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The Mind Over Finger Podcast

Discussions on mindful music-making, efficient practice, and building a purposeful career with the performers, pedagogues, and innovators who are shaping the classical music world today! The Mind Over Finger Podcast is a resource for knowledge, insight, tips, tricks, and inspiration for musicians interested in learning more about practicing mindfully, performing optimally, and getting more intentional in creating a fulfilling musical career. We provide you with the tools to mindfully shift your musical practice from unconscious to deliberate, from paint-by-numbers to art by flow, from going through the motions to delightful play!

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089 Leon Bosch: Musical Ambassador

089 Leon Bosch: Musical Ambassador

In this episode, I?m so happy to bring you an exceptional person and artist, and one of my favorite musicians, internationally renowned classical double bass virtuoso Leon Bosch.

We covered a wide variety of topics, including:

How his artistic journey has unfolded until now Some of the fundamental principles he applied along the way How he is mission driven to be an advocate for the double bass and how he has pursued this mission throughout the years The importance to recognize opportunities and be prepared to deliver when they appear The two ingredients he thinks are among the most important when it comes to success The system he developed and teaches for learning repertoire efficiently and fully His enormous impact on the repertoire of the double bass His views on the importance of curiosity, perfection of execution, artistry ? ? and so much more!

 

Leon is a force of nature and a brilliant soul!  As you?ll hear in our conversation, his wisdom runs deep and he sets an outstanding example of humanity and artistry for all of us.  It was a great honor to speak with him and I know you?ll love our discussion!

 

ABOUT LEON BOSCH:

 

leonbosch.com imusicanti.co.uk imusicantipublishing.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leonboschdb Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leonenriquebosch/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/leonbosch

Leon Bosch on Contrabass Conversations

Episode #213: Leon Bosch ? the Sherlock Holmes of the double bass Episode #520: Leon Bosch on getting things done

 

Leon Bosch is an internationally renowned classical double bass virtuoso. With over a dozen solo CDs to his name, he regularly commissions repertoire for the instrument, making recital and concerto appearances around the world.

He is professor of double bass at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. But he also gives masterclasses in the US, Europe, South Africa and the Far East, and coaches young eastern European musicians at the I, Culture Orchestra in Poland and the young South Africans who make up the Miagi Orchestra. He also acts as a mentor for South African musicians worldwide.

Leon Bosch grew up in 1960s and 70s South Africa, the son of the political activist Jonas Fred Bosch ? he himself spent time in a police cell for organising protests while at school. He left the apartheid regime there to come to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester after achieving one of the highest ever marks awarded for the B Mus performance examination by the University of Cape Town

Remaining in the UK ? he is now a British citizen ? he was soon appointed principal double bass with the acclaimed Academy of St Martin in the Fields. He left the post in 2014 to devote himself to his solo career, to teaching and to establishing his now thriving chamber ensemble, I Musicanti. He also conducts and has a passion for researching lost or forgotten music for double bass such as by the Catalan Josep Cervera and the Danish court musician, Franz Keyper.

Away from music, Leon Bosch is a regular runner of marathons and ultra-marathons (winning silver medal for his age group in the 2017 86-mile Ridgeway Challenge) and holds a master?s degree in intelligence and international relations from Salford University. ?I?ve always had a very wide range of interests,? he says. ?For example, the thing I?m highest qualified for in my life is international relations, not music. But this is a part of who I am: I?m not just a musician, I?m a human being.?

 

 

THE MUSIC MASTERY EXPERIENCE will be back in June 2021!  This is my LIFE CHANGING, highly personalized group coaching program where I show you how to implement mindful & effective practice techniques, how to make them habits, and how to get RESULTS.

Save your spot at http://www.mindoverfinger.com/mme and get access to some really cool bonuses!

 

Join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for access to my weekly live videos and to exchange with a community of like-minded musicians

 

Visit www.mindoverfinger.com and sign up for my newsletter to get your free guide to an exceptionally productive practice using the metronome.  This guide is the perfect entry point to help you bring more mindfulness and efficiency into your practice and it?s filled with tips and tricks on how to use that wonderful tool to take your practicing and your playing to new heights.

 

If you enjoy the show, leave a review on Apple Podcast or your favorite podcast provider!  I genuinely appreciate your support!

 

 

THANK YOU:

A HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly, who works hard to make this podcast as pleasant to listen to as possible for you!

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Thank you to Susan Blackwell for the introduction!  You can find out more about Susan, her fantastic podcast The Spark File, and her work helping creatives of all backgrounds expand their impact by visiting https://www.susanblackwell.com/home.

 

MIND OVER FINGER:

www.mindoverfinger.com

https://www.facebook.com/mindoverfinger/

https://www.instagram.com/mindoverfinger/

2021-01-29
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088 Efficient Practice Planning with Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier

088 Efficient Practice Planning with Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier

This winter, I?m bringing you a series of four episodes about building your amazing practice. In this series, I'll be covering many of the components that I think are essential in having a great productive practice session.  At least, for me!

I'll be talking about planning and scheduling, priming for an efficient practice, building a great warmup regimen, and, finally, I?ll take you through my favorite practice session breakdown.

This episode is all about planning and scheduling efficiently for better results.  I share strategies on how to plan for productive practice and how to schedule it in a way that maximizes your time so you can operate at the highest level possible.

 

THE MUSIC MASTERY EXPERIENCE will be back in June 2021!  This is my LIFE CHANGING, highly personalized group coaching program where I show you how to implement mindful & effective practice techniques, how to make them habits, and how to get RESULTS.

Save your spot at http://www.mindoverfinger.com/mme and get access to some really cool bonuses!

 

Join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for access to my weekly live videos and to exchange with a community of like-minded musicians!

 

Visit www.mindoverfinger.com and sign up for my newsletter to get your free guide to an exceptionally productive practice using the metronome!  This guide is the perfect entry point to help you bring more mindfulness and efficiency into your practice and it?s filled with tips and tricks on how to use that wonderful tool to take your practicing and your playing to new heights!

 

If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support!

 

 

THANK YOU:

A HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly, who works really hard to make this podcast as pleasant to listen to as possible for you!

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Thank you to Susan Blackwell for the introduction!  You can find out more about Susan, her fantastic podcast The Spark File, and her work helping creatives of all backgrounds expand their impact by visiting https://www.susanblackwell.com/home.

 

MIND OVER FINGER:

www.mindoverfinger.com

https://www.facebook.com/mindoverfinger/

https://www.instagram.com/mindoverfinger/

2021-01-22
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088 Efficient Practice Planning with Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier

088 Efficient Practice Planning with Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier

This winter, I?m bringing you a series of four episodes about building your amazing practice. In this series, I'll be covering many of the components that I think are essential in having a great productive practice session.  At least, for me!

I'll be talking about planning and scheduling, priming for an efficient practice, building a great warmup regimen, and, finally, I?ll take you through my favorite practice session breakdown.

This episode is all about planning and scheduling efficiently for better results.  I share strategies on how to plan for productive practice and how to schedule it in a way that maximizes your time so you can operate at the highest level possible.

 

THE MUSIC MASTERY EXPERIENCE will be back in June 2021!  This is my LIFE CHANGING, highly personalized group coaching program where I show you how to implement mindful & effective practice techniques, how to make them habits, and how to get RESULTS.

Save your spot at http://www.mindoverfinger.com/mme and get access to some really cool bonuses!

 

Join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for access to my weekly live videos and to exchange with a community of like-minded musicians!

 

Visit www.mindoverfinger.com and sign up for my newsletter to get your free guide to an exceptionally productive practice using the metronome!  This guide is the perfect entry point to help you bring more mindfulness and efficiency into your practice and it?s filled with tips and tricks on how to use that wonderful tool to take your practicing and your playing to new heights!

 

If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support!

 

 

THANK YOU:

A HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly, who works really hard to make this podcast as pleasant to listen to as possible for you!

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Thank you to Susan Blackwell for the introduction!  You can find out more about Susan, her fantastic podcast The Spark File, and her work helping creatives of all backgrounds expand their impact by visiting https://www.susanblackwell.com/home.

 

MIND OVER FINGER:

www.mindoverfinger.com

https://www.facebook.com/mindoverfinger/

https://www.instagram.com/mindoverfinger/

2021-01-22
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087 Dr. Kimberly Hankins: Breathe Your Way to Better Musicianship

In this episode, Dr. Kimberly Hankins, discusses the multiple benefits of breathwork.  She elaborates on:

How she came to discover yoga and breathwork and how it helped her discover her own voice How the breath is central to all systems in the body and to how we interact with the world How Breathwork affects the nervous system Why the goal is not always to be calm: the goal is to react to stress in an appropriate way The difference between pranayama and other different styles of breathwork How breathwork can help musicians in their various functions ? and much more!

