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Our Host, Sharon Beth interviews Michael Ginsburg who, at the age of three when most children were playing with their toys, was exploring the violin. By five, Michael was performing at various venues in his home state of Pennsylvania. Around the same time, he became interested in Scottish fiddle music & competing in scottish games. He placed first in numerous local competetions & at the age of ten placed third in a national Scottish fiddling contest for age 16 & under. Michael spent a year in Israel during which he continued his violin studies & played in an international orchestra & at various events. Upon his return to the U.S., he was chosen to be first chair violin for the New England Conservatory Youth Orchestra, one of the more prestigious music programs in the country. While there, Ginsburg studied with Marylou Speaker-Churchill, principal second violinist of the Boston Symnphony Orchestra. He also studied for many years with Earl Carlyss of the Juilliard Quartet & the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Ginsburg moved to Oklahoma in 2006 where he began teaching violin/fiddle & began promoting music in Southeastern Oklahoma. He won first place in the Oklahoma State Fiddle Contest open division at the Tulsa State Fair in 2007. During this time he sought out renowned fiddle player, Jana Jae. Beliving that together, their music would truly show people the endless possibilities of their craft. His passion for music has led him into a career of teaching violin. His students have ranged from a four year old to a seventy five year old Korean War Veteran. Ginsburg has a lifelong goal to help people realize their true artistic potential & show them that it is possible for their dreams to come true. In addition to his work with music, he is a strong proponent of a drug free lifestyle & is working closely with Narconon Arrowhead & incorporating this message into his teaching.
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