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ROMAN GLUKHOV

Baroque violin

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Roman Glukhov, left-handed Baroque Violin

Roman Glukhov, baroque violin. Was born on 3/01/1983 in Hungary (Dombovar). Aged 6 years old he began to study violin in Odessa (Ukraine). Then at the Music College in Novomoskovsk (Russia). He studied historical performance at the Maimonide State Classical Academy. Between 2008 and 2014 he attended master classes at the Savaria early music workshop in Szombathely (Hungary), where tooks violin lessons from Zsolt Kallo.

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Concert from August 21, 2021

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Interview

August 21, 2021

We conducted the interview in English. A German translation is available here .

Which hand do you prefer in everyday life (for eating, writing etc.)?

I have always been eating, writing, drawing and doing all things with my left hand.

Have you always played your instrument left-handed?

I have always played left handed since the beginning (when I was 6 years old). I had the sad experience of retraining the opposite of my nature, it was a lost year of my education. I can't play another way. 

Have you faced any reservations or concerns from other people about playing left-handed?

Yes, there have always been reservations and concerns, of course. Someone said: that it would be difficult to play in orchestra, because my difference could be a reason not to employ me. Another said: don't worry, everything will be fine. I have always been more interested in solo playing and playing in ensembles. I didn’t worry about it anyway. And when I started practicing baroque music I understood that it's very close to me and my temperament. 

How did you come by your left-handed instrument? 

Now I have my own wonderful violin. It was made by German manufactory first half of 18th century. It is special left-handed instrument! And I have a story about how it came into my life. It was when I was studying historical playing in Moscow. Before I played on an ordinary instrument with inverted strings. I came to the violin master-restorer and told him what I was looking for: First of all for me it was important tuning peg of the "e" string, because it obstructed playing in first position. The inner construction should be in mirror image – and of course it should be a "baroque violin". The master showed me an old broken violin. He couldn't restore because of a big crack in the top soundboard. As for left-handed violin inner spring should be on the other side, the spring was close this crack. It happened that this violin was especially for me. 

Does playing left-handed present any advantages?

I think that first of all the advantage is for me. When I play duo with another violin, It looks very impressive! Usually the people on my concerts don’t see anything strange, only musicians can see the difference. 

I see the use of left-handed musicians in baroque music, chamber ensembles and solo playing.

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