VC VOX POP | “If You Could Only Play 3 Pieces for the Rest of Your Life, What Would They Be?” [Q&A]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with 30+ of the world’s top string players to find out …

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“If you could only play 3 pieces for the rest of your life, what would they be?”

The Violin Channel recently caught up with 30+ of the world’s top string players to find out …

Violin Virtuoso Itzhak Perlman:

“Beethoven Violin Concerto … Brahms Second Symphony … Brahms Clarinet Quintet”

British Cello Soloist Steven Isserlis:

“Oy vey – what a cruel thought …. Am I allowed ALL the Beethoven sonatas plus the Schumann and Dvorak concertos? …. But then – what about the Faure sonatas and piano trio … the Haydn concertos … the Schumann trios ….I think I’d just end it all …”

Canadian Violin Soloist James Ehnes:

“Mendelssohn Concerto … Bach D Minor partita …. and probably one of the Beethoven Quartets … Maybe 132 …”

Italian-German Soloist, VC Artist Violinist Augustin Hadelich:

“I would be miserable playing only 3 pieces … regardless of how good they are … but if I was forced to do it, it would be Brahms Concerto … Bach Sonatas and Partitas … and Schubert Cello Quintet … ”

Korean-American Violin Soloist Sarah Chang:

“Brahms Concerto … Shostakovich 1st Concerto …. and anything and everything Bach … ”

Australian Soloist, VC Artist Violinist Ray Chen:

“Bach Chaconne … Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 … Beethoven Violin Concerto … “

VC Artist Dover Quartet 1st Violinist Joel Link: 

“At the moment  I would say …. Schubert’s Cello Quintet …. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas …. and Beethoven’s Op. 130 with the Grosse Fugue …”

American Cellist & The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Co-Artistic Director David Finckel:

“Brahms concerto …. Franck Sonata … Ravel Piano Trio …”

Canadian Violin Soloist Lara St. John:

“Well, I’d jump off a cliff if that became the case …. to me, boredom is worse than death and I try to avoid both …”

VC Young Artist Violist Timothy Ridout:

“Mozart Sinfonia Concertante … Brahms Viola Sonata … impossible to decide with one …. and Mozart Divertimento in E flat … “

VC Rising Star Violinist Johan Dalene:

“Brahms Violin Sonata no 1 … Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto … Mendelssohn Octet”

Czech Philharmonic Concertmaster, VC Artist Josef Spacek:

“Beethoven Violin concerto …. Bach Chaconne …. and Dvorak Cello Concerto”

Emerson String Quartet Violinist, Philip Setzer:

“Schubert Cello Quintet …. and Beethoven String Quartets Op. 131 and Op. 132 … ”

VC Artist Attacca Quartet Cellist Andrew Yee:

“Beethoven String Quartet op 131 … Haydn Seven Last Words …. and screw you for making me choose ….”

VC Young Artist Cellist Zlatomir Fung:

“Bach Cello Suite Number 5 …. Poulenc Cello Sonata …. and the Mendelssohn Song without Words opus 109!”

VC Young Artist Violinist Richard Lin:

“Brahms Violin Concerto …. Bruch Scottish Fantasy … Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto…”

VC Artist Violinist Nikki Chooi:

“Beethoven, Sibelius and Barber Violin Concertos … ”

Dallas Symphony Concertmaster, Alexander Kerr:

“Wow … That’s a tough question! … If I would have to pick three individual pieces … Bach’s St. Matthew Passion … Brahms’ Fourth Symphony … and Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 135 … “

New York Philharmonic Principal Cellist, Carter Brey:

“Impossible to say … “

American Soloist, VC Artist Violinist Stefan Jackiw:

“Beethoven Op. 131 Quartet … Ives Violin Sonata No. 1 … and Schumann Dichterliebe … sung in the shower … “

TwoSet Violinist, Eddy Chen:

“Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto … Mozart Violin Concerto 5 … Bach Solo Sonata No.1 …”

TwoSet Violinist, Brett Yang:

“Andante from Bach’s Solo Sonata No.2  … Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5 and …. Paganini Jingle Bells … there’s going to be Christmas every year … “

VC Artist Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu:

“Beethoven Violin Concerto … Brahms Clarinet Quintet … Schubert String Quartet in G major”

Russian-American Violin Soloist Philippe Quint:

“Beethoven Violin Concerto … Sibelius Violin Concerto and Brahms Violin Concerto … I would feel very fulfilled with those 3 …”

English Violinist Tasmin Little:

“Brahms Violin Concerto … Franck Sonata and Ravel Piano Trio …”

Dutch Violin Soloist Simone Lamsma:

“That is so hard … to play … Schubert String Quintet … Bach Chaconne … and …. Beethoven Violin Concerto …. and to listen to …. Strauss 4 Letzte Lieder … Mahler 9 … and Schubert String Quintet”

Violinist & Fashion Model Filip Pogady:

“Bach Solo Partita No.2 … Beethoven Violin Concerto … and Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto …”

London Symphony Orchestra First Violinist “Queen of Bling” Maxine Kwok-Adams:

“Mahler’s 9th Symphony … Strauss – Don Juan  … but not in an audition situation though … and Prokoviev’s 5th Symphony …”

VC Young Artist Francisco Fullana:

“Mozart Divertimento … Brahms Violin Concerto … and Schubert’s Death and the Maiden …”

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