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A Violinist’s Voyage

0 Ann Drinan

Newton Mansfield and Kuan Cheng Lu - Photo by Chris Lee

A Violinist’s Voyage: Newton Mansfield talks about his musical journey, from Poland to Paris to the New York Philharmonic

Violinist Newton Mansfield was born in Poland. At age two, he and his family moved to Paris.

“When I was about six,” Mansfield remembers, “neighbors of ours – two old ladies who were of the Austrian aristocracy and wore black robes all the time and walked with canes – had a half-size violin, and they wanted to know if I wanted to play it. I said, sure, why not, since I thought it was a toy. So they took me to the Schola Cantorum and I started studying. Within six months I had a half scholarship, and within a year I had a full scholarship.”

Mansfield’s musical journey has been rich and full. Fellow New York Philharmonic violinist Kuan Cheng Lu recently sat down with Mansfield and asked him about his studies, his travels and his union activism.

Read the full story here, from the January 2013 issue of Allegro, the magazine of the New York City musicians’ union (AFM Local 802).

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