This week at the Heifetz Institute we’ve been visited by Violinist.com, sharing stories about what “Heifetz Magic” happens in the classrooms, studios, and concert halls here on the Mary Baldwin College campus. Today’s entry offers a fascinating glimpse into a studio masterclass with Heifetz faculty teacher Ilya Kaler. Sample grab:
“You have to get busy when you perform,” he said. “Not with thoughts like, ‘Am I good enough?” but with the logistical problems of playing. While you are preoccupied with that, all kinds of discomfort might disappear.”
It’s been an eventful week for Kaler, the acclaimed violinist who teaches at DePaul University in Chicago and is a previous Tchaikovsky Competition winner. After last Friday’s “Celebrity Series” concert was interrupted by a broken string on “Pablo,” the prized 1717 cello that belonged to Pablo Casals and is now in the hands of cellist Amit Peled, (see the “This Week At Heifetz” video story here) Ilya, at Daniel Heifetz’ behest, jumped up and provided an impropmtu – and amazing – performance of the “Recitativo und Scherzo” by Fritz Kreisler, to the delight of the audience in Francis Auditorium at Mary Baldwin College. Check it out!