Brett Walfish

Violist/Chamber Musician/Instructor

The following is an essay written by a high school senior who was accepted to every Ivy League school for the fall of 2014

Whether you are a professional musician, a student, or a parent of music... The following post discusses beautifully what the value of music is.  To all parents who want your children to learn music but do not understand why we as their teachers may push them so hard...it is so that when they are seniors, they might have a chance to write an essay like this and get into any school of their choice, either a local state school, an ivy, or a conservatory.



GroupMuse Tonight and a Great Video of Angelo Yu and Kim Kashkashian Playing Mozart

As many of you know, I have been having a wonderfully hectic week, busy in rehearsals and getting lots of performances together.  I have already posted about the GroupMuse I am performing at tonight, so if you are still available, be sure to reserve your spot while you still can...they are free but limited. 

Whether you can attend or not, be sure to have a listen to this gem of a performance of Mozart's Duo in G Major K. 423 for Violin and Viola by my good friend Angelo (Xiang) Yu and the ever inspirational Kim Kashkashian.  This recording, done by WGBH is part of a food initiative that Kim started in Boston called Music for Food which uses the beauty and cultural implications of music to raise awareness, money, and food donations for the hungry in local cities and abroad.

Busy Day of Coachings and Rehearsals

This week is starting out the best way possible...super busy!  Started the day having an inspiring coaching with David Finckel before watching him give a lecture all about performing. (More details of that to come soon).  Then, had a lesson with Phil Setzer on Mozart Sinfonie Concertante.  The day added a spectacular addition when I went to watch Arnaud Sussman give a recital as well as participate in a masterclass as part of the Stony Brook violin faculty search.  Not only did he rock the performance, concluding with the Debussy Sonata played with a ton of colors and moving interpretation, but he played with an equally incredible pianist, Michael Brown.  Hope you enjoy their Dvorak Sonatina 3rd mvmt posted below.  

At this point, however, the day was not yet over.  With our Groupmuse performance coming up Saturday, Katie Smirnova, Andy Bhasin, Kumhee Lee, and myself got together to rehearse the second movement of Schubert's Rosamunde quartet.  Such fun putting together such amazing music in a short timeframe.  And we will get to play it again a few more times!

First Post

For my very first official blog post, I can think of no better way to represent great music of a great artist than to post a classic video of Paganini's 24th caprice played by Jascha Heifetz. 

Jascha Heifetz plays Paganini Caprice No. 24 (Auer Edition with Schumann accompaniment). Accompanist: Emanuel Bay

Welcome

Welcome to my Blog.  Here I will be posting some of my own thoughts and experiences.  Topics may range from rehearsal techniques, teaching experiences, practicing tricks, and things I learn on a daily basis while being an self-employed musician.  I may also share the thoughts and music of great artists, many of whom may even be some of my own friends and colleagues.  Enjoy!

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