Leonard Rose, cello with Isaac Stern, violin and Eugene Istomin, Piano
I was a pipsqueak of a kid and overwhelmingly shy. I was afraid to speak to Mr. Rose above a whisper. I’d try to hide behind the cello. He was always calm, soothing, and gentle. He tried to get me to overcome my timidity by constantly urging me to sing out on the instrument. There was this kind of sympathy from my teacher to me. It was like he was saying to me, ” I too was shy. I went through the same thing.”
– Yo-Yo Ma
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