VC VOX POP | “What’s Your Favourite Gift Ever Received From a Fan?” [Q&A]

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

Vox Pop Favourite Fan Gift

“What’s your favourite gift from a fan?”

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

German Violin Virtuoso, Julia Fischer:

“ALL the gifts from Japan … “

German-Canadian Cellist, Johannes Moser:

“Somehow, I always get tea … masses of tea …. green, jasmine, earl grey, oolong … I could open a store!” 

Canadian Violin Soloist, James Ehnes:

“I’ve been lucky to receive all sorts of lovely things … I don’t want to single any out because they are all very sweet and much appreciated …”

Korean-American Violin Superstar, Sarah Chang:

“Hands down … anything that has to do with my dog, Chewie … I have a beautiful fan who drew a portrait of Chewie and gave it to me on my birthday  … it is one of my all-time favorite birthday presents …”

French Cello Soloist, Gautier Capuçon:

“Many many many favorites … but on my last Asian tour I was amazed by how many people asked me to sign their cello cases … ” 

Canadian Cellist, Amanda Forsyth:

“Fave gift from a fan was a silk custom-made cover for my cello … in a pink snakeskin print  …”

Russian Violin Virtuoso, Ilya Kaler:

“A difficult one…there were many-some chocolates even some cheese (I am a cheese addict) :) , a fine bottle of wine, etc. But the most precious ones were old program booklets of Kreisler’s Carnegie Hall recital from 1913 and Heifetz’s from 1924.”

Dutch Violinist, Rudolf Koelman:

“A fan once lent me her 1720 Stradivari … and … I once got a fantastic gold mounted Benoit Roland bow from a fan … and …. recently I got a very rare letter hand signed by Paganini ….”

Australian VC Artist Violinist, Ray Chen:

“My gifts from Raybaes all over the world have always been really thoughtful and personal … the ones that stood out … or weren’t eaten … are proudly displayed in my apartment and include portraits and dolls made in my likeness …” [PICTURED]

VC Artist Violinist, Stefan Jackiw:

“A fan once sketched an abstract drawing while attending a concert of mine … sort of an interdisciplinary response of one artist to another … I thought that was pretty cool …”

Canadian Violin Soloist, Lara St John:

“My fave gift was a 3XXXL maroon t-shirt featuring a little Santa with jazz hands … and the words ‘Lara Rocks!’ … the idea that it was personalized was sweet and I have kept it all these years … if one day I meet a 6’6″ bodybuilder with the last name ‘Lara’ … I will give it a fitting home ….”

New England Conservatory Pedagogue, Miriam Fried:

“Someone came up to me and gave me a program from a concert I played when I was ten years old … It was so thrilling to see …”

Mozarteum University Salzburg Pedagogue, Pierre Amoyal:

“I always remember a smile …”

South Korean Violinist, Dong-Suk Kang:

“I’ve received all kinds of gifts, from various people, which are often useless … unfortunately …”

New England Conservatory Cello Pedagogue, Laurence Lesser:

“Always when they say the performance touched them or meant a lot … I’m not big on receiving gifts … “

German Violinist and Kronberg Academy Artistic Director, Friedemann Eichhorn:

“A letter … “

VC Artist Dover Quartet 1st Violinist, Joel Link:

“Recently we played a concert and an extremely generous fan provided us with homemade sushi which was INCREDIBLE … hard to beat amazing food …”

VC Artist Calidore Quartet 2nd Violinist, Ryan Meehan: 

“When we competed in the ARD Competition … a German fan, who we met after our first round, proceeded to bring us flowers back stage for each of the three subsequent rounds … to wish us good luck …”

Russian-American Violinist, Philippe Quint:

“The best gifts … heartfelt notes about the performance … “

Russian-German Violinist, Kirill Troussov:

“A small boy once came up to me after my concert with a painted picture of me with my violin  … I was deeply touched …”

Portuguese-American Violinist, Elmar Oliveira:

“A violin bow at a really great price … I love violin bows!”

American Violinist, Rachel Barton Pine:

“It’s a toss-up between a beautiful handmade fine tuner, made of 24-carat gold and with a ruby on top … and … every time a child draws a picture of me”

British Violinist, Alexander Sitkovetsky:

“As my short name is Sasha  … I love receiving “Sacha” chocolates in Japan …”

Ukrainian-Israeli Violin Virtuoso, Vadim Gluzman:

” …. It’s a sketch of me and my wife Angela performing on stage made by a little girl … behind the simplicity of it, there is so much emotion … sadly, she was gone before I could ask her for her name…”

Dallas Symphony Concertmaster, Alexander Kerr:

“A pencil drawing of me … from a performance a wonderful artist had attended …”

Berlin Philharmonic Concertmaster, VC Artist Noah Bendix-Balgley:

“I’ve gotten some wonderful sketches of me playing from fans over the years … “

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

“Some delicious homemade violin-shaped biscuits I was given in Dortmund by a lovely lady … “

VC Young Artist Violinist, Timothy Chooi:

“I love it when a fan brings chocolate or home baked goodies …  but a card with a nice message is always a heart-warming gift …”

VC Young Artist Violinist, Ioana Cristina Goicea:

“A painting ….”

VC Artist Cellist, Pablo Ferrández:

“Probably drawings ….”

VC Young Artist Violinist, Stephen Waarts:

“A small but beautiful sketch of a violinist …”

VC Artist Violinist, Benjamin Beilman:

“A beautiful hand-made silk violin bag … covered with the reprinted manuscript of the Fugue from Bach’s C Major solo sonata …” 

VC Young Artist Violinist, William Hagen:

“I got some really delicious Belgian chocolate  … that was fantastic … but I’m honestly so happy just to receive nice compliments …”