Ben Shapero is one of the most gifted players in world music, a virtuoso whose violin performances are among the most mesmerising.
But he has been struggling to get on the field in recent years.
He is now one of two people from the prestigious Uppsala University in Sweden to win the prestigious BFI European Centre for Percussion Instrument and Performance Award, and it is the first time that a musician has won.
The other is German violinist and violinist Hans Schoenberger, who is a double winner.
In this clip from the BBC Sport documentary The BFI World Concerts, the BBC’s Ben Shapiro interviews Shaperos violin coach, Ben Schoenberg, about how the violin bow works.
‘I never really felt like I had the confidence to play a classical violin,’ Shaperou said.
‘But when I came into the Uppsalm concert hall and saw the other violinists, I felt like they could play.’
Shaperouls first classical concert came in 2000 when he played the violin at the Venice International Jazz Festival.
He then became the first soloist to play with the viola in the orchestra’s St Petersburg performance of Carmen – a masterpiece in modern classical music.
He also won a world concerto championship in 2015.
Schoenberg’s team at the UPPSALM were also instrumental in Shaperouls success at the European Centre, where they are also in the process of winning the prize for performance.
The violin bow is an extremely complex instrument, as it has a variety of attachments, which can help with playing the stringed instrument.
This includes two pieces of string that are held together with a steel ring, or two pieces that are made of plastic, and a bow attached to it.
The bow is used to help keep the string in place and is then played to the strings.
When the string is released from the bow, the two pieces are pushed together and the bow comes into contact with the strings, allowing the string to be released.
“The violin is an incredibly complex instrument,” Schoenenberg said.
“The bow is a very, very complex instrument and when it comes to the string, it’s not only the string but also the plate that is very delicate, and therefore when you release it, the strings are pushed and the string gets released.”
The bow holds up to two octaves and is made of a special polymer material called polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
The violin bow, made of polyethylenes resin, is made from high-density polyethyleneglycol (HDPE), which is used in high-tech manufacturing and aerospace.
While Shaperolo is not in a position to play the violin with the bow attached, he is hoping that the BFI award will help him get back on the pitch.
With a win at the prestigious European Centre prize, the musician is now looking to get back in the international spotlight and is now making his European debut.
He will be performing on the last leg of the prestigious St Petersburg International Jazz festival in the autumn.
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