Magazine article Musical Opinion

The Virtuoso Violin Festival

Magazine article Musical Opinion

The Virtuoso Violin Festival

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Robert Matthew Walker talks with Rimma Sushanskaya, the Founder

The Virtuoso Violin, the Bach and Paganini Festival for Violinists, is being held for the fourth consecutive year at Stratford-upon-Avon from 31 July to 9 August. The Festival was the brainchild of Rimma Sushanskaya, the Russian violinist and pedagogue, who was the last pupil of David Oistrakh. Herself an International concert violinist, she now devotes much of her time to teaching, although, happily, her own concert-playing, notable for opulent tonal colouration, expressive virtuosity and extra-ordinary rhythmic vitality, has not been abandoned, and can be readily heard on a number of important CDs.

In continuing the great Russian school of violin playing, she particularly studied the unaccompanied works of Johann Sebastian Bach with the legendary Bach scholar Rosalyn Tureck, the Founder-Patron of the Festival.

Rimma Sushanskaya is currently a visiting Lecturer of Violin at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and she has seen The Virtuoso Violin Festival become one of the most eminent and discriminate of Master studies for the instrument in the British Isles. There are Master Classes, individual and orchestral tuition and performances, leading to an indepth understanding of the music of Bach and Paganini.

Regular readers may recall my enthusiastic report of the 2004 Festival in Musical Opinion and we are glad to note that this year's Festival will be led by further noted international musicians.

Savely Shalman is a revered Russian violin teacher, currently working at the St Petersburg Conservatoire. …

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