PEOPLE

Erin Keefe

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The Minnesota Orchestra's concertmaster on the people who inspire her

Philip Setzer taught me that as musicians, our goal is always to serve the music

My biggest musical heroes have always been my violin teachers. My first teacher, Teri Einfeldt, the head of the Suzuki programme at the Hartt School, in Connecticut, provided me with a solid technical foundation and pushed me to enrich my sound – she always made me really listen to and analyse my playing. She also encouraged me to focus on chamber music and orchestral playing, as well as solo playing, which I am so thankful for.  

I started studying with Philip Setzer of the Emerson Quartet when I was 15. He’s always faithful to the composer’s intentions, and as a result there’s a lot of variety in his playing. He’s not only a phenomenal violinist and chamber musician, but also an incredibly supportive teacher – extremely generous with his time and always willing to give advice. His love for music is infectious, and he taught me that as musicians, our goal is always to serve the music.

 
From the December 2011 issue. Click here to find out how to download it for free

Photo: Lisa Marie Mazzucco

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