Famous Violinists Who Busk
My blog still gets a lot of hits from people searching information about the incident last year when famous violinist Joshua Bell played in the Washington DC subway.
Another famous violinist also busked in the streets, but as he didn’t do it as a publicity stunt most people don’t know about it…
Fritz Kreisler (1875 – 1962) was an Austria-born American violinist and composer; one of the most famous violinists of his day. He is noted for his sweet tone and expressive phrasing.
While surfing the net I came across a fascinating account of how while Fritz Kreisler was fulfilling an engagement of a series of concerts at Carnegie Hall he used his free day-time to busk in the streets of NYC:
Mid-concert at Carnegie Hall Kreisler made an amazing comment: ‘The reason I’m a bit weary tonight,’ he said, ‘is because I played on the streets of New York all day today dressed as a busker (street musician) with my violin case opened for donations. It does me good to play for the people. But not one person stopped to listen, or gave me a cent!'”
Hmmm…I didn’t know there is a dress code for busking