VC VOX POP | “Who is the Most Underrated Classical Musician of All Time?” [Q&A]

The Violin Channel recently caught up with 20+ of the world’s top string players to find out …

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“Who is the most underrated classical musician of all time?”

The Violin Channel recently caught up with 20+ of the world’s top string players to find out …

British Cello Soloist Steven Isserlis:

“Impossible to say … but I do think that among cellists, Daniil Shafran was unfairly overlooked for most of his performing life …”

Canadian Violin Soloist James Ehnes:

“Hard to say … Bronislaw Gimpel is a violinist whose playing I really enjoy …”

Australian Soloist, VC Artist Violinist Ray Chen:

“Philip Hirschhorn  … violinist who won the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1967 … his live recording of the Paganini Violin Concerto makes me so relieved we didn’t compete in the same year …”

Canadian Violin Soloist Lara St. John:

“Rachmaninov as pianist … “

VC Young Artist Violist Timothy Ridout:

“It’s very difficult to say a definite answer … however I think that the cellist Daniil Shafran was a genius and is hugely underrated …”

VC Rising Star Violinist Johan Dalene:

“My father, haha…”

Czech Philharmonic Concertmaster, VC Artist Josef Spacek:

“Hard to say … maybe Váša Příhoda …”

Emerson String Quartet Violinist, Philip Setzer:

“The great violinist … and my teacher … Oscar Shumsky”

VC Young Artist Cellist Zlatomir Fung:

“One of the living performers that I feel deserves much more recognition is cellist Marie Elisabeth Hecker …”

VC Young Artist Violinist Richard Lin:

“Aaron Rosand”

VC Artist Violinist Nikki Chooi:

“Hungarian violinist, Anton Kontra  … I recently came across his recordings and videos for the first time and I was blown away by his virtuosity, artistry, and versatility …”

Dallas Symphony Concertmaster, Alexander Kerr:

“Arthur Grumiaux … what a beautiful musician …. and I would bet that only a handful of music lovers would even know his name …”

New York Philharmonic Principal Cellist, Carter Brey:

“I won’t risk an answer to that …”

American Soloist, VC Artist Violinist Stefan Jackiw:

“Cellist Michael Nicolas … the man is a genius …”

TwoSet Violinist, Eddy Chen:

“Brett Yang”

TwoSet Violinist, Brett Yang:

“Any classical musicians who plays music for the sake of art …”

VC Artist Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu:

“There are many … and among them I would say … Leonid Kogan and Toscha Seidel …”

Russian-American Violin Soloist Philippe Quint:

“There is one…. but so underrated that I can’t recall the name…”

English Violinist Tasmin Little:

“Tricky to choose … however I do think that Ida Haendel should have had a bigger career than she did … she was in the same league as many of her male colleagues, but didn’t quite make it to the really highest echelons …”

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

“This is a tough one … I personally think there are lots of underrated musicians out there who through no fault of their own are perhaps deemed not particularly marketable by agents or record labels or who are not particularly media savvy …”