Interview & demonstration with David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
What do they have to do with the violin? Watch this video below to find out.
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes!
David Kim tells us is that his violin was made in 1757 by J.B. Guadagnini in Milan. He describes the parts of the violin and the positions on his beautiful violin.
He uses an image of moving on his strings from first position and on up as taking an elevator to a different floor. Watch how he “opens the elevator door and closes it on the next position.” However, in some cases, he shows a little style and slides to “show his elevator move,” creating a different sound.
Kim explains that as the concertmaster, he tries to read the mind of the conductor and communicate to his colleagues in the orchestra. How does he communicate to the other orchestra members while he is playing the violin? He can’t simply wave at them to tell them what to do next. Kim says he uses facial expressions, body language, the tilt of his head, the way he moves his bow. Something to look for the next time you and your child attend a concert!
What could Kim have in common with a fireman! After all, he is only sitting in an orchestra hall. Could entering a burning building be anything like playing a solo?
Explaining how he approaches a solo, he says he has it circled in red in his score, and as he sees it coming up he thinks, “Go for i-i-i-it, go for i-i-i-it!”
His comments in this video are good for our children to hear as they prepare to play for recitals. Seeing how professional violinists are regular people who continue to work at their craft.
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