Dr Hankins is also going to guides us through a couple of breathing exercises that you can easily replicate as needed!

 

Frustrated with your playing?  Unsatisfied with you career?  Ready for a change?

Whatever your challenge, you don't have to go at it alone, and I can help.  Visit www. https://www.mindoverfinger.com/workwithme to learn more and book your call and let?s discuss how to get you from where you are to where you want to be!

 

I?m also incredibly happy to announce that THE MUSIC MASTERY EXPERIENCE will be back in June 2021!  This is my life changing, highly personalized group coaching program where I show you how to implement mindful & effective practice techniques, how to make them habits, and how to get RESULTS in the practice room, the teaching studio, and on stage!

Save your spot at http://www.mindoverfinger.com/mme!

 

 

MORE ABOUT KIMBERLY HANKINS:

Website: www.thealignedmusician.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thealignedmusician/

Kimberly Hankins is a Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher and Breathwork Facilitator. Combining her passions for both music and yoga, she performs sound meditations on viola and helps musicians find freedom while performing through movement, meditation, and breathwork. As a Musicians Wellness Content Creator, she works to remove the stigma associated with playing-related injuries, chronic pain, and mental health-related issues.

 

 

 

SOME PRANAYAMA & BREATHWORK PRACTICES:

5 Step-By-Step Breathing Exercises For Beginners: https://yogalondon.net/monkey/5-beginner-breathing-exercises/

Sukha Purvaka Pranayama:  https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/8904/sukha-purvaka-pranayama

The Power of Breathing: 4 Pranayama Techniques Worth Practicing: https://www.onemedical.com/blog/live-well/breathing-pranayama-techniques

Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation: https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/uz2255

Wim Hof method: https://www.wimhofmethod.com/breathing-exercises

 

 

 

Join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for access to my weekly live videos and to exchange with a community of like-minded musicians!

Visit www.mindoverfinger.com and sign up for my newsletter to get your free guide to an exceptionally productive practice using the metronome!  This guide is the perfect entry point to help you bring more mindfulness and efficiency into your practice and it?s filled with tips and tricks on how to use that wonderful tool to take your practicing and your playing to new heights!

 

If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support!

 

 

THANK YOU:

A HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly, who works really hard to make this podcast as pleasant to listen to as possible for you!

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Thank you to Susan Blackwell for the introduction!  You can find out more about Susan, her fantastic podcast The Spark File, and her work helping creatives of all backgrounds expand their impact by visiting https://www.susanblackwell.com/home.

 

MIND OVER FINGER:

www.mindoverfinger.com

https://www.facebook.com/mindoverfinger/

https://www.instagram.com/mindoverfinger/

 

 

2021-01-15
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086 Gear Up 2021! with Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier

Whether you want to rock the stage for your next performance, win an audition, land your dream job, transform your teaching studio, or start a new music business: IT?S POSSIBLE! And this episode will help you set things up for your massive success!

You will walk away with: A renewed vision for the future Clear goals and specific strategies to implement and create an incredible musical reality for yourself Unwavering confidence in your ability to succeed A feeling of dedication to the process The motivation to get started and, more importantly, to KEEP GOING!

 

Gear Up for 2021!

 

Links:

Gear Up 2021! Handout: www.mindoverfinger.com/resources

Mind Over Finger Podcast Episode #71 ? Motivation: https://www.mindoverfinger.com/podcast/episode/b4c36827/071-motivation-with-dr-renee-paule-gauthier

Blog post about the Argument of the Growing Heap: https://www.mindoverfinger.com/post/the-growing-heap

 

Frustrated with your playing?  Unsatisfied with you career?  Ready for a change?

Whatever your challenge, you don't have to go at it alone and I CAN HELP! 

Visit https://www.mindoverfinger.com/workwithme  to learn more and book your call!

Let?s discuss how to get you from where you are to WHERE YOU WANT TO BE!

 

Visit www.mindoverfinger.com and sign up for my newsletter to get your free guide to an incredibly productive practice using the metronome!  This guide is the perfect entry point to help you bring more mindfulness and efficiency into your practice and it?s filled with tips and tricks on how to use that wonderful tool to take your practicing and your playing to new heights!

 

Don?t forget to visit the Mind Over Finger Resources? page to check out amazing books recommended by my podcast guests, as well as my favorite websites, cds, the podcasts I like to listen to, and the practice and podcasting tools I use everyday!  Find it here: www.mindoverfinger.com/resources!

 

Join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for additional resources on practice and performing

If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support!

 

 

THANK YOU:

A HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Thank you to Susan Blackwell for the introduction!  You can find out more about Susan, her fantastic podcast The Spark File, and her work helping creatives of all backgrounds expand their impact by visiting https://www.susanblackwell.com/home.

 

MIND OVER FINGER:

www.mindoverfinger.com

https://www.facebook.com/mindoverfinger/

https://www.instagram.com/mindoverfinger/

 

 

2020-12-25
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085 Kenny Werner: Effortless Mastery

In this episode, I speak with world-class pianist and composer Kenny Werner who?s prolific output of compositions, recordings and publications continue to impact audiences around the world, and author of the impactful book, Effortless Mastery, Liberating the Master Musician Within. 

In our conversation, Kenny expands on:

His incredible journey, leading to the exploration of effortless mastery How the need to play well is the thing we should ? yet will never ? surrender How focus behaves like water How to let ?the master? play Fear-based practicing and performing How detachment can help us play better than ever & where lack of flow in performance comes from Effortless Mastery in a nutshell: Go into the space (it?s easier than you think, and Kenny shows us how?) and play a note in that state Move around the instrument freely while in that space (think Ouija Board! Or try playing something as fast as possible.) Play something you know really well in that state of effortless mastery Practice in that state (and the state becomes your teacher!)

 

Kenny is an artist and pedagogue of great depth and I know the things he talks about today could transform your approach to practicing and performing! 

 

 

Frustrated with your playing?  Unsatisfied with you career?  Ready for a change?

Whatever your challenge, you don't have to go at it alone and I CAN HELP!  Visit https://www.mindoverfinger.com/workwithme  to learn more and book your call so we can discuss how to get you from where you are to WHERE YOU WANT TO BE!

 

 

MORE ABOUT KENNY WERNER:

Website: https://kennywerner.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgHDUXumPbIfYbCcMozdEYg Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/kennywerner Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kennywernermusic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/effortlessmastery/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kennywerner

 

For Kenny?s full discography and credit list, click here.  For Kenny?s educational credits, awards, published works and educational videos, click here.  For musician and press quotes about Kenny, click here.

 

Biography

 

Kenny Werner is a world-class pianist and composer. His prolific output of compositions, recordings and publications continue to impact audiences around the world.

Kenny was recently awarded the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his seminal work, No Beginning No End. No Beginning No End is a musical journey exploring tragedy and loss, death and transition, and the path from one lifetime to the next. Utilizing over 70 musicians, Kenny's third album for Half Note Records is an expansive composition featuring Joe Lovano, Judy Silvano, Wind Ensemble, Choir and String Quartet.

Born in Brooklyn, NY on November 19, 1951 and then growing up in Oceanside, Long Island, Kenny began playing and performing at a young age, first recording on television at the age of 11. Although he studied classical piano as a child, he enjoyed playing anything he heard on the radio. In high school and his first years of college he attended the Manhattan School of Music as a classical piano major.

His natural instinct for improvisation led Kenny to the Berklee School of Music in 1970. There he sought tutelage of the renowned piano teacher Madame Chaloff. Her gracious wisdom and inspiration became a driving force in Kenny's conception: music conscious of its spiritual intent and essence.

From Boston, Kenny traveled to Brazil with the saxophonist Victor Assis Brasil. There he met Victor's twin brother, Brazilian pianist Joao Assis Brasil. He studied with Joao, who provided another piece of the puzzle for Kenny's conception that would lead to Effortless Mastery, his landmark opus on how to allow the master musician from within to manifest.

Kenny started his own trio in 1981 with drummer Tom Rainey and bassist Ratzo Harris. The Kenny Werner Trio matured for fourteen years, wowing audiences in America and Europe and recording four albums along the way.

Kenny had written many original compositions featuring trios and other small group configurations, but in the mid 1980s, he became the pianist for the Mel Lewis Orchestra (currently known as the Village Vanguard Orchestra). Challenged by Mel and Bob Brookmeyer to write for the band, he produced his first compositions and arrangements for jazz orchestra, consequently leading him to write for the major bands in Europe including the Cologne, Danish, and Stockholm Jazz Orchestras, The Umo Jazz Orchestra of Finland and several times as the guest composer and soloist with the Metropole Orchestra of Holland. Since then Werner has had many commissions to write for large ensembles such as jazz orchestras, full orchestras and most recently, wind ensemble, choir and string quartet as featured on his latest CD, No Beginning, No End.

