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Volume 10 Issue 9 - June 2005

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"How I met my Teacher"

"How I met my Teacher" personal reflections on a formative relationship by Masha Buell BEYOND SOLO My name is .Jacques lsraelievitch. I am a violinist, and have been concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1988. I appear regularly with the orchestra as a soloist and conductor. I teach, perform as a soloist and chamber musician, and conduct regularly in Canada and internationally. I'm also a member of the New Arts Trio, a chamber group that has been trio-in-residence at the Chautauqua Institution (New York State) since 1978. Recently I have formed a duo with my percussionist son Michael, and we are building a repertoire of pieces written for us. FROM EARL v ON I was blessed with wonderful teachers. My first teacher, Pierre Dupin, I got because the Director of the Le Mans Conservatory was a customer in my parents' clothing store. The next teacher, Gaston Poulet, was someone my mother had heard on the radio when she was a child. She took me to play for him when I was ten, and I subsequently went to Paris once a week by train, alone, for my lessons. After that I entered the Paris Conservatory at thirteen and studied with Rene Benedetti. A year later, after hearing Robin Howell . Henryk Szeryng, my mother thought he would be an inspiration for me. He actually became my mentor, gave me free lessons for four years, and called me his spiritual son. The lessons sometimes lasted all day. • Lessons for recorder, baroque oboe, baroque and modem bassoon, ensemble coaching I might arrive early in the morning when he was still shaving, and his friend, Madame Bertelier, would instruct me to practise. By the time he was ready, having heard me from the bathroom, he proceeded to write all sorts of instructions in my music. We would then have a real lesson, followed by lunch. After running some errands for him, I would turn pages for his pianist while they rehearsed. That might be followed by another lesson, dinner, and I would finally go home around ten pm. CONTINUES PAGE 44 • Bocals for all double reeds, Voicing, Tuning and Restoration • Recorder repair specialist 188 Lansdowne Ave. Toronto, Ontario M6K 2V9 Phone: 416-534-6538 Fax: 1 (530) '463-8524 E-mail: robinhowell@robinhowell.com Website: robinhowell.com MARJORIE SPARKS VOICE STUDIO MA'RJOR.!£ SPARKS, SOPRANO 'B.MUS. '8. £V. CLASSICAL TECHNIQUE PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS AT ALL LEVELS INSTRUCTIONS FO R UNIVERSITY. AUDITIONS RCM EXA MS, COMPETITIONS AND PROFESSIONAL PERFORM ANCES. FREQUENT STUDIO RECITALS. Studio Locations: 19 Ravine Park Cr., Scarborough 175 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto Tel: 416-282-7460 'E-mail: mh eitshu@sympatico.ca WE ARE ALL Music's CHILDREN by Masha Buell June's Child .... "It's standard rep." Identify this member of our music community, an artistic director/conductor (who is currently planning a return trip to England with his church choir), for a chance to win tickets or a recording. The photo was taken at Worcester Cathedral during Evensong about 37 years ago. 32 WWW. TH EWHOLENOTE .COM Think you might know who it is? Send your best guess to musicschiklren@thewholenote.com. 1 '11···· (Winners will be selected by L!l random draw among entries received by June JSth, 2005) May's Child .... was Circa 1957 (clockwise from centre) Ronnie, 5; Betty, 7; Billy (hidden), JO; Jackie, 9; Judy (hidden). 12; Barbara, 7 (Betty's twin); . missing - Garrett, 14 Jackie Richardson Jackie with her morn, Ann Richardson, at Edward Gardens AWARD-WINNING RECORDING ARTIST, singer, actor and all round uplifting powerhouse performer Jackie Richardson was born in Donora PA "in the Valley, outside Pittsburgh where the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers meet" and came to Toronto at the age of seven with her family, two years after her father and her uncle Rich had come ahead to set up an advertising business. The 1957 photo of Jackie and her siblings was taken in their first apartment, on the third floor of a building at the sw corner of Augusta and College, west of Spadina, near Kensington Market. She attended Lord Lansdowne Public School for two years (where jazz drummer Archie Alleyne had preceded her) before her family moved to Richmond Hill, where she and they remained through her high school years. Jackie's singing e

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