TUTTI CELLI CONTENTS-- volume 4, issue 3,4
New Members' Message
ICS News and Announcements 3000 members from 66 different countries
ICS Award Website
ICS Cello Chat Board
Music Festival Watch
Announcements Andre Navarra Anniversary
Other Internet Music Resources
ICS has almost 3,000 members. There are three new countries represented
by our membership: Barbados, Lebanon and Virgin Islands, for a total of
countries. Here's the total list of 66 countries:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile,
China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark,
Ecuador, Finland , France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Hong
Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan,
Latvia, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico,
Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto
Rico, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South
Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Ukraine,
United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Virgin Islands , Zimbabwe
We welcome some youth to our helpful ICS Host panel! Christine Kempe at
firstname.lastname@example.org, is a 17 year old cellist with lots of orchestra experience
at the high school level.
Tracie Price has come on board as an Assistant Tutti Celli Editor. She has
been busy helping our international members translate their articles for
Webmaster's report, for the next Tutti Celli: May 15, 1998
Among a multitude of minor adjustments, fixing links, etc., the webmaster
has added a few new items on the Internet Cello Society pages:
1. A nice new banner logo for our front page.
2. Lots of new free pages for cellists, linked under pros and amateurs.
3. New pictures of the week.
4. Newly re-written article on the origin and construction of the cello.
5. Several new additions to "Great Cellists of the Past. "
6. Updates to Camps and Festivals, and donors.
7. Better search capabilities.
8. Coming in June: "Joys and Sorrows," the autobiography of Pablo
the entire book, with many photos.
FLASH! webmaster (our webmaster) has just changed his email address to
Please write him there if you need to. He will be changing his link on all
our ICS pages this weekend.
New link to Orchestras Around the World. We have linked to this on our
index. Thanks to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for a fine resource!
There is a new cello club in South Africa, the "Cape Town Cello Club.
New articles about "wolf tones" and "stage fright" have
been added to our Cello Tips On Technique Pages.
**ICS could still use volunteers to serve as TUTTI
CELLI Editors, Reporters, Writers and Reviewers; ICS Fundraisers; and
The Internet Cello Society is going through a transformation. In response
to growing demand, Paul Tseng will be initiating a separate CelloChat area
for our more youthful members. Our webmaster Marshall St. John continues
to keep the ICS website updated with more and more valuable information.
Tim Finholt has stepped forward to become the new editor of TUTTI CELLI.
Tim has had many years of experience as past editor of the Seattle Cello
Society newsletter and has had articles in Strings and Strad. Hopefully
this will allow me to communicate more frequently with members and more
time to administrate the other aspects of the Internet Cello Society.
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when I logged on 1 second ago. It looks very appealing and professional
and the color combination was great. Once again, congrats and I think it's
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[reply to concern of inaccurate information in "Cello, and
**Dear Mr. Markevitch,
Indeed the Essay was the work of a younger student, and it is inappropriate
to propagate such inaccurate information. I will send a copy of this reply
to our ICS webmaster requesting that the article
be removed immediately. The demand for information on the Internet is
and sometimes quantity compromises quality. I founded the Internet Cello
Society with the hope of providing information on the cello to the global
cyber-community in a coherent, organized manner. Unfortunately, I have not
received as much expert assistance in developing quality content as I had
anticipated. Everyone is willing to read but few are willing to do the work
to contribute valuable and accurate information. The Internet Cello Society
would be greatly honored if you would consider writing a substitute article
about the history of the cello.
(Since the writing of this letter, Marshall St. John has reposted the article
with the suggested corrections. )
[letter on Tim Finholt's Bach article]
Great article! I just skimmed it and will read it more thoroughly when I
have time (i. e. , probably not at work!) Only yesterday I was comparing
bowings for the Bourree from the third suite for my friend's daughter, who
is nine, and she asked why we didn't "just play it the way Bach wrote
Thanks again for sharing all your hard work with the rest of us,
Greetings and thank you for your unselfish work and devotion to this global
effort. I am a 67 years old cello novice, trying to self-instruct after
beginning almost 4 years ago. This site will be very encouraging and
San Rafael, CA
I live in the Netherlands, even though my contacts with France and Italy
(my home country) are quite frequent. I want to thank you again for the
big work you are doing to make the "cello" people happy, adjourned,
in contact, in one word, a supra-national group of "friends"
Arto Noras appears regularly with major orchestras throughout the world
and has recorded extensively. A former student of Paul Tortelier at the
Paris Conservatoire, he was a runner-up at the Tchaikovsky Competition in
1966. He is also well-known for his appearances as a distinguished chamber
musician and is a founding member of the Sibelius Academy Quartet. He is
also the founder and artistic director of the Naantali Music Festival, as
well as founder of the International Paulo Cello Competition. Since 1970,
he has been Professor of Cello at the Sibelius Academy.
