Sunday, August 9th 2020 at 7:00 pm EDT

CelloChat: Norman Fischer

Getting Ready for the New Year!

Norman Fischer (Rice University) hosts our next interactive CelloChat, live from Houston,
TX. Tune in on Facebook Live and YouTube Live!


Lluís Claret:
My Work with Living Composers

Lluís Claret speaks of his personal interaction with some of the greatest composers of our
time: Berio, Boulez, Dutilleux, Lutoslawski, and Xenakis.


Leonard Rose and Glenn Gould:
Beethoven Sonata in A Major, Op. 69

3rd Movement. Leonard Rose, Cello with Glenn Gould, Piano.

From the Internet Cello Society Archives:

A Conversation with Paul Katz

Paul Katz in conversation with Tim Janof, October 2005.


Vibrato: Hand Position

Techniques to vary vibrato. Cello lesson with Paul Katz.


For Teachers – Lesson Archive

Paul Katz discusses cello pedagogy with Eugene Kim, Laura Blustein, Matt McManus,
Nancy Hair, Mark Churchill and Ron Lowry.

CelloBello is Proud to Present:

The Sphinx Catalog of Latin-American
Cello Works

CelloBello is delighted to present The Sphinx Catalog of Latin-American Cello Works,
a brand-new comprehensive database, and the most extensive source of its kind with
more than 2000 entries to date.



Sunday, August 9th 2020 at 7:00 pm EDT
CelloChat with NORMAN FISCHER:
Getting Ready for the New Year!

Rice University

Monday, August 24th 2020 at 12:00 pm EDT
Arabic Cello Workshop

Palestinian Cellist and Composer


Teaching should support, inspire, motivate, impart high ideals, and help each to discover and trust their unique talent and strengths.

Paul Katz

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

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

Vibrato is like lipstick – too much is ugly – the right amount and color is beautiful.

Felix Galimir

Don’t perform – just be yourself.

Bobby McFerrin

Music is powered by ideas. If you don’t have clarity of ideas, you’re just communicating sheer sound.

Yo-Yo Ma

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.


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

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

I still have not found anything more permanent or more beautiful than music.

Janos Starker

Tension is our biggest enemy. We must spend our life undoing it.

Ida Kavafian

I’ll stop teaching when I stop learning.

Gregor Piatigorsky

Art is an activity in which one human heart communicates with another human heart.


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

With every year of playing, you want to relax one more muscle. Why? Because the more tense you are, the less you can hear.

Yo-Yo Ma

Thinking is the biggest mistake a dancer can make. You have to feel, to “become”.

Michael Jackson

Progress is impossible without change.

George Bernard Shaw

Listening is the conduit through which all physical actions creating expressive results are filtered.

Elizabeth Aureden

Cello playing begins in the back, before the sound.

Bernard Greenhouse

On artistic conception: “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free”.


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

Through discipline comes freedom.


Cello playing is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration.

Janos Starker

Artistry is in the details.


Creative talent has an irrepressible hunger, and for the musician, music is the food it cannot live without.

Paul Katz

The greatest mistake you can make is to be continually fearing you will make one.

Elbert Hubbard

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

Albert Einstein

Intelligence is everywhere in the body, nature and the universe.


The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Thomas A. Edison

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Albert Einstein

Creativity takes courage.

Henri Matisse

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

If you aren’t making mistakes, you aren’t trying.

Wynton Marsalis

Just a little progress every day makes big progress over time.

Sally Chisholm

As a teacher, my first task is to teach students how to practice. Once they understand this, they begin to make progress.

Ivan Galamian

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

The fingers have no brains, and they have no ears!

Gregor Piatigorsky

My goal is to convey a true masterpiece in whatever I play.

Janos Starker

Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.

Sergei Rachmaninoff

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

Many people are too small to be teachers, but no one is too big.

Gregor Piatigorsky

Listening awareness is primary in the zone of creative transcendence.

Paul Katz

Play the fear out and then tone it down.

Kathy Winkler

There is no top – there are always further heights to reach.

Jascha Heifetz

When we have a good balance between thinking and feeling… our actions and lives are always the richer for it.

Yo-Yo Ma

My involvement in the political arena is to make sure there’s a place for culture.

Yo-Yo Ma

Variety, variety – no two snowflakes are alike, no two notes are alike.

Pablo Casals

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

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Practicing is the art of making your ears happy.

Michael Haber

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

Improper body use is like a pebble in your shoe. A nagging discomfort, it can cause severe damage over time.

Victor Sazer

The art of interpretation is not to play what is written.

Pablo Casals

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