Recently, I did something I rarely do. I decided, rather than just circling in the air above the jungle that is Twitter, I would fly straight into a polemic. I commented on a post regarding racism in Ireland, a country close to my heart, where I spent formative years as a child and teenager. The problem with a mud fight is that, even if you win, you still get muddy. This instance proved no different.
Concerts Cancelled (and slowly returning as of summer 2021)
After one and a half seasons of pain, loss and cancellations caused by the pandemic, I sense a flicker of hope as the summer season of 2021 slowly sees the return of live concerts, live interaction, and continued global solidarity.
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Gwendolyn's annual four-concert series "Cocktail für die Musen" aspires to offer classical music fans a place to discover newness in the ‘mix’ and curious music-lovers an adventure for all the senses. The next concert takes place in October 2021 in Bern Casino's Great Hall together with Daniel Schnyder, Melisma Saxophone Quartet and Justin Clarke.
National Concert Hall of Ireland International Master Course 2021
Initiated by Gwendolyn and Finghin Collins, the National Concert Hall of Ireland hosts the third International Master Course in summer 2021. Irish and international participants will have the opportunity to enjoy coaching from Gilles Apap, (violin), Finghin Collins (piano), Marc Coppey (cello),Máté Szűcs (viola), and Gwendolyn Masin (violin). Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the course will be held online.
Gwendolyn's GAIA Music Festival is 13 years old in 2021. Cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, it streamed only one concert for its 12th edition, still available online. In August 2021 the festival returns to live concerts.
Gwendolyn's four-part series of articles for The Strad Magazine are woven around a holistic approach to learning and living as a musician. From the origin of human movement to the integration of somatic experience for the purpose of interpreting music, Gwendolyn builds a case for teaching human beings as a whole.
“Violin Teaching in the New Millennium" is a collection of stories about music, violinists and violin performance – involving intrigues and anecdotes, revealed secrets and unpublished interviews given by some of the leading lights of the classical music world.