CelloBello.com is an online resource center for cellists of all levels and all ages.
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CelloEvents - Promote your concert or cello event on our calendar. Find upcoming concerts in your area.
CelloFun- Share your own humorous stories, favorite videos and jokes. Or browse our listings and have some good laughs!
Cello21C- Help us compile a comprehensive list of 21st Century works for cello. Discover new works to learn and perform.
CelloTube- Submit videos of your own performances and of others you admire.
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CelloLessons– the heart of the site – thought-provoking and informative; there will be many more coming on a regular basis. Although the lessons are taught in English, you can choose between subtitles in English, French, Chinese, or Korean (just hover over the video player and click on the CC button after the video begins).
CelloLegacycontains tributes to my teachers – five legendary artists whose wisdom informs so much of the CelloLessons. Watch their immortal performances and read what these extraordinary cellists believed and taught. Other renowned cellists will be added to CelloLegacy over time.
CelloBlogsare written by many of today's most thoughtful, prominent musicians, and are full of wonderful practical advice and inspiration. Search them by the categories of your interest. Inspired or provoked? We would love to hear your feedback – you are welcome to write comments to the author.
Job-hunting? Looking for a competition? You will find links in CelloJobsand CelloCompetitions, where we keep up-to-date listings from all over the world.
Drop into our CelloChatand talk with experts from the orchestral and chamber music world. Participate or just listen. And check the schedule for foreign language chats!
CELLO BELLO is Italian for beautiful cello; I wish you a cello bello experience!
If you aren't making mistakes, you aren't trying. – Wynton Marsalis
I still have not found anything more permanent or more beautiful than music. – Janos Starker
Artistry is in the details. –Anonymous
Progress is impossible without change. – George Bernard Shaw
Cello playing is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration. – Janos Starker
There is a performance nirvana, a miraculous interaction of ears, hands, and emotions. Listening awareness is primary in this zone of creative transcendence. – Paul Katz
Listening is the conduit through which all physical actions creating expressive results are filtered. – Elizabeth Aureden
Intelligence is everywhere in the body, nature and the universe.
Everyone knows what they can't do--our weaknesses scream at us every day. To perform, you must know what you can do and bring the attention of your audience to those strengths. – Gregor Piatigorsky
Talent has an irrepressible hunger and its only food is the creative process, Feed your talent, for it is food you cannot live without. – Paul Katz
Improper body use is like a pebble in your shoe. A nagging discomfort, it can cause severe damage over time. – Victor Sazer
Thinking is the biggest mistake a dancer can make. You have to feel, to "become". – Michael Jackson
Teaching moves through generations. If you believe in the principles that represent the truth in the masterpieces, then you try to preserve those principals. They can be preserved only through teaching. – Janos Starker
Variety, variety--no two snowflakes are alike, no two notes are alike. – Pablo Casals
The fingers have no brains, and they have no ears! – Gregor Piatigorsky
As a teacher, my first task is to teach students how to practice. Once they understand this, they begin to make progress. – Ivan Galamian
Our bodies continually provide us with information, yet we too often ignore or do not understand their messages. Awareness is the first step. – Victor Sazer
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. – Albert Einstein
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle
The greatest mistake you can make is to be continually fearing you will make one. – Elbert Hubbard
If you aren't making mistakes, you aren't trying. – Wynton Marsalis
Creativity takes courage. – Henri Matisse
Teaching should support, inspire, motivate, impart high ideals, and help each to discover and trust their unique talent and strengths. – Paul Katz
Music is one of the essentials in human existence, almost identical with eating, sleeping, making love, the basic functions that keep a human being alive. Music simply, is one of the blessings and joys of civilized human existence. – Janos Starker
There is no top – there are always further heights to reach. – Jascha Heifetz
Criticism does not disturb me, for I am my own severest critic. Always in my playing I strive to surpass myself, and it is this constant struggle that makes music fascinating to me. – Jascha Heifetz
Art is it an activity in which one human heart communicates with another human heart. – Anonymous
Living in question is the most creative and stimulating state of being. Doors are always opening in the mind, one is motivated to explore, to observe and to take note. – Selma Gokcen
Don't perform – just be yourself. – Bobby McFerrin
Vibrato is like lipstick - too much is ugly - the right amount and color is beautiful. – Felix Galimir
Tension is our biggest enemy. We must spend our life undoing it. – Ida Kafavlan
Play the fear out and then tone it down. –Kathy Winkler
Even the smallest motion involves your entire body. Your body functions as a unified whole rather than as a collection of isolated parts.Those who focus too much on small motor movements can easily lose this vital connection with the rest of the body. – Victor Sazer
Real art is one of the most powerful forces in the rise of mankind, and he who renders it accessible is a benefactor of humanity. – Zoltan Kodaly
Just a little progress every day makes big progress over time. – Sally Chisholm
I’ll stop teaching when I stop learning. – Gregor Piatigorsky
The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. – Thomas A. Edison
Many people are too small to be teachers, but no one is too big. – Gregor Piatigorsky
On artistic conception: "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free". – Michelangelo
Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music. – Sergei Rachmaninoff
Creative talent has an irrepressible hunger, and for the musician, music is the food it cannot live without. – Paul Katz
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. – Ludwig van Beethoven
Through discipline comes freedom. – Aristotle
I was born with an ability, with music in me, that is all. No special credit was due me. The only credit we can claim is for the use we make of the talent we are given. – Pablo Casals
With every year of playing, you want to relax one more muscle. Why? Because the more tense you are, the less you can hear.
Music is powered by ideas. If you don't have clarity of ideas, you're just communicating sheer sound. – Yo-Yo Ma
When we have a good balance between thinking and feeling... our actions and lives are always the richer for it. – Yo-Yo Ma
Compassionate people are geniuses in the art of living, more necessary to the dignity, security, and joy of humanity than the discoverers of knowledge. – Albert Einstein
Ears, Mind, Body – Pt. 2 with Paul Katz
There is a state of being, of heightened listening and physical connection to the instrument, where we are able to transcend "thinking" as our primary means of control.
Alisa Weilerstein: Evolving from Practice Room to Stage
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