Dear Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg:
My name is Eric Siepkes and I'm a freshman (piano performance major)
at the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, NY.
First I would like to tell you how much my colleagues and I enjoyed
your performance of the Mendelssohn violin concerto on Saturday, the
28th of September!!!!!!! I won't even try to explain how moved and
inspired and excited you made me feel!!!!!! Your playing is of a
beauty that myself and I'm sure many other young musicians try to
strive for---and it seems impossible to reach this beautiful height!
I would like to ask you if you have considered giving a master class
at the Eastman School of Music?! It would be beyond wonderful if
you could come here again, not only to perform, but to conduct a
master class! You couldn't realize how great that would be for us
I also have a sort of favor to ask---If you were to come here to give
a master class, would it be possible for me to play something for
you? As I'm a pianist, I wouldn't have the chance to play in the
master class, as it were, but I would sincerely love for you to hear
me play, give me advice, comments, inspiration.....etc. etc....
Thank you so much for sharing your gift with us the other night!!
I feel so privelaged to have heard you!
- Eric Siepkes
First of all thank you so much for coming to my concert in Rochester
and how refreshing to hear from a pianist!
I give master classes all the time and I love doing them. In fact I
am surprised that Eastman has never asked me to do one while I was
I grew up listening to piano music....my mother was a wonderful
pianist...so yes I would love to hear you and give a master class.
The next time I am anywhere in the area, have the school contact my
management in advance and it shall be arranged.
Thank you for asking and thanks for writing in,
I was the kid at the concert on sept 28 that asked what you were
learning when you were eleven-cause I'm eleven. I play the violin
too. I'm learning the Bruch Violin Concerto in g minor, 1st movement,
and a Bach Sonata, also in g minor. It was cool that you wore pants
in the recital. I HATE dresses. I don't like practicing, either. Just
playing really fun, fast music once I've learned it. I can't do that
without practicing, but who cares if that's illogical. That was an
Thanks for coming to my concert in Rochester and for asking me a question too.
I'm sorry you hate dresses....I don't hate dresses, just panty hose.
And yes if you want to play fast, you're going to have to keep practicing alot.
But once you've learned the Bruch and the Bach, may I suggest you
play something not in G minor? How about A major?
Thanks for writing in,
I am planning on seeing you in January with the Assad bothers
playing the World Premiere of some Triple Concerto. I was wondering
if you could possible tell me more about the piece you are playing?
I own your CD with the Assad bothers and I just love it! I am a huge
fan, and I am also seeing you in Milwaukee playing the Mendelssohn.
I am very happy to hear you love the CD I did with the Assads. I
guess you'll be happy to hear that the Triple Concerto we are
premiering was written by Sergio Assad. I'm learning it right now and
it's so wonderful. I am really looking forward to playing it with the
boys in january. Hope you like it too.
Thanks for writing in,
Hello! My name is Alyssa Wegelin. I am 15 years old and and a violinist for
the Pinellas Youth Symphony in Florida. In November we are holding an
auction fund raiser to raise money for our orchestra. My idea for our
fundraiser was to get signed CD's by professional musicians I admire! Joshua
Bell has signed a CD and VHS of The Red Violin, Bela Fleck signed his
Perpetual Motion CD for us, and Eileen Ivers has also donated two signed
copies of Crossing the Bridge. I was hoping if I sent you a copy of one of
your CD's with a returnable envelope. Would you be able sign it for me? If
you could, please tell me the address I should send the CD to.
I would be honored to participate in your fundraiser. Thank you for asking me.
You should send the CD to my publicist with a cover letter okay? The
M L Falcone, Public Relations
155 West 68th street
New York, N.Y. 100023
Thanks for writing in,
My wife, two teenage daughters, and I attended last night's performance
at the Kennedy Center. WOW!!!!!! (from all of us) It is so refreshing to
watch you enjoy the music, feel the music, and just let it go. Tis a
blessing to love what you do; but it is a true blessing to allow your
audience to watch you while you do it.
