Violinist.com Interviews: Volume 2 continues the celebration of one of the world's most enduring instruments. Laurie Niles' in-depth interviews paint a wide-ranging picture of the various lives of a diverse group of violinists from four continents, including soloists, orchestra leaders, a baroque specialist, an orchestra CEO, a pop culture phenomenon and even a seasoned violin-maker.
This collection includes exclusive, one-on-one interviews conducted over the last six years with 26 of today's best-known violinists: Midori Goto, Gil Shaham, Hilary Hahn, James Ehnes, Rachel Barton Pine, Augustin Hadelich, Ray Chen, Tai Murray, Anne Akiko Meyers, Julian Rachlin, Aaron Rosand, Daniel Heifetz, Jennifer Koh, Philippe Quint, Daniel Hope, Lindsey Stirling, Alexander Markov, Frank Almond, Nathan Cole, Deborah Borda, Daishin Kashimoto, Rachel Podger, Jinjoo Cho, Terry Borman, Ning Feng, Mayu Kishima and Vera Tsu Weiling.
"Laurie has done an astonishing job of capturing each person's voice and personality," writes the award-winning violin soloist and recording artist Rachel Barton Pine in her foreword. "The story of the violin is still being written. Laurie Niles, with this volume of interviews, makes a remarkable contribution to our shared history."
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Violinist.com covers the classical music industry, providing news, reviews and interviews of interest to violin performers, teachers, students, and fans.
More than 26,000 violinists have registered as members on Violinist.com, allowing them to post articles, comments and discussion board threads.
Laurie Niles is the founder and editor of Violinist.com, which has served the violin and classical music community on the Internet since 1996. A violinist herself and a former newspaper reporter, Laurie lives in Pasadena, Calif., where she also maintains a private violin studio and freelances in the Los Angeles area. In addition to her Violinist.com blog, she also has written articles for The Strad magazine, Strings magazine, Symphony magazine and the American Suzuki Journal and published two books, Violinist.com Interviews Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University. She has completed SAA training courses in all 10 Suzuki books and is a recipient of the LA-area ASTA Distinguished Service Award.