A Ravel Snapshot with the Lydian String Quartet

The Boston-based Lydian String Quartet has a new first violinist. Andrea Segar recently succeeded Daniel Stepner, who served as the Quartet’s first violinist for 29 years. Segar was a student of Donald Weilerstein (former first violinist of the Cleveland Quartet) at New England Conservatory, and Philip Setzer (a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet) and Soovin Kim at SUNY Stony Brook.

Last week, the Lydian Quartet posted this informal rehearsal clip featuring the first movement of Ravel’s String Quartet in F major. I offered a few thoughts about this remarkable piece, written in 1903 when Ravel was 28, in a previous post. This video will give you a great sense of the musical conversation between instruments which occurs throughout the piece. Also notice the range of colors which emerges in this music. I love the way each phrase unfolds into the next in this passage, as if we’re invited to step through a series of doors into increasingly beautiful rooms.

Violin enthusiasts might enjoy these two Daniel Stepner clips: a recent tutorial on scale fingerings and a performance featuring instruments owned by Mozart.

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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