Welcome to fiddlerman.com
I have been playing professionally for over 25 years in both America and Europe. Having played as a concert master and section leader in very good full time Scandinavian orchestras I have had the good fortune to sit and judge numerous auditions. Through doing this I have seen the typical mistakes and bad habits of many potentially great violinists. I’ve also had the opportunity to coach and teach professional violinists as well as semi professional freelance violinist and students. The idea of this site is to give all violinists, beginners, advanced and professionals, a free and invaluable place to visit, learn, and improve what we love doing. All tips and suggestions are welcome and I will from time to time make videos or teach your master class based on requests free of cost.
Pierre Holstein was raised in South Florida. Concert master of youth orchestras and a concert master at Eastern Music Festival in NC at 17 years of age. Studied with Thomas Tzaggaris and Tom Moore. Majored in music performance at the University of Miami. Took some lessons with Dorothy DeLay at Congress of Strings and world famous soloist, Ida Haendel in Miami. Played with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Miami City Ballet before moving to Sweden in 1988. Associate concert master of the Gavleborg Symphony Orchestra for 4 years, then moved to the south of Sweden and became one of the principles in the Malmo Symphony Orchestra for 16 years. Recently moved to Fort Lauderdale with plans on staying in Florida.
Pierre Holstein (Fiddlerman) playing Piazolla with Henrik Hansen
Fiddlerman (Pierre Holstein) playing around with the Bach Preludio Sonata VI on his Zeta electric violin through a guitar effect box. A demonstration of a distortion effect on the electric violin.
I recorded “The Flight of the BumbleBee” using the same instrument, a Mac, Digital Performer and iMovie. Recorded 3 tracks individually and played the fourth on iMovie along with the accompaniment that I created. Tried to shape the parts individually but had some trouble finding the right effects.