Violinist in Balance
Violinist in Balance is a method that fosters comfort and ease in playing through training and practical equipment solutions. Using education, ergonomics and technology, we work with individual players, teachers, and schools. Through careful research and innovation, we constantly improve our ability to empower the player with new choices in their playing. We search with the client to improve their balance, coordination and orientation to enhance playing technique and expression. At the same time, use interactive measuring systems to support the player to develop their own custom equipment.
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.
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.
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.
Teacher training: We are planning to train Alexander teacher colleagues in our methods in future. There are also workshops for violin and viola teachers in future. Please contact us if you have any interest in training.