TF: You studied with Paul Tortelier. Were you the student he worked with
for six hours on the first note of Schelomo?
AN: No, we did that with the opening scale of the Bach's Third Suite Prelude.
If he liked a student, he would put a lot of effort into his teaching, and
would work the student relentlessly. But, if he didn't like somebody, the
lesson would last only five or ten minutes. Fortunately, I was on his good
side, so he taught me very profoundly. His teaching method was not very
democratic. He was a very dominating teacher, insisting that we play at
least once the way he wanted, with his fingerings and with his voice. His
ideas were very complicated, particularly in Bach, so it took a long time
before he was satisfied. But as soon as he was happy, he stopped immediately
and said, "Now you are free to do whatever you like. " His teaching
method was also very liberating in a way. Once you demonstrated that you
could play superbly in his way, he believed that you had attained the skills
to play superbly in another way. The euphoria and relief of finally getting
it "right" gave me a great sense of satisfaction.
TF: Did he teach primarily with words, or did he demonstrate a lot?
AN: He seldom taught without the cello, demonstrating constantly, but he
was also a master of description, and knew exactly how to describe what
he wanted. He once told me that he always had a picture or story in mind
when he played, though I don't remember what they were. I often wondered
whether he always had the same imagery for each piece, or if the pictures
TF: Looking back, are there some ideas he taught that you disagree with
AN: I studied with him over thirty years ago, so my own ideas have certainly
developed since then. For instance, our ideas on Bach differ. Tortelier
probably played Bach every day for fifty years, changing his bowings and
fingerings constantly. After years of work on the Suites, his Bach, though
fantastic in his way, became very complicated. He studied, for example,
the Sarabande of the C minor Suite all his musical life, a movement that
Bach probably wrote in 4 minutes. After so many years of study, his
was piled with layers and layers of meaning, more meaning than Bach probably
ever envisioned. It's as if you study one stone in a wall for twenty years.
Naturally you know your stone very well, but it becomes difficult to explain
the character of this stone to others, and you may lose sight of the fact
that this stone is only a small part of the wall.
TF: How do you approach the Bach Suites? Do you strive to play them in a
more Baroque fashion, or do you have a more contemporary approach?
AN: I prefer not to perform Bach these days. It has become too complicated
and too controversial a subject. This becomes evident in competitions, for
example. When the jury listens to Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, or Dvorak,
pretty much agrees upon whether the performance was good or bad. But when
somebody plays Bach, some of the judges hate it, some love it, and the rest
don't say anything at all! The normal way to approach a composition is not
enough for some reason when playing Bach. I am not allowed, by some groups,
to apply all my knowledge and experience of music and music-making and perform
Bach the way I like it. No matter what I do, somebody will be offended.
I can play it with or without vibrato, legato or with separate bows, with
a variety of tempos, and so on, and somebody is guaranteed to hate it. There
are no rules with Bach, which I find to be very irritating! Violinists are
lucky, since they don't face this problem with their solo Bach works. And
do we really want to play Bach the way it was actually done back then, with
amateurish scratchy technique and out of tune? I don't think so.
TF: It sounds like you don't have much sympathy for the Authentic movement.
AN: I love the Bach Suites, but I think they should be played like the other
compositions we play today, with all the possibilities we have available.
I remember when Itzhak Perlman recorded the solo Bach works for violin.
After the CD was released, he was interviewed on television by a musicologist.
When the musicologist started grilling him about his style, Perlman replied
by saying something like: "Look, sir, when I recorded the Bach, I tried
to remember everything I was told by my teachers when I was in school in
the United States. I then drew upon my experience of six thousand concerts
since then. I did my best, applying my experience of playing Mozart, Beethoven,
Brahms, and so on. I also tried to apply what I understood about Bach, and
to apply everything we have learned since Bach, in an effort to approximate
how I think he would have liked it, if played in the modern style. If that
isn't good enough for you, I am sorry. " Bravo, Mr. Perlman!"