Several outstanding musical partnerships began in the 1990s. Kenny continues to play duo with Toots Thielemans, the legendary harmonica player. For twenty years he has played with and arranged for Betty Buckley, a Broadway legend. They made six albums together and she has sung his arrangements for small band and orchestras across the globe.  He also has had a nearly forty-year friendship and musical collaboration with Joe Lovano. They have recorded on a number of each other's projects.

In 2000, Kenny formed a new trio with Ari Hoenig on drums and Johannes Weidenmueller on bass.  They played nearly a decade together and released three albums, with Kenny acting as composer, arranger, and pianist.  Their last album, Peace - Live at the Blue Note, released in 2004, began a wonderful relationship with Half Note Records, the recording arm of the Blue Note Jazz Club.  He created three CDs before the release of his masterpiece, No Beginning No End.  In 2007, Kenny Werner released his first album for Blue Note Records. Lawn Chair Society, featuring Chris Potter, Dave Douglas, Scott Colley, and Brian Blade, received critical acclaim for its fusion of electro and acoustic elements.

Kenny's groundbreaking work on Improvisation, Effortless Mastery - Liberating the Master Musician Within, was published in 1996. Using his life experiences as a microscope into the artist's mind, Effortless Mastery is a guide to distill the emotional, spiritual, and psychological aspects of an artists' life. Today it is one of the most widely read books on music and improvisation. The book is a required reading at many universities. Werner, without intention, touched off a revolution of inspiring musicians to do inner work on the mind, body, and soul in attempt to upgrade their musical experience from the mundane to the profound. The book is also popular with artists of other mediums and business professionals.  Kenny continues to teach and give clinics in the United States and abroad. He is currently on the Jazz Piano Faculty at New York University.

 

 

Visit www.mindoverfinger.com and sign up for my newsletter to get your free guide to a super productive practice using the metronome!  This guide is the perfect entry point to help you bring more mindfulness and efficiency into your practice and it?s filled with tips and tricks on how to use that wonderful tool to take your practicing and your playing to new heights!

 

Don?t forget to visit the Mind Over Finger Resources? page to check out amazing books recommended by my podcast guests, as well as my favorite websites, cds, the podcasts I like to listen to, and the practice and podcasting tools I use everyday!  Find it here: www.mindoverfinger.com/resources!

 

Join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for additional resources on practice and performing

If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support!

 

 

THANK YOU:

A HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Thank you to Susan Blackwell for the introduction!  You can find out more about Susan, her fantastic podcast The Spark File, and her work helping creatives of all backgrounds expand their impact by visiting https://www.susanblackwell.com/home.

 

MIND OVER FINGER:

www.mindoverfinger.com

https://www.facebook.com/mindoverfinger/

https://www.instagram.com/mindoverfinger/

 

 

2020-12-18
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084 The Musician's Toolbox with Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier

In this episode, I share with you the conversation I had with Angela Ezeonyeka and Andrew Coleman on their show - The Musician?s Toolbox Podcast.

With the Musician?s Toolbox Podcast, Andrew and Angela aim to equip musicians with the information, inspiration, and imagination to pursue and achieve a career in music.  And they do this by interviewing professionals in the industry and exposing listeners to all facets of a musician's life.

We cover a lot of ground in our chat, including mindful and effective practicing, anxiety management, and audition preparation.

I had a great time speaking with Angela and Andrew and I hope you find tons of value in our discussion!  And when you?re done with the episode, don?t forget to head to themusicianstoolboxpodcast.com or search for the musician?s toolbox podcast in your favorite podcast player and make sure to check out their wonderful content.

 

Frustrated with your playing?  Unsatisfied with you career?  Ready for a change?

Whatever your challenge, you don't have to go at it alone, and I can help.  Visit www. https://www.mindoverfinger.com/workwithme to learn more and book your call and let?s discuss how to get you from where you are to where you want to be!

 

 

MORE ABOUT ANGELA, ANDREW, AND THE MUSICIAN?S TOOLBOX PODCAST:

Website: https://www.themusicianstoolboxpodcast.com YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvFWEGoy67ZiU62tRuNt3iQ?view_as=subscriber Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/themusicianstoolbox Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themusicianstoolbox/

 

The vision of Musician?s Toolbox is to equip musicians with the information, inspiration, and imagination to pursue and achieve a career in music by finding professionals in the industry, interviewing them, and exposing listeners to all facets of a musician's life. Additionally, Musician?s Toolbox will showcase a contemporary composer monthly (or as regularly as possible) to further listeners? understanding and appreciation for contemporary music.

 

 

ANGELA EZEONYEKA

Angela Ezeonyeka is a multi-faceted musician currently residing in Port Hueneme, CA.  Her formal education began with a Bachelors of Music from Brigham Young University, emphasizing in Viola Performance.  In 2010, she relocated to UCSB to study viola with Helen Callus in her graduate studies which she completed in 2016.  While in her graduate studies, she performed for famous artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, and members of the Silk Road Ensemble as a member of the Young Artists String Quartet in Residence.

Angela?s freelance work includes teaching and coaching for Santa Barbara Strings and Santa Barbara Symphony youth education programs, private studio instruction for piano, violin, viola, and beginning cello, studio recording, orchestra gigs with numerous orchestras along the coast, and performing for weddings and special events with the Santa Barbara String Quartet.  Angela has performed on a few television programs like The Amazing Race Season 28 Finale Episode with the String Quartet.

From a young age, Angela has been interested in many different genres and styles of music.  This interest makes her adaptable and desirable for recording artists in the studio.  She has recorded on albums in folk, singer-songwriter, reggae, Irish, and Bluegrass.

 

ANDREW COLEMAN

From a young age, Andrew Coleman has always loved music. As an 18-month-old, young Andrew sat unmoving while his aunt's student played "Rhapsody in Blue" during a masterclass. Just a few years later at the ripe age of 4, Andrew gave his full attention to a family rehearsal of Schumann's Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major. Starting at age 6, Andrew began learning the piano from his grandma. From family reunions, to living rooms, to funerals, music is an essential piece that not only makes up a part of Andrew, but the entire family.

Most of Andrew's years developing his career as a musician are in front of him; yet, his beginning years are still full of achievement. Through his childhood and teenage years, Andrew developed a love for the piano, and Andrew is currently studying with Sue Miller at the College of Southern Idaho and will graduate in May 2021.

In October of 2018, he performed with the Magic Valley Symphony. At the beginning of his college years, he was a part of many ensembles at the College of Southern Idaho including, CSI Honors Chamber Quintet and Magic Valley Chorale. During the 2020 pandemic and shutdown, Andrew and cousin Michael produced an online senior recital. Andrew also competed, and won, in the 2020 international at-home-edition of #PlaywithRay. Recently, Andrew co-founded "Musician's Toolbox" with his cousin, Angela Ezeonyeka, whose goal is to equip musicians with the tools to achieve a career in music.

 

 

Join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for access to my weekly live videos and to exchange with a community of like-minded musicians!

 

Visit www.mindoverfinger.com and sign up for my newsletter to get your free guide to an exceptionally productive practice using the metronome!  This guide is the perfect entry point to help you bring more mindfulness and efficiency into your practice and it?s filled with tips and tricks on how to use that wonderful tool to take your practicing and your playing to new heights!

 

If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support!

 

 

THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Thank you to Susan Blackwell for the introduction!  You can find out more about Susan, her fantastic podcast The Spark File, and her work helping creatives of all backgrounds expand their impact by visiting https://www.susanblackwell.com/home.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

MIND OVER FINGER:

www.mindoverfinger.com

https://www.facebook.com/mindoverfinger/

https://www.instagram.com/mindoverfinger/

 

 

2020-12-11
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083 Jenny Clift: Emotional Freedom Technique

Emotional Freedom Technique specialist and coach Jenny Clift talks to us about this powerful modality and how it can help musicians become more productive and handle emotions in an effective way.

Tapping information and resources: https://abetterlifetapping.com/eft-tapping/  

MORE ABOUT JENNY CLIFT:

Website: https://abetterlifetapping.com/ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMK-XV7QjEKh6FvJnBaajcw Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abetterlifetapping/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jennyclift.coach/ Jenny?s book ? The Music Inside: https://www.amazon.com/Music-Inside-Techniques-Potential-Fulfilling/dp/1523404744/ref=sr_1_1

Jenny Clift is a classically-trained violinist, and an EFT Tapping Coach, based in Madrid, Spain. She is passionate about working with musicians, stage artists and coaches from all over the world, to help them achieve success, wealth, joy, and inner peace.

