Play the violin without pain or discomfort!
Born in France in 1958, Tim Augé began studying the violin at the age of 9.
His principal teachers were: Bruce Dukov, Christine Dethier at the Juillard School in New York (pre-college division), Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music in London, Ivan Galamian at the Juillard School, Eugène Sarbu, and finally Dominique Hoppenot in Paris (author of “Le Violon Interieur”).
Unfortunately, after all these long years of study, some concerts and some orchestral work, Tim Augé was in such pain from playing, that to continue became simply impossible.
Suffering from paralysing cramps, he was obliged to give up completely, selling his violin with the intent never to play again.
For the next 14 years, Augé studied photography, drawing, painting and Oriental philosophy.
But at the age of 39, having little money, and a great desire to travel (- to travel in the quest of finding his spiritual Master), Augé dared to try to play the violin again and decided to see if he could make a living as a full time street musician.
Not having played for years, but beginning again with a open mind, Augé used Dominique Hoppenot’s principles of balance as a starting point to explore new possibilities of playing.
At first it was a struggle. It was also a matter of survival to not be in any kind of pain, and it became urgent to discover a way that made it possible to have great endurance and comfort while playing often for very long hours.
It was during that time – playing in Aachen, Köln, Paris, London, Auckland (New-Zealand) San Francisco, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Maastricht – that it became more and more obvious that holding the violin straight in front was by far the most easeful, comfortable and efficient position – completely free of any pain or discomfort.
Finally, at the age of 54, Augé began to understand the fundamental rudiments, position and balance of this new technique, as the following video demonstrates.
- 0:00 Andante from Sonata No. 2 for Violin Solo – J.S. Bach
- 5:11 Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for Violin and Piano – C. Saint-Saens
- 14:44 Andante Cantabile for Viola and Piano – P.I. Tchaikowsky
- 20:50 Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 6 for Viola Solo – J.S. Bach
(With Aafje van Gemert (piano) – filmed by WAY MEDIA in The Bright Room Gallery, Maria Hoop, 2013.)
For the next couple of years after this video, Augé refined and perfected the details of this method, to the point where it is only now, at the age of 59 in 2017, that he feels ready to share and teach this wonderful way.