VC VOX POP | “What Work in Another Instrument’s Repertoire Are You Jealous That It’s Not In Yours?” [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 work in another instrument’s repertoire are you jealous that it’s not in yours?”

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

Violin Virtuoso & Pedagogue, Itzhak Perlman:

“Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 …”

British Cello Soloist Steven Isserlis:

“The late Mozart piano concertos … Brahms 1st piano concerto …. though they wouldn’t exactly suit the cello …”

Canadian Violin Soloist James Ehnes:

“So many! …. I am particularly jealous that cellists have their Dvorak Concerto …”

Italian-German Soloist, VC Artist Violinist Augustin Hadelich:

“Just about every Mozart Piano Concerto!”

Korean-American Violin Soloist Sarah Chang:

“All of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerti!”

Australian Soloist, VC Artist Violinist Ray Chen:

“Elgar Cello Concerto …”

VC Artist Dover Quartet 1st Violinist Joel Link:

“Dvorak’s Cello Concerto …. for sure”

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

“The lack of a cello concerto by Mozart brings to mind his incomparable concertos for violin … I think that if Mendelssohn had access to a cellist of the stature of violinist Ferdinand David, we’d have a cello concerto from him as popular as his violin concerto …”

Canadian Violin Soloist Lara St. John:

“Everything by Rachmaninov and Chopin …. and Ravel and Gershwin … there isn’t room here for all the jealousy …”

VC Young Artist Violist Timothy Ridout:

“Brahms Violin Concerto … It would be a dream to have a viola concerto from Brahms!!”

VC Rising Star Violinist Johan Dalene:

“Elgar Cello Concerto …”

Czech Philharmonic Concertmaster, VC Artist Josef Spacek:

“Definitely the Dvorak Cello Concerto … If only we could switch the two…”

Emerson String Quartet Violinist, Philip Setzer:

“Dvorak’s Cello Concerto …”

VC Artist Attacca Quartet Cellist Andrew Yee:

“Beethoven Emperor Concerto …”

VC Young Artist Cellist Zlatomir Fung:

“I’m very jealous of the Sibelius Violin Concerto …”

VC Young Artist Violinist Richard Lin:

“Definitely Dvorak Cello Concerto …”

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Concertmaster, VC Artist Violinist Nikki Chooi:

“Schubert Songs …”

Dallas Symphony Concertmaster, Alexander Kerr:

“Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto … It is truly one of the most beautiful pieces of music I know …”

American Soloist, VC Artist Violinist Stefan Jackiw:

“Mozart Clarinet Concerto … I love the violin concertos so much … but his clarinet concerto, written at the end of his life, is something really special …”

TwoSet Violinist, Eddy Chen:

“Rachmaninov Piano Concertos …. definitely!”

TwoSet Violinist, Brett Yang:

“The Elgar Cello Concerto …”

VC Young Artist Violinist Simone Porter:

“The concertos I’d love to steal are Rach 3 and Dvorak Cello Concerto …”

VC Artist Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu:

“Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata! It makes me want to play cello every time I hear it!”

Russian-American Violin Soloist Philippe Quint:

“Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations … but I feel bad about being jealous of cello repertoire …”

English Violinist Tasmin Little:

“Ravel Left hand piano concerto … and Rachmaninov 2nd and 3rd concertos …”

Dutch Violin Soloist Simone Lamsma:

“Rachmaninov 2nd and 3rd Piano Concertos  …. and both Brahms Piano Concertos … and Dvorak Cello Concerto!”

Violinist & Fashion Model Filip Pogady:

“Rachmaninov piano concerto No.3  … and Prokofiev piano concerto No.1”

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

“I started learning the cello as a teenager after I heard the Shostakovich 1st concerto … I never got to that level technically although I probably had the right amount of teenage angst at the time!”

VC Young Artist Violinist Francisco Fullana:

“Schubert’s Arpeggione … Bach 6th Suite … Schumann Cello Concerto …”

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