Master class with Paul Katz at the Steans Institute of Music, Ravinia Festival, 2018.

  • You can achieve a large scale nobility without overplaying – Forte is Brahms’ loudest marking.
  • During this time of his life Brahms was preoccupied with composing song, so remember the Cantabile nature of the work.
  • Focus on the mystery, the calm, the interpretive variety that comes from the soft dynamics.
  • Brahms wrote long slurs – take more bows when necessary, but don’t accent changes.


It is (Brahms’) elasticity of spirit, his fine gifted nature, his noble heart that I love.

–Clara Schumann

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