VC VOX POP | “Which Teachers Were Your Greatest Influences Growing Up?” [Q&A]

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

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“Which teachers were your greatest influences growing up?”

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

German-American Violinist, David Garrett:

Zakhar Bron, Ida Haendel, Itzhak Perlman all had a different influence on me … but always a very positive one … Zakhar Bron was important for establishing a good technique and technical base … Ida was very much about making music … and Itzhak Perlman was a mixture of both”

French Cello Soloist, Gautier Capuçon:

All of them for different reasons … Augustin Lefevre, Annie Cochet, Philippe Muller and Heinrich Schiff”

German Violin Virtuoso, Julia Fischer:

Certainly Ana Chumachenco … I studied more than 15 years with her”

German-Canadian Cellist, Johannes Moser:

“David Geringas, my parents, and all the musical giants I never got to hear live: Shafran, Furnier, Tortelier, Miles Davis, Pavarotti…” 

Canadian Violin Soloist, James Ehnes:

“My father, my teachers Francis Chaplin and Sally Thomas … and my pianist/teacher/coach Donald Henry“

Korean-American Violin Superstar, Sarah Chang:

“Isaac Stern … Hands down!“ [PICTURED]

Georgian Violin Virtuoso, Lisa Batiashvili:

“Ana Chumachenco”

Canadian Cellist, Amanda Forsyth:

William Pleeth was my major teacher when I was in my early teens … and will remain my major influence … till I went to study with Harvey Shapiro

Russian Violin Virtuoso, Ilya Kaler:

“My father … also my unofficial violin guru Abram Shtern … I also learned a lot from listening to the recordings of old masters”

Dutch Violinist, Rudolf Koelman:

“All of my 3 teachers … Jan Bor, Herman Krebbers and Jascha Heifetz”

Australian VC Artist Violinist, Ray Chen:

“These days I find myself constantly rethinking things my former teacher Aaron Rosand would say … it’s been 7 years since I’ve graduated from school, but every week he still makes me feel like I’m a new student”

VC Artist Violinist, Stefan Jackiw:

Donald Weilerstein … I studied with him for five years, when I was ages 17-22 … he transformed me from a young violinist focused on beauty of execution to a musician seeking openness and vulnerability

Mozarteum University Salzburg Pedagogue, Pierre Amoyal:

“Of course Jascha Heifetz  … and also Gaston Poulet … I learned the Debussy Sonata with him … which he premiered with Debussy at the piano”

South Korean Violinist, Dong-Suk Kang:

“I must say that Ivan Galamian was the most important teacher I had for violin playing … I also learned a lot about music from playing chamber music with people such as Felix Galimir“

VC Young Artist Violinist, Timothy Chooi:

All of my teachers have influenced me in my life in many different aspects … Ida Kavafian, Pamela Frank, Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec are my most recent professors and their influence on me are the freshest”

VC Young Artist Violinist, Ioana Cristina Goicea:

“My mother … violinist Cristina Anghelescu … winner of the 1991 Sibelius Competition …. Maestro Stefan Gheorghiu … and of course all my previous and current teachers”

VC Artist Violinist, Igor Pikayzen:

First and foremost, my grandfather of course … but I’d like to think I took something valuable from every person I every played for … including colleagues and peers”

German Violinist and Kronberg Academy Artistic Director, Friedemann Eichhorn:

“Alberto Lysy, Margaret Pardee and Valery Gradow … apart from this, the playing of the violinists that I listened to all the time as a teenager: Menuhin, Perlman, Kremer, and later on, Gitlis”

VC Young Artist Violinist, Stephen Waarts:

“I studied with quite a few teachers longterm, but in addition, some people I only worked with briefly also led to great inspiration … so hard to name a few … I’d say Li Lin, Alexander Barantschik, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Aaron Rosand and Mihaela Martin”

VC Artist Violinist, Benjamin Beilman:

“Almita and Roland Vamos were my most influential teachers prior to conservatory … Mr. Vamos focused on technique and score study while Mrs. Vamos helped develop intuition and passion in each player”

New England Conservatory Cello Pedagogue, Laurence Lesser:

My greatest influence was Piatigorsky … but master classes with Casals were very important and leave wonderful strong memories”

Berlin Philharmonic Concertmaster, VC Artist Noah Bendix-Balgley:

I was very lucky to have wonderful teachers … the greatest influence on me was my professor in Bloomington, Mauricio Fuks … who I studied with starting at age 13 and who I still look to as a mentor”

American Violinist, Rachel Barton Pine:

Almita and Roland Vamos are two of my most important mentors … I learned so much from them about interpretation, sound, technique, stage presence, and listening to your own musical instincts … beyond violin playing, they advised me about how to handle a variety of tricky professional and social situations”

Japanese Violin Pedagogue & Former Tokyo String Quartet Violinist, Koichiro Harada: 

Mr Saito … and Mr Robert Mann

Russian-born Austrian Violin Pedagogue, Boris Kuschnir:

“The greatest influence I received was from my teacher at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Prof Boris Belenky … and also from David Oistrakh and Dmitri Shostakovich … with whom I also studied”

Russian-American Violinist, Philippe Quint:

“Andrei Korsakov & Dorothy DeLay … also those I did not study with but am very familiar with their methods: Leopold Auer and Carl Flesch … and outside of music: Konstantin Stanislavsky and Stella Adler … and even some memoirs of great athletes”

American Concert Violinist, Anne Akiko Meyers:

“All of them … Shirley Helmick, Alice and Eleanore Schoenfeld, Josef Gingold, Dorothy DeLay, Masao Kawasaki and Felix Galimir … they were all incredible”

Russian-German Violinist, Kirill Troussov:

“Yehudi Menuhin, Zakhar Bron and Christoph Poppen”

Portuguese-American Violinist, Elmar Oliveira:

“Raphael Bronstein … my brother John … Ariana Bronne and my colleagues”

Ukrainian-Israeli Violin Virtuoso, Vadim Gluzman:

“I was very lucky to have many wonderful teachers along the way … my first teacher in Riga gave me a wonderful, healthy foundation … 
Arkady Fomin brought me from almost quitting the violin all the way to the beginning of my concert career … then Dorothy DeLay in New York was an incredible source of wisdom, 
motherly support and encouragement … and then there was also Isaac Stern – every meeting with whom was nothing short of enlightenment”

Dallas Symphony Concertmaster, Alexander Kerr:

“As a violinist, my college professor, the amazing American violinist Aaron Rosand was certainly my most influential instructor and role model”

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

“Roy Gillard for instilling the importance of scales … and Belinda Bunt Broughton for imparting so many amazing tales of orchestral life”

Armenian-American Violinist & Pedagogue, Ida Kavafian:

“Oscar Shumsky … hands down … in chamber music, Felix Galimir”

VC Artist Cellist, Pablo Ferrández:

“Natalia Shakhovskaya and Frans Helmerson”

VC Young Artist Violinist, William Hagen:

“My teachers growing up were Natalie Reed, Deborah Moench, and Robert Lipsett … all were absolutely incredible … and I feel so lucky to have learned from them” 

VC Rising Star Violinist, Anne Luisa Kramb:

“Antje Weithaas and Maurizio Fuks”

VC Young Artist Violinist, Luke Hsu:

Fredell Lack  … if it was not for her, I wouldn’t have the violin in my hand

VC Artist Calidore String Quartet Cellist, Estelle Choi:

“My first teacher John Kadz. I started learning cello with him … and studied with him for 13 years”