"There are literally thousands of voices in this country that deserve to, no - need to be heard on the concert stage." Laurie Niles talks with violinist Johnny Gandelsman, who has commissioned 22 composers from all across America to write works for solo violin for a collection called "This is America." This Thursday he'll perform a selection of them at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Calif.
When a teacher plays duet accompaniments with a student, it provides opportunities that words can not. Here is Laurie Niles' 2014 interview with Martha Yasuda, who has created an astonishing number of duet arrangements - for all the Suzuki books, non-Suzuki standard violin repertoire, special occasion music and more.
"As a string player, I struggled for years to find an effective way to clean my finger oil off my fingerboard after each play, until I noticed how wind players clean their instruments. I made this Tapered Cloth for my fellow violinists, and all string players!"