Playbill: When did you realize you had a passion for teaching?
Jan Sloman: I have taught for a long time, but until 15 years ago it was mostly professionals. Then a couple of young local talents came my way, then a few more, and the studio evolved. I realized that the passion and commitment were always there and it felt very natural to teach.
PB: What has been the most rewarding part of teaching? Playing with the DSO?
JS: I work with bright, talented kids. My students have won numerous awards and prizes, but they all have made playing the violin a part of their lives. The local and national recognition of the studio's success has also been very gratifying. The students, by and large, stay in touch — an ever-growing family...
The greatest reward of being a member of the DSO is the music. Our work is to illuminate and share the greatest music mankind has created. What greater joy could there be?
PB: Have you had the pleasure of working with or teaching any notable musicians?
JS: Most of the serious string players of my generation converged every summer at Meadowmount, Ivan Galamian's summer school in upstate New York. That's where I first met many players who have become lifelong friends — Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Ani and Ida Kavafian, and Young Uck Kim, among others. I even met my accountant, Ken Travis, there — he was a violinist before becoming a CPA!
PB: What are your other hobbies?
JS: My family is my favorite and first priority. I don't have much time for hobbies as such, but I do enjoy exercise and wine — always hoping one helps balance the other!