This summer, our studio’s founder and instructor Stan Antonevich serves as concertmaster at the opening concert of Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Concert Series
This summer, our studio’s founder and instructor Stan Antonevich serves as concertmaster at the opening concert of Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Concert Series. The event is free, family-friendly, and concludes with fireworks. We hope to see many of our students and their families there.
I have learned that Ronald Knudsen, former BSO violinist and Newton resident, has passed away on March 29 at age 83. Maestro Knudsen was also the music director of the New Philharmonia Orchestra, which is how I met him. I had the privilege of soloing with New Phil last spring under his baton (here is the photo from that performance). From my experience, he was a wonderful person with a great sense of humor, who appreciated and mentored musical talent. I truly enjoyed working with him, and he will be deeply missed.
Congratulations to our student Subaiou Zhang, who was just accepted into the Doctoral Program at the Boston University School of Music, with High Merit Scholarship
Congratulations to our student Subaiou Zhang, who was just accepted into the Doctoral Program at the Boston University School of Music, with High Merit Scholarship. She will be studying with Yuri Mazurkevich, a student of the famous violinist David Oistrakh. Subaiou is currenlty enrolled in the Masters Program in Violin Performance at BU, where she won the Grand Prize in Boston University’s Bach competition earlier this year, with her performance of Bach’s 1st Partita for Solo Violin. Subaiou studied with Stan before attending BU, and continues to take workshops with him to help prepare for various auditions and competitions.
Congratulation to Stan’s violin student Angela Ma on successfully passing auditions for the 2015 Jr. SEMSBA Festival Orchestra!
We congratulate Stan’s violin student Angela Ma, who has been studying violin for less than a year. Angela is a member of Easton Middle School Chamber Orchestra, her town’s Honors orchestra. And this weekend, she successfully passed auditions for the 2015 Jr. SEMSBA Festival Orchestra. Way to go, Angela!
With regular practice, all of the beginners at my violin studio quickly learn to sound good. They progress at their own pace, which depends on a combination of effort and natural musical talent. If someone is musically gifted, learning violin is that much easier. An example is Ellie Wang, who came to my studio as a beginner in late May 2014. Here is her performance of Rieding’s Violin Concerto, mvt. 1, at our last recital on November 15:
Congratulations, Ellie, for achieving such beautiful results in less than 6 months!
For some, Black Friday means shopping. For me, it means the opening night of Nutcracker… This year, I am again engaged as concertmaster with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, for their annual production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker with the Ballet Arts Worcester, at the Hanover Theater in Worcester, MA.
The performances will take place on Friday, Nov. 28 at 7PM, Saturday Nov. 29 at 2PM and 7PM, and Sunday, Nov. 30 at 2PM. You and your friends are welcome to come see this magnificent Nutcracker production, listen to the beautiful music, and come visit me in the pit during the break or after the show.
Congratulate to Stanislav’s beginner violin students Angela and Henry Ma from Easton on been accepted into the Easton Middle School Chamber Orchestra
We congratulate Stanislav’s beginner violin students Angela and Henry Ma, from Easton. After studying violin for just 8 months, Angela has been accepted into the Easton Middle School Chamber Orchestra, her school’s Honors orchestra. And after taking violin lessons for only two months, Henry has been advanced to 5th grade violin class from his 4th grade violin class, at the recommendation of his music teacher. Angela and Henry look forward to their future as young violinists. Congratulations, Angela and Henry, we are so proud of you!
From an educator’s point of view, what is the most common mistake that parents with good intentions make because of ignorance? It is allowing your child to give up easily.
Learning is a messy, organic process. Everyone learns at a different pace. One common factor in learning anything however, is that hard work is unavoidable.
Whenever your child begins learning a new subject such as math, science, programming, a new language, or the violin, their enthusiasm level soars. Basic concepts are simple and easy to grasp, everything is fresh and new = this is fun!
Then comes a tough time (trough), where simple things just aren’t so simple anymore. Concepts become more complex and harder to understand = this is not fun anymore.
With work and perseverance, learners eventually master the more advanced material and gain confidence. Advanced concepts become easy, they get to apply the knowledge in new and interesting ways = this is way more fun than it was before!
However, when the going gets tough, many children tend to push back. They cry. They throw tantrums. At this point, and out of misplaced protectiveness, many parents simply give up.
The idea that natural talent is all you need to achieve your goals, and that natural talent means everything will come easy is false, but many parents still hold on to it.
The trough is a natural and inescapable part of human learning. What’s more, it’s not just that one trough, but a series of troughs in any given discipline. We have never met a so-called child prodigy (including Stanislav himself) who did not experience tough times or did not have a lot of hard work and perseverance behind his/her achievements. Not one.
Our job as parents is to guide and shape our children’s development, boost them up during the high points, and support them as they work through the low points. And at the end, they will discover just how incredibly fun it is to play the violin well!
(this article is paraphrased from a longer one by Ryan Chew, school owner and educator).