Philippe Quint
Kirill Bashkirov

A Musical Tribute to Charlie Chaplin

Violinist Philippe Quint fell in love with Charlie Chaplin’s films in the 1980’s when he was a boy in the Soviet Union, and now he’s gone digging through Chaplin’s music to pay homage to the amazing actor/composer who made the world smile through its tears.

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A Musical Tribute to Charlie Chaplin

Feb 18, 2019
Philippe Quint
Kirill Bashkirov

Violinist Philippe Quint fell in love with Charlie Chaplin’s films in the 1980’s when he was a boy in the Soviet Union, and now he’s gone digging through Chaplin’s music to pay homage to the amazing actor/composer who made the world smile through its tears.

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