These are some of the musicians whose recordings have inspired and influenced me. You may recognize them from the walls of our classroom.
A Russian violist whose power and control of the instrument make me stop in my tracks every time I hear it. He conducts and plays the viola solo in this recording of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante.
Combining African folk music, jazz, classical, and countless other styles into her playing, this violinist redefines her music with every new release. Listen to excerpts from her album Reverse Thread, which features jazz combo, accordian, and kora!
One of the "child prodigies" who made a seamless transition into a performance career. Her "Fire and Ice" recording was one of the first CDs I ever bought, and featured this Carmen Fantasy. Warning: the cheesy video may make you dizzy!
One of the pioneers of jazz violin. He makes it look easy in this rendition of How High the Moon
A classical violinist with a beautiful tone and lots of personality in her playing. Here is a performance of the Grave from JS Bach's violin sonata no. 2.
A Cape Breton fiddling sensation, Natalie MacMaster is another fiddler who knows no boundaries when it comes to different styles. Make some room around you before you listen to her Volcanic Jig - you will probably end up dancing.
One of the first great violists. Here he is playing the third movement of the Handel/Casadesus Concerto for viola and orchestra. There are videos available, but they are very old, and the sound quality is not as good.
She has studied Gypsy music as well as classical, and you can hear it in her playing! Here she is with her ensemble: The New Century Chamber Orchestra.
He started playing jazz when 1920's classical concert halls refused to let a black violinist perform. Here he is performing Daphne with Grappelli and guitarist Django Reinhardt.
This is the group that made me realize the viola is a natural jazz machine. Listen to them play "My Favorite Things" in the style of John Coltrane.