Friday, June 23, 2006

A violinist's violinist

Thursday morning I was very pleased to meet and interview Arnold Steinhardt, longtime first violinist with the Guarneri String Quartet. He's in Central PA playing at the Music Naturally Festival hosted by the PA Academy of Music in Lancaster, PA.
Look for the audio file here shortly. He performed an all Shostakovich program last night in Harrisburg, and appears in an all Mozart concert this evening. Find out more about Music Naturally online: http://www.pamusacad.org/musicnaturally/index.htm.
I heard them rehearse part of the Shostakovich that morning and meet the Newstead Trio - you hear them often on Classical Air. Arnold also knew one of my teachers, Andrzej Grabiec, longtime concertmaster of the Eastern Music Festival - small world, even smaller music world!
Glad to hear there is a new Naxos cd coming out of American Music as well as a new disc on Newport Classics of all the Schubert music for violin and piano (with Seymour Lipkin) this fall. He also mentioned a new book out this fall, about violin (all aspects, from fiddles to musicians and music) - can't wait!

1 comment:

danielle said...

Hello John,

I am a producer at Open Source (www.radioopensource.org), a daily radio and web conversation out of Boston, hosted by Chris Lydon. We are prerecording a show tomorrow for air during the Christmas week about (and with!) Arthur Steinhardt, his new book and the Chaconne from Bach's Second Partita. While doing some research for the show, I happened across your blog and discovered that you have also been fortunate enough to sit down with Mr. Steinhardt! I was wondering if you had any recommendations or suggestions for us for the show. And I would also like to invite you join in the conversation happening about this show right now on our website: http://www.radioopensource.org/bachs-chaconne/
We would love to have someone like yourself involved in the thread. Of course, I would also like to invite you to listen to the show during the week between Christmas and New Year's and to hear your thoughts on the show.

And if you have any ideas for future shows, I would love to hear those at any time as well. Hope to hear from you soon. Take care!

Danielle
Producer, Open Source
www radioopensource org
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