Violinist in Balance
Violinist in Balance is a collective of creative, educational, and technical experts dedicated to improving the comfort and playing technique of violinists and violists. Working with individual players, teachers, and schools, we foster comfort and ease in playing through training and practical equipment solutions.
The violinist's balance is often disturbed by the demands of the instrument in combination with chin and shoulder rest that do not fit the body. Stiffened and shortened neck, arm and back muscles inhibit good playing, which requires free movement in all joints. Years of cramped playing can lead to discomfort, pain, and injury.
The Violinist in Balance approach combines equipment changes with careful training – built on the Alexander Technique – to unlearn cramped playing habits.
We develop our equipment with in-house technicians, in close consultation with equipment manufacturers such as Wolf Products and violin stores such as Willem Bouman & Sons. Our range of equipment includes custom made chin rests and shoulder rests for individuals and sets for violin teachers and schools.
Our individual clients include violinists and violists from many major orchestras, including Amsterdam's Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Gelderse Orchestra, London Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, etc. We also work with violin teachers and their students at Utrecht Conservatory. And we partner with entire schools, such as Oundle school in England, where we develop both educational and equipment programs to ensure playing health for children between the ages of 5 and 18.
Our team is available for consultation, presentation, or partnership. If you have questions about Violinist in Balance for your school, your students, or yourself, please contact us.