Leaning Toward the Fiddler is a recording of original works by Seattle-based violinist and singer Hope Wechkin, which also includes her inventive arrangements of traditional Balkan folk songs. Wechkin’s virtuosic and innovative pairing of voice and violin—which she performs simultaneously—fuses folk, classical, and world music into a blend of genres that emerges “full-bore, all-out, utterly unselfconsciously” (Seattle Times). The works on Leaning Toward the Fiddler range from themes of passionate longing to humorous musical feuds between lovers, highlighting Wechkin’s ability to perform in a wide breadth of styles with great ease and skill.
Hope Wechkin is best known for the simultaneously performed virtuosic and innovative pairing of voice and violin that combines elements of folk, classical and world music. She is also known as a soprano soloist and interpreter of contemporary music for the voice. She performed the one-woman show Charisma featuring her unique compositions and arrangements, to soldout audiences in an extended run at Seattle’s ACT Theater. She is also a founding member of the quartet Sorelle, specializing in 20th- and 21st-century music for piano, cello, flute, and voice, and she has appeared as soloist with numerous Northwest musical ensembles. A graduate of Yale University, she was conductor of the Yale Slavic Chorus. Additionally, she works as a physician in palliative medicine and lives in Seattle with her husband and son.