The Virtuoso Violin

Fiddle On Fire is a delightfully entertaining Music/Theatre presentation starring Lance Elbeck as “The Fiddler” and Charles Cozens as “The Piano Player”. This show portrays the relationships of several famous violin virtuosi, while the “Fiddler” and the “Accompanist” perform and present to your audience a fascinating display of violin wizardry… in an entertaining, informative, and lighthearted way.

This production is quite adaptable to the needs of the presenter. Fiddle On Fire may be staged in short or long versions, with simple or full theatrical staging, and can include two Mime artists, interpreting this universal music through dance and movement.

In addition to Convention, Corporate Events/Retreats, and Theatre production runs, Fiddle on Fire may be presented as a full and complete Symphony Show that will delight Pops audiences everywhere.

As demonstrated briefly in our Media Kit Excerpts below, it is important to note that these performers present an extravaganza of true musical virtuosity, which imparts much of the performance excitement of famous violin virtuosi of the past and present day.

From Paganini to Stephane Grappelli, and Bach to John Williams, Fiddle on Fire is a rare and exhilarating musical experience – one that audiences will not easily forget.

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Media Kit Excerpts
(Full Media Kit available upon request)

Script: The “Fiddler” and “Piano Player” enter. “Fiddler plays the cadenza from Fiddler on the Roof”. Upon violinist completion, he quotes the famous violinist Yehudi Menuhin: “We must guide not only fingers – but minds and hearts – for music is a way of being……” Speaking of improvisation, the early improvisers of violin music were the gypsies with their flashy, seductive style of playing and hauntingly passionate melodies.


Script: “Fiddler”: And one of our greatest Celtic Fiddlers said recently; “I basically want to make a lot money as quick as I can and then go back to playing square dances in Cape Breton!”

Script: “Fiddler”: Paganini has often been called “the greatest violinist who ever lived.” Was he? Who knows?
He was so astonishing in his appearance as well as in his revolutionary approach to fiddling that the audiences of the early 1800’s scrambled to find explanations for the inexplicable…. He had oversized hands – he had an insatiable sexual appetite – he learned the violin during his years in prison – his strings were made from the intestines of his murdered mistresses – or – the favorite story of all – that he was in league with the Devil!



Script: “Fiddler”: As we come now to the 20th century, we realize…. That the level of artistry has risen dramatically in the last 100 years. One of the great Masters of the Modern Era was Stephane Grappelli........he was one of the first to use the violin to play jazz. A completely self-taught musician whose colleagues said that the purity of his music was like “clear water”.

About our Artists

Lance Elbeck

Fiddle On Fire – The Virtuoso Violin is a natural extension of Mr. Elbeck’s early musical training, accomplishments, and subsequent career. His musical studies began in Chicago with George Perlman and culminated in the Artist Diploma from the famed Curtis Institute of Music in Philidelphia, (violin teachers Ivan Galamian and Paul Makanowitzky).

No less a conductor than Leonard Bernstein recognized his talents at an early age, and solo appearances of Mr. Elbeck with the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic followed, with Bernstein conducting. As a member of the Philidelphia Chamber Players, Mr. Elbeck was managed exclusively by Columbia Artists.

Subsequently, Mr. Elbeck has performed extensively as soloist across North America and Europe. He performed as Concertmaster for the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet Companies – North American Tours, and as guest Concertmaster for the Canadian Opera Company as soloist in performances of Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck”.

With prior teaching posts at the Paris Conservatoire, the Meadowmount School, and the New School of Music in Philidelphia, Mr. Elbeck currently teaches at McMaster University in Hamilton, and is Concertmaster of the Hamilton Philharmonic.

Charles T. Cozens

Charles T. Cozens is one of Canada’s most versatile and multi faceted musicians... with impressive credentials in many parts of the music industry. An accomplished classical and jazz pianist, he has performed with Henry Mancini, Ertha Kitt, and Cab Calloway.

As Musical Arranger, Charles has written for The Canadian Brass, Quartetto Gelato, Louise Pitre (Mama Mia, Broadway), Michael Burgess (Les Misarables), The Nylons, and Cynthia Dale. As Composer/Orchestrator/Musical Producer, his television credits include Tek Wars, Ray Bradbury Theatre, The Twilight Zone, At the Midnight Hour, Clarence, Christmas in America, The Long Road Home, and Noddy to name a few.

Mr. Cozen’s theatre compositions include The Magic Of Love (Lighthouse Theatre) Swingstep (Elgin Theatre, 2000 Dora Award Nomination), Showstoppers (Drayton Festival 1998), Peter Pan, Scrooge, and Glory Days for Theatre Aquarius.

Guest conducting across Canada for the Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Symphony Nova Scotia Orchstras, Mr. Cozens has scored numerous well known Symphonic Pop Shows, including Bending The Bows, Fiddle On Fire, and Harlem To Hollywood, starring Michael Danso.