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Tai Murray

Thursday, 10 October 2013

An early teacher still inspires ambition and creativity in the US violinist

Franco Gulli was one of the most responsible and generous people I’ve known

My hero is Franco Gulli, who was very important to me both musically and as a teacher. I studied with him for almost three years at Indiana University, between the ages of 16 and 19. He was one of the most responsible and generous people I’ve known – he was said to have taken only one day off sick in 28 years of teaching, and I believe that. He had a huge collection of his own editions of scores that he’d let his students copy. He gave me the inspiration to dedicate myself to playing the violin. I heard him play a concert of the Beethoven violin sonatas when he was 74 and there was no loss of any technical prowess. That’s something I aspire to – to be able to continue to express myself in a youthful way, but one that’s tempered with experience and knowledge.

Photo: Marco Borggreve

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