"Once you get a composition that you want to play, it is like a crossword puzzle – everything has to fit. Most of the teachers don’t quite understand that. When you get a new composition you must dissect it from a musical point of view: “How am I going to do it?” And from a technical point, “Where will I be on the bow, or does this place need more vibrato?”
An active teacher until his passing, Mr. Totenberg’s influence can be heard everyday in orchestras across the globe.
“There’s a reason all the students say, we love Mr. Totenberg,” says acclaimed soloist Mira Wang, a former pupil. “It’s the generosity, the extra time, the extra attention, never putting himself first. Without Mr. Totenberg, I wouldn’t be what I am today.”
Mr. Totenberg was a beloved teacher at these great schools.
There are legions of Roman’s students all over the world. Here is a partial list.
Images of student lessons and performances over the years.