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Fantastic!  What incredible insight I've gained on interpreting and understanding music and how to express it in my playing from watching this video !

Anne posted this on her facebook page and I thought I would share it for folks here.  Wow....of course, seeing this and making it happen in MY playing is another story entirely...but definitely something to work towards !!  

It's also very very entertaining....I love this fellas teaching style !  I would so love to learn from someone like THAT !  :-)
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Posted: August 8, 2011
Last Comment: August 11, 2011

Posted: August 11, 2011
I imagine to participate in a masterclass you'd have to have nerves of steel and be VERY confident in your playing abilities.  It's a very brave thing to put yourself out there like that in front of so many and to perform for someone like Mr Vengerov and to have your playing picked apart like that...but.  If I was an advanced player, I would WANT to have a master critique my playing like that....(well, maybe not in a room FULL of people..lol) 

It's hard to critique yourself, or rather...I think we can only do so to a certain extent.  It could be an awakening experience to get some fresh perspectives about areas to improve on that you didn't even realize were issues....and to get such guidance from one of the masters would be thrilling !    Ha....I don't think I'll ever experience that thrill however !  LOL ..but it is fun to dream...

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: August 10, 2011
"Attending" masterclasses

There might be masterclasses nearby that one can attend as listener (often called passive participation) and often for free. They are usually held in concert halls or music academies for excellent young players. I expect Austin and London have many. I attended some by Vadim Repin, Pierre Amoyal, Bron and some extremely unpleasant arrogant violinist from Vienna whose name fortunately escapes me.

Masterclasses used to have a bad reputation but the ones I visited (with this one exception) were well-done.

It is interesting to observe different teaching styles and approaches to music and to playing the instrument. I am sure other instruments than the violin would also be beneficial, but I haven't gotten around to that yet.Another retirement project, I'm sure.

Posted: August 9, 2011
Wonderful !!  I just hope and pray I can BE there !! 

Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 9, 2011
My thoughts, exactly, Eileen. We could have a viewing night.

Posted: August 9, 2011
I LOVE Vengerov's Masterclasses, I wish I was blessed enough to have one by him, alas....it will never happen, never mind.....

My teacher has given masterclasses and still teaches up to this level though so I am lucky enough that if he is 'still around' by the time I get to this level of playing he will be teaching me the same way Maxim and others teach in a masterclass. The problem though is that my teacher is in his 60s and I would need to get there before he retires....(talk about 'some pressure' on me to improve!!! LOL LOL)

Posted: August 8, 2011
Anytime Tricia,

I couldn't watch this vid and NOT share it here !  Beth, he certainly is elegant and what a passion !   I think I'm in love !  LOL !  

I would love to see the entirety of that class.  Maybe at the gathering next summer we could have a Vengerov movie..."master class" night with popcorn and soda !  :-D

Posted: August 8, 2011

Hi Eileen:

Thank you for posting this video which is new to me. I saw him before in YouTube but not this video. He is good! Isnít he?

The first time I saw him, I was not very happy with his attitude by making fun of the student, which in my opinion, the young boy was excellent. I will be so afraid to be in his class and probably he will refuse to teach me, because seeing me playing can cause him a heart attack. But later I understood the reason, he is very concern about the way the violinist interprets the music and where to emphasize different emotions.

As you mentioned, he is very entertaining and no student will fall sleep in his class.

Thank you again.


Beth Blackerby
Posted: August 8, 2011
Maybe we can invite Vengerov to our reunion next summer..lol!  I actually posted that website on the Resources page. It's the Masterclassfoundation.org.  I have the DVD of this masterclass, although I haven't watched it yet ; (

He sure is something though. I think he's an incredibly elegant player.

Posted: August 8, 2011
OH definitely Jack !

Someone with that kind of talent for teaching wouldn't have the patience to sit through teaching scales and arpeggios...that's a fact !   One would have to have mastered all the techniques and be able to play competently to even enter the room with violin in hand.

I think that's why they call them "Master Classes"   After watching him I can see why they have audiences for these events.  Incredibly enlightening AND entertaining as well.  :-)

Posted: August 8, 2011
Have to remember checking that out tomorrow. As much as I want to stay up to practice and search for that crazy and inspiring musican, I have to put my daughter to sleep.  It's past 9pm here already. :))

Posted: August 8, 2011
Lol....yeah.  After watching this vid I went to youtube to look for more of Mr Vengerov....just to watch him teach !!   I wasn't disappointed !  :-)

Posted: August 8, 2011
It's like the modern version of Mao to Mozard.  Isaac Stern was teaching the same thing to a chinese student.  Of course, this guy's a lot more fun.  What I would give to have a teacher like that....