Fiddle News

March 29, 2007

Bringing Along the Next Generation

Filed under: Music — tmyers2002 @ 8:45 pm

MidoriNow two stories about two of today’s violinsts helping to bring along the violinists of tomorrow. The first story is from the Savannah Morning News is about youngsters from grades 2 thru 6 attending Daniel Hope’s “Secrets of the Practice Room Revealed,” part of the Savannah Music Festival of which Hope is associate music director. The second story comes from Laura Ritter of the Great Falls Tribune who writes about the Great Falls Youth Symphony and guest soloist Midori. Midori does two of these residencies each year as part of her Orchestral Residencies Program. Needless to say, the kids are pretty excited.


A Mixed Bag for Vadim Repin

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 8:30 pm

vadim repinVadim Repin has been playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor with NDR Symphony Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnányi. In Budapest an anonymous reviewer for the Budapest Sun wrote that Repin gave the piece “élan, lightness, and real joy”. However, reviewing the same piece performed at Carnegie Hall, Fred Kirshnit of the New York Sun said Repin “simply sounded like a machine.”

Chloë Hanslip Making her Mark

Filed under: Interview,Music — tmyers2002 @ 8:18 pm

Chloe HanslipIf you haven’t heard of Chloë Hanslip, you will. Check out this feature article written by Inge Kjemtrup of Strings Magazine. It has all the background you need on this talented young violinist. They just keep coming, don’t they.


Vadim Gluzman in Concert

Filed under: Interview,Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 8:03 pm

Vadim GluzmanVadim Gluzman feels that it’s important to give modern composers a chance. In this interview with Mary Ellyn Hutton of the Cincinnati Post he talks about the Bernstein Serenade, his affinity for modern music, and his studies with Arkady Fomin. Speaking of Bernstein’s Seranade, Gluzman performed it with the Pavo Jaarvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and in her review for the Enquirer Janelle Gelfand called Gluzman’s sound “sweet and beatifully shaped, with a long effortless line”, and Mary Ellyn Hutton reviewing it for the Post said Gluzman played with “elegance, precision, and extreme tonal beauty.”

An earlier performance in Seattle of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra under guest conductor Vasilly Sinaisky also earned a strong review from Melinda Bargreen of the Seattle Times, describing Gluzman as “all patrician elegance” with “well-rounded tone and beautiful legato lines.” R.M. Campbell of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer simply stated that Gluzman’s playing was “breathtaking in its effortlessness.”

Finally, performing Sofia Gubaidulina’s Offertorium for Violin and Orchestra with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under Bramwell Tovey caused reviewer Alexander Varty of to lead the audience in a standing ovation, while this blogger over at called it horrifying, but in a good way.

March 22, 2007

Leila Josefowicz Plays Prokofiev

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 8:46 pm

Leila JosefowiczMatt Heller is lucky enough to attend a violin masterclass with Leila Josefowicz, but his blog post a little sparse on the details. Things must have gone well because Lawrence Budmen reviews her performance of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with The New World Symphony under guest conductor Mark Wigglesworth, and states flatly that “Josefowicz has made a graceful transition from child prodigy to artist of the highest order.”

Joshua Bell Wins Avery Fisher Prize

Filed under: Interview,Music — tmyers2002 @ 8:25 pm

Joshua BellJoshua Bell is the latest recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. Some background on the prize can be found at Playbill. Bell recently talked to Martin Steinberg of The Associated Press. In the interview he talks about his plans for the $75,000 prize, and his future as a violinist and conductor.

Kavakos In Recital and In Concert

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 7:47 pm

Leonidas KavakosLeonidas Kavakos continues to impress on his east coast tour. Peter Dobrin of the Philadelphia Inquirer reviews his recital with pianist Peter Nagy, and Jay Nordlinger of the New York Sun reviews his concert with the Russian National Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski. Judging from the reviews, Kavakos is a violinist with a wide range and total mastery of his sound.

Jennifer Koh Says Aloha

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 7:28 pm

Jennifer KohTalk about a rough trip. Jennifer Koh made a trip out to Honolulu, Hawaii for a performance with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra under Rossen Milanov. Burt Burlingame wrote this background piece on Koh for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin,  and  Valeria Wenderoth  reviews the concert, describing Koh as romantic and passionate but with precision and depth.

March 19, 2007

Anne Akiko Meyers On Fire

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 8:01 pm

Anne Akiko MeyersAnne Akiko Meyers blazed her way across Northern California in March. Making a stop in the Bay Area a couple of weeks ago, Georgia Rowe of the Contra Costa Times called her “seething” in her review of Meyers’ performance of the Barber Violin Concerto. Reviewing last weekends performance of Corigliano in San Luis Obispo, The Tribune’s John Cushing called Meyers “fiery” and said she “stared down the demons invoked by her fiery music.”

Julia Fischer in DC

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 7:46 pm

Julia FischerJulia Fischer played Khachaturian last weekend with Emmanuel Krivine and the National Symphony Orchestra. Robert Battey of the Washington Post loved the conductor and the violinist, but hated the piece. In his review he called Fischer “an arresting talent, and one hopes we shall hear her soon in a more substantial work.” Ionarts had no such problem with the piece, and in their review said that the chance to hear Fischer play “should not be missed.”

