"What We're Listening To" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) is undoubtedly one of the most notable Classical composers of all time. In his time, Mozart had composed over 600 works including 21 stage and opera works, 15 masses, over 50 symphonies, 25 piano concertos, 27 concert arias, 17 piano sonatas, 26 string quartets, and many other pieces.

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December 14, 2018


Charles Rufino on News 12

News 12 recently did a segment on Master Violin Maker and Owner of the LIVS Charles Rufino. This segment aired on Thursday, December 13th, 2019.

Click here to watch the segment on Charles Rufino

 Charles Rufino on News 12

"What We're Listening To" - Arcangelo Corelli's Christmas Concerto

Arcangelo Corelli was one of the most influential composers of the Baroque period. Born in 1653 in Fusignano, Italy. Corelli was named after his father who died just five weeks before his birth so he was raised by his mother and four older siblings. Corelli first studied in Bologna which at the time was a major center for music. At the age of 17 he was accepted into the Accademia Filarmonica of Bologna. He traveled to Paris and Germany before establishing himself in Rome in the 1670s where he remained a prominent musical presence for the next 30 years.

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"Thankful for Music Education" - By Christine Suter

Thankful for Music Education
By Christine Suter

NY is a state that has always had many strong school orchestra programs and for that reason I’m thankful to have grown up here. Even though it seems like a million years ago, I can still remember when I was in third grade and the sixth grade orchestra played a concert for us in our school gymnasium. After the concert the conductor demonstrated for us how each instrument was played and how it sounded. We were then invited to sign up to learn how to play one of the instruments and I immediately chose the violin. I was lucky in that playing the violin came naturally to me and I was always able to play songs by ear. I also remember that I always wanted to play everything faster than it was meant to played, which is probably why I love fiddle music so much.

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"What We're Listening To" - Alexander Borodin's String Quartet No. 2

Alexander Borodin was a Russian composer during the Romantic era. He was a multifaceted individual: doctor, chemist, women’s rights advocate, and composer. He studied chemistry at the Medical-Surgical Academy in St. Petersburg, and later took a job as a chemistry professor. Later in his career of advocacy, he established medical courses for women and founded the School of Medicine for Women. He began his hobby of composing in his teens, and played the piano and taught himself the cello. Upon starting formal composition studies, he became part of the Mighty Five, a group of five Russian composers consisting of his teacher Mily Balakirev, Cesar Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and himself. The Mighty Five sought to create a unique Russian form of classical music, instead of assimilating with the standard Western European style.

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"What We're Listening To" - Zoltán Kodály's Duo for Violin and Cello

Zoltán Kodály (1882 -1967) was a famous Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist and pedagogue who was known internationally for having created the Kodály Method of teaching music.                                                                                                                                                Kodály was born in Kecskemét, Hungary (formely Austria) and learned to play the violin as a child. In 1902 he began studying composition at a university in Budapest and in 1905 he traveled to remote Hungarian villages to collect folk songs and record them on phonograph cylinders. He wrote a thesis titled: “Strophic Construction in Hungarian Folksong. “ A year later he met and befriended Béla Bartók, whom he introduce to his method in collecting folk songs and with him published editions of folk songs between 1906 and 1921.

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October 02, 2018


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LIVS Smithtown Grand Opening Celebration

Greetings from The Long Island Violin Shop!

We invite you to join us for our 

Grand Opening Celebration

at our new Smithtown location.

Our new store is located at 23 Main Street in Smithtown, NY.

The Celebration will take place

Friday October 19thfrom 4:30 to 6:30pm.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 5pm.

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