CelloBello is Proud to Present:

Cello Works by Black Composers

CelloBello envisions a future in classical music where racial equity and representation
are the norm, not the exception, and hope this database might take us a step towards
this vision by easing access to information about repertoire that is more inclusive of our
diverse communities and helping to encourage new curiosities and explorations into
this repertoire that, historically, has not been equally represented on our concert stages
or in our music schools.

Friday, November 6th 2020 at 2:30 pm EST

Live from London

CelloChat: Selma Gokcen

Part 1 of 4: Finding your Ground, Finding your Centre

As a follow-up to the Miracle of Coordination Cello Chat last summer, Selma Gokcen
(Guildhall School of Music & Drama) hosts a four-part series which goes into greater depth
about the Alexander Technique in cello playing.

Hans Jensen Master Class:

Beethoven A Major Sonata, 1st Movement

Learn to be intentional about guiding the tip of the bow; how harmonics and resonance
are foundational to playing in tune; to apply musical and technical decisions to parallel
places; and to use hyper-meter to help with phrasing the first theme.

Master class with Hans Jensen at New England Conservatory.


Uniting the Hands

Varying left hand depth. Cello lesson with Paul Katz.

From the Internet Cello Society Archives:

Conversation with Julian Lloyd Webber

Julian Lloyd Webber in conversation with Tim Janof, July 2004.

Legacy: Emanuel Feuermann Oral History

Feuermann's Charismatic Personality

Emanuel Feuermann's grand-daughter Marika Hughes in conversation with Paul Katz.

Blogs: Tony Woodcock

The Forgotten Live Video Recording:
Du Pré & the Dvořák Cello Concerto, 1968

In this moving, personal description, Tony Woodcock, who was 17 years old at the time,
recounts the unexpected political backdrop for this historic concert, which was hastily
arranged in response to the 1968 Russian invasion of Dvořák’s home country of

Interview: Pieter Wispelwey

Wispelwey on Stage Fright

Pieter Wispelwey in conversation with Paul Katz.

featured blogs

live events

Friday, November 6th 2020 at 2:30 pm EST
CelloChat with SELMA GOKCEN:
Finding your Ground, Finding your Centre (Part 1 of 4)

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Friday, November 13th 2020 at 2:30 pm EST
CelloChat with SELMA GOKCEN:
The Principle of Opposition: Power & Balance (Part 2 of 4)

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Friday, November 20th 2020 at 2:30 pm EST
CelloChat with SELMA GOKCEN:
A Powerful Back, A Light Arm (Part 3 of 4)

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Friday, November 27th 2020 at 2:30 pm EST
CelloChat with SELMA GOKCEN:
The Challenge of Changing Habits (Part 4 of 4)

Guildhall School of Music & Drama


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

Jascha Heifetz

Creativity takes courage.

Henri Matisse

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

Sally Chisholm

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

Ida Kavafian

Cello playing is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration.

Janos Starker

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


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


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

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

Yo-Yo Ma

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

Through discipline comes freedom.


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


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

Janos Starker

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

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

Albert Einstein

Artistry is in the details.


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

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

Paul Katz

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.

Ludwig van Beethoven

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

Janos Starker

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

Pablo Casals

Cello playing begins in the back, before the sound.

Bernard Greenhouse

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

Pablo Casals

Listening awareness is primary in the zone of creative transcendence.

Paul Katz

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

Don’t perform – just be yourself.

Bobby McFerrin

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

Elbert Hubbard

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

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

Gregor Piatigorsky

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

Felix Galimir

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

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

Albert Einstein

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

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

Yo-Yo Ma

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

Victor Sazer

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

Practice like it means everything in the world to you. Perform like you don’t give a damn.

Jascha Heifetz

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

Elizabeth Aureden

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

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

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

Wynton Marsalis

Practicing is the art of making your ears happy.

Michael Haber

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

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

Paul Katz

Progress is impossible without change.

George Bernard Shaw

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

Yo-Yo Ma

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

Gregor Piatigorsky

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


I’ll stop teaching when I stop learning.

Gregor Piatigorsky

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

Sergei Rachmaninoff

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

Michael Jackson

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

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