Upon hearing Gary Schnitzer's rendition of "I Only Have Eyes For You", one listener (a violinist) remarked that Gary played the violin the way Marilyn Monroe sang "Happy Birthday" to JFK.
Gary writes: For most of my professional life I have been a classical violinist. I was a titled member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in New York, and was also Concertmaster (first chair violinist) of the internationally acclaimed Mantovani Orchestra for a couple of their national tours.
I have two degrees in music performance: a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas, and a Masters from the Yale School of Music.
However, after branching out on my own as a booking agent and promoter of my own pop groups for weddings and parties,
I developed a new style....sort of a synthesis of classical, swing, jazz, and simply romantic pop music. I eventually started making recordings with the musicians I most enjoyed hiring and playing with- all of whom are world class performers.
My first four recordings (which includes "Heart's Desire") have mostly been recorded live: myself and my superb musicians all playing together in the studio, resulting in a more exciting, and a more "organic" performance. Yet, we did not sacrifice the "note perfection" or the crispness of a studio quality. The result was an engaging, lush instrumental easy-listening sound that also sounds as if you are there in the concert hall, the night club, or the dance hall.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Begin the Beguine
2. Unchained Melody
3. In the Mood
4. When I Fall In Love
6. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Parlor Version)
7. Stormy Weather
9. I Only Have Eyes For You
10. Moonlight Serenade
12. My Funny Valentine
13. When You Wish Upon A Star
14. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Boudoir Version)