It was the 3rd time (in the last 8 years) I've been priviledged to watch
your magnificent talent on stage.....looking forward to the 4th.
While we have most of your CD's, we do not have you playing
Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. Any plans to record it ?????
Finally, as we were leaving the Kennedy Center, I was dumbstruck to see
you and Lynn Harrell approaching us. Unable to speak, I began to applaud
both of you, which encouraged those around us to do likewise.
I wanted to ask you both for an autograph, I wanted to invite both of
you to a late dinner with my wife and children; but being unable to
speak, I did neither.
Perhaps on your next trip through DC or Baltimore, I will be prepared to
expect the unexpected; and find my tongue.
Philip & Miriam German
I am so pleased you enjoyed the concert I played with Lynn last night
and it's wonderful that you brought your whole family.
As a rule, it's not a bad idea asking any artist if they want
something to eat after a performance because we are all usually
starving at that point in the evening.
Maybe next time. Thanks for writing in,
Dear Ms. Salerno-Sonnnenberg,
I have just returned tonight from your performance of the Brahms Double
Concerto for Violin, Cello with Lynn Harrell and the National Symphony
Orchestra here in Washington at the Kennedy Center. I cannot express to you
how much that performance meant to me...But do bear with me if in my own
inadequate way I feel I must try.
You know when I first got to that performance, I really did not feel very
well physically. But that all changed when soon, I forgot about it. Quickly I
found an indelible smile plastered across my face as your spirit and love for
the music in turn, began to move mine...You ALWAYS make me smile, (even if
through my tears), when you play!! Tonight I found that I had to constantly
control my tendency to audibly gasp from the sheer wonder of so much beauty
in such a short time.
I have always felt that there was something so intrinsically beautiful in
EVERYTHING that you play...Something so intangible and yet unique to you that
I have never before had the privilege to hear in any other musician. But this
time, after u finished playing, I knew from the comments of those around me,
that these inextricably compelling moments I had been so fortunate to
experience many times, as well as for the past three nights, were not just in
my mind's eye. From the comments that I overheard, all making use of such
expressions as "truly phenomenal," "brings tears to my eyes," "my friends who
have never heard her keep asking me why I continue going back to hear the
same person," etc.etc., my feelings were finally validated!! I knew at that
moment that even the best reviews you have received over your entire career
could never, EVER, really do you justice.
I feel truly blessed to have heard you that first time back in the summer of
1999 at Wolf Trap Farm Park. Thank you for your unbelievable courage and
perseverance in the face of what really is still primarily "a man's world."
Thank you for refusing to be anyone but the beautiful "you" that you are and
for insisting on speaking through music not only just with a lot of hard work
but also, and very importantly, WITH THE DEEPEST PART OF YOUR HEART...My
Well all I can say is thank you so very much for this beautiful letter.
My wife and I just watched "Speaking in Strings" and were very moved by all
that you have experienced in your life. We were fortunate to attend your
concert at Orchestra Hall in Chicago several years ago. We really enjoy how
you get involved with the music that you are playing and that you get
emotional about it. I couldn't believe that people in the business prefer an
unemotional performer !! If the performer is so detached that they
experience no feelings while they are playing, why do they do it ? I am a
fan of Jazz, and Blues, where most performers move around and really get
involved with their music to a great extent. Can you imagine Ray Charles
sitting still while performing ?
NOT POSSIBLE !!
You are an extremely important violinist and we look forward to your long,
I hope that you can come back to Chicago again, although Milwaukee isn't too
William H. Hudecek
Well I must say that I agree with your comment about Ray
Charles.....although there may be different reasons for his movement
As far as playing Chicago or Milwaukee...hey where were you this
summer when I was at Ravinia? Well, I'll be there again next summer
and I believe Milwaukee is on my schedule this season too.
Hope to see you and thanks for writing in,
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