Photo of the Day: 'Cowboy' Violists from New York
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 11:32 AM
Spotted near Vail, Colorado: New York Philharmonic violists Rebecca Young and Rémi Pelletier and violinist Sarah Pratt rehearse on horseback. The orchestra recently arrived in Colorado for its annual residency at the Vail Valley Music Festival.
We are reminded of another famous fiddler with a love of horses: Eugene Fodor Jr., the flamboyant virtuoso who was dubbed the "cowboy violinist" during the 1970s and '80s. As one story goes, when Fodor returned home from winning top honors at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1974, the Colorado native was greeted at the Denver airport by his parents, girlfriend—and horse. While the swashbuckling violinist also struggled with demons, including drug addiction, he often played up the cowboy image in publicity shots and album covers like this one.