I worry that if we restrict ourselves to playing in a style of the period
when a piece was written, we will lose our audience. This applies to all
music, not just Bach. In a hundred years, I'm sure we will play much better,
so why imprison ourselves, both technically and creatively, when we will
have even more possibilities available to us? We must allow ourselves to
grow, whether we are talking music, art, architecture, or literature. Remember
that composers didn't necessarily play the instruments they composed for,
or at least were not experts. So they probably never heard the works the
way they heard them in their heads as they were composing. The music they
envisioned in their minds was not scratchy, uneven in tone, or out of tune,
the way it probably sounded in Bach's day. I think Bach would be thrilled
to hear his music played by a modern cellist, with our modern technique,
style, and instruments. This discussion makes me so angry!
**The complete transcript**
edited by Tracie Price
I am eighteen years old and have been playing the cello for a long time,
and now after some ten years, I have begun to love it. I also play the guitar,
because my father and brothers all play the violin and when we traveled
they took their violins everywhere, but I could never take my cello. I'm
not playing professionally, and am probably not going to. I study at a French
bilingual school here in Bratislava, which is a city of three languages,
German, Hungarian and Slovak.
I play the cello because my uncle is one of the most important Slovak cellists.
Perhaps you know the name Slovak Chamber Orchestra? He traveled with them
around the globe until three years ago, when they broke up. I wrote about
him to a doctor on your page who can prepare homepages for cellists.
Last week Robert Cohen was here in Bratislava, I am sure you know him. He
taught a masterclass, which was the best I've ever seen and heard. There
were other cellists there who might not have been as excited about the class,
but I don't think so. The next two days he played the Elgar Cello Concerto
in the philharmony hall. Elgar is not played here very often. The entire
audience was excited, as was my uncle who sat at the soloist's left. He
then gave two encores, Bach and Paganini's Rossini Variations.
I played in an ensemble of nine cellists last year. We played one concert,
and after several rehearsals this year, the leader, Professor Podhoransky,
left for Japan. Now they're trying to give it a rebirth, so I am going to
participate. Except for this, there aren't a lot of cello events here, and
it is often difficult to get information. For example, I heard from the
radio that a well known foreign cellist was here, organized by the Institut
Francais, and when I was in the Institute a day before the concert, I hadn't
noticed any announcement about it.
Our city has a wonderful atmosphere, the three cultures have been mixing
for centuries, so it's nice to live here.
I'm a cello student studying at the University of Stellenbosch. Our music
department is the best in South Africa and is amazingly well facilitated.
There are currently 6 under-grad students studying cello as their principle
instrument and all 6 are doing a performance course. We all study with Dalena
Roux, an exceptional person, musician and teacher. She is always looking
for opportunities for us to perform as a group and as soloists, which is
fantastic, because performance opportunities in SA in general are very few
and far between. Furthermore, she has introduced us to the world of cello
ensembles: the music composed for this medium, the sound possibilities,
and its potential to be taken more seriously.
We are not the only cellists interested in cello ensemble music, however.
In fact, there are many impromptu ensembles throughout the country, and
a permanent group, "Cellisimo" has recently been founded. This
has inspired a number of our local composers, young and old, to compose
more music for this medium, which is fantastic as the repertoire is fairly
limited and groups often have to resort to arrangements of other works (many
of which work extremely well, mind you!).
We would love to hear from other such groups around the world, and about
repertoire as finding new and unusual music in South Africa is often
What a wonderful cello festival! It has been a couple of weeks since I
and I still catch myself daydreaming about my experience. And how could
I not, when such a galaxy of cello stars were present: Steven Isserlis,
Janos Starker, Miklos Perenyi, Natalia Gutman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Arto Noras,
Boris Pergamenschikow, Siegfried Palm, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and many more.
To hear but one of these musicians in an evening would sustain me, but to
hear them all...!
As will be apparent in this report, I mainly went to enjoy the music and
to celebrate the cello, not as a critic. Of course, there were performances
that were eyebrow raising, but only a few. So please bear with me as I mostly
enthuse about my experience, like the closet rabid fan that I am.
