Classic violin classes with musician Bogdan Djucik
Master musician Bogdan Djukic began playing classic violin as a child in his native Yuogslavia. He attended the Music Academy of Belgrade and won three national classic violin championships before relocating to Canada. There, he studied classic violin at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto on scholarship. Bogdan’s gift for music is exceptional – he brings a vibrancy and emotion to his music that few musicians are able to match. He is a founding member of several string music ensembles and has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia and North America. His repertoire of music includes classical violin, as well as klezmer, Celtic, country, European Gypsy, jazz, and so much more. Bogdan’s magical and electrifying stage presence have made him a favorite of adoring fans from around the world. His recordings are available online and from most conventional music stores for those who want to experience the magical sound of his violin.
Bogdan Djukic is part of the fascinating history of classic violin music. Stringed, bowed instruments have existed for many centuries; early examples of stringed instruments played with a bow include the two- string Chinese ehru. These ancient instruments were the model for the four-stringed classic violin, which first appeared in Northern Italy in the mid-16th century. Violin making was considered nothing less than an art form, and the instruments produced by Andrea Amati and his legacy have never been paralleled, even with the use of computerized technology and digital imaging. Classic violin became instantly popular and was a major factor in the Baroque music that appeared around the beginning of the 17th century. The violin has maintained its popularity since its invention. Today, the most important part of an orchestra is still the violin. Major symphonies have had as many as forty violins at a given time.
The principal classic violin player is second only to the conductor in rank as part of the orchestra. Generally, the violins are divided into first and second violin, with the first violins carrying the main melody of a composition. The second violins play either harmony or carry the melody lower on the scale than the first violins.
Bogdan Djukic is among the most gifted of classic violin players of all time. He has brought his musical genious not only to the classical style of music, but to many more modern musical genres. His work with ensembles such as Canadian groups Beyond the Pale and Bowfire are partly responsible for the revival of Jewish folk music.
The violin lends itself well to this style of music, known as klezmer from the Hebrew term for “musical instrument.” Klezmer is designed to mimic the sounds of the human voice wailing, crying, and laughing. The versatility of classic violin sound makes it the perfect instrument to carry the melody in the traditional klezmer style.