The Violin Today

Tuesday, August 1

As we near the end of our 2017 festival journey, we turned our attention towards “the violin today”. This evening in Martin Family Hall, American Public Media’s Performance Today host, Fred Child, moderated the summer’s final Encounter, featuring an elite panel of Music@Menlo violinists and the incomparable violin maker Samuel Zygmuntowicz. This in-depth discussion of modern violin making, performance, and pedagogy included violinists who have studied with the greatest virtuosi of our time, with lineage dating all the way back to Joseph Joachim, providing a uniquely engrossing opportunity to hear the perspectives of today’s finest performers—pointing directly toward the future of the majestic violin tradition.

Before that, this morning, violinist Bella Hristova gave the first master class of this final week, coaching a group of International Program artists on Brahms’s Piano Trio no. 3. The International Performers again took the stage this afternoon for one of our final Prelude Performances, performing Mozart’s Violin Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 454, and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht. Watch the recording of the Livestream online here.