There are so many fantastic women violin players that it is very difficult to say one is the best, in fact, their styles can vary widely. So, it is safe to say that there are a number of “the best” women violinists playing in the world today. If you love the sound of the classical violin as a soloist, then these women are sure to inspire you to greater depths of musical appreciation.
Lara St. John
Born in Canada, she has brought great talent and versatility to her violin playing and The Strad was so impressed that they called her “something of a phenomenon”. She has played all over the world from Prague to San Francisco and from Tokyo to Berlin. She has also had the distinct honor of being invited to play in China’s Forbidden City in Beijing.
In 2011, The Los Angeles Times wrote:
“Lara St. John happens to be a volcanic violinist with a huge, fabulous tone that pours out of her like molten lava. She has technique to burn and plays at a constant high heat.”
She is as fine a violinist as you will find on the stage today.
She is a veteran member of the worldwide family of great violinists. Born in Germany in 1963, she started her musical career playing the piano at a very early age. When she was just 13, she was encouraged by conductor Herbert von Karajan to play with the Berlin Philharmonic. A heady experience for any young girl to be sure. Her first public appearance was at the Lucerne Festival in 1976 where she delighted the audience with a rendition of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major.
She is a celebrated citizen of China having been born in Shanghai and bringing her great talent to the world stage, much to the joy of the Chinese people. She was honored to be included in the book of “Famous Chinese Females” which was published in 1995. Two of the highlights of her life were when she received a full scholarship to study with Zaven Melikian at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and when she became the only women in the history of Chinese music, to own a Stradivarius violin.
In the world of famous violin players the women have definitely made a strong statement and brought their unique talents to enrich our experience with the classical violin. Contact us to learn more about how the violin can be part of a girl’s early musical education.