Humans of the MET: Toni Glickman

MET violist Katherine Anderson has been interviewing orchestra members to capture a snapshot of the many personalities of the MET as they talk about their lives both in and out of music.  She recently sat down with Toni Glickman, a member of the second violin section since 2003. 

Toni peruses a part to Strauss' Arabella on a bench in Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem; photo credit, Bruno Eicher

Toni peruses a part to Strauss' Arabella on a bench in Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem; photo credit, Bruno Eicher

KA:  Do you have a favorite childhood memory?

TG:  Every Friday during my high school years my father would drive me 2 1/2 hours each way to Nashville for violin lessons.  When I look back, I really treasure those hours that we spent talking about anything and everything.  I'm beyond lucky to have had that.

My Dad dabbled in classical guitar throughout his life.  Twenty years ago, we learned a little Paganini duet and performed it everywhere in town that would let us, and this past Christmas we made a deal to read through it again when we met at home.  Of course tears immediately sprang to our eyes when we started the piece, so naturally we played it about five times more to laugh and celebrate the tears.  It was such a big moment for us!  We agreed to try a more ambitious piece next winter, so I hope this reminds him that it's never too early to start practicing.....