Bernard Greenhouse:
Shifting Affects Emotion

Bernard Greenhouse in conversation with Paul Katz, 2008.

Master Class:

Dutilleux Trois Strophes
with Robert deMaine

Master class with Robert deMaine at New England Conservatory of Music, 2015.

Master Class with the Honorary President of CelloBello:

Barber Concerto, Op. 22 with Yo-Yo Ma

"The role of the musician is to go from concept to full execution. Put another way, it’s to
go from understanding the content of something to really learning how to communicate
it and make sure it’s well-received and lives in somebody else."

Sunday, April 5th 2020 at 1:00 pm EDT

CelloChat: Brant Taylor

Interactive CelloChat with Brant Taylor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, DePaul University),
live from Chicago, IL.

Tune in on Facebook Live and YouTube Live!

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.


Eliminate Left Hand Tension (Part 1)

How to eliminate fatigue and increase agility and ease. Cello lesson with Paul Katz.

From the Internet Cello Society Archives:

A Conversation with Shauna Rolston

Shauna Rolston in conversation with Tim Janof, January 2006.

CelloBello is Proud to Announce:


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April 5th 2020
CelloChat with BRANT TAYLOR
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, DePaul University

April 6th 2020
International Competition Winner

April 7th 2020
CelloChat with MICKEY KATZ
Boston Symphony Orchestra

April 9th 2020
CelloChat with GUY FISHMAN
Principal Cellist, Handel and Haydn Society

April 19th 2020
CelloChat with LLUÍS CLARET
New England Conservatory


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

Progress is impossible without change.

George Bernard Shaw

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

Felix Galimir

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

Michael Jackson

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

Victor Sazer

Creativity takes courage.

Henri Matisse

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

Yo-Yo Ma

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

Jascha Heifetz

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

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

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

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

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

Yo-Yo Ma

Play the fear out and then tone it down.

Kathy Winkler

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

Ida Kavafian

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

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

Listening awareness is primary in the zone of creative transcendence.

Paul Katz

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

Sergei Rachmaninoff

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’ll stop teaching when I stop learning.

Gregor Piatigorsky

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

Janos Starker

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

Sally Chisholm

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

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

Janos Starker

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


Artistry is in the details.


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

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

Thomas A. Edison

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


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


Through discipline comes freedom.


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

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

Paul Katz

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

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

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

Elizabeth Aureden

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.

Ludwig van Beethoven

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

Gregor Piatigorsky

Don’t perform – just be yourself.

Bobby McFerrin

Cello playing is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration.

Janos Starker

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

Pablo Casals

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

Wynton Marsalis

Cello playing begins in the back, before the sound.

Bernard Greenhouse

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

Ivan Galamian

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

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

Elbert Hubbard

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

Gregor Piatigorsky

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

Pablo Casals

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

Paul Katz

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


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