the stories of a los angeles violinist

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Added on by Jordan Martone.
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you get a really tingly feeling when you know that you're a part of something special. the hollywood chamber orchestra is a new group that's made up of LA's finest musicians. i have played with them a few times but only recently has it become more frequent. this past week, i played a concert full of new compositions by film composers and I played with and met sarah chang.

sarah. chang.

violinists out there are understanding me right now.

i grew up listening to sarah as a little girl. i was nervous to meet her when i got the call for this gig, because i'd heard rumors of her being a diva. ya know, the typical "i'm a child prodigy and have been treated like royalty my entire life" thing. after a long day of rehearsals with her, it was obvious that she was not a diva at all, but one of the most serious musicians i've ever encountered. her ability to focus on her technique and musicality in perfect balance is extraordinary. i can only imagine that if i was in her position, i would handle the pressure similarly. 

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i definitely stole this picture from the principal cellist's facebook… can you spot the jordan? 

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thankful is the theme for this past weekend. lots of playing, performing, connecting, making friends... it got me to thinking about where i'm going in life and where i want to be. 

i had a moment on stage, mid performance. we were playing a piece of music that felt very outer-spacey and celestial and amidst that weightless feeling we were all having during the piece, i had a moment of "i'm on the right track. this is exactly where i'm supposed to be right now and i love it." i'm the youngest person in this orchestra and most of the time, i'm trying to not make a fool of myself. but the other half of the time, i'm giddy to have the opportunity to show what i can do. 

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