The American electric violinist Tracy Silverman, is fascinating in his thoughts about the classical music world and how the pressures that come from that world can contribute to performance anxiety. He himself trained at the Juilliard as a classical violinist but then moved to playing a range of eclectic styles, which he says feels much more comfortable and authentic for him. He asks, is it really a case of “he who makes the least errors gets the prize?”

He explores the difference between creator and re-creator, talks about the importance of ‘failing’ as a creative artist and how the ego can impact performances.

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Redefining the role of the violin in contemporary music, Tracy Silverman has contributed significantly to the development and repertoire for the electric 6-string violin. The foremost concert electric violinist and subject of new electric violin concertos commissioned specifically for him by John Adams, Terry Riley, Nico Muhly, Kenji Bunch and himself, Silverman was formerly first violinist with the ground-breaking Turtle Island String Quartet and tours internationally as a soloist with orchestras, in solo performances and as a collaborator with other artists and ensembles. Silverman is also a composer, has written an instructional method called “Strum Bowing” and is on faculty at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.