Posts Tagged 'Almita Vamos'

Pacifica Quartet features ‘magic mix’ of identities

Pacifica Quartet features ‘magic mix’ of identities

Behind the musicians of Pacifica Quartet are enthusiastic parents, parents who helped their young children choose an instrument — or picked it for them. They shuttled their children to and from music lessons, making the most of what money and connections they had. When necessary, they made mandates and even ultimatums.

After all of this work, they got results: Pacifica Quartet has performed in world-class venues. They won the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Ensemble. And they’ve played Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major with Yo-Yo Ma.

Vamos gathers family members for faculty recital

Vamos gathers family members for faculty recital

Almita Vamos is keeping it in the family for the first faculty recital of the season.

The renowned violinist and School of Music faculty member will join her husband, sister, daughter-in-law and student at 4 p.m. Sunday in Elizabeth S. Lenna Hall to perform three pieces.

First, they will perform a piece by Mozart. Unlike the original version, though, Vamos’ piece has been rearranged for two violins and a viola.

Park’s hard work lands her second appearance on ‘From the Top’

Park’s hard work lands her second appearance on ‘From the Top’

Laura Park, a prized violinist and pupil of Almita and Roland Vamos, is quickly rising in recognition every time she performs on stage.

Last week’s solo at the Music School Festival Orchestra concert put Park’s dazzling elegance and talent on full display.

“I thought her performance was the epitome of what I would like to hear in the Shostakovich concerto,” Almita said. “All the musicians I spoke to thought the performance was so intelligent, so tasteful.”

“In the moment, I wasn’t nervous,” Park said. “I was relaxed and ready to perform.”

In guest teaching violin students, Vamos offers respectful critiques

In guest teaching violin students, Vamos offers respectful critiques

Repertoire and technique go together like violin maestros Almita Vamos and Jacques Israelievitch. You cannot have one without the other.

“Some teachers go left and some go right; we go along the same straight line,” Vamos said about her and Israelievitch’s similar approaches to music. “I studied with Louis Persinger, and he studied with Josef Gingold. And they both studied with Eugene Ysaye, so we have a similar background.”

Vamos will instruct Israelievitch’s students in her violin master class from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. today in McKnight Hall.

Legendary instructor to helm violin master class

Legendary instructor to helm violin master class

Lining up her ruler on a white sheet filled with student contact information, premier violin maestro Almita Vamos spoke with a marked gentleness. From 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today in McKnight Hall, Vamos will shape those students’ repertoires in a violin master class.

“In six weeks, I want to make — for those students who are not my own — I really want to make a difference in their lives,” said Vamos, who lives in Chicago and teaches at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music.

This summer break is a welcomed adventure for the the musician who knows Chautauqua all too well, as she has traced its landscape since she was 7.

Vamos teaches master class on importance of musical family tree

Vamos teaches master class on importance of musical family tree

In the music world, teachers are family. Musicians can trace the lineage of their instructors through generations, forming a musical genealogical web.

Technique, fingerings and style are inherited from those teachers, but for students, after months and even years of working with the same teacher, it’s not about the basics. It’s about the personal connection that drives students to work even harder in the practice room because it is no longer a teacher who inspired them; it is a life-long friend.