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January 9, 2012 | Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
As concertmaster for the orchestra that recorded the soundtrack for the movie "Psycho," classical violinist Israel Baker helped create a piece of pop culture that is regarded as one of Hollywood's most terrifying. He led the piercing attack of the violins that accompanies the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film's chilling shower scene. He "was a renowned violinist and concertmaster in the Hollywood studio system" and was heard on dozens of movie scores, said Jon Burlingame, a film and music historian.
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April 7, 2014 | By Joe Banno, This post has been corrected. See note below.
Violin aficionados don't flock to Pinchas Zukerman's recitals to be blown away by flashy bowing, heart-on-the-sleeve drama or radical deconstructions of thrice-familiar classics. They go to experience some of the most pristine technique and honest musicianship to be heard anywhere. In his recital of sonatas by Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms with pianist Yefim Bronfman at Disney Hall on Friday, it was gratifying to hear that Zukerman's playing hasn't lost its characteristic sound after more than 40 years of a career divided among the competing demands of conducting, teaching and playing as a string soloist and chamber musician.
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July 14, 2009 | David Kelly
Alexander Knecht unpacked his violin and sheet music and slipped into Marvin Baker's dimly lit hospital room. "Hello, Mr. Baker, is it OK if I play a hymn for you?" he asked brightly. The 81-year-old patient, bedridden by a series of illnesses and unable to respond, stared blankly at the wall. Knecht lifted his bow and played "Rock of Ages," the lilting sounds swiftly displacing the room's cold quiet. "I hope you liked that," he said. Silence.
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March 7, 2014 | By Jessica Ogilvie
Christine Wu appeared in one of the year's most viral videos thus far: Billy Ray Cyrus' hip-hop remix of "Achy Breaky Heart. " She played the electric violin - while doing a backbend. Wu, who lives in Santa Monica, is breaking new ground in the performing arts by combining dance, yoga and complicated choreography with the violin. Wu recently talked about how she trains, how movement fuels her creativity and how she's carved out her niche career. You do yoga and ballet as well as working out at the Venice Beach gym. How does your exercise regimen help with the physicality of playing the violin?
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July 14, 2009 | Victoria Kim
As afternoon turned to evening July 8, Robert Alan Korda seemed to have disappeared into thin air. The former L.A. Philharmonic violinist left his Van Nuys home about 3 p.m. but never showed up at the Hollywood studio where he was scheduled to work that evening. His family made frantic calls to police and hospitals and to his cellphone provider. When they received little clue as to his whereabouts, they turned to the Internet as a last resort.
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June 10, 1993
Violinist Pauline Kim, 19, of Duarte is one of 12 semifinalists in the Irving M. Klein International String Competition in San Francisco this weekend. The winner will receive $9,000, one of the largest string competition prizes in the world. Kim, who studies at The Juilliard School in New York, said playing the violin is a "very divine and spiritual thing. When I'm playing music, I feel like I am almost one with God. You're playing something that transcends what we see and live by."
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January 16, 1997
Sandor "Alexander" Vegh, 84, European violinist, conductor and interpreter of Mozart. Born in an area of Hungary that is now part of Romania, he took violin lessons as a child and then studied at the Budapest Academy of Music. He founded the Hungarian String Quartet in 1934 and the Vegh Quartet in 1940; the latter remained active until 1980. Vegh's major recordings include the complete Mozart quartets. He conducted some of Europe's finest orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic.
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May 13, 1997 | JOSEF WOODARD
The ever-rewarding Chamber Music in Historic Sites series ended Sunday, in a site in Pacific Palisades that was literally a cliffhanger. Noted architect Ray Kappe designed this compact, vertical house, laid out on a steep hillside as a series of intersecting planes. Surfaces of wood, reinforced concrete and thick glass flooring cohere in an inviting, warm-spirited modernist scheme.
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May 27, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Among the exceptional accomplishments of Mieczyslaw Horszowski, the Polish pianist who died in Philadelphia in 1993 one month before his 101st birthday, was marrying at 89, performing into his late 90s and teaching until the last week of his life. His students include such probing pianists as Murray Perahia, Richard Goode and Peter Serkin. In those final recitals, a revelatory Horszowski summoned, with fingers that preserved an incomparable historical memory, long-dead voices from another era. The Horszowski Trio, which made its Los Angeles debut Friday night at the gilded Doheny Mansion at Mount St. Mary's College to close the Da Camera Society season, has thus chosen surprising footsteps to follow.
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May 8, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Let me get this straight. Two weeks ago in Santa Barbara violinist Jennifer Koh went from Bach to way beyond at Hahn Hall. Then Hilary Hahn at Walt Disney Concert Hall went from Bach to way beyond Tuesday night. Both virtuoso American violinists, who are in their early or mid-30s, bring real depth to Bach but are now spreading their wings extraordinarily. They are, moreover, part of what is surely a remarkable new golden age of violinists in their 30s - Leila Josefowicz and Janine Jansen are also in the picture.
