VC VOX POP | “What’s the Strangest Fan Question You’ve Ever Been Asked?” [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’s the strangest fan question you’ve ever been asked?

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

VC Artist Violinist, Ray Chen:

“I don’t really have anything juicy to report … outside the usual marriage proposals … asking for phone numbers … requests for hugs … kisses … as well as autographs on random body parts …[PICTURED]

German-Japanese Concert Violinist, Arabella Steinbacher:

“Is that your main profession?”

Canadian Violinist, Lara St John:

“I was once asked when I really young if I heard in colours? … I thought it was a very strange question … but it was actually the first time I learnt about synesthesia … “

American Violinist, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg:

“How much money do you make?”

Korean-American Violinist, Sarah Chang:

“Will you marry me … or … what blood type are you?”

British Concert Violinist, Tasmin Little:

“… ‘Do you ever need to go to the toilet when you’re on stage?’ … Happily I’m able to answer ‘no’ …”

Israeli-born Cellist, Matt Haimovitz:

“I once had just completed a juxtaposed performance of Elliott Carter’s Cello Sonata with Tod Machover’s ‘Vinylcello’ for cello and D.J. … I thought I had just done something really new and innovative … but afterwards a young cellist asked … pitch is overrated, do you ever play anything really avant-garde?”

Russian-born Violinist, Dmitry Sitkovetsky:

“Someone once asked if I was related to the Bach family? … (probably because of my transcription of the Goldberg Variations) … I of course answered … YES … given I’ve spent more time with J.S. Bach than with any other composers”

American Violinist, Stephanie Chase:

“My husband was once asked by a member of a soccer team if he was my coach…”

Korean-American Violinist and New England Conservatory faculty member, Soovin Kim:

Can you sign my face?”

Dutch Violinist, Noa Wildschut:

“I actually often get asked by drummers … if I want to play with them?”

American Violist and Instagram Star, ThatViolaKid, Drew Alexander Forde:

“I once went on a first date with a girl … and she asked me if I was going to vlog our dinner?”

Violin Virtuoso and Fashion Model, Filip Pogady:

“Lol … No, no … I can’t say …”

Chinese-Cuban-American Cellist Sophia Bacelar:

“Could you please send me a close up pic of your feet?”

Australian Funster, TwoSet Violinist, Eddy Chen:

“We don’t really get any weird questions … but once someone gave us voodoo dolls of eachother …”

Australian Funster, TwoSet Violinist, Brett Yang:

“What’s the future of classical music really look like …?

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

“I once was asked on instagram if I could play Thais’ Meditation … wearing a Rolex … I’m hoping he didn’t mean JUST a Rolex …?”

VC Artist Violinist, Augustin Hadelich:

“One time somebody started asking me a series of interview questions … but they were oddly specific and didn’t really make a lot of sense to me … then I realised they were for another violinist …”

VC Artist Violinist, Stefan Jackiw:

“How did you make your face so small?”

VC Artist Violinist, Paul Huang:

“Why does your violin look like a viola … lol?” 

VC Young Artist, Bomsori Kim:

“Nothing too weird … normally my fan questions are about my skin care and makeup ….”

VC Artist Cellist, Kian Soltani:

“A mother once asked me if I would take her daughter out on a date … but I thought it was funny lol …”

Canadian VC Young Artist Violinist, Timothy Chooi:

“How often do you workout your legs?”

French-Russian VC Young Artist Violinist, Fedor Rudin:

“Who do you think is the sexiest violin composer? … lol”

VC Artist Violinist, Tessa Lark:

“Do you like bees?”

Canadian VC Young Artist Violinist, Kerson Leong:

“I really like the sound you produce on your violin … could I get a sample … of your speaking voice?”

VC Rising Star, Kevin Miura:

“Do you go to school? … (um, I’m only 14 … of course I do!)”

VC Young Artist Cellist, Aurélien Pascal:

“Can I kiss you?”

VC Young Artist Violinist, Nathan Meltzer:

“Will you marry me? … (when I was 14) …”

VC Young Artist Violinist, Marc Bouchkov:

“One time someone asked me if I ever think about food whilst on stage … that’s pretty weird”

VC Artist Violinist, Jennifer Pike:

“Do you remember me? … I took out your appendix 17 years ago!”

VC Young Artist Violist, Timothy Ridout: 

An elderly gentleman came to me recently after a recital and congratulated both myself and the pianist … then asked me ‘Do you listen to the piano whilst you play?’ … I hope that it wasn’t what he had deduced from my performance?”

VC Rising Star Violinist, Yesong Sophie Lee:

A man came up to me and asked if I was born able to play the violin?” 

Ariel Quartet Violinist, Alexandra Kazovsky:

“What do you do for a living?”

VC Artist Dover Quartet Violinist, Bryan Lee:

“Someone who attended one of our concerts asked afterward … when we were going to graduate to an orchestra?”