Having experienced lots of stops and starts in her own musical career Jenny feels strongly about helping others who?ve gone through similar things like:

Experiences with unsympathetic teachers Traumatic past lessons, auditions, competitions etc Frustration over technical limitations & difficulties Struggles with confidence Self-doubt and lack of belief that you can succeed in this challenging industry?

Or just the ?normal? blocks and anxiety around auditions, competition, job scarcity, money woes, performance stress etc.

Her secret weapon is EFT which stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques, also known as Tapping. EFT is an Energy Healing Technique which uses acupressure points ? as in Acupuncture ? but, instead of sticking needles into yourself, you tap ? on your face and body - to stimulate the points. While doing so, you talk about the issue you are experiencing ? and this focus, along with the tapping, helps to clear the energy, and to heal the associated emotions, limiting beliefs and memories, allowing you to move forward with ease and joy.

Jenny loves to help individuals and groups to discover and clear the hidden blocks, past and present traumas, and subconscious limiting beliefs around their money, their inner music and their work. This enables and empowers them to take action, achieve their goals, and feel excited, secure and fulfilled in the career that they love.

She?s looking forward to sharing this technique with you and to giving you a powerful experience of Tapping.

Are you curious to know how EFT Tapping can benefit you?

Book your free 30 minute call today!

 

 

Frustrated with your playing?  Unsatisfied with you career? 

Ready for a change?

Whatever you?re facing, I can help. 

Visit https://www.mindoverfinger.com/workwithme to book your call and let?s discuss how to get you from where you are to WHERE YOU WANT TO BE!

 

 

Join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for access to my weekly live videos and to exchange with a community of like-minded musicians!

 

Visit www.mindoverfinger.com and sign up for my newsletter to get your free guide to an exceptionally productive practice using the metronome!  This guide is the perfect entry point to help you bring more mindfulness and efficiency into your practice and it?s filled with tips and tricks on how to use that wonderful tool to take your practicing and your playing to new heights!

 

If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support!

 

 

THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Thank you to Susan Blackwell for the introduction!  You can find out more about Susan, her fantastic podcast The Spark File, and her work helping creatives of all backgrounds expand their impact by visiting https://www.susanblackwell.com/home.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-12-04
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082 Leila Josefowicz: The Art of Authentic Music Making

I?m very excited to have world-renowned violinist Leila Josefowicz on the show for you today!

As you?ll hear in our discussion, Leila is a profoundly passionate and dedicated musician who approaches her craft with great depth and she shares incredible wisdom with us.

Among many things, Leila elaborates on:

The power of memorization What the ?practice of violin playing? means to her How exploring new repertoire helped her transition out of her ?child prodigy? years Her advice to all musicians suffering from lack of motivation The importance of desire and dedication in the cultivation of talent How our need to feel comfortable while performing is counterproductive Vivid mindful practice

This is a particularly powerful conversation, and I know you?ll find inspiration and incredible value in this episode.

 

MORE ABOUT LEILA JOSEFOWICZ:

Website: https://www.leilajosefowicz.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeilaBJo

 

Find all the details for Leila?s World Premiere performance of ?la linea evocativa. un disegno per violino solo? by Matthias Pintscher HERE.

On the occasion of ?George Condo. Internal Riot? we are honored to host classical violinist Leila Josefowicz in the gallery to perform a new piece of original music in response to ?George Condo. Internal Riot,? an exhibition of the artist?s new paintings and works on paper that runs through 23 January 2021 at Hauser & Wirth New York.

?Music is such a huge part of my life, without it I don?t know if I?d ever have painted anything. There are so many great pieces of music that have inspired me to paint?My favorite thing is to put on a record in the studio and to still be painting without noticing the fact that the music has stopped playing for hours and is just running through my head.??George Condo

The performance comes at an incredibly challenging time for professional musicians. Condo is deeply aware of the adversity they face, and this specially organized event signifies his support for live music and for new ways in which it can reach people.

Join us on Friday 20 November 2020 11 am PST / 2 pm EST / 7 pm GMT. 

Click here to register.

The performance will be streaming live from New York City on hauserwirth.com

 

 

Leila?s last Pre-Covid performance in Prague, Performing the Alban Berg Violin Concerto with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra: 

https://prso.czechradio.eu/leila-josefowicz-and-prso-8179758

 

Biography

Leila Josefowicz?s passionate advocacy of contemporary music for the violin is reflected in her diverse programmes and enthusiasm for performing new works. In recognition of her outstanding achievement and excellence in music, she won the 2018 Avery Fisher Prize and was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 2008, joining prominent scientists, writers and musicians who have made unique contributions to contemporary life.

Highlights of Josefowicz?s 2019/20 season include opening the London Symphony Orchestra?s season with Sir Simon Rattle and returning to San Francisco Symphony with the incoming Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen to perform his Violin Concerto. Further engagements include concerts with Los Angeles Philharmonic, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, where she will be working with conductors at the highest level, including Susanna Mälkki, Matthias Pintscher and John Adams.

 

A favourite of living composers, Josefowicz has premiered many concertos, including those by Colin Matthews, Steven Mackey and Esa-Pekka Salonen, all written specially for her. This season, she will perform the UK premiere of Helen Grime?s Violin Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Dalia Stasevska. Other recent premieres include John Adams?Scheherazade.2 (Dramatic Symphony for Violin and Orchestra) in 2015 with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert, and Luca Francesconi?s Duende ? The Dark Notes in 2014 with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Susanna Mälkki. Josefowicz enjoyed a close working relationship with the late Oliver Knussen, performing various concerti, including his violin concerto, together over 30 times.

Alongside pianist John Novacek, with whom she has enjoyed a close collaboration since 1985, Josefowicz has performed recitals at world-renowned venues such as New York?s Zankel Hall, Washington DC?s Kennedy Center and London?s Wigmore Hall, as well as in Reykjavik, Chicago, San Francisco and Santa Barbara. This season, they appear together at Washington DC?s Library of Congress, New York?s Park Avenue Armory and Amherst College. She will also join Thomas Adès in recital to perform the world premiere of his new violin and piano work at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris and the Japanese premiere at the Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation.

Recent highlights include engagements with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Washington?s National Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Boston and Finnish Radio symphony orchestras. In summer 2019, Josefowicz took part in a special collaboration between Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Royal Ballet, and Company Wayne McGregor featuring the music of composer-conductor Thomas Adès.

Josefowicz has released several recordings, notably for Deutsche Grammophon, Philips/Universal and Warner Classics and was featured on Touch Press?s acclaimed iPadapp, The Orchestra. Her latest recording, released in 2019, features Bernd Alois Zimmermann?s Violin Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted byHannu Lintu. She has previously received nominations for Grammy Awards for her recordings of Scheherazade.2 with the St Louis Symphony conducted by David Robertson, and Esa-Pekka Salonen?s Violin Concerto with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer.

 

 

Visit www.mindoverfinger.com and sign up for my newsletter to get your free guide to an exceptionally productive practice using the metronome.  This guide is the perfect entry point to help you bring more mindfulness and efficiency into your practice and it?s filled with tips and tricks on how to use that wonderful tool to take your practicing and your playing to new heights.

You can check out amazing books recommended by my podcast guests, as well as my favorite websites, cds, the podcasts I like to listen to, and the practice and podcasting tools I use everyday by visiting: www.mindoverfinger.com/resources!

 

And click here for details on how to work with me:

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And don?t forget to join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for additional resources on practice and performing!

 

If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support!

 

 

THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Thank you to Susan Blackwell for the introduction!  You can find out more about Susan, her fantastic podcast The Spark File, and her work helping creatives of all backgrounds expand their impact by visiting https://www.susanblackwell.com/home.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

MIND OVER FINGER:

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2020-11-20
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081 Effective Practice ? Tips, Habits, & Mindsets: Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier & Eric Mrugala

Today I?m bringing you a conversation previously aired on the Violin Podcast, hosted by Eric Mrugala. 

On the Violin Podcast Eric interviews violinists worldwide on a bi-weekly basis discussing violin news, practice tips, career advice, and their journey with the violin.

Now, this was for the Violin Podcast, but it?s valuable information for all musicians, regardless of the instrument.

Eric and I talked about

How to solve problems in the practice room How to prepare optimally for performances, auditions, and competitions Effective mindful practice that yields results The importance of knowing yourself when it comes to working efficiently ?and much more!

