Introducing Paul Hindemith!


What’s your name?

Paul Hindemith.

Where are you from?

I’m originally from Hanau, Germany, and spent a lot of my time in New Haven, Connecticut.

How did you come to the viola?

Initially I played the violin, but after I conquered that around the age of 18, I switched to the viola.

Are you a Juilliard student?  Were you?  Or do you now work as part of the studio?

I was part of the first year of the ACHT studio.  I’d like to thank Ms. Castleman for her advice on bow holds, Mr. Amory for his help with intonation, Ms. Huang for her thoughts about interpretation of contemporary works, and Mr. Tenenbom for his insights on practicing and development of one’s art over time.

Tell us about one of your favorite performances?

Premiering Bill Walton’s Concerto was a good time.  Not so sure what’s up with that Tertis guy…

If you could play any non-viola piece, what would it be?

Why would I do that?!

Do you have any secret skills?

I love knitting.

You are forced by the United States Government to not practice for a day.  What do you do with yourself?

I’d take a stroll with my wife Gertrud.

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