Described by the New York Times critic Harold Schonberg as “one of the great living exponents of Romantic violin music”, Aaron Rosand has captivated audiences and critics the world over. His recordings have been hailed by Gramophone Magazine as “some of the greatest recordings of this century”. For over 50 years, Mr. Rosand performed on the ‘Kochanski’ 1741 Guarneri violin. In 2009, he sold it for $10 million, and subsequently donated $1.5 million of the proceeds to The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied as a student of Efrem Zimbalist, and where he currently teaches a new generation of master violinists.Continue Reading …
American pianist Gary Graffman has been a major figure in the classical music world since winning the Leventritt award in 1949. For 30 years, Mr. Graffman performed, toured and recorded with the world’s most prestigious orchestras. Despite an injury to his right hand in 1979, Mr. Graffman transformed his career to become the president of The Curtis Institute of Music, champion of music for left hand piano literature, and celebrated teacher of a brilliant new generation of pianists such as Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, and Haochen Zhang.
David Kim’s journey from child prodigy to Tchaikovsky Competition winner to Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster has not been an easy one. In this episode of “A Musical Life”, David gives an intimate look at his difficult road to success, and how his faith has sustained and transformed his art.
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What’s your go-to song when you feel lonely? Does hearing or playing that song reinforce sad feelings, or does it actually inspire something beautiful out of isolation? This episode is about one particular song that I think epitomizes so many different aspects of being alone.