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Musician Spotlights - Hal Grossman, Violin

Musician Spotlights - Hal Grossman, Violin
By Musician Spotlights • Issue #25 • View online
Up next, and joining us for his second concert with RVS in January as Acting Assistant Concertmaster, Hal!

Question 1: Could you tell me a little bit about yourself?
I’m currently the violin professor at the University of Oregon.  Previously, I was the violin professor at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and 1st violinist of the Oxford String Quartet and professor of violin at Miami University and University of Oklahoma.
Question 2: What brought or inspired you to pursue violin? If you’d like to share one of your favorite pieces of music as well, I’d like to know!
 I started playing piano at age 2 and continued through high school. But I started playing the violin because we could elect either a class period of math or a class period of violin in elementary school…and I picked violin! I love all music but have a special place in my heart for Mozart.
Question 3: What do you enjoy most about being with the Rogue Valley Symphony?
This will be my first season with RVS but I enjoyed playing the holiday concert with them in 2019. Martin is just an amazing conductor and the energy and camaraderie in the ensemble was wonderful.
Question 4: What do you do when you’re not playing music i.e. what are your hobbies or interests?
I’m a yoga enthusiast and I like to work out and bike. 
Question 5: Finally, one unusual fact, story, or tidbit about you or your instrument?  
Much of my time these days is spent performing, teaching and also giving musician health workshops and seminars. The Grossman Method is a course of study I developed back in 2004 and its kept me busy ever since with conferences and retreats in North America and in Europe!
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