The festival opened Wednesday night with a monumental cello and orchestra
concert, which was broadcast live on BBC radio: Haydn D Major Concerto
by Miklos Perenyi, a new work, "Cello Dreaming" by Peter Sculthorpe,
performed by Steven Isserlis, Shostakovich 2nd Concerto performed by Natalia
Gutman, Lutoslawski Concerto performed by Boris Pergamenschikow, and
Concerto performed by Arto Noras, all with conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier,
son of you know who. Tormented by intense jet-lag, I had to leave after
the Shostakovich, but what an inspiring concert!
Perenyi played beautifully, of course, throwing in a cadenza in the last
movement of the Haydn too. I was struck by his shy, head-down demeanor as
he played. He is a master, and yet he projects a persona of gentle shyness.
I wish I had found a chance to speak with him.
"Cello Dreaming" is a piece for amplified cello and orchestra,
which I actually found to be a little repetitive, though others described
it as "evocative. " Unfortunately, as the music intensified near
the end of the piece, the amplifier started squealing with feedback. The
volume was quickly turned down, but this ruined the emotional impact of
the climactic ending. After making a crack about BBC not having a decent
amplifier, on live radio that is, Isserlis opted to play the last few minutes
of the piece again, which I'm sure the composer, who was present, greatly
Natalia Gutman has made the Shostakovich concerti her own, which should
come as no surprise. She played with great power, intensity, and depth.
It was also wonderful to see a woman who has reached "master"
status, which I don't think we've seen since Jacqueline du Pré.
Siegfried Palm, honored at the festival for his lifetime of championing
contemporary music, performed in recital the next evening. There are many
pieces in his repertoire that few can play even today, since the general
knowledge of contemporary technique is still very limited. His program included
Zimmerman Solo Sonata, Penderecki Capriccio, and Hindemith Kammermusik No.
3, op. 36 No. 2.
Particularly striking was the Penderecki, which calls for some quite remarkable
sounds from the cello. He tapped his fingers on the body of the cello, and
plucked or hammered the strings with his left hand --relatively common effects.
But I learned some new ones, like bowing on the strings below the bridge
at an EXTREME angle, which produces a rather piercing and grating squeal,
much more jarring than when one plays with a straight bow. A pleasantly
dull sound was produced by bowing on the cello's tail piece, which appeared
to be pre-rosined. With so many extreme sound effects, the audience could
not help but enjoy this piece.
**The complete transcript**
It's always an exciting time when the year of the Cello Festival arrives
at the Royal Northern College of Music. When the schedule for the String
Department's year comes out in September, it's nice to flip through to the
months of April and May and start to wonder what the Festival's going to
be like. I actually ended up in Manchester as a result of coming to the
Cello Festival in 1994. One day I was flipping through the Strad magazine,
saw the advertisement for the Festival and managed to convince a friend
to come with me to Manchester. During my week there, I was overwhelmed by
the standard of playing in Manchester and by the spirit of the College.
At that time I had just finished my third year at the University of British
Columbia and had started contemplating where I'd like to go for a Masters'
degree, and attending the Festival made me wonder if I'd like to come here.
And it turned out that while I was in Manchester that week (with my cello
which I dragged all the way here) I did an audition for the Head of the
String Department and got accepted. I started here in September 1995 as
a postgrad. cellist and this year I was taken onto the staff as a 'Junior
Fellow' and a 'Scholar in Chamber Music' with my piano trio (the Saskia
Piano Trio including two colleagues that I met at the R.N.C.M. ). I've now
lived through 2 Festivals as an R.N.C.M. student and the '94 Festival as
a delegate, so I've experienced two different sides of the coin. This report
will give you a summary of the entire festival, as well as giving you the
occasional tidbit of behind the scenes information!
Sometime in the second term various resident cellists get asked to participate
in the Young Artists' Recital. Some people get a chance to play a solo,
some a duet, but most of the older cello students are put into a group of
some sort. This year I was asked to play in an international cello ensemble,
involving R.N.C.M. students from China, Holland, Canada (me), Germany,
Australia and Spain. ) At the end of the second term we started rehearsals
on Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasilieras #5 (with Swedish-Australian soprano
Anna Ryberg, who is also an R.N.C.M. student, and recommenced on April 20
to make the final preparations for the concert.
