Should Musicians Play On While
Cities Burn? –by Paul Katz

"Today, the world is again in danger of being overrun by bigotry, fanaticism, and a thirst
for power that knows no morality. While this was only one of a string of incidences of
needless police brutality, witnessing the death of George Floyd should be a gut-wrench
for any human being—no matter whether you are a farmer, a brain surgeon…or a musician."

Friday, June 5th 2020 at 12:00 pm EDT

CelloChat: Daniel McDonough

Daniel McDonough (Jupiter String Quartet, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
hosts our next interactive CelloChat, live from Champaign, IL.

Tune in on Facebook Live and YouTube Live!

From the Internet Cello Society Archives:

A Conversation with Dimitry Markevitch

Dimitry Markevitch in conversation with Tim Janof, February 1999.

CelloBello is Proud to Announce:

The Sphinx Catalog of Latin American
Cello Works

CelloBello is delighted to announce the addition of 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.


Gabor Rejto with the Alma Trio
– Copland: Vitebsk

Alma Trio – Gabor Rejto, cello, with Adolph Baller, piano and Andor Toth, violin

Master Class with the Honorary President of CelloBello

Elgar Concerto Mvt. 3 & 4 with Yo-Yo Ma

Storytelling can clarify and strengthen your conception of what you want to say.

CelloBello is Proud to Announce:


CelloKids is an exciting new Cellobello initiative connecting young cellists with top
teachers. Our online group classes are led by seasoned teachers. In each session,
teachers lead educational, interactive, and fun programming in real-time through Zoom.

Sign your child up now and join in our newest cello community!

Master Class:

Beethoven g minor Sonata with Paul Katz

Paul Katz on how to increase drama and tension in soft dynamics; how the piano and cello
match rhythm, articulations and character; the use of vibrato and non-vibrato to create
mood and expression; and the power of silence.

Master class at the Steans Institute of Music, Ravinia Festival, 2018.



Wednesday, June 3rd 2020 at 2:00 pm EDT
CelloKids with ALEX CROXTON
Technique Summer Camp (Suzuki Books 5 and above)

Thursday, June 4th 2020 at 6:00 pm EDT
CelloKids with ANDREA YUN
Cello Aerobics: Cello in Motion

Friday, June 5th 2020 at 12:00 pm EDT
Jupiter String Quartet, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Friday, June 5th 2020 at 3:00 pm EDT
CelloKids with YARI BOND
Exploring W.H. Squire’s Danse Rustique: Elbow Swings and Half Moons (Suzuki Book 5)

Monday, June 8th 2020 at 12:00 pm EDT
CelloChat with KEE-HYUN KIM
Parker Quartet, Harvard University


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

Elizabeth Aureden

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

Ivan Galamian

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

Paul Katz

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

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

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

Through discipline comes freedom.


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

Gregor Piatigorsky

Artistry is in the details.


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

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

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

Albert Einstein

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

Victor Sazer

Cello playing is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration.

Janos Starker

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

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

Yo-Yo Ma

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


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


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 art of interpretation is not to play what is written.

Pablo Casals

Don’t perform – just be yourself.

Bobby McFerrin

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

Albert Einstein

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

Paul Katz

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

Yo-Yo Ma

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

Janos Starker

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

Wynton Marsalis

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

Pablo Casals

Cello playing begins in the back, before the sound.

Bernard Greenhouse

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

Felix Galimir

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

Play the fear out and then tone it down.

Kathy Winkler

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

Thomas A. Edison

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

Elbert Hubbard

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

Ida Kavafian

Listening awareness is primary in the zone of creative transcendence.

Paul Katz

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

Michael Jackson

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

Janos Starker

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


Progress is impossible without change.

George Bernard Shaw

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

Sally Chisholm

I’ll stop teaching when I stop learning.

Gregor Piatigorsky

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

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

Yo-Yo Ma

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

Sergei Rachmaninoff

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

Gregor Piatigorsky

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

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.

Ludwig van Beethoven

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

Creativity takes courage.

Henri Matisse

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