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Laurie on 'Life's a Pitch'

December 12, 2008 at 6:58 AM

Isn't that a great name for a blog? It's by Amanda Ameer, on, and I wanted to share this interview she did with me about

Amanda is Hilary Hahn's publicist, and she was asking me about our community: how it came about, why we're all (mostly) nice and supportive of each other, etc. etc.

Also, I've been meaning to write something for violinists and publicists about how to use to make people aware of your projects, announce new recordings, publicize concerts and events, etc., and this piece begins to do that. I will soon write a "Guide for Publicists" for

Mainly, is about YOU, so thanks to everyone!

From Anne Horvath
Posted on December 12, 2008 at 1:53 PM

Thanks for the link.  But, why did this reporter ask about your favorite female violinist?  Are we supposed to segregate favorites by gender? 

From Royce Faina
Posted on December 12, 2008 at 3:47 PM

Lauri- Thanks a billion for sharing this interview! Kind of neat, you being interviewed for a change!!!!

Kind Regards,


From Paul G.
Posted on December 12, 2008 at 4:43 PM

This was really neat. I love seeing everyones views on this community.

I can't believe how much has changed in just the short time I've been here! It's incredible and I can't wait to see what the future brings.

From Laurie Niles
Posted on December 12, 2008 at 4:51 PM

She asked about my favorite female violinist because she's Hilary Hahn's publicist and had a certain violinist in mind...;) Actually I thought her joke at the end was rather cute!

At any rate, how can I have a favorite violinist, male or female? Every other person in my life is a violinist!

From Anne Horvath
Posted on December 12, 2008 at 5:41 PM it.  I thought she was going all "Henry Roth, circa 1958" on you...

(Not that Henry Roth wasn't great.  He was a man of his time though.)

From Stephen Brivati
Posted on December 13, 2008 at 4:55 AM


very nice interview. Sums it all up well.  May it last forever.



From Pauline Lerner
Posted on December 14, 2008 at 7:51 AM

Thanks for posting this.  It was interesting to read about you as the subject of an interview instead of you as the interviewer.  I learned a lot about online journalism and the history and "spirit" of  I want to give you lots of appreciation for all the work that you've done on this site.  I don't know how you find the time, since you are involved in so many professional and personal  (mainly family) activities.  Your website is a great gift for many people, including me.

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