Friday, August 21st 2020 at 12:00 pm EDT

CelloChat: Malcolm Parson

The Art of Creating Walking Basslines

Turtle Island Quartet cellist and member of the Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate
Drops, Malcolm Parsons hosts our next interactive CelloChat, live from Brooklyn, NY. Tune in
on Facebook Live and YouTube Live!

Master Class

Variations on a Rococo Theme
with Myung-Wha Chung

Shaping and controlling bow strokes in the Theme; how to practice Variation 1; using
vibrato and merging bowing decisions as you make a choice of phrase shapes in
Variation 3.


János Starker Shares His Teaching
and Philosophy

Starker discusses his teaching philosophy with Uri Vardi.

From the Internet Cello Society Archives:

A Conversation with Alban Gerhardt

Alban Gerhardt in conversation with Tim Janof, April 2003.


Tschaikovsky Rococo: Theme (Vibrato)

Freeing the left hand for vibrato. Cello lesson with Paul Katz.


For Teachers – Lesson Archive

Paul Katz discusses cello pedagogy with Eugene Kim, Laura Blustein, Matt McManus,
Nancy Hair, Mark Churchill and Ron Lowry.



Friday, August 21st 2020 at 12:00 pm EDT
CelloChat with MALCOLM PARSON:
The Art of Creating Walking Basslines

Turtle Island Quartet; member of the Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops

Monday, August 24th 2020 at 12:00 pm EDT
Arabic Cello Workshop

Palestinian Cellist and Composer


Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Play the fear out and then tone it down.

Kathy Winkler

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

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

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

Jascha Heifetz

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

Yo-Yo Ma

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

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


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

Elbert Hubbard

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

Janos Starker

Creativity takes courage.

Henri Matisse

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

Ivan Galamian

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

Thomas A. Edison

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

Artistry is in the details.


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

Victor Sazer

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 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

Through discipline comes freedom.


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


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

Michael Jackson

Don’t perform – just be yourself.

Bobby McFerrin

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

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

Sally Chisholm

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

Albert Einstein

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

Pablo Casals

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

Cello playing is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration.

Janos Starker

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

Yo-Yo Ma

Progress is impossible without change.

George Bernard Shaw

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


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

Art is 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

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

Wynton Marsalis

I’ll stop teaching when I stop learning.

Gregor Piatigorsky

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

Albert Einstein

Cello playing begins in the back, before the sound.

Bernard Greenhouse

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

Janos Starker

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

Paul Katz

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

Gregor Piatigorsky

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

Pablo Casals

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

Elizabeth Aureden

Practicing is the art of making your ears happy.

Michael Haber

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

Gregor Piatigorsky

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

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

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

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

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

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