How do you prepare for a historic event like this? Practice, preferably led by one of the best violin teachers in Venezuela!
This is Maestro Francisco Diaz. He was Gustavo Dudamel's violin teacher, as well as the director of a violin school (click here to visit his school's web site). According to several people we talked to, there is a dispute as to whether he is the best or simply the second best violin teacher in the country of Venezuela.
Maestro Diaz, despite not speaking much English, communicated to the kids clearly. His teaching style was firm and loud, in contrast to his warm personality and his quick smile. It did help that many of the children in the program speak fluent Spanish - Johan, grade 6, served as the maestro's translator.
|Courtney and Maestro Diaz team-teaching|
Needless to say they were a dynamic teaching duo. Maestro Diaz showed our kids some expert violin technique, and left us with sound advice: "Look for the silence in between the notes."
It was a beautiful, eventful day with the master.
Check back tomorrow to hear about the festival...