Let us introduce ourselves to you: We’re cousins, Cameron and Maggie. Our individual bios are below so you can find out more about us.
Hello, I’m Cammi!
I’m a classical music enthusiast, pianist, and first-and-foremost a violinist.
When I was 10, I discovered that violin was my thing, and it still is. The complexity of the instrument and its ever-present challenges and rewards are what I love. I love playing descriptive, melodious pieces but I also enjoy “fast and furious” movements.
I’m an avid believer in teaching to fit the student. This fact could be attributed to being home-schooled all my life (along with my cousin, Maggie), and seeing firsthand how differently my siblings and I learn. My goal in life is to teach violin (I have a special place in my heart for the Suzuki Method) but right now I am broadening my musical horizons with the help of my teachers.
It’s so hard to choose my favorite composers. Every one has his talents that make him stand out to me. Chopin – for his wonderful melodies. Dvorak – for his fast and furious movements and his extraordinary musical “puzzles” which fit together so perfectly. Bach – who wouldn’t love to attack all those notes? Vivaldi – I’m convinced he’s the Concerto King! And Schubert – Serenade Standchen and Quintets, need I say more? …etc. I could go on and on. I must stop; this bio is already too long. Next paragraph, please!
Following are a list of some of my favorite pieces/songs.
Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, 1st movement, BWV 1043; Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042; Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041; Air on a G string; Prelude in C Major, No. 1 from The Well-Tempered Clavier, book 1
Beethoven: “Spring Sonata,” Op. 24; Sonata in A minor, Op. 23
Dvorak: Mazurek, op.49; Quartet “American” in F Major, Op. 96; Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 57
Elgar: Salut d’amour, Op. 12
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
Mozart: Sonata No. 4 from his 18 sonatas, K. 304; Violin Concerto No. 3
Saint-Saen: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Sarasate: I love all of Sarasate’s work but 2 of my favorites are his Romanza Andaluza Op. 22, No. 1; Carmen Fantasy Op. 25
Schubert: Everything Schubert but some of my favorites are his Overture in C-minor, D. 8; Serenade Ständchen; Impromptu Op. 90, No. 2
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Vivaldi: His concertos but specifically his Violin Concerto in G, RV.31; Concerto ‘Alla Rustica’ in G Major, RV 15; The Four Seasons (“Summer” Presto has a special place in my heart)
Hello, I’m Maggie.
I’m a pianist, a new violinist, and a classical music enthusiast. (That may be a slight understatement.) I began playing piano at 8. Cammi was the one to inspire me to play violin, which I began studying at 14.
I love all kinds of classical music, from Ravel’s orchestral “Pavane pour une enfant defunte” to Bach’s Goldberg Variations. When it comes down to my specific tastes in classical music, it’s really quite hard to choose! I would have to say my favorite pieces are the beautiful, serene ones such as Liszt’s “Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude”, but I take secret pleasure in the more spirited, fiery pieces.
I haven’t explored music theory to a great extent, but I love how it expands my comprehension of music with every new insight I discover in the pieces I play. I’m always striving for a higher level of music and I never intend to stop.
To get an idea of my musical tastes, here are a few of my favorite pieces:
Chopin – I love all Chopin’s pieces, but specifically his: Prelude in E Minor; Berceuse in D Flat Major, Op. 57; Fantasy Impromptu; Ballade in G Minor
Debussy: Clair de Lune
Johann Strauss II: Pizzicato Polka; Schatz-Walzer
Liszt: Un Sospiro; Benediction de Dieu dans la Solitude; Consolation No. 5
Mozart: Sonata for Violin and Piano in E Flat
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto, Op. 18, No. 2, 2nd Movement; Vocalise
Ravel: Pavane pour une enfante defunte; Piano Concerto in G Major, 2nd Movement
Schubert: Impromptu Op. 90, No. 2; Serenade Standchen; Piano Trio in B Flat Major; “Trout” Quintet