I’ve known of “The Vivaldi Concerto” in Suzuki Book Four for a long time – a Youtube video I watched quite early in my musical journey referenced it in an off-handed way prior to me knowing much of anything about Suzuki or music in general.  But I do my homework and tend to read well […]

The category of violinists that includes players of the caliber of 71 year old Israeli-American Itzhak Perlman is tiny; based on his career and raw ability over a lifetime many would argue that he’s simply the best living.  I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him twice – in Wichita, KS in 1994, during the Wichita […]

Teacher has been gently encouraging me to really hone in on vibrato.  Of course I’ve been working it for a while, but the recent encouragement is doing me some good.  I feel I’ve made some great progress in only two weeks or so, which is rewarding.  I feel I’m on the verge of “getting it,” […]

Prior to yesterday it had been three weeks since my last lesson – Teacher cancelled one, then I was away unexpectedly last week.  But in the meantime, I had been working on my bow hold, which we focused on when we last met as paramount to improvement in my execution of double stops.  To the […]

One of my major goals in taking up the violin as an adult was to add another dimension to my pursuit as a lifelong student.  My martial arts training has been immeasurably important to me for many reasons, but one of the most profound is the way it’s helped me internalize learning as a process […]

Daniil Trifonov is a world-class concert pianist, born in Russia in 1991.  As a child, he was educated in Moscow at the Gnessin School of Music under Tatiana Zelikman, and he has continued studies in performance and composition in the US with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of music.  He has been captivating audiences […]

I’ve been digging into the music of Maurice Ravel a bit more in anticipation of a Perlman recital we’re attending toward the end of April.  In addition to works by Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Schumann, Perlman will play Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in G Major. The piece is clearly influenced by Jazz, […]