Gluzman holds class to guide budding violinists | Arts & Culture
Local high school violin students received invaluable feedback Friday afternoon as one of the best violinists playing today hosted a masters class at Lewis and Clark High School.
Vadim Gluzman – who will be playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Spokane Symphony on Saturday at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox – provided constructive criticism to five young violinists in LCHS's auditorium.
“I insist on doing these classes,” Gluzman said. “I see these as being as important as the concert, because if we don't do it now, for whom will I be playing for in the future?”
Micah Vogel, a sophomore from Ferris High School, started by playing Mendelssohn violin concerto in E major. Gluzman helped Vogel with his posture, saying that he was bending his knees too much during difficult stretches of the piece.
Annalee Foster, a junior from LC, followed with her rendition of Meditation from Thais.
Joe Mouser, another junior from LC, played next. Gluzman bemoaned how the use of the shoulder pad has changed the way students approach the violin.
Yunjung Kim, senior from Ferris, played Symphonie espagnole. Gluzman urged her to follow the sheet music and not to rely on recordings.
Riley Madrian, from Central Valley, concluded the students' portion of the presentation.
“It's a nice opportunity to play and grow in front of a famous violinist like this,” Kim said. “A lot of good things come from when you give yourself a chance to play in front of people.”
Tickets for tomorrow's show are still available.