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In a day when any kind of music is available at the push of the button, why would anyone take up the arduous task of learning to play the violin, one of the most fiendishly difficult instruments to play well?
Violinist.com editor Laurie Niles seeks that answer in her newly published collection of interviews with more than two dozen of the top violinists in the world today. It's a celebration of one of the world's most enduring instruments, and the people who are helping carry forth the violin's legacy into a new generation.
The Violinist.com Interviews: Volume 1 includes a foreword by Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn, who writes, "Laurie addresses topics that are comfortable but all-consuming, such as current projects, and delves into the delicate nuances of creativity. She captures specific moments in time. I love that. In this collection, you can observe her at work, but you will also travel along with her interview subjects."
Laurie Niles was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Aurora, Colorado. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and her Master of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University. After working for five years as a newspaper reporter, Laurie and her husband, Robert, founded the online musician community Violinist.com in 1996, which today reaches more than 200,000 readers a month.
As editor of Violinist.com, Laurie has written hundreds of articles and interviewed countless violinists and classical musicians. Laurie also has written articles for The Strad magazine, Symphony magazine and the American Suzuki Journal. She lives in Pasadena, California, where she also teaches violin and freelances as a violinist.
The collection includes exclusive, one-on-one interviews conducted over the past six years with: