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FACULTY PROFILE Q&A with faculty member Joseph Silverstein
VIOLINIST SILVERSTEIN JOINED THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IN 1955, AND LATER SERVED AS BOTH CONCERTMASTER AND ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR. A FREQUENT GUEST PERFORMER AND MASTER CLASS INSTRUCTOR AT THE CONSERVATORY, HE WILL JOIN THE FACULTY IN FALL 2012. HE ALSO SERVES ON THE FACULTIES OF THE TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER AND THE CURTIS INSTITUTE OF MUSIC.
Q: Do you have any favorite memories from your extraordinary career as a musician, conductor and teacher?
JS: Too many [laughs]. It’s very difficult to pick out an outstanding musical moment in a life that has had at least one every week. I’ve been able to enjoy so many phases of the musical world, each one offers me a different challenge and all have offered substantial rewards. To quote the great violinist Jascha Heifetz, who when asked what his favorite violin concerto was, replied ‘the one I’m playing tonight.’
Q: Who were your mentors and teachers?
JS: My father was my first teacher. I’ve been playing since the age of three and have had some wonderful teachers and many mentors. I differentiate the teachers from the mentors, because the teachers were the ones I took formal lessons from, Josef Gingold and Mischa Mischakoff, among them. My colleagues at the BSO and those people with whom I have played chamber music have all been mentors in their generous and helpful criticism.
Q: As a teacher, what do you bring to the classroom?
JS: I bring my undying love of music.
Q: What does it take to be a great string player?
JS: The obvious ingredients, of course, are great technique and a great understanding of the music. But of equal importance is a sound of great beauty, color and individuality.
Q: What do you like most about teaching at the Conservatory?
JS: The atmosphere at The Boston Conservatory is one of great curiosity, with an extremely positive attitude. I very much enjoyed my experience playing with the honors ensemble [Hemenway Strings] at the opening of the new theater.
Q&A with ALUMNI PROFILE
alumna Sandra Piques Eddy
A BOSTON NATIVE, EDDY (B.M., MUSIC EDUCATION) HAS PERFORMED IN MORE THAN 100 METROPOLITAN OPERA PERFORMANCES SINCE HER 2001 DEBUT. SHE HAS PERFORMED WITH OPERA COMPANIES AND AS A SOLOIST THROUGHOUT THE U.S. AND WAS THE FIRST PLACE NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL WINNER OF THE 2000 METROPOLITAN OPERA NATIONAL COUNCIL AUDITIONS AND A NATIONAL SEMI-FINALIST. NEXT UP EDDY WILL PERFORM THE ROLE OF ROSINA IN IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA AT VANCOUVER OPERA AND LYRIC OPERA OF KANSAS CITY.
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