THE GREENERINGS; A Tale of Five Violinists (April 18, 2013) now available from the eStore and soon on Amazon.
The Green Violin; Theory, Ear Training, and Musicianship for violinists (March, 2012) available on Amazon, IndieBound, and the eStore.
From 2003 to 2005, I translated several technical books from French to English for music publisher MelBay. Although I publish independently today, I had a great time working with that publisher!
I am a Bel Canto style violinist, descendent of Jean-Delphin Alard and Leopold Auer through Alfred Loewenguth of the French School, with influences from the American School through Sylvian Iticovici, a pupil of Ivan Galamaian at the Juilliard School, and influences from the Russian School.
Once upon a time, I took my first violin lesson with beloved mentor Alfred Lœwenguth (1911-1983), then professor at the Paris Conservatory, director and founder of O.J.A.L. and of his very own Conservatoire Indépendant. Seven years later, I moved to the U.S. and earned a Music Performance degree from Webster University in St. Louis. Through my High-School years, medievalist and musicologist Jean Maillard patiently informed and influenced my understanding of music theory and history.
I have played in, and for, numerous orchestras, ensembles, dignitaries and venues locally and internationally – United States, Europe, Canada and China. I have also done much studio recording and some composing for commercials and TV series. In the 90s you may have heard me play for BurgerKing, SixFlags, Monsanto, PokeMon – for many products I purposefully misspell and I am not endorsing.
I am often asked to recommend a violin shop in the St. Louis area. I often suggest St. Louis Strings, one friendly Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass Shop for beginners. Have your violin adjusted, pick up a green chin rest, and buy a copy of The Green Violin; Theory, Ear Training, and Musicianship for Violinists there. My music studio is on their list. Site: http://www.stlstrings.com/.