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Beethoven: Violin Sonata no. 5 "Spring" - 1st movement

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Kate Arndt (violin) with Dina Vainshtein (piano)

'Everyone always comments on the main player but having seen many of these videos with Maestro Zander, it is clear that unless it is unaccompanied violin (or cello or flute, etc), these are duets and the pianist is just as important. In this case, as in the others, this lady at the piano is exceptional. Her name should be included in the narrative and she should be showered with as much praise and more, in my humble opinion.'
Tommy Sargeant
'Boston-based pianist Dina Vainshtein is known for her sensitive and virtuosic collaborations with some of the most promising musicians of recent years. Dina, a longtime Faculty Pianist for the Heifetz Institute, is the daughter of two pianists, and studied with Boris Berlin at the prestigious Gnessin Academy in Moscow. While there she received the Special Prize for the Best Collaborative Pianist at the 1998 Tchaikovsky International Competition. She came to the United States in 2000 to attend the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she worked with Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, and her husband, Donald Weilerstein.

Her talents vaunted her to numerous performing opportunities, from Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall in New York City, to the Caramoor Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Music Academy in the West at Santa Barbara, not to mention tours of Japan, China, Europe and Russia. To this day, Donald Weilerstein regards her as “an extraordinary collaborator. She is an extremely fine musician and one of the most empathetic, dynamic and supportive chamber players I know.” For nearly a decade Dina has been affiliated with the New England Conservatory and the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts. She's been with Zander for over 15 years now. She knows everything he knows and everything he is thinking. she is like an extension of himself, as he is also an esteemed pianist from a long line of musicians, musical family and history of music ~ What he is doing with these Masterclasses is astounding. He always finds a way to connect the musician to their music, no matter how great or accomplished they are, he will tell a story, stir an emotion, connect the musician to the audience and make sure that the musician is always telling a story or evoking emotion with their music. I've seen him with musicians that are so extremely proficient at what they do, and Benjamin can still find something to discuss in a nuance of their playing, movement, facial expressions. this is why, if you watch his Cellists, while they are performing, they sway together, they literally, physically sway to the music they play. This is a mandatory requirement from Benjamin, and when you see it, it is truly mesmerizing. Benjamin Zander and Dina Vainshtein are the epitome of all things musical, from its very core.'
'This man is made of music.'
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