Conversation with Mstislav Rostropovich

 

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Reprinted from Internet Cello Society 11-29-2016

By Tim Janof 4-6-2006

TJ: When you burst onto the music scene, people were struck by your white hot performances. Your sound was strong and your vibrato was wide, which was a striking contrast to your predecessors. Where did your unique concept of sound come from?
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Jules Eskin, Principal Cellist at Boston Symphony Orchestra, Passes at Age 85

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Reprinted from the Boston Symphony Orchestra 11/17/2016

Jules Eskin, the legendary principal cellist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 53 years, passed away at his home in Brookline, Massachusetts, after a long struggle with cancer. Continue reading

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Preparing for Cello Auditions as a High School Senior

By Drew Cone

Applying and auditioning for schools can be really scary at times, but it doesn’t have to be. I’ve been working on my repertoire for auditions for well over a couple of months now and throughout that time, I’ve learned a few things when it comes to preparing for college. Continue reading

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How Music and Cello Changed My Life


By Nathan Chan

Hey CelloBello readers! My name is Nathan Chan and I’ve been playing the cello for over 17 years. Throughout this time period, my relationship with the cello has been an ongoing evolution in the way I see music as an incredibly powerful tool of expression and creativity. What started as a hobby in the beginning of my musical learning initially evolved into a battle for technical mastery and now has begun to blossom as a freeing medium for spontaneity and exploration. Continue reading

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Announcing CelloStream Master Classes 2016 – 2017

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Streamed live from Pierce Hall at New England Conservatory in Boston

COMING 2016 – 2017:

YO-YO MA
Monday, October 24th 2016
2:00 – 4:30 pm ET

LAURENCE LESSER
Sunday, November 13th 2016
7:00 – 9:30 pm ET

ANDRÉS DIAZ
Tuesday, December 6th 2016
7:00 – 9:30 pm ET

PAUL KATZ
Sunday, February 19th 2017
7:00 – 9:30 pm ET

JOEL KROSNICK
Friday, March 31st 2017
1:30 – 3:30 pm ET

To tune in for a live-viewing of a CelloStream Artist Master Class, please navigate to the CelloStream page at the appropriate time.

To read bios of previous CelloStream master class artists, please see below.
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International Federation of Musicians Publishes Ranking of Airlines’ Musical Instrument Policies

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The International Federation of Musicians has published a ranking of airlines’ musical instrument policies. The rating system ranks policies as red, amber or green according to how accommodating each airline is of musicians’ instruments in the cabin.

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Conversation with Bernard Greenhouse

 Reprinted from Internet Cello Society 11/28/98

By Tim Janof:


greenhouseTJ: You studied with Felix Salmond who also taught Leonard Rose.
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The Spine: Our Very Own Superhighway

I only learned about the importance of the spinal column to cello playing as I was introduced more deeply into the Alexander Technique. Of course I knew the superficial facts about the spine and especially how vital it is to the health of the nervous system. But its particular relevance to cellists was not brought home until I began training in the work of teaching the Technique. Continue reading

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The Rep…More than Quartet

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More or Less…
String Trios, Quintets and Beyond 

It is generally agreed that the string quartet is the ultimate chamber music idiom. While there are surely those that differ with that assessment, I confess that I agree from my perspectives as both a listener and a performing artist. Many of the greatest composers from Haydn to the present day have tried their hand at quartet writing. Many have succeeded in giving us their best creations, some of which are regarded to be some of the greatest creative work of human kind. Continue reading

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Yo-Yo Ma on Intonation, Practice, and the Role of Music in Our Lives

Reprinted from Strings Magazine, September 17 2015

By Martin Steinberg:


A cellist walks on a beach and picks up a bottle. A genie pops out and says, “I give you two wishes.” 

The cellist says: “Wow, I’d like to have world peace.” 

The genie thinks for a second and says, 

“That’s too hard! What’s your second wish?”

The cellist says, “Well, I’m turning 60 and I want to play in tune.” 

The genie thinks for a second and says, “What was your first wish again?” 

Musicians, take heart. That joke was told by the cellist Yo-Yo Ma during an interview ahead of his 60th birthday on Oct. 7. After 55 years of playing, yes, even Yo-Yo Ma needs to practice. Continue reading

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