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Inés Voglar

Assistant Principal Second Violin

What are you listening to right now?

A bunch of flute players – and not because it is my favorite instrument, but I get paid for it. I have been backstage helping the candidates during the second flute auditions as a “runner.”  Also, I am listening to Jason Eckardt’s A Glimpse Retraced in preparation for my next FNM concert, and Jascha Heifetz playing a low F in his recording of the A minor Fugue by J. S. Bach.

How did you choose your instrument?

I was going to a music kindergarten, and after they taught us to read music and play a few instruments like the recorder and marimba, they had us choose the one we liked. I chose the violin. When I got my very first violin I was 5, and I begged my mom to let me take it on our first trip to Slovenia even when I didn’t know how to play it yet. Guess who really ended up carrying the violin?

What is on your nightstand?

A lamp, a photo with my husband, and four books that I am reading at the same time (not a good idea) – not only for entertainment but for vocabulary building, all four on very different subjects: And There Was Light, by Jacques Lusseyran; The Rest Is Noise, by Alex Ross; The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, translated by Alistair Shearer; and Inés of My Soul, by Isabel Allende. You can guess why I am reading that last one. I have to confess that I like playing a game or two of solitaire on my iPhone before going to bed; it keeps my worries out of my head.

What guest artist would you most like to perform with?

That would be Mark O’Connor. Apparently I just missed his performance with the Symphony. Hopefully there will be a next time.

Besides your instrument, what is your most treasured possession?

I am really working on being detached of material possessions, but I do treasure my family and my Dr. Beat!

Posted May 2008
Inés Voglar

Violinist Inés Voglar was born to a Slovenian family in Venezuela, studied music under the program "El Sistema," and came to the United States in 1996 to complete her undergraduate and graduate studies from Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University, respectively, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before Joining the Oregon Symphony in 2004, she played 2 seasons with the Pittsburgh Symphony as an extra musician. She is a member of Portland-based new music ensemble FearNoMusic, and for the past 6 years she served as Artistic Director. Currently, Inés is a faculty member at the Interlochen Adult Chamber Music Camp and Portland Summer Ensembles, and serves as concertmaster of the Astoria Music Festival Orchestra. She now enjoys her time with her 2 year-old son, and regularly performs chamber music around Portland and Oregon. Her most influential violin teachers have been Roberto Valdes and Andrés Cárdenes.

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