I hope you enjoy this conversation with Eric Mrugala from the Violin Podcast, and that you find some useful tips and inspiration for your work today! Let?s go to the show!

 

MORE ABOUT THE VIOLIN PODCAST

We interview violinists worldwide on a bi-weekly basis discussing violin news, practice tips, career advice, and their journey with the violin.

The podcast: https://violinpodcast.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/violinpodcast/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/violinpodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/violinpodcast YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzi3HNgHFQ5ndr9K2OeJYag

 

Visit www.mindoverfinger.com and sign up for my newsletter to get your free guide to an outstanding practice using the metronome!  This guide is the perfect entry point to help you bring more mindfulness and efficiency into your practice and it?s filled with tips and tricks on how to use that wonderful tool to take your practicing and your playing to new heights.

 

Join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for additional resources on practice and performing.

If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support!

 

 

THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Thank you to Susan Blackwell for the introduction!  You can find out more about Susan, her fantastic podcast The Spark File, and her work helping creatives of all backgrounds expand their impact by visiting https://www.susanblackwell.com/home.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-11-13
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080 Lori Schiff: The Alexander Technique - At Home with Yourself

For this episode, I bring you a powerful conversation with world-renowned Alexander Technique teacher Lori Schiff.

As Lori shares on her website, the Alexander Technique ?is a method for living better through your own mindfulness in action.?  It can help you gain confidence and reduce pain, tension and fatigue. It allows you to connect with yourself to nourish presence and mobility and, from there, leads to performing better in all areas of your life.

Lori expands on:

How Alexander Technique affected her life and her journey Who the Alexander Technique is for What the Alexander Technique is: a method for living that teaches us to pay attention and choose our reactions to stimuli How the Alexander Technique encourages the connection with our self ? our wholeness ? and the development of conscious control (mind body connector) How the Alexander Technique is a means to more freedom, for the whole person and their whole life How it can help in class and in lessons, in the practice room, and on stage

This is an information and inspiration packed episode and I know you will appreciate Lori?s knowledge and wisdom and lover her energy as much as I did!

 

MORE ABOUT LORI SCHIFF:

Website: http://lorischiff.com/

Ms. Schiff is a full-time professor of The Alexander Technique at The Juilliard School and a guest teaching artist for various schools and organizations nationally and internationally. She has been a faculty member of The Juilliard School since 1991 and was in residence at The Aspen Music Festival and School from 1993 - 2015.

Ms. Schiff joined The Riverside Initiative for The Alexander Technique as Associate Director and Senior Teacher for Teacher Training in 2018.

Ms. Schiff was Certified as a Teacher of the Alexander Technique at ACAT-New York in 1987. She continued with years of postgraduate training with Walter and Dilys Carrington at the Constructive Teaching Centre in London.

She is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Music in Trumpet Performance and has her Masters in Music from Manhattan School of Music.

She served as the Alexander Technique Teacher for the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, and at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. She also served on the senior faculty of the American Center for the Alexander Technique's Teacher Certification Program.

Institutions where she has been a guest teaching artist include: The New World Symphony, The U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point, The U.S. Army Field Band and U.S. Army Soldier's Chorus, The San Diego Symphony, ToneBank International Music Festival, National Youth Orchestra of China, University of Maryland Opera Studio, and The Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, Germany.

She has presented Master Classes at institutions including The Metropolitan Opera, Opera America, West Point Military Academy, Fort Meade, The Academy (ACJW) at Carnegie Hall, Manhattan School of Music, Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras, The National Orchestral Institute, The Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra and The New York Youth Symphony, Theater Aspen, MorseLife Senior Residences, and Holland and Knight, LLP.

In 2013, she assisted in organizing and taught the Alexander Technique for actress and playwright, Anna Deavere Smith's Acting and Empathy course in San Francisco. She returned to San Francisco in 2014 to work with Ms. Smith's course, Personal Narratives: Global Identities.

Ms. Schiff is a recognized senior teacher of the Alexander Technique by the American Society for the Alexander Technique and has presented master classes at the AmSAT Annual Meetings in San Francisco, Ann Arbor, Las Vegas, New York City, Boston, and Minneapolis. She was a guest lecturer on Teaching the Alexander Technique in schools of music for The International Congress for the Alexander Technique in Lugano, Switzerland.

Ms. Schiff served on the Board of Directors of the Aspen Music Festival and School as Chair of the Music Committee for nine years and was President and Chairman of the Board of The American Center for the Alexander Technique for five years. More recently, she completed two years on the Board of Directors of The American Society for the Alexander Technique.

Ms. Schiff has a private Alexander Technique practice in NYC. She is the founding director of Flight Feather Productions, LLC, an organization for creating and supporting uplifting educational experiences for corporate and artistic communities.

With composer Lance Horne, she is the Co-Director of Creativity Lab, a program for inspiring community and collaboration through collective creativity.

As a committed recreational runner, she has completed four marathons, several half marathons, and countless 10ks, 5 Milers, 4 Milers, and 5ks.

 

Visit www.mindoverfinger.com and sign up for my newsletter to get your free guide to a super productive practice using the metronome!  This guide is the perfect entry point to help you bring more mindfulness and efficiency into your practice and it?s filled with tips and tricks on how to use that wonderful tool to take your practicing and your playing to new heights!

Don?t forget to visit the Mind Over Finger Resources? page to check out amazing books recommended by my podcast guests, as well as my favorite websites, cds, the podcasts I like to listen to, and the practice and podcasting tools I use everyday!  Find it here: www.mindoverfinger.com/resources!

 

And don?t forget to join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for additional resources on practice and performing!

If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support!

 

 

THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Thank you to Susan Blackwell for the introduction!  You can find out more about Susan, her fantastic podcast The Spark File, and her work helping creatives of all backgrounds expand their impact by visiting https://www.susanblackwell.com/home.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

MIND OVER FINGER:

www.mindoverfinger.com

https://www.facebook.com/mindoverfinger/

https://www.instagram.com/mindoverfinger/

 

 

2020-11-06
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079 Ira Gold: Practicing Wisdom

In this inspiring and motivating conversation, National Symphony double bass player Ira Gold shares his wisdom on practicing and on leading a meaningful musical life.

Ira expands on:

How the things he does are reflections of his passions How serving the community and those who are following the artistic path has become vital part of his career How his career grew out of him making the conscious decision of seriously dedicating himself to his musical education The important of adopting a growth mindset and of being mindful of the information that is available to you and how you can apply it to nurture your long-term goals The importance of being teachable The new metrics he uses to define success How the pandemic has allowed him to take a step back and reflect Practicing strategies: Constructing and deconstructing Adding and subtracting How to bring life experiences into your art ? everything you experience and everything you are influences your playing How to maximize your learning experience ? in college and beyond

 

 

 

MORE ABOUT IRA:

Website: https://irajgold.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BassRabbi

 

Ira Gold made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2011, performing the Vanhal Bass Concerto with the Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to joining the National Symphony in 2005, he performed with several American orchestras, as Section Bass with the Minnesota Orchestra and as guest Principal Bassist with the San Francisco Symphony and Detroit Symphony.  He has attended festivals such as Grand Teton Music Festival, Domaine Forget Music Academy, Bach Festival Leipzig, Aspen, and Tanglewood.  Mr. Gold spent several summers at the International Festival Institute at Round Top both as a student and faculty.  He is continually in demand for recitals and masterclasses, including recent visits at The Colburn School, University of Southern California, The Moscow State Conservatory, Boston University, New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, University of Colorado (Boulder), The Juilliard School, Boston University Tanglewood Institute,  The International Society of Bassists Convention, and The Manhattan School of Music.   Mr. Gold maintains a studio of private students, has taught lessons and coached chamber music in the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship program, and has been a Double Bass Faculty member of Peabody Conservatory since 2009.  He is also a co-founding member of Peabody Bass Works, a one week bass camp held every July at Peabody Conservatory.

Mr. Gold has been interviewed multiple times by Jason Heath for the podcast Contrabass Conversations, and more recently as a featured guest on The Audition Breakthrough Summit, which launched in March 2017. In 2016 he published an article for the ISB?s journal Bass World, in which he discusses the qualities of teaching that affect the relationship of teacher and student.

An active chamber musician, Mr. Gold has performed with East Coast Chamber Orchestra, the NSO Millenium Stage Prelude Series, Peabody Conservatory Faculty, and the New Orchestra of Washington.

He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Boston University?s College of Fine Arts, and his Master of Music degree at Rice University?s Shepherd School of Music, where he won the strings division of the 2005 Concerto Competition.  His primary teachers include Edwin Barker and Paul Ellison, and additional studies with Albert Laszlo, Kenneth Harper, Dennis Whittaker, Mark Shapiro, and Harry Lantz.

