PEOPLE

Lewis Kaplan

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

The violinist shares his biggest regret

Ivan Galamian never spoke of the poor teaching I had received, but moved forward

I began playing the violin when I was 5 and from the ages of 8 to 15 I studied with a tutor from the Juilliard School. His teaching was poor, both from the human and the violin aspect. On a technical level, among other things, he insisted that I press my left-hand fingers as hard as possible, which caused tremendous tension. His concept of sound was pretty weak and he had no idea of how to work with a young person, frequently using taunts and insults.  

At 15 I began my studies with Ivan Galamian. He never spoke of the poor teaching I had received but moved forward, which was without question the right approach. However, I believe this story has a happy ending. Because I had to overcome these problems it has made me a better teacher, given me more depth and insight, and allowed me to understand better the problems that all young people encounter.

 

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