Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Lara St. John

Bruch Violin Concerto

Bruch Violin Concerto with Lara St. John

Haydn Concerto

Haydn Trumpet Concerto with Rolf Smedvig

Hummel Concerto

Hummel Trumpet Concerto with Rolf Smedvig


Many notable soloists and educators have watched our DVDs and we always like to hear they found them valuable. Have a look what they said about us.

  • Rolf Smedvig’s Learning from the Legends Trumpet DVDs for Haydn and Hummel are exceedingly educational.

    Susan Slaughter,

    St. Louis Symphony

  • Lara is doing a wonderful thing with these videos and I hope they help a lot of young (and not-so-young) people. I learned a lot.

    John Corigliano

    Composer, Red Violin

  • Lara St John is a wonderful tour guide through the musical and violinistic landscapes of the Bruch and Mendelssohn violin concerti.

    Mark Kaplan

    Indiana University

  • Lara St. John does a marvelous job providing insight into the beloved masterworks of the violin repertoire.

    Aaron P. Dworkin

    MacArthur Fellow

  • I have no doubt that the series would benefit and provide invaluable lessons to countless young violinists worldwide.

    Afa Sadykhly Dworkin

    Sphinx Organization

  • These DVDs showcase how Rolf approached the trumpet, in particular the Haydn and Hummel masterworks.

    Jeffrey Curnow

    Philadelphia Orch.

  • These incredibly comprehensive guides… are an invaluable tool to any violinist.

    Philippe Quint

    Violin Soloist

  • One of these DVDs is like weeks and weeks of private lessons!

    James Ehnes

    Violin Soloist

  • These are excellent pedagogical videos… they are Rolf’s parting legacy for young trumpeters and their teachers.

    Barry Kilpatrick

    Reviewer, ARG

  • Smedvig’s pedagogical advice is excellent… This disc would be a fine addition to the collections of students and performers of all ability levels.

    Dr. Jason Crafton

    Reviewer, ITG

  • This program of Learning From the Legends will absolutely occupy a much-needed, methodical, and all-encompassing reference for trumpeters of all ages.

    Manny Laureano

    Minnesota Orchestra

  • These instructional videos are professionally recorded and they are at the highest level. As a private teacher, I would find them invaluable…

    William V. Johnson

    President, WASBE

  • These DVDs are going to be an amazing resource for young trumpet players for years to come….

    Russ Sperling

    President, NAfME

From our blog

Rolf Smedvig Trumpet Exercise Book Now Available!

By Chad Tindel on January 11, 2018

It’s been a couple of years since we released the Rolf Smedvig Haydn and Hummel Trumpet Concerto DVDs. One of the things that was mentioned in the DVDs is that some bonus technical exercises were included with the product. Many of you have written in to ask about these as you couldn’t find them under the DVD bonus features section. Before Rolf’s tragic passing he had given us a stack of hand-written exercises and notes for us to publish an exercise booklet as a companion to the DVDs, along with the beautiful editions of the concertos that are already available for free download on our website.

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High Definition Streaming Now Available!

By Chad Tindel on March 28, 2017

Trumpet DVD Testimonials It’s been a year since we released the Haydn and Hummel Trumpet Concerto DVDs from the legendary Rolf Smedvig, and look at some of the great feedback we’ve been receiving: "These are excellent pedagogical videos... they are Rolf's parting legacy for young trumpeters and their teachers." -- Barry Kilpatrick, Reviewer, American Record Guide (January/February 2016 edition) "Smedvig’s pedagogical advice is excellent… The value of this resource is immense for musicians of all levels.

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Two New Trumpet DVDs Shipping Today!

By Chad Tindel on December 1, 2015

Learning from the Legends made history in 2014 by publishing the first-ever set of classical music education lessons meant for advanced students, and the release was a smashing success! Just look at some of these testimonials we received for our Mendelssohn and Bruch DVDs from luminaries such as John Corigliano, Aaron Dworkin, and Philippe Quint. In that initial post we said that our long term goal was to “expand our line to include all the string, brass, and woodwind instruments as well as several vocal ranges.

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Welcome to Learning from the Legends

By Chad Tindel on May 16, 2014

Four years ago we set out on a mission based on a simple idea - to bring high quality music education into the homes of students all around the world. We recognize that music education budgets are being cut all over the world; the majority of instrumental students may not have access to private instruction, and therefore never master the most essential repertoire for their instruments. It is our goal to provide to all music students access to lessons taught by world-renowned performers of the absolute highest caliber.

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