Player Spotlight ~ Susan Faux, violinist

Opus 607, “Doyen” Guarneri del Gesù violin, 2008

Susan Faux, violinistI had a modern Italian violin for several years and it was so fussy... like a fancy car or a thoroughbred... it needed to be adjusted about every 5 weeks. It was incredibly loud, but not in a good way, and was becoming a huge problem — I did not enjoy playing or practicing, and I was having to make constant trips to the luthier for adjustments.

I had known a lot of people with Cox violins over the years, from Hartt, NEC and Yellow Barn, and really liked the instruments. They are easy and enjoyable to play on and have an even and warm tone. When I contacted Doug about trying instruments, he asked what kind of playing I do, as well as what size instrument I wanted…a good question since I have big hands but a short 4th finger.

When I had narrowed down the options to the violin I would eventually end up buying, I played it for a few friends and they tried it as well. In unison, they all said, “so, what are you waiting for?”

#607, "Doyen" Guarner del Gesu modelViolinist Susan Faux received a BM from Hartt School of Music and a MM from New England Conservatory. She has studied with Eric Rosenblith, Ben Sayevich and Charles Treger and chamber music with members of the Emerson Quartet.

Sue has performed with the Boston Pops Espalanade Orchestra, the Albany, Vermont, Nashua, Newfoundland, Greenville, SC, Portland, ME, Richmond, Jacksonville and Springfield, MA symphony orchestras as well as Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Ballet Florida, the Chamber Orchestra of the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theater, New England String Orchestra, Orchestra of Indian Hill, Mendelssohn Players of Berlin, Germany, and Boston Philharmonic. She is also a member of the Sarasota Opera and plays frequently in the National Lyric and Boston Lyric Operas.

Ms Faux has participated in numerous summer festivals including New Hampshire Music Festival, Bellingham, Washington; Aspen; Hampden-Sydney, Virginia; the Conductor's Institute at Hartt and Musik Festival Davos, Switzerland. She is also a member of the orchestra for the North American tour of “Star Wars in Concert.”

Sue is a former member of the faculty of the Community Music Schools of Manchester and Concord, New Hampshire, and Winchester Massachusetts, as well as the coaching staff of Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and New England Conservatory Preparatory Division.

Photo by Susan Wilson
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