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Geraldine Walther

Friday, 14 June 2013

The Takács Quartet violist discusses her heroes

The Guarneris were like the Beatles of classical music

When I was a student at the Curtis Institute in the early 70s, I was fortunate to study with Michael Tree and Arnold Steinhardt of the Guarneri Quartet. At that time, the Guarneris were like the Beatles of classical music: their career was really taking off and their packed concerts had an electric atmosphere and were full of expressiveness. What I appreciate now, as a member of a busy quartet, is their total commitment to their students. They would come back from tour, take the train to Philadelphia and spend all day with us, always making us feel that there was no other place they would rather be. Their complete and honest devotion to their art, along with their gentle self-deprecating humour, was a perfect example to us all.

Photo: Ellen Appel

Originally published in the August 2011 issue of The Strad. Download digital back issues here

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