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Creating a polished performance with violinist Tina Qu

Violinist Tina Chang Qu
Violinist Tina Chang Qu

Interlochen Arts Academy violin faculty and violin soloist Tina Qu will be featured in the Traverse Symphony Orchestra upcoming concert, "Bach: The Best of the Brandenburgs."

She spoke with IPR's Nancy Deneen about what it takes to prepare for a solo performance, from initially learning the notes, to understanding a piece's structure, to polishing the final work.

 Violinist Tina Qu (R) with IPR's audio engineering fellow Kelley DiPasquale (L)
Violinist Tina Qu (R) with IPR's audio engineering fellow Kelley DiPasquale (L)

To Qu, even when musicians have played pieces many times before, revisiting them again in a different stage in their career helps them bring fresh ideas to the music.

However, whether a musician is learning a piece for the first time, or is coming back to it again and again, the time it takes to truly understand the music takes time, she explained.

That is what she hopes to impart to her students: practice patience.

Music performed in Studio A

Violin Partita No. 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach, Allegro Assai

"Bach: The Best of the Brandenburg Concertos" will be performed by the Traverse Symphony Orchestra Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 3 p.m. in Interlochen's Corson Auditorium under the baton of Maestro Kevin Rhodes, featuring violinist Tina Qu.

Kelley DiPasquale engineered this edition of Studio A.

Emily Duncan Wilson is IPR's Digital Content Manager.

Nancy Deneen is the host of Music at Midday and Music by Request.