Tartini and I

My violin ancestors

Mathematicians have a genealogy project, where you can go back from graduate student to thesis adviser step by step, all the way to, say, Leonard Euler. But what about violin players?

Turns out I can count two famous Italians as my ancestors going from student to teacher. Thanks to wiki, it’s not clear which one is the true one, but things like that happen all the time (“Mamma Mia” anyone?)

Arcangelo Corelli 1653 – 1713

Giovanni Battista Somis 1686 – 1763 

Gaetano Pugnani 1731 – 1798

Giovanni Battista Viotti 1755 – 1824

Pierre Rode 1774 – 1830

Joseph Böhm 1795 – 1876

Joseph Joachim 1831 – 1907 

Leopold Auer 1845 – 1930 

Auer student – anonymous 

Naum Borisovich Wolfson

I myself!

Giuseppe Tartini 1692 – 1770

Gaetano Pugnani 1731 – 1798

Giovanni Battista Viotti 1755 – 1824

Pierre Rode 1774 – 1830

Joseph Böhm 1795 – 1876

Joseph Joachim 1831 – 1907 

Leopold Auer 1845 – 1930 

Auer student – anonymous 

Naum Borisovich Wolfson

I myself!

I decided to go with Tartini: he is more notorious (worked with the Devil himself!), plus I kinda met him a couple of times. See below.

P.S. Incidentally, up to Joachim it is also the link that gives me 6 degrees of separation from Antonio Salieri, this time not necessarily in a teacher-student chain. See my jingle about it here.

Tartini in Padua, his worktown, May - June 1979
Partnering with the winged boss of the Inferno!

Piran (Pirano), Tartini's hometown, now in Slovenia

See more on the visit to Piran here.