THE ARTISTS: Nancy Hill |


What is your career and your current job title? I have been an orchestral violinist. Since moving to this area, I principally teach violin.

Describe in a sentence or two your music. I have worked in symphony, opera and ballet orchestras.

How long have you been working in this discipline? Since childhood.

Why do you do it? Music is a passion.

What do you hope to accomplish? I consider myself semi-retired.

Do you create your art with an exact message you want the viewer to receive and if yes, what is that message? Music opens the heart. If I’m able to do that when I play, I feel rewarded.

Where do you want to be with your art, in terms of part-time vs. full-time status, art positions and where your works are seen? I teach several days a week and play some jobs. This fills my time.

What kind of special training did you take? I have studied violin since childhood, including six years at a conservatory in New York (Juilliard School).

What’s your favorite part of your endeavors? Right now, helping someone have the capacity to make music.

What’s your least favorite part of your endeavors? Not having infinite energy!

How many hours a day or, if more appropriate, a week do you spend on your work? It varies, depending on number of students and demands of the performance.

Do you consider it hard work and could anyone do it? Playing the violin requires many years of dedication. With persistence, anyone could attain some level of competency.

Nancy Hill and Zach Zyskowski will perform Violin Duos by composer W. Jay Sydeman tonight at the Nevada County Composers Cooperative “Meet The Composers Series.” The 7 p.m. concert is at Nevada City Winery, 321 Spring St., Nevada City.

Admission is $10, which includes wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Call 478-0983 for concert information.

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