March 13, 1999 |
Violinist Yehudi Menuhin, one of the century's great musicians and a visionary who promoted world peace through international cultural cooperation, died Friday. He was 82. Concert promoter Jutta Adler said Menuhin had been scheduled to conduct the Warsaw Symphony Orchestra in Berlin on Tuesday but fell ill. He died of heart failure in a Berlin hospital.
December 11, 2003 |
Its origins are shrouded in mystery. It has been associated as much with the devil as with the sound of angels. Though it can convey whole worlds, it is as portable as a briefcase. It is arguably the most written about, obsessed over, fetishized instrument ever made by man. It is, of course, the violin. And we are fascinated by it. By its high soprano voice, its otherworldly harmonics, its rich darker tones.
January 8, 2001 |
She's a woman with one name but multiple lives. Midori's fame as a violinist reveals only part of her story. In addition to a steady schedule of concert engagements, including a stint playing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra last week, she is heavily involved with the nonprofit organization she founded to enhance music education in New York City public schools.
November 15, 2009 |
Unless you happen to be David Letterman, little of value tends to come from making top 10 lists. But violinist Gil Shaham has lately turned this common time-waster into something of a consuming passion, and music lovers are the beneficiaries. One of the era's star fiddlers, Shaham began musing about his favorite 20th century violin concertos at the turn of the millennium. He found to his surprise that most were written in the 1930s. This led to a decision to devote several seasons almost exclusively to these works, specifically concertos by Igor Stravinsky, Bela Bartok, Alban Berg, Sergei Prokofiev, William Walton, Benjamin Britten, Samuel Barber and Paul Hindemith.
March 16, 1999 |
In 1976, Yehudi Menuhin wrote a memoir entitled "Unfinished Journey." In 1996, he updated the book with "Unfinished Journey: Twenty Years Later." On Friday, Yehudi Menuhin--the violinist who inspired everyone from amateur violinist Albert Einstein to world leaders, and who was revered by musicians and audiences the world over for close to eight decades--finished his journey.
September 19, 1986 |
San Diego Symphony concertmaster Andres Cardenes was one of six violinists named Wednesday as finalists in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis by jury president Josef Gingold. The group includes Leonidas Kavakos of Greece, Sungsic Yang and Chin Kim of Korea, Annick Roussin of France and Kyoko Takezawa of Japan. They were chosen from among 16 semifinalists in a field of 43 violinists from 20 nations. The three-day final round began Thursday.