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Alexander Kerr

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The co-concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra explains why Aaron Rosand is his musical hero

Rosand's teaching style makes all his students their own artists

I have had a few idols in music – Gingold, Rabin, Oistrakh, Heifetz, Milstein, Zimmerman, Kavakos, Mørk – but only one hero: my former professor at the Curtis Institute, Aaron Rosand. He is a walking, breathing example that anything is possible on the violin. Since I first met him at the age of 16, I have been inspired and amazed by his breadth of knowledge, his gorgeous and personal sound, and his flawless performances. His teaching style makes all his students their own artists. He’s never wanted clones of himself, once going as far as to tell me that I was regurgitating one of his own performances! Not my greatest moment but a great lesson nonetheless.

Originally published in The Strad, April 2011. Subscribe to The Strad or download our digital edition as part of a 30-day free trial.


Photo: Ronald Knapp

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