VC VOX POP | “What Would You Say to Someone Who’s Never Attended a Classical Concert Before?” [Q&A]

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

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What would you say to someone who has never seen a classical music concert to come to your performance?

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

Russian-born Violinist, Dmitry Sitkovetsky:

“You don’t have to know anything about the composer, composition or performer … just open your heart and soul to it and have a great time” 

Ariel Quartet Violinist, Gershon Gerchikov:

“Come like you’re going to the theater, or the movies, with the same expectation to be transported … the music and performers will do the rest”

VC Artist Dover Quartet Second Violinist, Bryan Lee:

“I would say whatever preconceived notions one might have about classical music, to forget about them … and just try to enjoy the music for what it is”

German-Japanese Concert Violinist, Arabella Steinbacher:

“Just listen and be open … the music will speak to you … no matter if you know anything about it or not”

Kronberg Academy Pedagogue & Violinist, Mihaela Martin:

“I would tell that it’s worth coming … in order to experience the incredible gift of generosity that music gives us”

American Violinist, Stephanie Chase:

“I would try to convey that an excellent, humane interpretation of great music has a spiritual element that can strongly affect the receptive listener and remain memorable through a lifetime”

VC Artist Violinist, Ray Chen:

“Remember the first time you tried a new dish or cuisine at a restaurant? … perhaps you didn’t think you were going to like raw fish the first time you tried sushi … or who knew you would enjoy oysters one day? …  it’s all about the right time, the right place, and the right people”

VC Artist Violinist, Stefan Jackiw:

“This music you’re about to hear traverses the range of human emotions from the most tragic lows to the heights of ecstasy … and will take you on a wild ride that will leave you forever changed … please do clap between movements”

VC Artist Violinist, Francisco Fullana:

To not be afraid … and don’t worry about all those classical music cliches you have heard … leave them at the door … just sit down and let the music take you on a memorable journey!

VC Artist Violinist, Paul Huang:

“I would probably explain a little bit about the particular program that I’m inviting the person to come hear … guarantee them that they will love classical music afterward … and leave the rest unspoken”

VC Artist Cellist, Kian Soltani: 

“Come and sit down … and try to imagine a film or a story playing in your head with the music … see how imaginative you can be

Russian-American Violin Soloist, Philippe Quint:

“2 things … 1 … what do you have to lose? … 2 … there will be free beer at the reception”

Canadian Violin Soloist, Lara St John:

Well … it’ll be better than Breitbart!

Israeli-born Cellist, Matt Haimovitz:

“I am reminded of a comment my trio received after a Beethoven Piano Trio cycle at the Louvre in Paris … the legendary actor Gerard Depardieu came back stage to greet us and exclaimed in his thick French accent … “I feel so much smarter now!””

Dutch Violinist, Noa Wildschut:

“That I’m planning to wear a really beautiful concert dress … and that every note has a unique meaning and intention … and the notes form a story together”

VC Artist Violinist, Benjamin Beilman:

“You’re allowed to hate it … and … clap whenever you feel like it!”

VC Young Artist Violinist, Timothy Chooi:

“Well, since it’s me performing, I’d like you to come watch me play … it will change your life!”

VC Young Artist Violinist, Marc Bouchkov:

“That they should definitely come because what they are going to see is something they’ve never seen before…” 

VC Young Artist Violist, Timothy Ridout: 

“I think a lot of people get nervous about the right etiquette when they haven’t been to concerts before … but I’d say that it’s fairly simple; when in Rome…!

Australian Funster, TwoSet Violinist, Eddy ‘Shreddy’ Chen:

“Befriend them … and then just say you have a concert and ask them if they’d like to come!” 

Australian Funster, TwoSet Violinist, Brett ‘Bang’ Yang

“You’ll have an *interesting* time …”

Violin Virtuoso & Fashion Model Filip Pogady:

I’d tell them just to have fun … and to bring as many friends as possible!”

VC Rising Star Violinist, Kevin Miura:

“I really appreciate audience members who are there for the first time to experience classical music … they tend to be the most receptive”

VC Rising Star Violinist, Yesong Sophie Lee:

“I would say … “You’ve never been to a classical music concert before? … you’re missing out on a really magical experience … wanna come along?””

VC Young Artist Cellist, Aurélien Pascal:

“Here is a free ticket!”

VC Artist Violinist, Jennifer Pike:

“That would be spoiling the surprise …”

VC Rising Star Violinist, María Dueñas:

“Come … close your eyes … and dream!