OperaWire: Met Opera Concertmaster Benjamin Bowman

OperaWire interview Benjamin Bowman about his new job as concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera, his first experiences with the violin, his teachers and more. Here’s a snippet (full feature here):

The biggest challenge is that challenges take many forms, and continue to creep their way in, no matter what. It’s more a matter of how we cope with them as they manifest. It takes strength and courage to achieve anything in the world, and most of that is spent on perseverance and repetition. It also takes great strength to be solitary when one just wants to be social, and this is an issue at all stages of life, not just as a student.Music, though social, is also often quite solitary.”