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.


The role of the musician is to go from concept to full execution. Put another way, it’s to go from understanding the content of something to really learning how to communicate it and make sure it’s well-received and lives in somebody else.

– Yo-Yo Ma

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