For the second year Bruce and I hosted a week long residency at our house for a wonderful young string quartet that Bruce has been coaching weekly for the past two semesters. This culminated in the program attached, and will be repeated in part tomorrow morning, Saturday, April 7, for Ben Zander’s master class at the Boston Public Library at Copley Square/Rabb Hall, 700 Boylston St., 02116 Read more about Quartet Lab 2018 it at the end of the program below.
Hey, guys, this is a full circle moment. Guess who my practice helper is this summer at the Jacobs School String Academy at Indiana U? It’s Gaia Ramsdell who became my student in St. Paul at the age of nine. She has finished her undergraduate work here with Jorja Fleezanis and a performance diploma. She’ll be moving to Oberlin to study in the fall. What a kick. She’ll be using her old marked-up Carl Flesch Scale System from which I taught her all those years ago.
Yesterday three students and Bruce gave a house concert culminating a week-long intensive study of the Brahms a minor quartet. Here are a few photos from the week. The project was a success by any standard, filled with joy, hard work and a performance that moved us to our cores. And at the days’ ends, great food, Monopoly, and Fictionary.
Our spring break project is Quartet Lab: Intensive Study on Warwick Neck where we are housing three serious students for one week to learn the Brahms a minor Quartet. We’ll host a house concert next Sunday. Those of you from my Minnesota class remember Meriel Bizri who lives in Providence and studies in Boston. Bruce is the coach and cellist six hours a day, Meriel’s parents are the cooks, and I am the “upper strings fingering doctor.” We’re having a blast.
Violin pedagogue Yuri Yankelevich wrote an extremely detailed treatise on shifting that has now been published in English by Oxford University Press. I’ve left a few thoughts in the comments.