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Ask the Violin Doctor - Winter Humidifying Alert

K.J.P. from Deer Park asks:
Do I really need to humidify my instrument?
I never had a problem before and don't like rubber hoses in the soundholes.

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February 07, 2017

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The LIVS' Own - Samantha Kadisch

Samantha Kadisch has been working for the Long Island Violin shop since 2007. Starting from the age of 15, she was trained to refurbish and repair rental instruments, work with customers on customized repairs, and sell instruments.

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What We're Listening To: Ѐdouard Lalo "Cello Concerto in D minor"



Edouard LaloЀdouard Lalo (1823-1892) was a French composer during the Romantic period. Though he is not one of the more recognizable names in French music, he had a very distinct style which earned him some popularity. One of his most notable works is the Symphonie Espagnole for violin and orchestra, which still hold a prominent place in the violin repertoire today.

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What We're Listening To: Giovanni Bottesini "Double Bass Concerto in B Minor"


Giovanni BottesiniGiovanni Bottesini (1821-1889) was an Italian Romantic composer, conductor, and a double bass virtuoso. Bottesini held much acclaim for his mastery – he is often considered the Paganini of the double bass. He contributed so heavily to double bass technique and repertoire, the double bass is now considered a more versatile instrument. Bottesini's innovations allowed composers to utilize the bass in more diverse ways, extending its function and elevating its appreciation.

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The Mohr Bowmaking Workshop - Reflections by Samantha Kadisch

LIVS Bow Expert Samantha KadischSamantha Kadisch, The Long Island Violin Shop’s very own luthier and bow expert, is on a journey to becoming a bow master! We had the opportunity to learn about her experience becoming a bow maker at a recent workshop she attended on the craft of bow making. Take a look at our exclusive interview and, if you’re due, be sure to schedule an appointment for a rehair with Samantha today!

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October 06, 2016

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What We're Listening To: Camille Saint-Saëns "Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso"

Camille Saint-SaënsCamille Saint-Saëns was born in Paris on October 9, 1835. He was considered to be a musical prodigy, displaying perfect pitch and an ability to pick out tunes on the piano at age three. He gave his first public performance at the age of ten, playing works such as Mozart’s Piano Concerto in B-flat and Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto. At thirteen, he was admitted into the Paris Conservatoire to study organ and composition...

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What We're Listening To: Dmitri Shostakovich "String Quartet No. 8 in C minor"

Composer D. Shastakovich

Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich was born in September of 1906. At the age of nine, he began taking piano lessons from his mother, and at thirteen he entered the Petrograd Conservatory. There he studied piano, composition, counterpoint and fugue. After graduating, he started a career as both a pianist and a composer, but soon restricted his piano playing to performances of his own works. His early compositions showed a number of diverse influences from both “traditional” composers and avant-garde trailblazers.

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