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Violinist Yuuki Wong on Christian Tetzlaff: Unlocking Bach, Brahms, and Schumann

In 2011, internationally renowned violinist Christian Tetzlaff led a multi-day workshop focusing on the solo violin and piano repertoire of Bach and violin sonatas of Brahms and Schumann. The workshop culminated in two recitals performed by the six participating young artists in Weill Recital Hall on May 4 and 5, 2011. Yuuki Wong offers his perspective on the opportunity to work with Christian Tetzlaff. 

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 By Yuuki Wong 

Last year’s Professional Training Workshop with Christian Tetzlaff was truly unforgettable for me. It was just the right combination of fun, inspiration, and hard work.

The workshop gave me a chance to isolate myself from my daily routine and to breathe, eat, and sleep music. It is always a luxury to be able to do that. I also knew a few of the other participants in the workshop, so that added to the convivial atmosphere.

For more about this workshop, click "Playlist" on the player above for a series of videos documenting discussion forums and coaching sessions with Christian Tetzlaff.

The after-effects of such events linger on and develop with time, and I feel that I learned an enormous amount during the five-day workshop. Particularly memorable sessions were the master classes with Mr. Tetzlaff focusing on Bach. The way he taught me to voice the fugues, build the framework, and increase the dimensions of my playing, really made an impact on me. Seeing Mr. Tetzlaff in concert was also very inspirational. I really got to see the many facets of his craft.

One of the more unusual aspects of the workshop included sitting down for a lunch discussion with Dr. Steven Frucht, a neurologist who came in to discuss what occurs in the brain when you are practicing. It can feel like there is never enough time to develop your playing skills, but there is a point where overworking can lead to injuries and reduce productivity. It was helpful to be able to approach this issue from a medical point of view.

All in all, a very intense, productive and enjoyable few days in New York!

Photo by Stefan Cohen.

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