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the dueling fiddlers: About

The Dueling Fiddlers


A rock band consisting of two concert violinists was a hard sell when we first played The Rainbow on Hollywood's Sunset Strip. Before we took the stage, the sound guy said, "You boys sure you're in the right place?" Truth is, we weren't sure. We started the show with "I Love Rock-n-Roll."  Ten minutes later, after a text message campaign by our audience, the house was packed and, that night, The Rainbow was rock violin.


We are dreamers. We believe more is possible and that some rules are meant to be broken. We are The Dueling Fiddlers and we are rock violin.

The duel is not between Adam and Russell, but between boundary and possibility, self-imposed limitations and our wildest dreams. Rock violin is about inspiration, not fear. It's about forgetting the plan and letting passion run the show.

We are rock violin, and whether or not you play the violin, you are too. Stand up. Join the movement.

Adam DeGraff


Concert violinist, rock violinist, and fiddle player, Adam DeGraff, is known by his fans across the country and around the world as a “violin monster,” a “totally sick beast,” and a “dude” with “mad violin skillz.” (He’s told these are good things.) From his many years as a first chair orchestral musician, to his ground breaking and "positively pyrotechnic” fiddle playing with his group, Pianafiddle, Adam has performed for millions of concertgoers throughout his career.  A Northwestern University graduate and an avid, bad chess player, Adam considers himself the luckiest person in the world because every day he wakes up and goes to "work" with long time friend, Russell Fallstad, where the two write music and perform their unique brand of Violin Rock into the wee hours of the night at some of the coolest places in the world.

Russell Fallstad


Hailed for his “glorious strength” and “elegance” by the New York Concert Review for a performance at Carnegie Hall, Russell began violin lessons at age five in the public schools, and has blazed a unique trail as both performer and recording artist. A founding member of the critically acclaimed Fry Street String Quartet which began touring internationally in 1997, Russell performed his swan song with the quartet and with "classical" music in 2009 with a marathon cycle of all 17 Beethoven String Quartets in one week’s time. His band, TDF (The Dueling Fiddlers), presents a bold new genre: Violin Rock, where classical training combines with sizzling energy and a raw improvisational creativity that appeals to a wide and diverse audience.