I knew Professor Geoffrey Tankard as “Grandad” … he was a very close and dearly loved friend of the family … we hung out a lot and he greatly inspired me musically at an early age (he also inspired me to be a Gentleman).
I met Yehudi Menuhin about 1975 (ish) … I was 12-13 years old att he time and found him to be a very serious and intense person … but, also, very kind. By the way – he is as awesome in person playing the Violin as you would imagine from the old videos. He Inspired me greatly.
I met a Stradivarius Violin (also about 1975) ….. she touched my Heart so very deeply and profoundly … she began a Love for the Violin that has burned within me ever since.
More recently, Itzak Perlman has been a great inspiration. I would absolutely LOve to meet him one day.
Yo Yo Ma, although not a Violinist, has inspired me musically … a wonderful man and awesome musician.
Anne Akiko Meyers has inspired me so profoundly … I feel she has become an inner love – an inner inspiration to learn and be as good as I can be … she leaves me silent and in awe – I admire her greatly as a person and as a Violinist.
Rachel Barton Pine ….. she reminded me of the beauty of Baroque ….. very intelligent and talented Violinist …. another great Inspiration.
Finally, for now …… both Michael and Grandpa Sanchez … both of these guys have taught me a great deal – I find them to be very inspiring both as Violinists and as people.
Honourable Mention to Loreena McKennitt who has inspired me with her musical talent ….. her music touches me deeply.
A few other Violists I really enjoy listening to include Taylor Davis, Tracy Silverman, Lindsey Sterling, Martine Kraft and Máiréad Nesbitt.
What an amazing journey … <3
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