Top London Violinist to Busk His Way Around the World

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Joshua Bell and Tasmin Little seem to have started a trend. Now violinist David Juritz, concertmaster of the London Mozart Players and guest concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic Orchestras, has jumped on the busking bandwagon as well.

Over the next five months, the 49-year-old violinist will undertake a 60,000-mile busking trip covering 25 countries, starting out from London and traveling through Europe, Africa, Australia, India, Hong Kong and South America, before ending up in the U.S.

Unlike the recent busking stints of Little and Bell, however, Juritz's busking adventures are more than a sociological experiment: according to his website, he hopes to raise money for a new fund called Musequality (www.musequality.org) which will finance music projects for children in deprived areas.

He began his journey this past Saturday (June 8) in West London, where he set off with an empty wallet, a backpack and his 1748 Guadagnini violin. During his "Round the World and Bach" tour, in which he celebrates his 50th birthday, he will primarily play Bach, mostly selections from the Sonatas and Partitas for unaccompanied violin.

"I used to busk as a student so rather than arrange concerts I decided to do a busking trip," the Times of London quotes him as saying. "I've got to start with an empty wallet and I'm going to have to earn some serious money to get a Eurostar ticket."

London councils haven't made his start easier; the Times reports that he Juritz has faced difficutly obtaining busking licences. "I'm now having to have a police officer with me if I want to play in Covent Garden," he said.

Juritz played on the soundtrack to the Oscar-winning film The Last King of Scotland and on several Naxos recordings. In 1991 he was appointed leader of the U.K.'s longest established chamber orchestra, the London Mozart Players. He first began busking as a student at the Royal College of Music.

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