The type of strings one uses can do a lot to enhance the sound and feel of one’s instrument. There are only a few major manufacturers in this rarefied world and their products are a big source of fascination (and strong partisanship) for us players.
I use Larsen Virtuoso® strings, which have graced my Joseph Curtin viola in all my performances. Their projection, rich timbre, great flexibility and clarity are truly wonderful. I was thus especially delighted to join the Larsen Strings family as one of their Artists, alongside Renaud Capuçon, Raphael Wallfisch, Alina Pogostkina and others. I’ve gotten to know Marius, Ole and others from the Larsen team and I love their approach to sound and craftsmanship. Here’s to playing on Larsens for years to come!
Do check out this short video made for the 25th anniversary of Larsen Strings here.
I’ve joined the viola faculty at Music & More SummerFest, now in its second year and located in Trebinje, some 19 miles (30 km) from Dubrovnik. When pianist Tatjana Rankovich asked me to join and described the electric atmosphere the festival had created in and around Trebinje just in its first year, with hundreds of people attending its concerts already, it was impossible to say no.
Music & More SummerFest (MMSF) provides an intensive artistic program spanning twelve days of performing, studying, networking, and experiencing the vast cultural heritage of Trebinje. The interdisciplinary program will include individual lessons; master-classes; lectures and presentations; and solo, chamber and string orchestra performances.
I’m really looking forward to teaching at MMSF! The dates are August 2 to 14, 2019. My viola studio is nearly full, but I would take more students, upon further consideration. If interested, contact me here.
I’ll be teaching a viola masterclass at The Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv. Many thanks to the viola faculty member Lilach Levanon for organizing this!
Viola Masterclass hosted by the String Department of the Mannes College of Music
Works by Bowen, Penderecki and others.