I started in grade five in public school. My dad and my first instrumental music teacher inspired me to do this...i.e., play the violin...
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Geez, I don't remember...that was a long, long time ago... :-))
What gear do you use?
A few nice violins & electric fiddles that work well...
They are the right tools for the job & are fun to play.
I've also got a genuine Irving Stradivarius...
They say that Tony's young brother Irv also made the best deli sandwich in Cremona...
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
My dad, Seymour Oresky (who passed on 12-30-10) and my first band/orchestra teacher,
E. Marshall Pywell. My dad played the violin until he enlisted in the Navy in WW II, and didn't
pick it up again until I started playing at the age of 9 (Gr. 5...)
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Symphony & chamber orchestras, small ensembles/combos, solo "trios" (i.e., "me, myself & I",) duos, trios, quartets, quintets & larger, in folk, bluegrass, jazz & swing, rock/blues, all sorts of world music including Irish, Mediterranean, Klezmer and Gypsy. Chiefly, in the DC/Balto. area, I'm known as an original member of the Fabrangen Fiddlers ( original Jewish liturgical folk band) and the Fast Flying Vestibule (old-time string band.)
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, David Grisman and Vassar Clements.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
for about 500K people in the summer, late 70's, as a member of the Fabrangen Fiddlers at the Eisenhower Theatre in Long Island, NY.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
David Grisman's favorite Acoustic Disc collection (you didn't say that a boxed set wasn't allowed...)