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CAPE TOWN CELLO CLUB
Formed in September 1997 the Cape Town Cello Club is for all those who play
or find the cello fascinating. Our current members include both amateurs
and professionals, students and teachers and many non players who just love
by Sarah Acres
A newsletter, concerts, master- classes, workshops, talks, videos and cello
gatherings are but a few of the exciting events planned. We are affiliated
to the British Cello Club and the Internet Cello Society.
Many of our members have participated in and observed four different
given by German cellist Maria Kliegel , Norman Fischer from America, JanErik
Gustaffson from Finland and British cellist Jonathan Beecher. Four teachers
each with his or her very individual style and each of who did a lot to
help the club to grow.
Our teachers' workshop, given by Norman Fischer, was a lot of fun and gave
the teachers a chance to tackle some of the teaching difficulties they
from time to time. All of us got a lot of inspiration and stimulation from
this day, and subsequently we organized a talk on the Suzuki method of teaching
given by ex south African cellist Glenda Piek on a visit to Cape Town.
The Hugo Lamprecht Music School in Parow suggested and hosted a Christmas
concert for all cellists under standard five. Not only did everyone play
a solo but also as part of an ensemble group playing carols. Everyone had
fun and it has created a lot of interaction between the children from different
Sarah Acres, Coordinator
I. LLUIS CLARET
a. Use the entire body to pull the bow on string, not just the arm. Make
sure the body is rotated appropriately for each string. Don't allow body
to remain in a fixed position.
b. The bow fingers should not flex too much at bow changes. Have flexible
fingers, but don't have overt finger motion.
c. The bow stroke is just a small piece (or sector) of an overall arc motion
in which the bow arm travels. The theoretical arc extends beyond the bow
d. With quick short bows, don't just use the wrist, use the entire arm.
e. With quick short bows, practice bowing on open strings so that you are
sure which string you are supposed to be playing.
f. Don't hold the bow at the ready when starting. Approach the string when
it's time, in rhythm with the music, like a conductor's upbeat.
g. Upbow staccato - Release pinky finger, dangle wrist, lower elbow, and
rotate wrist clockwise for each note.
a. Be sure to bring the left arm over when playing on the C-string. Don't
just try to reach over with the fingers.
b. For a relaxed vibrato, make sure your hand is loose.
c. Don't use as much vibrato on pizzicato notes as you use on bowed notes.
d. When leaping to the fourth finger, really swing hand towards the fourth
finger so that the note is articulated.
e. Be conscious of which finger is the connecting finger when shifting.
f. The arm should follow the hand, especially in thumb position. If it doesn't,
you lose your solid foundation, since the hand is rotated.
g. For a dry pizzicato, pluck more vertically and stop string with left
h. For fast notes, don't just practice blocks of notes, practice the
a. Always vary repeated pitches musically. They are always going somewhere.
II. ARTO NORAS
a. Dvorak Concerto - Being heard is difficult since the cello is in the
mid-range of the orchestra.
b. Dvorak Concerto - One doesn't need to worry about style issues, like
in Bach. Just think about the message of the music.
c. Dvorak Concerto - When studying this piece, the key concept is "sound.
d. Haydn D Major Concerto (First Movement) - The first and third beats are
the most important. Feel the music in four or even two beats per measure,
e. Haydn D Major Concerto (First Movement) - This piece is a huge test of
a musician's creativity and sensitivity, since it is somewhat repetitive
and very exposed.
f. Haydn C Major Concerto - When studying this piece, the key thing to work
on is left hand technique.
g. Crescendos - Per Pablo Casals, it is more natural to crescendo on an
upbow, so try to arrange your bowings so that this happens.
h. Sequences - They must go somewhere, either crescendo or diminuendo.
i. Generally speaking, crescendo when the notes go up and vise versa.
III. NATALIA GUTMAN
a. Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 (First Movement) - Don't play everything
with a crunchy forte character. A variety in color is needed since the piece
keeps going in the same direction.
b. Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 (First Movement) - Be sure to articulate
the small notes.
c. In difficult spots, be sure to give yourself time to get the hand and
finger there first.
d. Bring the hand and arm over when playing on the lower strings.
e. Be sure to articulate all notes, not neglecting the ones before and after
a down shift.
f. When doing vibrato in thumb position, release the thumb. Play with
g. Something must happen when five notes are the same. Play with variety.
h. Don't prepare the hands way ahead of time when not playing.
i. Bach 6th Suite Sarabande - Use more bow expression and less vibrato.
j. Bach 6th Suite Sarabande - Try to minimize left arm motion, so it doesn't
sound so panicked.
k. Bach 6th Suite Gigue - Don't crunch the chords.
l. Bach 6th Suite Gigue - Use less bow, playing mostly in the lower half.
