“Finesse, Charisma, and Beautiful Nuances”

April 17, 2010

I have already had something to say about the violinist Augustin Hedelich when he received a negligent review for a heroic Carnegie Hall debut.

There is a certain recompense from the newspaper in question now. But I bring him up at this point because of a perceptive remark that he makes in that new article. Coming from whatever Italians call “the sticks,” he has this to say about new media and its effects on budding musicians:

Mr. Hadelich said YouTube was now an invaluable educational asset for musicians from rural areas without access to regular teaching or concerts.

“I think it will really change where the good players come from, not only from the big cities,” he said.

I think he’s absolutely right, and that YouTube is only the beginning.

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