waited until they were born to start playing, and because of their late start they were never able to become a professional.
I think Mozart and other child prodigies did begin before they were born, probably in a prior (though not necessarily immediately previous) incarnation. Thus, it's never too late in life to begin violin. And with respect to the OP's question, what about Rubinoff? I saw him play at my public school many years ago on his $100,000 Stadivari violin. I think he fits into the "flashy" category. You can see him play in a couple of old films from the 1930s - I think one had Eddy Cantor in it.
Now I understand that starting at 10 for a string instrument is considered quite late.
When I would like to introduce less known (not jus absolutely favourites of mine from classic (Menuhin, Stern ...) and contemporary (Hilary Hahn, Daniel Hope - love his Guarneri sound.
The late Sir Malcolm Sargent appears not to have been involved with violinists.
WOW Eddie South is epic!!!! It's my pick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djAKqDUqMzU
I cannot possibly answer the question. Let's just say that I prefer not to look in a mirror when I'm playing ;)
Perhaps the most entertaining version of Gypsy bravura is Josef Lendavy:
Alexander Markov is flashiest of all.
Six, a late start? Ridiculous.
Gemma, yes, as a layman I don't think six years old is a late start (but it may not be an extremely early start either? I don't know), and I'm gonna hold this opinion until someone corrects me.
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Six would not be "extremely" early, but anyone who calls it "late" is making excuses for their lack of talent/the fact that they didn't work hard as a young person. You'll find most symphony members & many soloists started around that age or later. No one seems to be discouraged, it's just worth pointing out in case anyone gets the wrong idea and further spreads that falsehood.
Gemma, no faux pas there! Andre Rieu comes from a musical family in Holland, started learning the violin at age 5, and graduated with the "Premier Prix" at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. He is a solid professional who saw what he wanted to do, made it happen, and has been doing it successfully ever since.
That's true, mainly said faux pas because people tend to get very judgy when it comes to him for some reason :)
*people tend to get very judgy when it comes to him for some reason*
Yeah, I mean both of those things are completely true, there's just no reason to be snobby (not you - others are). Same with Lindsey. These people understand that money is in originality.
I'm genuinely sorry if I offended Miss Nesbitt, and honestly, didn't look into her musical accomplishment at all.
You can see David Rubinoff playing in the first couple of minutes of this link, before the Betty Boop cartoon starts. Nothing flashy in his playing there!
That Betty Boop cartoon is pretty amazing. I dislike the misuse of "surreal" but there's a pretty dreamlike quality to some of those images. And Rubinoff isn't bad either.
Hi Robbie, As I mentioned above, Rubinoff played at our school sometime in the 1950s. He played two concerts. One was a school assembly, and the other was a public concert; I went to both, the first live violin concerts I'd ever seen, and I was pretty impressed. There is some info about him on the net. Giving free concerts at schools was one of the things he did back then to promote music education. He also played at Jackson Prison, about 20 miles from here in about 1954. That may have been when I saw him at my school. I'd have been about seven then. His distinctive programs, shaped like a violin can still be found on ebay, if you're really becoming an enthusiast and want to purchase one. My cousins from Indiana remembered him playing at their school, too. I read somewhere that he had two good copies of his Stradivari made and his widow sold them after he died. His Strad itself, I read someplace, had belonged to a Parisian "courtesan" before he acquired it. At least it makes a good story.
Here's a couple.
Maybe I'm old-fashioned (....maybe?), but I'm still a fan of the un-flashy. To me, the stage demeanor of the greats (my personal favorite is Zino Francescatti) is classic and classy. They don't make a visual spectacle get in the way of focusing on the music. And age, like any other such factor, can certainly be a two-edged sword.
How about Joe Venuti? I’m not sure if what he does toward the end of this clip playing all four strings with a loosened bow can be considered “flashy”, but it’s still pretty neat. https://youtu.be/o5_JNdCxDv0
I'm pretty sure if most people here had to pick one, they'd choose non-flashy, myself included.
I like Andrew Manze for all his superb renditions of baroque violin music!
Without any doubt: Ara Malikian.
Talk about a stormy summer,,, it was a twister!!!
Paganini, even though he was influenced by other "flashy" violinists of his youth. I may be wrong, of course, having never heard/seen him live, but I suspect he was not a "boring" performer (think how he inspired a young Liszt, who was already a virtuoso/"flashy" pianist, to perfect his art.)
Here he is again, playing/dancing with Sara Baras. One of the most prized Flamenco dancers.
Vanessa Mae...wow, looks like she'd be a great girlfriend! But the video itself seems created mostly to get just that kind of reaction, and the actual aesthetics of her rendition of Bach's Toccata & Fugue are...well, pretty cheesy, however flashy is her playing and her wearing of a dress.
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