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I'm bringing solo violin works of Bach, Bartók and David Fulmer to life through a CD recording and lecture recitals!
I'm bringing solo violin works of Bach, Bartók and David Fulmer to life through a CD recording and lecture recitals!
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I am very excited to announce that my first solo violin CD will be recorded and released this year by Et'cetera Records! This CD features works of Bach and Bartók and a brand new piece written especially for me by the young American composer David Fulmer. 

Bach's C Major Sonata and Bartók's Sonata for Solo Violin have a lot in common: they both explore the possibilities of the violin in revolutionary ways, and are two of my favorite pieces to play. Furthermore, one could not have existed without the other: Bartók heard the great violinist Menuhin perform the Bach C Major and it inspired the Hungarian composer to write his own solo sonata modelled after the Bach. I have studied and performed both pieces for many years and it has been a dream of mine for quite some time to record them.

Another dream fulfilled by this project is the act of commissioning my very own solo piece. My friend and former school-mate David Fulmer, to my great pleasure, has agreed to write a piece for me! I have always been an enthusiastic advocate for contemporary music, so working with a living composer on this project is the perfect way to complete the program.

However, recording my interpretations of these pieces for posterity is actually only one part of this project. I want to share my love and knowledge of this music with all of you in a very unique and personal way. Above you can see a short version of a video I've made, describing my project. The full version can be viewed by clicking on the link below. Sit back and enjoy this 15-minute film where I explain my project in more detail!

https://youtu.be/iKMc3FrjXrM

My goal is to bring these pieces to as many people as possible: in concert halls, schools, office buildings, homes, churches...anywhere and everywhere.

As you can imagine, a project like this is expensive. Some of the costs include:

  • a recording space for four days
  • a sound engineer/producer 
  • a photographer/designer for the CD cover
  • a filmmaker for the above films
  • the commission to David Fulmer for writing my piece
  • a space for the CD presentations (I intend to do one in the Netherlands and one in New York....my two adopted homes)
  • a trip to New York to work on David Fulmer's piece with the composer himself 

And the list goes on and on! Therefore, I'm asking for your help. Any little bit that you could donate to my project would be very much appreciated!

Risks and challenges

I realize that trying to successfully market and sell a CD of classical solo violin music will not be easy; there is a large risk that I will not break even with this project financially. However, on an artistic level it is very important for me to do this at this point in my career; it is my way of advocating for my art and 'spreading the love' the best way I know how, by presenting these extraordinary pieces with my own voice and connecting to my public. I hope you can help me to realize this project!

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    Thank you for your support! As a token of my gratitude, you will receive one free digital download of my CD.

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    Thank you for your support! As a token of my gratitude, you will receive one free CD.

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    Thank you for your support! As a token of my gratitude, you will receive:

    - one free CD signed by yours truly
    - an invitation to one of my CD presentations in the fall of 2016

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    Thank you for your support!

    As a token of my gratitude, you will receive:

    - three free CDs signed by yours truly
    - an invitation to one of my CD presentations in the fall of 2016

    Your name will also be mentioned in the CD booklet!

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    Pledge €500 or more About $565

    Thank you for your support! As a token of my gratitude, you will receive:

    - five free CDs signed by myself and composer David Fulmer
    - an invitation to one of my CD presentations in the fall of 2016

    Your name will also be mentioned in the CD booklet!

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    Pledge €1,000 or more About $1,130

    Thank you for your support! As a token of my gratitude you will receive:

    - ten free CDs signed by myself and composer David Fulmer
    - an invitation to one of my CD presentations in the fall of 2016

    If you yourself are a musician, I will also happily come to your house to give you a lesson and/or play chamber music with you (Skype appointments are also possible).

    Your name will also be mentioned in the CD booklet!

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    Pledge €2,500 or more About $2,826

    Thank you for your support! As a token of my gratitude you will receive:

    - free CDs signed by myself and composer David Fulmer (amount tbd)
    - an invitation to one of my CD presentations in the fall of 2016
    - a short lecture-recital about one of the works on the CD, at the location of your choice
    NB: if you choose David Fulmer's piece, you may even get a presentation by the composer himself!

    If you yourself are a musician, I will also happily come to your house to give you a lesson and/or play chamber music with you (Skype appointments are also possible).

    And of course, your name will be mentioned prominently in the CD booklet!

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    Pledge €5,000 or more About $5,652

    Thank you for your support! As a token of my gratitude you will receive:

    - free CDs signed by myself and composer David Fulmer (amount tbd)
    - an invitation to one of my CD presentations in the fall of 2016
    - a full-length lecture-recital on a program of your choice (can also include works not on the CD) at the location of your choice
    NB: if you choose to have David Fulmer's piece included in the program, you may even get a presentation by the composer himself!

    If you yourself are a musician, I will also happily come to your house to give you a lesson and/or play chamber music with you (Skype appointments are also possible).

    And of course, your name will be mentioned prominently in the CD booklet!

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