IV. PHILIPPE MULLER
a. Debussy Sonata - Don't immediately get soft when you see a diminuendo.
The diminuendo just starts there.
b. Debussy Sonata - Near the end of the second movement, there are two
open C strings. Pluck the second one at the half-string position so that
you don't stop the ringing of the string after the first pizz.
V. RALPH KIRSHBAUM
a. Beethoven A Major (First Movement) - Don't slide on the opening fifth
(A to E). Play as simply as possible, giving this motive more dignity, matching
the articulation of the piano, which comes in with the same theme a little
b. Beethoven A Major (First Movement) - Play the opening as one long line,
keeping the pulse going (in two).
c. Beethoven A Major (First Movement) - Avoid slides when shifting up a
fourth (i. e. E to A)
d. Beethoven A Major (First Movement) - The two grace notes, as in places
like measure 27, should be before the beat so that you land right on the
beat with the main note.
e. Beethoven A Major (First Movement) - The triplets in places like measure
36 should be played in two, in order to keep the pulse going.
f. Beethoven A Major (First Movement) - Many years ago, when Ralph Kirshbaum
played in a master class and he altered the rhythm significantly, the master
cellist just said, "It's a pity. "
g. Rococo Variations - Play a little more Tchaikovsky and a little less
h. Don't make every note special, otherwise none will be.
i. When shifting, move the hand and arm as a block.
**The complete transcript**
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>>Hello. I'm a cellist who has been enjoying your site, especially
cello chat. I have a concern, however. Some of the younger cellists are
posting teachers (or whoevers) personal phone numbers to the board. It might
be a good idea [to remind members that] private email is much better. The
internet is no place for posting peoples private numbers without their
A concerned female cello teacher ;-)
**I agree and would like to remind ICS members that posts on the CelloChat
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[reply to inquiry into legends about cellos]
Jean Louis Duport (I think) was a great virtuoso in Paris from around the
time of the French Revolution until the early 1800s. He performed often
for whoever happened to be in power...So the story goes that he played for
Napoleon, and the Emperor wanted to try his cello. So Duport says, OK, and
as Napoleon seats himself at the instrument, his ornamental spur digs a
big gouge out of the instrument.
Apparently this cello was later owned by a modern player, Casals or
and the spur mark is still there. Memory doesn't serve too well on this
one, but I think I read it in Casals' autobiography? Or maybe Lev Ginsberg's
History of the Violoncello (great book, if you haven't seen it).
International Music Academy,
Kromeriz, Czech Republic
A Three Week Advanced String Program
July 13 - August 2, 1998
Dr. Harry M.B.Hurwitz
Icicle Creek Chamber Music
for college and advanced high shool students
in the Washington Cascade Mountains
July 25 - August 8, 1998
Galena Chamber Music Institute (high school/college age)
summer camp with Chicago Symphony
August 2-17, 1998
ARIA International Summer Academy
University of W. Ontario, London, Canada
Prestigious cello faculty
August 3-23, 1998
Workshop/retreat for adult amateur & beginning cellists
Led by Lisa Liske-Doorandish & Jonathan Kramer
Craig Springs (near Blacksburg) Virginia
August 11-16, 1998
Information from Lisa (540) 961-0119
Summerkeys program for adult amateur cellists
Lubec, Maine August 24-28 and August 31 - Sept 4
Cello-Masterclasses with David Geringas, Bernard
Greenhouse and Frans Helmerson
Kronberg (near Frankfurt) Germany
September 26 - October 2, 1998
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Andre Navarra Anniversary
by German Prentki
July 30th 1998 will mark the 10th anniversary of Andre Navarra's death.
Navarra is recognized as one the great cello pedagogues of the 20th century,
representing the French School of Cello Playing.
The son of a bass player, Andre was born on October 13, 1911 in Biarritz,
France, and began his cello studies at the age of nine with Professor
He gave his first concert when he was 11 years old. He continued his studies
at the Conservatoire Nacional de Musique de Paris with Jules Loeb in 1926.