 

Visit www.mindoverfinger.com and sign up for my newsletter to get your free guide to a super productive practice!  This guide is the perfect entry point to help you bring more mindfulness and efficiency into your practice and it?s filled with tips and tricks on how to use that wonderful tool to take your practicing and your playing to new heights!

 

And don?t forget to join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for additional resources on practice and performing!

If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support!

 

 

THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Thank you to Susan Blackwell for the introduction!  You can find out more about Susan, her fantastic podcast The Spark File, and her work helping creatives of all backgrounds expand their impact by visiting https://www.susanblackwell.com/home.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-10-30
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078 Finding Your Perfect Teacher: Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier

In this episode I share with you the conversation I had with Trevor Jones on his Podcast, the Scholarship Roadmap!  We cover a lot of ground in this 40-minute conversation including:

The importance finding the right teachers for your education. Developing an efficient practicing system and excellent awareness Why practicing slowly isn?t enough A mini Music Mastery Experience lesson Comfort and effectiveness in your performance Reverse Engineering your audition preparation Chunking, mapping, and learning - deep practice model   Spotlight Performing Why finding the right teacher can be tricky. Your relationship with constructive criticism How to be teachable Communicating with your teacher Trust your own work and show them who you are.

I had a great time speaking with Trevor and I hope you find tons of value in our discussion

 

MORE ABOUT TREVOR AND THE SCHOLARSHIP ROADMAP:

The Scholarship Roadmap: https://thescholarshiproadmap.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thescholarshiproadmap/ FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/thescholarshiproadmap Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-scholarship-roadmap/id1526994519

 

The Scholarship Roadmap is an online program developed by bassist and educator, Trevor Jones. Trevor is the house bassist at the Marriott Theatre and was the instructor of double bass and bass guitar at Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music from 2012-2020.

Trevor developed The Scholarship Roadmap after a decade of guiding students through the music school preparation process. Student musicians who are pursuing a career in music will benefit from The Scholarship Roadmap. The program will assess the student's needs, align them with the right school and teacher, and focus the student's attention on the fundamentals of the music school preparation process.

"For years I have advocated for my students to attend colleges and universities that best serve their needs. That doesn't mean you need to attend a brand-name school. Many fine institutions will not only serve your musical needs but will pay for you to attend. It is my sincere belief, that a proactive approach can result in a stellar musical education that won't leave you saddled with debt."

 

I'm Trevor Jones, a bassist, and educator based in Chicago. I perform in symphony halls, clubs, and theaters. For the last five years, I have been the house bassist at The Marriott Theatre, where I have played in over 25 productions. I also perform on Broadway in Chicago, most notably as a substitute for the Chicago production of Hamilton. I have toured across the country and released a handful of recordings with my group Molehill. We have been been featured in online publications and the Chicago Tribune.

As an educator, I was the instructor of double bass and bass guitar for eight years at Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music. I also maintain a studio at Midwest Young Artists in Highwood, IL.

For years I have advocated for my students to attend colleges and universities that best serve their needs. That doesn't mean you need to attend a brand-name school. There are many fine institutions that will not only serve your musical needs but will pay for you to attend. It is my sincere belief, that a proactive approach can result in a stellar musical education that won't leave you saddled

 

 

Visit www.mindoverfinger.com and sign up for my newsletter to get your free guide to a super productive practice using the metronome!  This guide is the perfect entry point to help you bring more mindfulness and efficiency into your practice and it?s filled with tips and tricks on how to use that wonderful tool to take your practicing and your playing to new heights!

 

Head over to the Mind Over Finger Resources? page to check out amazing books recommended by my podcast guests, as well as my favorite websites, cds, the podcasts I like to listen to, and the practice and podcasting tools I use everyday!  Find it here: www.mindoverfinger.com/resources!

 

Join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for additional resources on practice and performing!

If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support!

 

 

THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

MIND OVER FINGER:

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2020-10-16
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077 David Cartolano: The Conditioned Musician

In this episode I?m talking health and wellness with David Cartolano, Host of the Conditioned Musician podcast!  David is an ACSM certified Exercise Physiologist and has a bachelor?s degree in exercise science and he?s on a mission to build stronger, more resilient, and more creative musicians.

We cover the things that musicians can do to be healthier, practice better, perform more optimally, and, overall, be more happy, productive, and conditioned musicians!

David has a lot of great advice for us, so sit back, relax, and start thinking about the different ways you can improve your musical life

 

 

MORE ABOUT DAVID:

Classically Conditioned Program: www.com Instagram: http://bit.ly/tcmigp FB Group: http://bit.ly/tcmfbgroup Podcast: http://bit.ly/tcmpod2pod

 

 

More Mind Over Finger Podcast episodes about injury recovery:

058 Stefan Jackiw: Overcoming Injury

044 Sarah Whitney: Thriving Through Injury

 

 

Visit www.mindoverfinger.com and sign up for my newsletter to get your free guide to a super productive practice using the metronome!  This guide is the perfect entry point to help you bring more mindfulness and efficiency into your practice and it?s filled with tips and tricks on how to use that wonderful tool to take your practicing and your playing to new heights!

 

Head over to the Mind Over Finger Resources? page to check out amazing books recommended by my podcast guests, as well as my favorite websites, cds, the podcasts I like to listen to, and the practice and podcasting tools I use everyday!  Find it here: www.mindoverfinger.com/resources!

 

Join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for additional resources on practice and performing!

If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support!

 

 

THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

MIND OVER FINGER:

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https://www.facebook.com/mindoverfinger/

https://www.instagram.com/mindoverfinger/

 

 

2020-10-09
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076 Alisa Weilerstein: Artistry & Interpretative Depth

In this episode, I have the great pleasure of speaking about all things mindful practice with international cello soloist Alisa Weilerstein.

Alisa has attracted widespread attention for her playing that combines natural virtuosity and technical precision with impassioned musicianship. 

In this episode, Alisa shares insight on:

How her parents nurtured a natural unfolding and healthy progression of her career Practicing: focusing efficient practice, intentional breaks and time off management (so important for long term sustainability + physical and mental health!) Her approach to learning a piece The importance of keeping musicality part of the technical work (as she said ?Keeping everything married?) How practicing mindfully is the key for her to get rid of nerves and feel comfortable in performance How she plays mock performance for friends How to develop a natural rubato using the metronome ? and much more!

 

It?s an information and inspiration packed episode and I hope you enjoy and find value in our discussion!

 

MORE ABOUT ALISA WEILERSTEIN

alisaweilerstein.com

twitter.com/aweilerstein

facebook.com/AlisaWeilerstein

instagram.com/alisaweilerstein/

 

Alisa Weilerstein is one of the foremost cellists of our time. Known for her consummate artistry, emotional investment and rare interpretive depth, she was recognized with a MacArthur ?genius grant? Fellowship in 2011. Today her career is truly global in scope, taking her to the most prestigious international venues for solo recitals, chamber concerts, and concerto collaborations with all the preeminent conductors and orchestras worldwide. ?Weilerstein is a throwback to an earlier age of classical performers: not content merely to serve as a vessel for the composer?s wishes, she inhabits a piece fully and turns it to her own ends,? marvels the New York Times. ?Weilerstein?s cello is her id. She doesn?t give the impression that making music involves will at all. She and the cello seem simply to be one and the same,? agrees the Los Angeles Times. As the UK?s Telegraph put it, ?Weilerstein is truly a phenomenon.?

 

Bach?s six suites for unaccompanied cello figure prominently in Weilerstein?s current programming. Over the past two seasons, she has given rapturously received live accounts of the complete set on three continents, with recitals in New York, Washington DC, Boston, Los Angeles, Berkeley and San Diego; at Aspen and Caramoor; in Tokyo, Osaka, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, London, Manchester, Aldeburgh, Paris and Barcelona; and for a full-capacity audience at Hamburg?s iconic new Elbphilharmonie. During the global pandemic, she has further cemented her status as one of the suites? leading exponents. Released in April 2020, her Pentatone recording of the complete set became a Billboard bestseller and was named ?Album of the Week? by the UK?s Sunday Times. As captured in Vox?s YouTube series, her insights into Bach?s first G-major prelude have been viewed almost 1.5 million times. During the first weeks of the lockdown, she chronicled her developing engagement with the suites on social media, fostering an even closer connection with her online audience by streaming a new movement each day in her innovative #36DaysOfBach project. As the New York Times observed in a dedicated feature, by presenting these more intimate accounts alongside her new studio recording, Weilerstein gave listeners the rare opportunity to learn whether ?the pressures of a pandemic [can] change the very sound a musician makes, or help her see a beloved piece in a new way.?

