Back in July 2007, at the Tibor Varga Summer course. After having worked on my repertoire (6 Paganini Caprices, Tchaikovsky violin concerto, Tartini Devil’s Trill) he asked me to play a scale. Surprised and already in trouble, I started a G Major scale. When I reached the higher note and began to come back he stopped me. “Hey, not 3 octaves, go on. 4 octaves” Since then, when I skip 4 octaves scales I think about him and search to find a spot for that!

By the way, his edition of Paganini Caprices is precious!

Happy 87th birthday Maestro, one of the most lovely teacher and over-talented violinist I worked with and keep in my heart. 🥰


A protege of David Oistrakh, he is a former prize winner at the Paganini, Queen Elisabeth, Tchaikovsky and Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Violin Competitions. Professor Pikayzen served a long term (1966-2016) teaching position on faculty at the Moscow Conservatory.

Listen his legendary interpretation of Wieniawsky 1st Violin Concerto Wieniawsky/Gounod Faust Fantasy