Ben­e­fit con­cert for vi­olin­ist af­ter stroke

Kapi-Mana News - - OUT & ABOUT - LUCY SWINNEN

Slava Fainit­ski has been play­ing vi­olin for 46 years of his life.

But a stroke ear­lier this year left the 53-year-old Welling­ton vi­olin­ist un­able to do the thing he loves.

On Satur­day he at­tended his first con­cert since the stroke - a ben­e­fit put on by his friends and col­leagues at the Welling­ton Or­ches­tra.

Fain­tiski has been re­cov­er­ing at Kenepuru Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal since the stroke, which af­fected the left side of his body and his abil­ity to play.

Cel­list Bren­ton Veitch, who plays in the Or­ches­tra Welling­ton and has known Slava for about 30 years, said he was a lovely per­son and the or­ches­tra wants to help him in any way it can.

‘‘It is a dev­as­tat­ing thing to oc­cur, to sud­denly not be able to do the thing you love.

‘‘We want to give Slava all the sup­port so he can get back and play mu­sic again.’’

Veitch says he was re­hears­ing with Fainit­ski the week he had the stroke.

They were due to play in their Tango band on the week­end.

Veitch reg­u­larly vis­its his friend in hospi­tal and says he is do­ing bet­ter.

He has man­aged to get move­ment back in both his legs and his arm.

‘‘They are very pleased with his pro­gess.’’

Fainit­ski re­mem­bers pick­ing up the vi­olin, aged seven, in his na­tive Ukraine af­ter hear­ing it on the ra­dio.

‘‘We had only one ra­dio sta­tion, and mostly they would play clas­si­cal mu­sic and I loved the vi­olin,’’ he says.

‘‘So when I went to school they in­tro­duced the vi­olin as an in­stru­ment you could play and I told my mum I wanted to learn,’’ he said.

He has been play­ing ever since.

The or­ches­tra played some of his favourite pieces on Satur­day, in­clud­ing Brahms’ Hun­gar­ian Dances.

Fainit­ski says it was a ‘‘ter­ri­ble’’ feel­ing not to be able to play.

PHOTO: ROSS GIBLIN/STUFF

Slava Fainit­ski, sec­ond from left, with friends, from left, Alexan­der Gunchenko, Bren­ton Veitch and Emilio Ber­trand.

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