In the spring of 1825, Ignaz Schuppanzigh, an Austrian violinist, was engaged to perform the premiere of Beethoven’s latest quartet, written some 15 years after his last quartet which premiered … Continue reading Holy Song of Thanksgiving – Beethoven’s String Quartet number 15
I'm a violinist, teacher, composer and arranger from Ellenbrook, Western Australia. I love my family, coffee, AFL and running.
You might think that a violin case is relatively simple – it’s got a violin, and a bow, and not much else. However, in the case of a violinist are … Continue reading What’s in my case?
A number of years ago, I was planning the trip of a lifetime. I was going to fly to England, find a backpackers or something near Paddington, and go to … Continue reading The Last Night of the Proms
German composer Ferdinand Küchler wrote this piece in 1934 and it became a staple in the beginner violin repertoire. Küchler was a renowned violin pedagogue, and his writings on teaching … Continue reading Concertino in G, Op. 11 – Küchler
I love being musical. I love playing on my violin. I love playing on the guitar. I also love singing. Having been a part of churches my whole life, there … Continue reading Singing from the same songsheet
Composed by German Composer Oskar Rieding (1840-1918) and first published in 1909, this concertino which stays completely in first position has become a staple of the beginner violin repertoire.
So your child is starting to learn the violin, and you need to get a violin. You look at the music shop prices, and balk – surely it doesn’t cost … Continue reading Why shouldn’t I buy my violin from gumtree?
A concerto which remains entirely in first position, this concerto contains catchy melodies yet still provides some technical challenges to stretch the player. First published in 1911, some 7 years … Continue reading Concerto in D Maj, Op. 36 – Rieding
Violin show pieces are the pieces which are at the limit of violin technique. They are difficult, flashy, and impressive. Here’s my list of the top 10 violin showpieces. Paganini … Continue reading Top 5 Violin Showpieces
Composed by Italian composor Vittorio Monti (1868-1922) in 1904, Csárdás was originally written for violin, mandolin or piano, and runs for about four and a half minutes. Written in seven … Continue reading Czardas – Monti
“Let the weak say “I am strong,” let the poor say, “I am rich”, let the blind say “I can see, It’s what the Lord has done in me.” This … Continue reading What the Lord Has Done in Me
I’m teaching myself Joachim’s Cadenza to Mozart’s Violin Concerto Number 4 in D Major, by practicing it every day and uploading my progress to TikTok. This is my weekly log … Continue reading Learning the Joachim Cadenza