“What piece of music did you ... or would you like to walk down the aisle to at your wedding?”
The Violin Channel recently caught up with 30+ of the world’s top string players to find out …
British Cello Soloist Steven Isserlis:
“Well, not Faure’s Libera Me! ... Probably some Bach ... or maybe Schumann’s Rhenish Symphony ... anyway, I’m sure that the decision wouldn’t be mine ...”
Canadian Violin Soloist James Ehnes:
“I was already standing up at the altar to start the wedding, but my wife walked down to the 2nd movement from the Bach double ... played by our friends”
Italian-German Soloist, VC Artist Violinist Augustin Hadelich:
“No idea … maybe Stravinsky Suite Italienne ....?”
Korean-American Violin Soloist Sarah Chang:
“Anything but violin music ...”
Australian Soloist, VC Artist Violinist Ray Chen:
“I'm definitely ill prepared to answer the question ... as I've been spending most of my life not thinking about the piece I'm walking down the aisle to ... but rather the type of food I'm going to have at the reception ..."
American Cellist & The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Co-Artistic Director David Finckel:
“Well, I’m very happily married and don’t plan on doing it again, but ... the orchestral interlude known as the Shepherd’s Music from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is the first work that comes to mind ..."
Canadian Violin Soloist Lara St. John:
“The Rite of Spring ...”
VC Young Artist Violist Timothy Ridout:
“I haven't given it a great deal of thought yet ... hopefully I will be able to give a better answer in a few more years!!"
VC Young Artist Violinist Johan Dalene:
“Widor Tocatta F Major ...”
Czech Philharmonic Concertmaster, VC Artist Josef Spacek:
“We were lucky to have a full orchestra at our wedding made up of all of our friends ... we walked to two pieces ... Mascagni's Intermezzo for the bridal party ... and Elgar's Salut d'Amour for the beautiful bride ..”
Emerson String Quartet Violinist, Philip Setzer:
“The Andante from the A minor Sonata for Solo Violin by J. S. Bach”
VC Young Artist Cellist Zlatomir Fung:
“I'm a classicist here ... the Mendelssohn Wedding March!”
VC Young Artist Violinist Richard Lin:
“2nd movement of the Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5”
VC Artist Violinist Nikki Chooi:
“John Cage 4'33”
Dallas Symphony Concertmaster, Alexander Kerr:
"At the wedding of my friend Eric Kim and his wife Stacey ... I performed the Andante from Bach's A Minor Solo Sonata ... it was a beautiful idea"
New York Philharmonic Principal Cellist, Carter Brey:
"The recessional at my wedding was the last movement of the Bach C major Sonata for Solo Violin ... played superbly by my good friend Joseph Swensen ..."
American Soloist, VC Artist Violinist Stefan Jackiw:
“'O Fortuna ... from 'Carmina Burana ... '"
TwoSet Violinist, Eddy Chen:
"Could change anytime in the future ... but if you asked me now, probably Ravel string quartet first movement ... Or maybe some Joe Hisaishi ..."
TwoSet Violinist, Brett Yang:
“Pachelbel's Canon ..."
VC Artist Violinist Angelo Xiang Yu:
“I will let my better half decide ...”
Russian-American Violin Soloist Philippe Quint:
“John Cage's 4'33" ... so I can hear the vows clearly ...”
English Violinist Tasmin Little:
“If I ever get married again, I'd choose something pop ... not classical this time around ... Maybe some Barry White ..."
Violinist & Fashion Model Filip Pogady:
“...IF that ever happens, I'd say some grand movement of a Mozart mass in a major key ... "
London Symphony Orchestra First Violinist “Queen of Bling” Maxine Kwok-Adams:
"We chose the exotic location of Cebu for our wedding ... and the planner asked if I'd like classical or traditional Filipino music ... I went with the latter ...”