The secrets of violinist Dorothy DeLay's teaching methods


Violinist Piet Koornhof witnessed Dorothy DeLay's extraordinary teaching skills as one of her students at the Juilliard School in New York. In 2001 he analysed what made her method so successful

Dorothy DeLay, Starling Professor of violin at the Juilliard School in New York, is an astonishingly successful teacher. The list of her former pupils reads like a who's who of violinistic fame of the past several decades, with Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Cho-Liang Liru, Shlomo Mintz and Sarah Chang but a few names that stand out.

Her students former and current - she is 83 years old and still going strong - are never short of superlatives when talking about their beloved 'Miss Delay'.

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