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Previously, we posted an Artist Spotlight featuring Damien Escobar – a non-traditional violinist with classical music training that serves as a foundation for his hip-hop inspired music. Today, we're featuring Black Violin – a dynamic duo who also use their exceptional musicianship to produce a mashup of both classical and hip-hop genres. The group consists of viola player Wilner Baptiste (Wil B.) and violinist Kevin Sylvester (Kev Marcus).

 

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August 25, 2018, is the centennial of Leonard Bernstein's birthday and the entire world is celebrating! In fact, the world has officially been celebrating this cultural giant's 100th birthday since August 25, 2017, and the global festivities are scheduled to continue through August 25, 2019. That’s right. It takes two full years to celebrate Bernstein’s 100th birthday with the full honors the legendary composer, conductor, pianist, and teacher is due. 

 

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What do you think about when you envision the life of a famous violinist? Odds are, you don't picture American violinist Damien Escobar’s path. While many of the typical "professional violinist" boxes are checked – Julliard grad, multiple awards and becoming world-famous; there are plenty of other boxes that don't often make the list - inner-city origins, previously homeless, master of four-letter words.

 

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Summer is a time ripe for traveling, exploring, and enjoying. As a musician, you have many opportunities to garner inspiration from the plethora of music festivals happening across the country – and Europe.  If you are staying within the U.S. this summer, you may want to attend the performance of one of these six amazing musicians.

 

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If you're a regular StringOvation reader, you already know a bit about German violist Tabea Zimmermann. In our recent post, 5 Habits of Celebrity Violists, Zimmermann shared some of her tips for getting rid of those pesky stage jitters.

 

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Like many artists (cellist Yo Yo Ma, bassist Giovanni Bottessini, violinist Janine Jansen) bassist Charnett Moffett was born into a musical family. His father, Charles Moffett, played drums for Ornette Coleman - a jazz legend. In fact, Charnett's name is a hybridized version of both his father's and Ornette's.

 

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Rinat Ibragimov is a celebrated double bass player, whose career took him from his native Russia, to London - where he served as the London Symphony's principal bass player for many years.

 

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Sirena Huang is a rather young professional violinist. Even so, the New Jersey-born, Connecticut-raised musician has already racked up quite the impressive list of competition wins and solo performances. In 2011, while just 17 years old, Huang was appointed as the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s first Artist-in-Residence. If you’re not yet familiar with this soon-to-be star described by the Baltimore Sun as having “impeccable technique…deeply expressive phrasing…and poetic weight," now’s your chance. 

 

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Giovanni Bottesini is often called "The Paganini of the Double Bass." A composer and conductor, he was one of the earliest virtuoso bassists. Alas, like his instrument, this Romantic-era, Italian composer and musician can often be overlooked in favor of various violinists.

 

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The thing about lists of the “greatest of all time” anything is that everyone will agree and disagree. Some names simply can’t be left of the list. People may argue whether Jordan or LeBron are the GOAT, but they’re always part of the discussion (for the record, the right answer is Michael Jordan).

 

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Artist Spotlight: Black Violin

Artist Spotlight: Black Violin

Previously, we posted an Artist Spotlight featuring Damien Escobar – a non-traditional violinist with classical music training that serves as a foundation for his hip-hop inspired music. Today, we're featuring Black Violin – a dynamic duo who also use their exceptional musicianship to produce a mashup of both classical and hip-hop genres. The group consists of viola player Wilner Baptiste (Wil B.) and violinist Kevin Sylvester (Kev Marcus).

 

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Leonard Bernstein's 100th Birthday: Where To Get Your Bernstein Fix

Leonard Bernstein's 100th Birthday: Where To Get Your Bernstein Fix

August 25, 2018, is the centennial of Leonard Bernstein's birthday and the entire world is celebrating! In fact, the world has officially been celebrating this cultural giant's 100th birthday since August 25, 2017, and the global festivities are scheduled to continue through August 25, 2019. That’s right. It takes two full years to celebrate Bernstein’s 100th birthday with the full honors the legendary composer, conductor, pianist, and teacher is due. 

 

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Artist Profile: Damien Escobar

Artist Profile: Damien Escobar

What do you think about when you envision the life of a famous violinist? Odds are, you don't picture American violinist Damien Escobar’s path. While many of the typical "professional violinist" boxes are checked – Julliard grad, multiple awards and becoming world-famous; there are plenty of other boxes that don't often make the list - inner-city origins, previously homeless, master of four-letter words.

 

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6 Artists Not To Miss This Summer

6 Artists Not To Miss This Summer

Summer is a time ripe for traveling, exploring, and enjoying. As a musician, you have many opportunities to garner inspiration from the plethora of music festivals happening across the country – and Europe.  If you are staying within the U.S. this summer, you may want to attend the performance of one of these six amazing musicians.

 

Read More

Artist Profile: German Violist Tabea Zimmerman

Artist Profile: German Violist Tabea Zimmerman

If you're a regular StringOvation reader, you already know a bit about German violist Tabea Zimmermann. In our recent post, 5 Habits of Celebrity Violists, Zimmermann shared some of her tips for getting rid of those pesky stage jitters.

 

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Artist Profile: Bassist Charnett Moffett

Artist Profile: Bassist Charnett Moffett

Like many artists (cellist Yo Yo Ma, bassist Giovanni Bottessini, violinist Janine Jansen) bassist Charnett Moffett was born into a musical family. His father, Charles Moffett, played drums for Ornette Coleman - a jazz legend. In fact, Charnett's name is a hybridized version of both his father's and Ornette's.

 

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Artists Profile: String Bassist Rinat Ibragimov

Artists Profile: String Bassist Rinat Ibragimov

Rinat Ibragimov is a celebrated double bass player, whose career took him from his native Russia, to London - where he served as the London Symphony's principal bass player for many years.

 

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Artist Profile: Violinist Sirena Huang

Artist Profile: Violinist Sirena Huang

Sirena Huang is a rather young professional violinist. Even so, the New Jersey-born, Connecticut-raised musician has already racked up quite the impressive list of competition wins and solo performances. In 2011, while just 17 years old, Huang was appointed as the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s first Artist-in-Residence. If you’re not yet familiar with this soon-to-be star described by the Baltimore Sun as having “impeccable technique…deeply expressive phrasing…and poetic weight," now’s your chance. 

 

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Classical Bassist Giovanni Bottesini

Classical Bassist Giovanni Bottesini

Giovanni Bottesini is often called "The Paganini of the Double Bass." A composer and conductor, he was one of the earliest virtuoso bassists. Alas, like his instrument, this Romantic-era, Italian composer and musician can often be overlooked in favor of various violinists.

 

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Top 7 Classical Cellists Of All Time...And Why

Top 7 Classical Cellists Of All Time...And Why

The thing about lists of the “greatest of all time” anything is that everyone will agree and disagree. Some names simply can’t be left of the list. People may argue whether Jordan or LeBron are the GOAT, but they’re always part of the discussion (for the record, the right answer is Michael Jordan).

 

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