October 21, 2009

Does Violinist Vadim Gluzman Have Multiple Personalities?

On his web site, violinist Vadim Gluzman responds to the question, “So, where do you come from?” with this: “Born in the Ukraine; Israeli (and proud of it); living in New York.”

This got me to thinking about how each of us has “multiple personalities,” and how the place we live affects how we view ourselves, and how we are viewed by others. For instance, I’ve spent more than half of my life in New England, lived in Europe as a child and then during a year abroad, and now call upstate New York home. Each of those places has shaped my perspective.

Gluzman comes to Rochester next week to debut with the RPO in Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. As a teenager in Israel, he met the renowned violinist Isaac Stern, who became his lifelong mentor.

And we’re in for an extra-special treat—Gluzman plays the extraordinary 1690 ex-Leopold Auer Stradivarius violin, loaned to him by the Stradivari Society of Chicago. If you’ve seen the movie The Red Violin, you’ll know that the older instruments have a special sound all their own. Visit Gluzman’s web site to learn more about his violin: www.vadimgluzman.com/

Click here for more information about this concert.

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