|The LPO at Hill Auditorium|
Two members of the first violin section had Alf violins, and they brought over some colleagues to try out my latest work. I had on hand a Strad model violin, being delivered to Korean violinist Jaeha Lee this week, a Guarneri copy after the ‘Ole Bull’ del Gesu, and various apprentice instruments. Hearing one’s creations played so well is always a thrill, but observing how professional string players go about such an occasion is equally inspiring.
|Members of the LPO at the shop.|
Over the years, I have noticed that professional orchestral musicians need a different sound than soloists. As my London guests played instruments in my studios, there was a constant reference to the collective sound of their section as a whole. Whereas soloists want to stand out, orchestral players do not. The ability to draw a clear, liquid sound while playing flautando, may be a need common to all my clients. But, soloists dream of Strads with a big sandy sound that cuts to the back of the hall while their orchestral counterparts envision that same instrument with a warm rich tone. Great violins deliver both and I am most grateful today for yet another reminder of where my musical mission is taking me.
|In our next post we'll discuss this violin that I recently completed for Jaeha Lee, who just picked it up last week.|