Regina Carter Plays Chicago

Filed under: Interview,Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 7:32 pm

Regina CarterIn his blog post Peter Margasak wonders if violinist Regina Carter’s live performance will be better than what she’s shown on her recordings. According to John Litweiler of the Chicago Sun-Times, he must have been pleased. In his review of her performance at Symphony Hall he calls Carter a delight. While we’re talking about her, be sure to check out this audio interview at

March 15, 2007

Quick Hit – James Ehnes with the BSO

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 8:05 pm

James EhnesCanadian violinist James Ehnes made and appearance with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Gunther Herbig. Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun wrote the review and called Ehnes’ playing elegant with a “sweet, superbly controlled tone.”

Ashley MacIsaac a Married Man

Filed under: Music — tmyers2002 @ 7:59 pm

Ashley MacIsaacAnd the drama just continues for Fiddler Ashley MacIssac. Known for his drug use and racist remarks, MacIsaac has now tied the knot with his lover Andrew Stokes, a budding fiddler he met through his website. If you want the details you’ll find the story here.

Midori Goes to Michigan

Filed under: Interview,Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 7:50 pm

MidoriMidori plays Ann Arbor, and according to this review by Susan Isaacs Nisbett of the Ann Arbor News things got off to a slow start, but really picked up after the intermission with her performance of Hindemith and Strauss. Prior to the concert, Midori gives an email interview to Nisbett and talks about the program and her interest in school music programs.

March 14, 2007

Daniel Hope Featured in Savannah

Filed under: Music — tmyers2002 @ 8:14 pm

Daniel HopeViolinist Daniel Hope talks to Jim Morekis of about this year’s Savannah Music Festival, Bach’s St. Matthews Passion, his love for chamber music, Brahms and the Brahm’s Violin Concerto, and the future of classical music. Hope has been associate music director of the Savannah Music Festival since 2004.

March 13, 2007

No “Silent Period” for the Sibelius Violin Concerto

Filed under: Music — tmyers2002 @ 6:01 pm

Jean SibeliusThis year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Jean Sibelius’ death, and there seems to be no shortage of performances to commemorate his passing. In particular, last weekend saw three different violinists performing his violin concerto in various venues around the country. See the March 12 post for links to the Kavakos concert with the NSO, and the following reviews for the other two.

Sarah Chang performed the work last Friday with Eckart Preu and the Spokane Symphony. In his review, Travis Rivers of the Spokane Review called it “a gripping 25 minutes without a second’s letup.” For a further perspective, check out this heated discussion at

Meanwhile, a few hundred miles to the south, Hilary Hahn also played the Sibelius Concerto with the Utah Symphony under Keith Lockhart. Catherine R. Newton reviewing the concert for the Salt Lake Tribune notes that Hahn is more than just a teen idol, and played with “songfulness and vigor”, and in his review for the Deseret News, Edward Reichel  called her playing “gorgeously poetic.” And then there’s this from an enthusiastic fan.

March 12, 2007

Kavakos Plays Sibelius in DC

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 10:41 pm

Leonidas KavanskyGreek violinist Leonidas Kavakos impressed the critics in his performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with Osmo Vanska and the National Symphony Orchestra. In his review, Charles Downey of called his Sibelius an “impressive tour de force.” Reviewing the same concert for the Washington Post, Robert Battey said “Vanska and Kavakos bring an especially deep, well-honed authority to the concerto.”

Violin Sale at NJSO

Filed under: Music — tmyers2002 @ 8:23 pm

NJSOHey, want to buy a used violin? According to this story from the New York Times, the New Jersey Symphony has got some fiddles for sale. A few Strads, some Guarneri’s, that sort of thing – all for less than what you’d pay for a 2 bedroom Silicon Valley condo. Well, pretty close. Anyways, if you’re interested then check it out.

March 8, 2007

Mullova – Love Her or Hate Her?

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 8:55 pm

Viktoria MullovaMichael Tumelty of The Herald finds the audience a little puzzled in this review of Viktoria Mullova’s recent Bach recital in Glasgow, Scotland. The reserved Mullova may have been too austere for some tastes, but Tumelty finds the performance unforced and full of  subtlety.

Bonnie Rideout on the Scottish Fiddle

Filed under: Interview,Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 8:39 pm

Bonnie RideoutIn a pair of interviews, fiddler Bonnie Rideout first talks to Jim Newsom of Portfolio Weekly about the Celtic music’s new found popularity, her past, and her current show “Caledonia”. She covers similar ground in this interview with Bill Craig of the The Richmond Times-Dispatch, but also discusses her upcoming two-CD set of slow airs and pibroch. Reviewing a recent Rideout concert, Pauline Lerner of said she came home in “a Scottish Glow.”

