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Performing Haydn: An Interview with Violinist Aisslinn Nosky

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Violinist Aisslinn Nosky has made a solid mark on the performance of Haydn's works and eighteenth-century music in North America and around the world. She is a founding member of I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble and the Eybler String Quartet, and has been in Toronto's Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra since 2005. In 2011 Ms. Nosky was named concertmaster of Boston's Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra, and has performed two Haydn concertos with them, with a third planned for next season. Before the H & H all-Haydn concert January 2015, I interviewed Ms. Nosky about performing Haydn and other music from the eighteenth century, as well as a number of other topics regarding being a violinist and entrepreneur. Her insights into leading an orchestra, playing the Haydn quartets on period instruments, ornamentation, cadenzas, Haydn's repertoire in general, and audience building, are most interesting, and performers in today's world should find her ideas enlightening.