The Art of the Violin

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Becoming a successful, talented, virtuoso violinist is not an easy task. It involves years of practice, brilliant instruction, and the gift of nerves impervious to distraction during performance. Accomplished violinists are able to master any piece and handle the criticism afterwards. Being a violinist, like the few described below, is a cruel yet rewarding profession.

Heifetz: Born in Lithuania, Russia, 1901, Jascha Heifetz took up the violin at three years old with his father as his first teacher. He made his debut at age 7 with Mendelssohn’s Concerto in E Minor, a piece played by orchestra’s across the world. He traveled across Europe playing for various famous composers and instructors, and performed with the Berlin Philharmonic at age 13. He played in the United States at Carnegie Hall at age 16, and became an immediate sensation. Heifetz spent the following years of his life traveling the world, recording, and teaching at UCLA and the University of Southern California. Heifetz is considered one of the greatest violinists of the 20 th century and is known for his immaculate technique, tonal beauty, and emotional intensity.

Perlman: Born in Israel, August 13, 1945, Itzhak Perlman first became interested in the violin after hearing a performance on the radio. He studied in Tel Aviv, his home town school, before moving to the United States to study at the Julliard School, one of the most prestigious music and arts schools. In 1963, he made his debut at Carnegie Hall, and then continued to tour extensively. Although he did play with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), Perlman was primarily a solo artist. He has performed with many famous musicians, taught at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, and conducted the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Itzhak Perlman is a violinist known for his teaching extraordinaire, and his solo performing prowess.

Freidman: Freidman was a child prodigy who studied at the Julliard School, making his debut when he was only 14. Three years after, he studied with Jascha Heifetz, learning volumes from the brilliant man, and then played at Carnegie Hall. After signing a contract with them, Freidman then became a part of RCA. This allowed him to play with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and London Symphony Orchestra. In the following years, Friedman was a guest musician and conductor for various orchestras and groups. In the late 1980’s, a car accident injured Friedman’s left hand and arm, ending his performing career. He then became a professor of violin and chamber music at Yale University. Friedman was a virtuoso violinist who overcame many obstacles.

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