Reprinted from Strad Magazine 04/07







LOS ANGELES IS FULL OF ARTISTIC OPPORTUNITIES IF YOU FIght for them, or so believes violinist and Colburn Conservatory of Music student Lindsay Deutsch. ‘From my balcony I see the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Walt Disney Concert Hall,’ says the 22-year-old, who lives in ‘downtown LA’, and who often spots artists such as Yo-Yo Ma having lunch in the neighborhood. ‘It's so easy to just walk across the street and introduce myself to, say, Miguel Harth-Bedoya – it led to my Fort Worth Symphony debut in 2005.

A similar situation has led to performances with the Colorado Symphony in April and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in May, both to be conducted by Jeffrey Kahane:‘A few years ago Kahane was working with my school orchestra, and although I was very nervous, I asked him if I could play for him. He let me perform right there and then some of Corigliano’s Chaconne from the movie The Red Violin and the next thing I knew he’d invited me to his Green Music Festival.’

Film music is one of Deutsch’s raisons d’ętre: she plays the second movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in the new Robert de Niro movie The Good Shepherd, and in 2004 she performed music from Schindler’s List at a gala honoring John Williams.

For Deutsch, it’s all about attracting more people to classical music. ‘You’re always hearing about half-empty music halls,’ she says. ‘So, with my solo and orchestral concerts, I might play Beethoven or Brahms, but I’ll add music that the general audience will immediately respond to, be that jazz, movie tunes or Spanish music.’

She also runs a classical music website for children which attracts around 70,000 hits per month.

Deutsch moved to Los Angeles eight years ago to study with Robert Lipsett – and she’s still with him (‘although my playing ventures out of the box, he’s only encouraged me’). In 2005 she hit the news after a 1742 Seraphin violin, worth $850,000 and on loan to her from the Mandell Collection, was stolen from her car. The instrument was later found in an alleyway but the experience made her ‘even more determined’. And she is: over the next year she has her studies, a disc out on Yarlung Records in the summer (including Gershwin’s Fantasy on Porgy and Bess and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires), and many more performances around North America.

By: Cecilia Leung


BORN Houston, 1984

2007 PERFORMANCES Colorado Symphony/Kahane: April;

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra/Kahane: May