 

Earlier in the 2019-20 season, as Artistic Partner of the Trondheim Soloists, Weilerstein joined the Norwegian orchestra in London, Munich and Bergen for performances including Haydn?s two cello concertos, as featured on their acclaimed 2018 release, Transfigured Night. She also performed ten more concertos by Schumann, Saint-Saëns, Elgar, Strauss, Shostakovich, Britten, Barber, Bloch, Matthias Pintscher and Thomas Larcher, with the London Symphony Orchestra, Zurich?s Tonhalle Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, Tokyo?s NHK Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Houston, Detroit and San Diego symphonies. In recital, besides making solo Bach appearances, she reunited with her frequent duo partner, Inon Barnatan, for Brahms and Shostakovich at London?s Wigmore Hall, Milan?s Sala Verdi and Amsterdam?s Concertgebouw. To celebrate Beethoven?s 250th anniversary, she and the Israeli pianist performed the composer?s five cello sonatas in Cincinnati and Scottsdale, and joined Guy Braunstein and the Dresden Philharmonic for Beethoven?s Triple Concerto, as heard on the duo?s 2019 Pentatone recording with Stefan Jackiw, Alan Gilbert and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

 

Committed to expanding the cello repertoire, Weilerstein is an ardent champion of new music. She has premiered two important new concertos, giving Pascal Dusapin?s Outscape ?the kind of debut most composers can only dream of? (Chicago Tribune) with the co-commissioning Chicago Symphony in 2016 and proving herself ?the perfect guide? (Boston Globe) to Matthias Pintscher?s cello concerto un despertar with the co-commissioning Boston Symphony the following year. She has since reprised Dusapin?s concerto with the Stuttgart and Paris Opera Orchestras and Pintscher?s with the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and with the Danish Radio Symphony and Cincinnati Symphony, both under the composer?s leadership. It was also under Pintscher?s direction that she gave the New York premiere of his Reflections on Narcissus at the New York Philharmonic?s inaugural 2014 Biennial, before reuniting with him to revisit the work at London?s BBC Proms. She has worked extensively with Osvaldo Golijov, who rewrote Azul for cello and orchestra for her New York premiere performance at the opening of the 2007 Mostly Mozart Festival. Since then she has played the work with orchestras around the world, besides frequently programming his Omaramor for solo cello. Grammy nominee Joseph Hallman has written multiple compositions for her, including a cello concerto that she premiered with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and a trio that she premiered on tour with Barnatan and clarinetist Anthony McGill. At the 2008 Caramoor festival, she premiered Lera Auerbach?s 24 Preludes for Violoncello and Piano with the composer at the keyboard, and the two subsequently reprised the work at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Washington?s Kennedy Center and for San Francisco Performances.

 

Weilerstein?s recent Bach and Transfigured Night recordings expand her already celebrated discography. Earlier releases include the Elgar and Elliott Carter cello concertos with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin, named ?Recording of the Year 2013? by BBC Music, which made her the face of its May 2014 issue. Her next album, on which she played Dvo?ák?s Cello Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic, topped the U.S. classical chart, and her 2016 recording of Shostakovich?s cello concertos with the Bavarian Radio Symphony and Pablo Heras-Casado proved ?powerful and even mesmerizing? (San Francisco Chronicle). She and Barnatan made their duo album debut with sonatas by Chopin and Rachmaninoff in 2015, a year after she released Solo, a compilation of unaccompanied 20th-century cello music that was hailed as an ?uncompromising and pertinent portrait of the cello repertoire of our time? (ResMusica, France). Solo?s centerpiece is Kodály?s Sonata for Solo Cello, a signature work that Weilerstein revisits on the soundtrack of If I Stay, a 2014 feature film starring Chloë Grace Moretz in which the cellist makes a cameo appearance as herself.

 

Weilerstein has appeared with all the major orchestras of the United States, Europe and Asia, collaborating with conductors including Marin Alsop, Daniel Barenboim, Ji?í B?lohlávek, Semyon Bychkov, Thomas Dausgaard, Sir Andrew Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Mark Elder, Alan Gilbert, Giancarlo Guerrero, Bernard Haitink, Pablo Heras-Casado, Marek Janowski, Paavo Järvi, Lorin Maazel, Cristian M?celaru, Zubin Mehta, Ludovic Morlot, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Peter Oundjian, Rafael Payare, Donald Runnicles, Yuri Temirkanov, Michael Tilson Thomas, Osmo Vänskä, Joshua Weilerstein, Simone Young and David Zinman. In 2009, she was one of four artists invited by Michelle Obama to participate in a widely celebrated and high-profile classical music event at the White House, featuring student workshops hosted by the First Lady and performances in front of an audience that included President Obama and the First Family. A month later, Weilerstein toured Venezuela as soloist with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra under Dudamel, since when she has made numerous return visits to teach and perform with the orchestra as part of its famed El Sistema music education program.

 

Born in 1982, Alisa Weilerstein discovered her love for the cello at just two and a half, when she had chicken pox and her grandmother assembled a makeshift set of instruments from cereal boxes to entertain her. Although immediately drawn to the Rice Krispies box cello, Weilerstein soon grew frustrated that it didn?t produce any sound. After persuading her parents to buy her a real cello at the age of four, she developed a natural affinity for the instrument and gave her first public performance six months later. At 13, in 1995, she made her professional concert debut, playing Tchaikovsky?s ?Rococo? Variations with the Cleveland Orchestra, and in March 1997 she made her first Carnegie Hall appearance with the New York Youth Symphony. A graduate of the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Weiss, Weilerstein also holds a degree in history from Columbia University. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at nine years old, and is a staunch advocate for the T1D community, serving as a consultant for the biotechnology company eGenesis and as a Celebrity Advocate for JDRF, the world leader in T1D research. Born into a musical family, she is the daughter of violinist Donald Weilerstein and pianist Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, and the sister of conductor Joshua Weilerstein. She is married to Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare, with whom she has a young child.

 

 

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2020-09-25
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075 Practicing from the Beginning: Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier & David Cartolano

Today is a special episode:  I?m bringing you a conversation I had on another podcast, the awesome Conditioned Musician Podcast hosted by the equally awesome David Cartolano!  

David is an ACSM certified Exercise Physiologist and has a bachelor?s degree in exercise science, and he?s on a mission to build stronger, more resilient, and more creative musicians.

Among many things, David and I talk about my own injury experience, how having a sense of introspection can prolong and save your career, how to stay motivated in your work, and we discuss how starting with your fundamentals and with a beginner?s mind can be crucial to getting past a rut.

 

 

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And for

 THE BEST PRACTICING AND PERFORMING SEASON OF YOUR LIFE

Dr. Gauthier invites you to join:

 

THE MUSIC MASTERY EXPERIENCE

A TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY TO LOVING THE PRACTICE ROOM, ROCKING THE STAGE, WINNING THE JOB, AND TAKING YOUR CAREER TO NEW HEIGHTS

A 3-month experience for all musicians, starting September 21, 2020

BOOK A CALL AND LET?S SEE HOW WE CAN GET YOU RESULTS!

 

 

And don?t forget to join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for additional resources on practice and performing!

 

 

THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-09-18
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074 Melissa White and Elena Urioste: Powerful Presence

Melissa White and Elena Urioste ? violinists, yoginis, and dear friends run Intermission, a ground-breaking program that unites body, mind, breath, and music-making through yoga and meditation. 

 

MORE ABOUT MELISSA WHITE AND ELENA URIOSTE FROM INTERMISSION:

Website: https://www.intermissionsessions.com/

Intermission App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/intermission-app/id1464473222

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/intermissionsessions/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/intermissionsessions/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/intermissionsr

 

 

And for

 THE BEST PRACTICING AND PERFORMING SEASON OF YOUR LIFE

Dr. Gauthier invites you to join:

 

THE MUSIC MASTERY EXPERIENCE

A TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY TO LOVING THE PRACTICE ROOM, ROCKING THE STAGE, WINNING THE JOB, AND TAKING YOUR CAREER TO NEW HEIGHTS

A 3-month experience for all musicians, starting September 21, 2020

BOOK A CALL AND LET?S SEE HOW WE CAN GET YOU RESULTS!

 

 

And don?t forget to join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for additional resources on practice and performing!

 

 

THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-09-11
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073 Performance Reboot with Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier

Performance Reboot ? A 3-Part Motivation-Reset Workshop for Musicians


Rediscover your passion + jumpstart your process ? so you?re ahead of the pack when concerts come back

Stage Ready?  Set? GO!

