The String World is, Indeed...
THE STRING WORLD IS, INDEED, FILLED WITH WONDER. This issue once again highlights the diversity that is found within that far-flung musical realm. It includes the wonder of the Tchaikovsky string quartets, the subject of an engaging Master Class article resulting from a conversation between cellist David Ying of the Ying Quartet and Strings contributor Donald Siebert, former librarian for the music collection at Syracuse University. And it includes the wonder that surrounds the fortuitous meeting between string player Nathaniel Ayers, the Juilliard-trained bassist-turned-Skid Row resident, and LA Times columnist Steven Lopez. That meeting has led to an inspiring biography and a soon-to-be-released film, The Soloist, in which Ayers is portrayed by Academy Award—winning actor Jamie Foxx. And then there's Ethel, the New York—based avant-chamber ensemble that this summer took its innovative Truck-Stop tour into the Heartland, holding workshops with a culturally diverse clientele that ranged from young musicians from the Navajo and Hopi tribes to inhabitants of the Hawaiian islands to the denizens of Brooklyn's arts scene. And there are others.
ROAD WARRIORS: Powered by Ethel.
You'll find a profile of the gifted jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman, named for five consecutive years in Downbeat magazine's list of Top Ten Overall Violinists, and a first-person narrative of up-and-coming classical cellist Gabriel Cabezas, the Sphinx Competition laureate who in this issue contributes the first in a three-part series detailing his search for the right music school. His inaugural article, in our College Strings special-focus section, is just one of many articles in this issue meant to inspire young musicians, from teens to 20-somethings, from the time they first learn to play their instruments until they settle on a career.
Another article in the College Strings section, "15 Reasons to Consider Los Angeles for a Strings Education," maps out unique points of interest that can help to educate, invigorate, and challenge a string student in a vibrant region often overshadowed by the Big Apple.
Think of those points as 15 wonders of the string world, if you will.
This article, "Editor's Note," is part of the Strings Archive, which you can access with a paid site subscription.
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