In 1928, he substituted for cellist Pierre Fournier in a string quartet,
with whom he premiered Milhaud's 2nd and Hindemith's 1st string quartets.
The next milestone of his career was winning first prize in the Vienna Cello
Competition (1937), after which he started touring Europe and gaining fame
on a world level.
In 1949 he became Professor of the Conservatoire National Superior de Musique
de Paris. Following this position, he taught at several schools, including
Hochschule Musik in Vienna, Musikakademie in Detmold, Germany, and Academia
Chigiana a Sienna (Italy). He was still teaching at the Academia Chigiana
at the time of his death on July 30th, 1988. On June 26th, 1998, at Salle
Pleyel in Paris, a concert in honor of Andre Navarra's great accomplishments
will be held. Yo Yo Ma will play the Dvorak Concerto with the Orchestra
Philharmonic Radio France under Marek Janowski, and Valentin Erben from
the Alban Berg Quartet will play the Faure Elegy. There are plans for a
Navarra Competition in the works.
The Second Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition is
going to be held in Warsaw, Poland, February 14 - 21, 1999, and is open
to cellists of all nationalities born after Dec. 31, 1974. The deadline
for sending an application is Oct. 30, 1998. Jury: Kazimierz Michalik, Chairman
Elias Arizcurenm Stanislaw Firlej, Tobias Kuhne, Ivan Monighetti, Walter
Nothas, Milos Sadlo, Natalia Shachowskaya, Roman Suchecki. Program: 1st
round Sarabande and Gigue from one of the Six Bach's Suites; one of the
Piatti's 12 Caprices Op. 25; one of the following sonatas: Locatelli in
D, or Valentini in E, or on of the Boccherini's 32 Sonatas. 2nd round:
Lutoslawski's Sacher Variation for Cello solo 3rd round Obligatory
Grave. For the rest of the 2nd and 3rd round program as well as for detailed
information contact the organizer: Foundation for the Promotion of Young
Celists, ul. Sokolowska 29/37, attn. Bogdan Palosz 01 142 Warsaw, Poland
tel. (22) 632 8497, fax (22) 632 7419 In North America you can obtain these
informations and appplication forms by calling (812) 323 8688 or sending
a self adressed, stamped envelope to: TJW, 3619 Longview Ave. Bloomington,
'Holiday for Strings' - workshops for Violinists, Violists and Cellists
Brolga Creative Workshops is holding two July workshops for violinists,
violists and cellists. Advanced players will attend on Wednesday 8th and
Thursday 9th July, and Elementary/Intermediate players attend on Friday
10th and Saturday 11th July. Children from age 6 to adults (age unlimited!)
are most welcome. We have invited dedicated, high calibre tutors and conductors
to assist cellist Sue Trainor, Brolga's Music Director, at the workshop.
Our repertoire consists of chamber works suited to the different standards
of the players who attend. Pieces range from Baroque concertos to popular
items specially picked for the workshop from Sue Trainor's extensive library.
There is always something different and unique! email@example.com
phone: 613 9338 8993.
Announcing the publication of "Vocalise" for Solo Cello by
composer Brian Nelson:
"Vocalise" is a lyric, one movement piece for Solo Cello. The
title refers both to the character of the music and to the intrinsic vocal
quality of the instrument itself. "Vocalise" received three
premiere performances this past April by cellist Paul Gmeinder of Present
Music in Milwaukee, all to wonderful reviews from both professional musicians
and lay people. A recording of the last of these premieres will be featured
on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Music From Wisconsin" program in
August. Brian Nelson Phone & FAX: 608-273-8449
Gadfly Records is proud to announce the following new releases: Gideon
Freudmann/Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin "Sound of Distant Deer" (Gadfly
506) - -- many know Gideon as the most inventive and original cellist
around and a quirky singer/songwriter with an undeniable style all his own.
This release combines that force with Ronnie Seldin, America's foremost
shakuhachi (Japanese flute) virtuoso (he runs the world's largest shakuhachi
school outside Japan). This CD combines traditional and original pieces,
along with improvisations, for a unique listening experience. This is the
only cello- shakuhachi duet album in the world!
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all over the world since 1986. Home-made cello cases come recommended by
musicians and also by the airline company Inter-Canadian. Thanks to being
robust yet still lightweight.
Our cases are made to measure in order to assure maximum protection of your
instrument. Only the highest quality materials are used. Here what each
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