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Practical Passion: How an Independent Artist Took Charge of His Own Career

Monday, June 06, 2018

Practical Passion: How an Independent Artist Took Charge of His Own Career

 

 “. . . as much as I know what lights me up inside, I also know that the future will look different from what I plan.” With these words, violinist Rebecca Fischer offered us…

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COURAGE: STARTING FRESH, AGAIN AND AGAIN

Monday, March 03, 2018

Last month, writing for SHAR’s blog series, “The Lives of Artists . . . In Their Own Words”, Formosa Quartet violinist Jasmine Lin explained that being open to an unclear future is what enabled four individuals to coalesce into one ensemble fifteen…

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What Does It Take to Be A 21st Century Musician? A Discussion With Formosa Quartet

Friday, February 02, 2018

About a decade ago, perhaps in a masterclass during my undergrad as a violin performance major, I recall the discussion of what was required to be a violinist in the 21st Century. Something about the very wide range of technique needed to perform…

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From Rat Meat to Crystal Springs: 15 Years of Formosa Quartet

Tuesday, February 02, 2018

Last month, in the inaugural article for SHAR's blog series, "The Lives of Artists . . . In Their Own Words", New York City concert violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins explained how her career blossomed when she decided to "follow her bliss". Once Kelly…

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Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins: Following Her Bliss

Thursday, January 01, 2018

New York City concert violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, by any measure, enjoys a fulfilling and rewarding career. From her busy solo touring schedule, to serving as concertmaster for some of Broadway’s biggest shows, to her recording work, including her…

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The Lives of Artists . . . In Their Own Words

Thursday, January 01, 2018

Years of lessons. Constant practice. Starting a new etude book and moving up to the next level. Running to rehearsals. Auditions. Performing on stage. Playing with others. The sacrifice and toil of gaining mastery on your instrument can seem daunting…

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