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Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata

I’ve always wanted to perform Ludvig van Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata and I finally get the chance to do so this April. How did the pianist and I come up with the program? well, we decided that we wanted to do something fun, so of course, the first thing that popped in my head was the Kreutzer Sonata.

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The Road to Recovery — My Way

About a week ago, I thought I would do something crazy. If you know you me you would just roll your eyes and say: “there she goes again.” You might seriously be rolling your eyes at me, even if you don’t know me, at my confession. I went ice skating.

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Getting back to practice

I had back surgery October 13th, 2010.  I’ve never broken a bone, twisted or sprained an ankle, or cut myself so horribly that it had left a scar.  Nothing.  I have been blessed with being unharmed and healthy my entire life. But then I herniated my disc to the point of rupture and fragmentation which with such enthusiasm it decided to torment the root of my nerve. I have never felt such pain and yet I refused to go to the doctor cause I couldn’t believe there was anything wrong with me.  Boy was I in for a surprise. Four months later I had surgery.  The reason I bring this up is because I have not practiced, seriously, since my last concert at the Kennedy Center on September 11th.

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Anne-Sophie MütterAnne-Sophie Mütter

Anne-Sophie Mütter

I came across an article about Anne Sophie Mütter, written by Christiane Rebmann, for the  October issue of Strings Magazine. It brought back memories to when I was a child and I saw her play for the very first time. I was electrified. I couldn’t look away. I decided then that I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. I’m still trying.

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One of My ViolinsOne of My Violins

One of My Violins

I play on a David Rapkievian violin who lives in Washington Grove, MD. David has entered violins and violas in three international competitions and has won awards in all three (2002, 2000 and 1982) including the silver medal for tone at the VSA International Competition in 2002. I enjoy playing on his violin because of the rich tone and clarity.

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How Violins Are MadeHow Violins Are Made

How Violins Are Made

Has anyone seen the Discovery Channel series How It’s Made? I thought visitors would enjoy their episode on the violin. Click the “read more” button below for the video. According to the wiki on violins, the first violin was a four-string instrument built by italian Andrea Amati in 1555. Close cousins to the instrument date back further — likely to the Byzantine Empire.

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My New Home on the Internet!My New Home on the Internet!

My New Home on the Internet!

I’m so excited about my new website! Let me know what you think by sending email to dianatheviolinist@gmail.com, or by commenting on any page. You can also click the Facebook “Like” button for any favorites, or utilize the “Share” button to post any content to your social media pages or email contacts. These are at the front and end of every post and page!

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