Master class with Yo-Yo Ma in Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music, 2016.

  • The world’s most celebrated cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, teaches the  Elgar Concerto  with a great mix of humor and wisdom.
  • It’s a concerto but you are not by yourself. Make music with others -the orchestra, the piano. Know their music, and listen to the whole sound for inspiration.
  • Storytelling can clarify and strengthen your conception of what you want to say.
  • Believe unequivocally in what you feel and give everything you have to communicate it.
  • Humor, intensity, drama, needs surprise. Exploiting the unexpected, the unprepared, strengthens your  personality and holds your audience.


I was meant to be a composer and will be I’m sure. Don’t ask me to try to forget this unpleasant thing and go play football – please. Samuel Barber, age 9

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