The violinist I identified with the most as a student was surprisingly Itzhak Perlman. In the 70's and the 80's he was the biggest violinist that there was.
Perlman is a New York guy....everything he says about the city is spot on. Of course he is a Mets fan, his old pianist Samuel Sanders was a Yankee fan.
But when Itzhak Perlman does a promo for the city of New York and makes fun of the Knicks, you know the team is in trouble.