Poster Elizabeth Larson
This week's Project DJ co-host is Elizabeth Larson.
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Guest co-host Elizabeth Larson loves the “gentle, rich, and amazing” colors of the violin

Elizabeth Larson joins Steve Staruch as the guest co-host of this week’s Project DJ on YourClassical MPR

Elizabeth is a violinist who loves the “gentle, rich, and amazing” colors of her instrument! Her favorite violinist is Hilary Hahn. She attends Spectrum High School in Elk River and is fascinated with the subject of physics. She will tell you that the math associated with physics is elegant and beautiful. Elizabeth is 15 and works at Dairy Queen where she makes a great Peanut Buster Parfait.

How did the violin enter your life?

“I started playing the violin almost 7 years ago. My older sister started before I did, which helped convince me to start. She's always been a huge role model for me, and the violin is such an incredible instrument. I've listened to classical music all my life, and something about the violin always drew me to it.”

What do you like most about playing the instrument?

“The violin has an immense range, not only in pitch but also in emotion. You can convey whatever you want on your violin if you know what you're doing. I also love how every violin has a different tone. Some violins are bright, warm, radiant, or any number of other tones, and they're all used to different effects. Mine is clear and more on the rich side, and I love that.”

Talk about how Hilary Hahn became your favorite violinist.

“I don't think anyone can deny that Hilary Hahn is incredible. She's a master of the violin. She's massively talented and can somehow manipulate the music to bend to her wishes. She's also a fun and likeable person. I also love her collaborations with TwoSet. They're always so funny.”

What attracted you to the second movement of Beethoven Symphony No. 7?

“I guess there's a lot to unpack there. I love the contrast between the 1st and 2nd movements. The first movement is wild and triumphant, the second is mournful and haunting. The 2nd almost has waves of color, each wave rising and falling, but all ultimately coming together to make this powerful almost gut-wrenching climax. I love how the main melody gets shifted from part to part with a new melody coming in toward the middle then building up again to the main melody. Then the second movement fades to a whisper or a sigh at the end and there's that moment of silence before the 3rd movement comes bursting in. I just love it so much.”

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