“Getting Binked”



Wendy Gillespie (photo: courtesy of the artist)

In her acceptance speech for the Thomas Binkley Award, given annually by Early Music America, viola da gambist Wendy Gillespie fondly remembers the man (and former colleague) who the award is named after.

Those who knew Thomas Binkley either as his student or as his colleague will know exactly what I mean: he is the only person I know whose name became a passive verb during his lifetime. “Getting Binked” is something that happened to just about everyone who ever came in contact with Tom, the master of the enigmatic or provocative comment that questioned one’s fondest and most comforting assumptions. One often walked out of a class, rehearsal or meeting scratching one’s head, because one had been Binked.

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