Sunday, October 11th 2020 at 3:00 pm EDT | 21:00 CET

Virtual CelloBello Gala 2020

We are excited to bring you an array of CB-exclusive performances from our featured
artists Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Alisa Weilerstein and Pieter
Wispelwey, and followed by a real-time Q&A! Mike Block hosts the event.

Get your tickets now!

Saturday, September 19th, 2020 at 12:00 pm EDT

CelloChat: Know the Score –
Inside the George Walker Cello Sonata Pt 1

Astrid Schween, Emmanuel Feldman, Owen Young and Seth Parker Woods come together to
discuss their personal journeys learning and performing this incredible masterpiece of the
American cello repertoire. Bring your questions!

From the Internet Cello Society Archives:

Conversation with Wendy Warner

Wendy Warner in conversation with Tim Janof, June 2002.

Master Class

Schubert Arpeggione Sonata, 1st Mvt.
with Pieter Wispelwey

Pieter Wispelwey master class at New England Conservatory of Music with Tony Rymer,
cello and Dina Vainshtein, piano.


Alisa Weilerstein: Bow Grip & Arm Weight

Alisa Weilerstein in conversation with Paul Katz.


Bow Hold Principles – Part 2

Control: Flexibility/Balance. Learn to find a balanced and flexible bow hold natural to the
individuality of your own hand. Cello lesson with Paul Katz.

CelloLegacy: Gabor Rejto

Brahms F major Cello Sonata, 4th Mvt.

Gabor Rejto, Cello with Adolph Baller, piano



Saturday, September 19th 2020 at 12:00 pm EDT
Featuring Astrid Schween, Emmanuel Feldman, Owen Young and Seth Parker Woods

Saturday, September 26th 2020 at 12:00 pm EDT
Featuring Astrid Schween, Emmanuel Feldman, Owen Young and Seth Parker Woods with Joy Cline Phinney, piano

Wednesday, September 30th 2020 at 1:00 pm EDT
CelloChat with HAI-YE NI
Principal Cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra

Wednesday, October 14th 2020 at 1:00 pm EDT
CelloChat with HAN BIN YOON
International Soloist and Chamber Musician


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

Yo-Yo Ma

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

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

Practicing is the art of making your ears happy.

Michael Haber

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


Progress is impossible without change.

George Bernard Shaw

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

Gregor Piatigorsky

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

Victor Sazer

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

Sergei Rachmaninoff

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

Jascha Heifetz

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

Pablo Casals

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

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

Cello playing begins in the back, before the sound.

Bernard Greenhouse

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

Albert Einstein

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

Wynton Marsalis

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

Yo-Yo Ma

Artistry is in the details.


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


Don’t perform – just be yourself.

Bobby McFerrin

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

Yo-Yo Ma

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

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

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

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

Listening awareness is primary in the zone of creative transcendence.

Paul Katz

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

Albert Einstein

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

Cello playing is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration.

Janos Starker

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

Pablo Casals

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

Thomas A. Edison

Through discipline comes freedom.


Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.

Ludwig van Beethoven

I’ll stop teaching when I stop learning.

Gregor Piatigorsky

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

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

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

Elizabeth Aureden

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

Ida Kavafian

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

Felix Galimir

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


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

Janos Starker

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

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

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

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

Sally Chisholm

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

Elbert Hubbard

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

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

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

Gregor Piatigorsky

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