Hilary Hahn: I learned it all from Russiansmain
The signature American violinist, presently awaiting the birth of her first child, has written a beautiful piece about her two teachers, in Baltimore and Philadelphia.
Klara Berkovich was fresh out of Leningrad. Jascha Brodsky had come from Kharkiv, via Tbilisi and Paris.
Hilary writes: We musicians can chart our lineages like family trees. How our teachers lead us, much like how our parents raise us, defines our earliest self-identities, whether we follow or reject what we are shown. Thus, while continuing to define my own trajectory, I felt a strong desire to take a look back at where I began and what formed my awareness of what I might be able to accomplish in my lifespan.
Read the full story here.
photo courtesy Hilary Hahn