Franco Gulli was one of the most responsible and generous people I’ve known
My hero is Franco Gulli, who was very important to me both musically and as a teacher. I studied with him for almost three years at Indiana University, between the ages of 16 and 19. He was one of the most responsible and generous people I’ve known – he was said to have taken only one day off sick in 28 years of teaching, and I believe that. He had a huge collection of his own editions of scores that he’d let his students copy. He gave me the inspiration to dedicate myself to playing the violin. I heard him play a concert of the Beethoven violin sonatas when he was 74 and there was no loss of any technical prowess. That’s something I aspire to – to be able to continue to express myself in a youthful way, but one that’s tempered with experience and knowledge.
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