March 7, 2007

Hilary Hahn – All Sibelius, All The Time

Filed under: Interview,Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 10:06 pm

Hilary HahnHilary Hahn talks briefly about the Siblelius Violin Concerto with Edward Reichel of the Deseret News. She’ll be performing it with the Utah Symphony this weekend, but Matthew Stevenson expresses his doubts about her Indianapolis performance in his concert review. Well, you can’t please all the people all the time, and Cathalena E. Burch of the Arizona Daily Star had nothing but raves for her “flawless performance” in Tuscon on Tuesday night. Hahn will feature the Sibelius on her next CD.

Julia Fischer On Tour in Florida

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 9:30 pm

Julia FischerBeginning what promises to be a very busy spring performance schedule, Julia Fischer was in Miami last Monday with pianist Milana Chernyavska for a recital of Bach, Schubert, Debussy and Mendelssohn. In his review for the Miami Herald Lawrence Johnson finds Fischer’s playing elegant, but not perfect. Meanwhile, Infodad reviews Fischer’s Tchaikovsky SACD and gives it a four pluses.

March 6, 2007

Quick Hit – Sayaka Shoji

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 8:24 pm

Sayaka ShojiUp and coming Japanese violinist Sayaka Shoji impresses in her recent performance with Yuri Termikanov and the St. Petersburg Orchestra. Rian Evans called the performance of Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto “dynamic and revealing” in this short review for The Guardian. Add Shoji to the growing list of talented young violinists currently making their mark on the classical music world.

March 5, 2007

Sarah Chang Attracts a Younger Audience

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 10:09 pm

Sarah ChangNow this is the kind of review I like. Wyatt Gallagher writing for the UNLV Rebel Yell attends his first “official” concert at Ham Hall. While many in the crowd came dressed in suits and dresses to hear the Sarah Chang concert, Wyatt doesn’t seem to feel to out of place in his hoodie and jeans. Did he say that Chang played both the Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 and the Sibelius Violin Concerto in the same program? Well, you can’t say the crowd didn’t get their money’s worth.

Mark O’Connor – For The Heroes

Filed under: Interview,Music — tmyers2002 @ 9:30 pm

Mark O'ConnorComposer and Fiddler Mark O’Connor recently talked with John Pitcher of Nashville Scene about his Double Concerto for Violin and Cello (For the Heroes) which he performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. An audio interview also accompanies the article. Hear O’Connor talk extensively about his varied approach to composition and music.

March 4, 2007

Anne Akiko Meyers is a Citizen of the World

Filed under: Interview,Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 5:03 pm

Anne Akiko MeyersIn this interview with Ted Alvarez of the Vail Daily News, Anne Akiko Meyers talks about cultural and musical diversity, Led Zeppelin, and her interest in lesser known composers. Her performance of Corigliano’s music for the Red Violin with the Colorado Symphony got a thumbs-up from Marc Shulgold of the Rocky Mountain News, and another thumbs-up from Kyle MacMillan of the Denver Post.

Viktoria Mullova Wins Over the Critics

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 4:50 pm

Viktoria MullovaA whole series of reviews for violinist Viktoria Mullova have been popping up lately. Georgia Rowe writing for the Contra Costa Times found her Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major “stirring”, and Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle liked it as well. Jim Lowe reviewing her Bach recital for the Times-Argus called her playing “assured, musical and effective.”

Jennifer Koh Finds Music in Poetry

Filed under: Interview,Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 4:15 pm

Jennifer KohThirty year old American violinist Jennifer Koh talks extensively about literature and contemporary music in this recent interview with Strings Magazine. You can also hear Koh talk about her recital program of Janacek, Schubert, Higdon, Kurtag and Schumann in this audio clip from the 92 Y Blog. The recital with pianist Reiko Uchida got a great review from Allan Koznin of the New York Times, as did an earlier San Francisco recital reviewed by Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle. Finally, a short interview with Barbara Zuck of the The Columbus Dispatch.

Natalie MacMaster Was Born To Run

Filed under: Interview,Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 2:52 pm

Natalie MacMasterIn this interview, famed Canadian fiddler Natalie MacMaster talks with Anne Neville of The Buffalo News and discusses her past, motherhood, and the performing life. She also describes meeting the late Peter Jennings, and the reasons behind the tribute song “Farewell To Peter” on her new “Yours Truly” CD. Speaking of the new CD,  Geoffrey Himes of the Washington Post gives it his review, and doesn’t find it as good as her previous “Blueprint” CD.

Vadim Gluzman Comes In Peace

Filed under: Interview,Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 3:07 am

Audrey Roncigli of sat down for an interview with Vadim Gluzman last month. Just the usual “who are your influences” and “what are you playing”, but the Israeli violinist gives a pretty thorough rundown of what’s on his agenda. (Note: Translated from the original French by Google language tools, so expect some interesting results). Speaking with Michael Granberry of the Dallas Morning News, Gluzman also offers his opinion on the violin as it relates to world peace. Hmmm…bows, not bullets – an interesting idea. Perhaps Gluzman was just feeling a little giddy after reading Olin Chism’s review of his performance with the Dallas Symphony under guest conductor Louis Langree.

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