Interview with the Honorary President of CelloBello:

Yo-Yo Ma: Music and Purpose

Yo-Yo Ma on how to focus in performance: why do we perform, what is the function of
music, what is the power of music?

CelloLegacy: Gregor Piatigorsky

Prokofiev: Masques from Romeo
and Juliet

Gregor Piatigorsky, cello

Tuesday, March 3rd 2020 at 2:30 pm EST

CelloStream: Hans Jørgen Jensen

The first CelloStream Master Class of 2020 is hosted by Hans Jørgen Jensen (Bienen
School of Music at Northwestern University). Live from New England Conservatory,
exclusively on CelloBello via Facebook Live and YouTube Live!

Sunday, March 1st 2020 at 1:00 pm EST

CelloChat: Yeesun Kim

Yeesun Kim of the Borromeo String Quartet hosts our next interactive CelloChat session,
live from Boston! Tune in on Facebook Live and join the conversation!

Watch CelloBello's 10th Anniversary Movie:

A Global Community of Musical Excellence:
The CelloBello Story

To commemmorate the 10th anniversary of CelloBello, we revisit the history of the site.


Tschaikovsky Rococo: Theme (Bow)

Cello lesson with Paul Katz on phrase shaping and character.

Master Class:

Bach Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major
with Pieter Wispelwey

Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande.

From the Internet Cello Society Archives:

A Conversation with Maria Kliegel

Maria Kliegel in conversation with Tim Janof, September 1999.



March 1st 2020
CelloChat with YEESUN KIM
Borromeo String Quartet

March 3rd 2020
Northwestern Bienen School of Music

March 8th 2020
CelloChat with MIKE BLOCK
Multi-style Cellist

March 15th 2020
CelloChat with DAVID YING
Eastman School of Music


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

Albert Einstein

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

Janos Starker

Artistry is in the details.


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.


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

Janos Starker

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.
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.
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
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”.
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.
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.
Yo-Yo Ma
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
My involvement in the political arena is to make sure there’s a place for culture.
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
The art of interpretation is not to play what is written.
Pablo Casals
Listening awareness is primary in the zone of creative transcendence.
Paul Katz


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