Thurmond Knight
Maker of Violins, Violas and 'Cellos

Joyce Hammann, Violin Soloist and Recording Artist

Joyce Hammann, concertmaster of Phantom of the Opera on Broadway,  plays a violin made by Thurmond Knight, modeled after Fritz Kreisler's 1733 Guarneri del Gesu'.  The "Ruth" violin is named in memory of Thurmond's dear Aunt Ruth Atchafalaya Knight Dansen.

Ruth violin modeled after Fritz Kreisler's Guarneri del Gesu'

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                 A native of St. Louis, at age seven, violinist Joyce Hammann began her Suzuki studies, later graduating from The Juilliard School with a B.M. and a M.M., where her teachers were Dorothy Delay, Oscar Shumsky and Ivan Galamian. During this time, she was the winner of The Berg Violin Competition and The Peter Oundjian award. Ms. Hammann has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, recently premiering three concerti with Scandia Symphony and just completed performing the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas. Her "sweet, rich tone" can be heard on Late Night with David Letterman, The Today Show and Saturday Night Live. She is currently concertmaster of Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and tours throughout Europe with jazz pianist Uri Caine.

Joyce enjoys a varied career ranging from the concert stage to Broadway musicals to the recording studio. She has had the recent pleasure of recording with Michael Brecker, Abbey Lincoln and Regina Carter for their new releases. Ms. Hammann can also be heard on Jane Monheitís new DVD, String Quartets -John Zorn, Wagner and Venezia-Uri Caine, Book of Tells- Mark Feldman, Ereia-Dr. Nerve, Double Quartet-Ted Nash, Grains of Paradise-Erik Friedlander and Bashe-Samuel Zyman.. She has performed with such artists as Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett and Sheryl Crow.

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