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January 6, 2014 | By David Ng
Conductor Christoph Eschenbach and violinist Christian Tetzlaff have canceled their joint appearances scheduled for this weekend at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  The three concerts, which are still scheduled to take place Friday through Sunday, instead will feature conductor Edo de Waart and violinist Augustin Hadelich. The Los Angeles Philharmonic had originally been scheduled to perform Schoenberg's Violin Concerto as part of the program. The piece has been scratched and will be replaced with Beethoven's Violin Concerto.
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January 2, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
When Russian violinist Aleksey Igudesman walks on stage and says, “And now Mozart,” look out. Anything can happen. But it won't be good, at least not for Mozart. His partner in Mozart crime, Korean pianist Hyung-Ki Joo might let in a little James Bond or make the violinist turn minor into major, klezmerize a Turkish rondo, or heaven knows what.   Igudesman & Joo promise NO MOZART in their new show “And Now Mozart” that will reach the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State Long Beach on Sunday afternoon.
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January 1, 2014 | By Barbara Isenberg
Channeling Danny Kaye, Victor Borge, P.D.Q. Bach and other musicians-cum-comics, conservatory-trained violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo like to say that they don't make fun of classical music but rather that they have fun with classical music. After entertaining packed houses around the world, the 40-year-old YouTube celebrities return to Long Beach's Carpenter Performing Arts Center on Jan. 5. But first comes a phone call from Joo at their home base of Vienna, with Igudesman reporting in from the Dominican Republic.
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October 13, 2013 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO - Kim Knoble's past tracks an arc of promise, mental illness and descent into what her parents call "living hell. " But Knoble is not homeless, in prison or dead - outcomes common with stories like hers. Instead, on Wednesday, the woman with a head of wild red curls plans to walk into the St. Francis Yacht Club, tell her tale of recovery and lift the instrument she did not touch for a decade to play Massenet's "Meditation From Thais. " Now 31, Knoble was mastering Mozart violin concertos by the time she hit middle school.
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August 28, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
They laughed when Leon Botstein became president of Bard College in 1975, at the very idea that a 28-year-old could enliven a venerable New York liberal arts college. They laughed in 1990 when Botstein started the Bard Music Festival, which had the appearance of a vanity operation for his own seemingly dubious ambitions as a conductor. They laughed once more when he became music director of the American Symphony Orchestra 20 years ago, especially after some rocky early performances and scathing reviews.
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August 23, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
A good place for the Los Angeles Philharmonic to try out new talent, the Hollywood Bowl can be curiously hospitable to odd couples. Concerts are one-night stands, so there is less to lose than at downtown subscription concerts, where programs are repeated three or four times. But the complicated Bowl schedule can mean an almost haphazard mix and match between soloist and conductor on occasion. It requires speed dating, given that the typical program has a single rehearsal the morning of the concert.
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January 11, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
At 25, the flamboyant Korean violinist Amadeus Leopold (formerly Hahn-Bin and before that, Hahnbin Yoo) already counts fans in classical music, fashion, the art world and pop culture. Last year the one-time prodigy at the Colburn School and protégé of Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School could be found within a few Manhattan blocks, performing at Carnegie Hall, the Louis Vuitton store on Fifth Avenue, the Museum of Modern Art and at the NBC television studios for a profile on the "Today" show.
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July 20, 2012 | By Lewis Segal, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Who exactly is Benjamin Millepied as a choreographer? Hard to tell. Lots of us have seen his forceful neoclassic inventions for actresses and their dance doubles in the film "Black Swan. " Before that, he showed Southern California audiences an astute, compassionate piece (in several versions) for and about Mikhail Baryshnikov. More recently, he unveiled three relentlessly frothy, unmusical showcases for the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève. On Thursday, as a kind of fanfare for his upcoming L.A. Dance Project performances in Walt Disney Concert Hall - a September event that appears to have little "L.A.
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July 30, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
SANTA BARBARA - Midori is a formal and famously unflappable violinist. I don't know whether she is fearless, but she may be that too. She came to our attention at age 14 in 1986 as a soloist for Leonard Bernstein in his "Serenade. " She broke two strings during the performance, but nothing fazed her. Bernstein bowed to her afterward in awe. She's as committed a musician as you will find. She never lets an audience down. But there can be a downside to her dedication and her striving for perfection.
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July 21, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
A senior violinist died last week from injuries sustained after falling into the orchestra pit at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. The death of Viktor Sedov, 65, is the latest bad news in a mounting string of tragedies involving the historic theater that have led to chatter about a supposed "Curse of the Bolshoi. " Sedov played in ballet and opera productions at the Bolshoi for nearly 40 years, a spokeswoman told the Guardian , adding that he was a popular member of the orchestra, known for his "sense of humor and extraordinary erudition.
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