ARTICLES - Ruggiero Ricci
Remebering Ruggiero Ricci: “You treat everything in a virtuoso manner” . . . and “you have a lot of violin talent, but your tempo was too fast.” This is what I heard when I met Ruggiero Ricci for the first time, at the Guildhall School, where Ricci was the distinguished “giant” among external adjudicators, who were invited by my then-professor, Yfrah Neaman. When Ricci gave me his comments in writing, I was thrilled! Years later, I was taught by him in Holland, where I was surprised he still remembered me! To play face to face with such a violin “Goliath” made my heart beat so fast! Especially when he was complimentary, I felt so honored. It was like playing in front of Paganini! How can I ever dare play in front of Paganini!? But he was so sweet, and mild, and gave so much attention. He made the student feel important, and was always interested not only to show, but to also see what the student was doing in a passage—if it was different than his. I found that most fascinating. He had the best, so why would he be interested in what others did? I came across Ricci’s book, through Nancy Chumachenko, whom I met at Sibelius Competition. It became my charm, and I soon abandoned Carl Flesch! I am so sad to say goodbye to him, as I see my beloved older teachers disappearing in a silver cloud: first Yfrah Neaman, then Roman Totenberg, and now Ricci. They have left to me, not only the knowledge, but the sweetness of the love for the violin, too, that we all share. We have this in common—the sting of the violin’s love is on us, and the 'poison' is running like honey in our veins.
REVIEWS - LINKS
Dedication Concert to ROMAN TOTENBERG
A Birthday Concert for Roman Totenberg's 101 years
Boston, December 11, 2011
A dedication to the Legendary Violinist Roman Totenberg
Efi Christodoulou, Violin
An event kindly sponsored by Jacques & Diane Cohen
Works by Szymanovsky, Debussy, Edward Gregson (US Premiere), Paganini, Sibelius, Wieniawski
Dedication Concert to YFRAH NEAMAN
American Sonatas Violin Recital
I dedicated this concert to the memory of Yfrah Neaman, a very special person and beloved teacher, the source of all inspiration and the driving power behind my ambitions.
His superior advice, motivating power, and total dedication to the violin, will stay with the world, forever.
WIGMORE HALL DEBUT
EFI CHRISTODOULOU WIGMORE HALL DEBUT - EUROPEAN PREMIERE
Greek violinist Efi Christodoulou makes her Wigmore Hall debut on Monday, 29 June in a recital sponsored by the Foundation for Hellenic Culture as a part of the Greece in Britain enterprise, a nationwide series of events presented by the Embassy of Greece on the occasion of the UK Presidency of the European Union from January to June 1998.
The recital will feature the European premiere of Greek composer, Theodore Antoniou's 'For Solo Violin' (1995), with the composer in attendance. The piece is a five-movement display of virtuosity, in keeping with other works by Antoniou. Also on the programme will be the Violin Sonata by Michael Berkeley, recently celebrating his 50th birthday. The programme is completed by works of Beethoven, Wieniawski and Franck, the famous A major sonata.