Violinists: Amid Scrapes and Squeaks

For all too many violinists, success means polishing the personal image and sticking to proven works from the standard repertory. Even his best friends admit that Violinist Paul Zukofsky does not have much of a personal image. He is a sad-eyed, dour, defensive loner who will run from a circle of party chatterers rather than make small talk. When he emerges from the wings to perform, it is not with the elegant stride of a Milstein or the open-armed warmth of a Stern. It is with a rapid, open-toed, Chaplinesque shuffle. When...

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