Many great treatises exist on how to play the violin—almost as many as there have been great teachers and performers. For over 300 years, the science and art of violin playing has changed constantly, as teachers and players add their insights, and there is no end in sight.
This book is a practical history of my evolution, the knowledge I have gained, the passion I have shared, and the discoveries I have made along the way. It is my hope that you, the teacher, will take what is valuable to you from this manual, and “pay it forward” to your students.
Perhaps fifty years from now one of them will write another more evolved book on how to embody the violin in the violinist.
The Embodied Violinist is a tool for teaching in a style that promotes equal growth of both passion and practicality.
— James Ehnes, Concert Violinist
— Miriam Fried Biss, Concert violinist, Professor of Violin, New England Conservatory, Programme Director, Ravinia Steans Music Institute
— Mauricio Fuks, Rudy Professor of Music (Violin), Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University Bloomington, USA
— Mimi Zweig, Professor, Jacobs School of Music
— Jonathan Crow, Concertmaster Toronto Symphony Orchestra Orford String Quartet Associate Professor, Orchestral Instruments, Violin, University of Toronto