János Starker

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Brant Taylor: Starker’s Cello, Bridge and Teaching

Brant Taylor (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) on the cello of his former mentor János Starker.

János Starker Shares His Teaching and Philosophy

This meeting took place at Janos Starker's home in Bloomington, Indiana. After an afternoon of teaching Mr. Starker discusses his teaching philosophy with Uri Vardi

János Starker on His Difficult, Early Years

Interview with Paul Katz, 2010

János Starker on His Performance Anxiety

Interview with Paul Katz, 2010

János Starker on Vibrato

Interview with Paul Katz, 2010

János Starker on Rhythmic Freedom

Interview with Paul Katz, 2010

János Starker on Releasing Tension

Interview with Paul Katz, 2010

János Starker on Growing as a Performer

Interview with Paul Katz, 2010

World-renowned Cellist János Starker Dies at Age 88

Remembering János Starker (Jul 5, 1924 - Apr 28, 2013)

Kodály Solo Sonata – 1st Mvt., Allegro maestoso ma appassiona

János Starker, Cello

Kodály Solo Sonata – 2nd Mvt., Adagio (con gran espressione)

János Starker, cello

Kodály Solo Sonata – 3rd Mvt., Allegro molto vivace

János Starker, Cello

Boccherini Sonata in A major

Janos Starker, Cello

The Swan by Saint-Saëns, Popper Tarantella

Janos Starker, Cello

Bach Cello Suite No. 3 in C major – Prelude

János Starker, Cello


by ROBERT BATTEY (active Washington DC area cellist, teacher and writer)

János Starker’s all-embracing legacy is unique. No one impacted so many different facets of the art, craft, and literature of the cello, and no one gave so freely of himself to advance the cause of music at all levels.

As a solo artist, he was simply nonpareil. He traveled the globe scores of
times, appearing in the world’s great concert halls, and with the most
prestigious orchestras. His recording career spanned nearly half a century, and covered an astounding range of repertoire. Whether on stage or through
recordings, the technical and musical standards he upheld never once wavered or compromised. The standards of execution he set have quite simply changed the way we listen to the cello now, and what “virtuoso” playing means. His teaching generations of cellists will ensure that the principles and standards will be carried forward, and his many ancillary activities enriched and enlivened the musical life, in so many spheres, and will continue to do so as long as there are practitioners and aficionados of the cello.

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