 

Workshop prompts and reflections: www.mindoverfinger.com/resources

 

And for the best practicing and performing season of your life, Dr. Gauthier invites you to join:

THE MUSIC MASTERY EXPERIENCE

A TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY TO LOVING THE PRACTICE ROOM, ROCKING THE STAGE, WINNING THE JOB, AND TAKING YOUR CAREER TO NEW HEIGHTS

A 3-month experience for all musicians, starting September 21, 2020

BOOK A CALL AND LET?S SEE HOW WE CAN GET YOU RESULTS!

 

And don?t forget to join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for additional resources on practice and performing!

 

THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

 

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2020-08-31
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072 Joyful Practice with Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier

Everything you need to infuse your practice with more mindfulness, joy, and efficiency!

Challenge prompts and transcript: www.mindoverfinger.com/resources

 

And for the best practicing summer of your life:

 

Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier invites you to join :

THE MUSIC MASTERY EXPERIENCE

A TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY TO LOVING THE PRACTICE ROOM, ROCKING THE STAGE, WINNING THE JOB, AND TAKING YOUR CAREER TO NEW HEIGHTS

A 3-month experience for all musicians, starting June 1st, 2020

BOOK A CALL AND LET?S SEE HOW WE CAN GET YOU RESULTS!

 

And don?t forget to join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for additional resources on practice and performing!

 

THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-05-13
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071 Motivation with Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier

Everything you need to get you in the cycle of motivation!

And for the best practicing summer of your life:

 

Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier invites you to join :

THE MUSIC MASTERY EXPERIENCE

A TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY TO LOVING THE PRACTICE ROOM, ROCKING THE STAGE, WINNING THE JOB, AND TAKING YOUR CAREER TO NEW HEIGHTS

A 3-month experience for all musicians, starting June 1st, 2020

BOOK A CALL AND LET?S SEE HOW WE CAN GET YOU RESULTS!

 

Commit to Ten blog: https://www.mindoverfinger.com/post/commit-to-ten

 

And don?t forget to join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for additional resources on practice and performing!

 

THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-05-06
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070 Jennifer Higdon: A Creative Force

It?s hard to believe it, but we?ve reached the end of Season 2 of The Mind Over Finger Podcast!!!  To celebrate, I have a great treat for you.  I?m speaking with one of the most acclaimed and frequently performed composers working today: Jennifer Higdon!

It was an incredible honor to have the chance to sit with Jennifer and to soak up her wisdom and this wonderful energy that she?s got!  Among many other things, you?ll get to hear about her unusual path to a career as a composer, how she approaches the compositional process, her view on the classical music world today, and she tells us about the habit that has contributed to her success.

 

Mindful efficient practice can completely transform the way you perform and feel about-music making!

If you think this would change your life?? then this is for YOU!

Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier invites you to join :

THE MUSIC MASTERY EXPERIENCE

A TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY TO LOVING THE PRACTICE ROOM, ROCKING THE STAGE, WINNING THE JOB, AND TAKING YOUR CAREER TO NEW HEIGHTS

A 3-month experience for all musicians, starting June 1st, 2020

BOOK A CALL AND LET?S SEE HOW WE CAN GET YOU RESULTS!

 

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Pulitzer Prize and three-time Grammy-winner Jennifer Higdon taught herself to play flute at the age of 15 and began formal musical studies at 18, with an even later start in composition at the age of 21. Despite these obstacles, Jennifer has become a major figure in contemporary Classical music. Her works represent a wide range of genres, from orchestral to chamber, to wind ensemble, as well as vocal, choral and opera. Her music has been hailed by Fanfare Magazine as having "the distinction of being at once complex, sophisticated but readily accessible emotionally", with the Times of London citing it as "?traditionally rooted, yet imbued with integrity and freshness." The League of American Orchestras reports that she is one of America's most frequently performed composers.

Higdon's list of commissioners is extensive and includes The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Chicago Symphony, The Atlanta Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Minnesota Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well such groups as the Tokyo String Quartet, the Lark Quartet, Eighth Blackbird, and the President's Own Marine Band. She has also written works for such artists as baritone Thomas Hampson, pianists Yuja Wang and Gary Graffman, violinists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Jennifer Koh and Hilary Hahn. Her first opera, Cold Mountain, won the prestigious International Opera Award for Best World Premiere in 2016; the first American opera to do so in the award's history. Performances of Cold Mountain sold out its premiere run in Santa Fe, North Carolina, and Philadelphia (becoming the third highest selling opera in Opera Philadelphia's history).

Upcoming commissions include a chamber opera for Opera Philadelphia, a string quartet for the Apollo Chamber Players, a double percussion concerto for the Houston Symphony, an orchestral suite for the Made In America project, and a flute concerto for the National Flute Associations' 50th anniversary.

Higdon received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto, with the committee citing the work as "a deeply engaging piece that combines flowing lyricism with dazzling virtuosity." She has also received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, The Independence Foundation, the NEA, and ASCAP. As winner of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition's American Composers Invitational, Higdon's Secret & Glass Gardens was performed by the semi-finalists during the competition.

Higdon has been a featured composer at many festivals including Aspen, Tanglewood, Vail, Norfolk, Grand Teton, and Cabrillo. She has served as Composer-in-Residence with several orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Fort Worth Symphony. She was honored to serve as the Creative Director of the Boundless Series for the Cincinnati Symphony's 2012-13 season. During the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years Higdon served as the prestigious Barr Laureate Scholar at the University of Missouri Kansas City.

Most recently, Higdon received the prestigious Nemmers Prize from Northwestern University which is awarded to contemporary classical composers of exceptional achievement who have significantly influenced the field of composition. Beginning in 2018, Higdon will complete two residences at the Bienen School of Music as the Nemmers Prize recipient. Also in the 2018-19 season, Higdon will be in residence at University of Texas, Austin, as part of the Eddie Medora King Award.

Higdon enjoys more than 200 performances a year of her works. Her orchestral work, blue cathedral, is one of the most performed contemporary orchestral works in the repertoire, more than 600 performances since its premiere in 2000.

Her works have been recorded on over 60 CDs. Higdon has thrice won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition: first for her Percussion Concerto in 2010 and in 2018 for her Viola Concerto.

Dr. Higdon received a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Bowling Green State University, an Artist Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from the Hartt School and Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Higdon currently holds the Rock Chair in Composition at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Her music is published exclusively by Lawdon Press.

 

Visit www.mindoverfinger.com and sign up for my newsletter to get your free guide to a super productive practice using the metronome!  This guide is the perfect entry point to help you bring more mindfulness and efficiency into your practice and it?s filled with tips and tricks on how to use that wonderful tool to take your practicing and your playing to new heights!

Don?t forget to visit the Mind Over Finger Resources? page to check out amazing books recommended by my podcast guests, as well as my favorite websites, cds, the podcasts I like to listen to, and the practice and podcasting tools I use everyday!  Find it here: www.mindoverfinger.com/resources!

 

And don?t forget to join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for additional resources on practice and performing!

If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support!

 

 

THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-04-24
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069 Simon Fischer: Practicing & Performing Wisdom

In this very special episode, I?m speaking with violinist and pedagogue Simon Fischer, who is recognized world-wide as a performer, educator and recording artist, and who?s published work greatly influences the teaching of the violin. In this conversation Simon talks to us in details about the fundamentals of high quality practice and performance preparation, and shares incredible wisdom on various aspects of efficient learning.

 

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Simon?s INCREDIBLE books: https://www.simonfischeronline.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

 

Simon Fischer is recognised as one of the pre-eminent musicians of our time, enjoying a distinguished and wide-ranging career as a performer, educator and recording artist.

As a recitalist he has performed in the UK, the USA, Europe and Australia, at venues including the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room. Alongside standard repertoire he delights audiences by performing his own transcriptions of famous works by composers such as Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Johann Strauss, Rossini and Purcell.  For many years Simon played duo recitals with his father, the pianist Raymond Fischer. Amongst UK and foreign touring projects they played the three Brahms Sonatas in a live broadcast from Sydney, Australia. These Sonatas have also been recorded on CD, receiving high praise in Gramophone Magazine.

Simon Fischer has frequently played as soloist or leader/soloist with major orchestras including the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber and the Ulster Orchestra, working with celebrated conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Charles Groves, Richard Hickox, Andrew Litton, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Yan-Pascal Tortelier and André Previn.  As a chamber musician he was leader of the Chamber Group of Scotland, with whom he gave many broadcasts and concerts of contemporary music, and worked closely with composers such as Sally Beamish and James MacMillan. He has directed the European Union Chamber Orchestra on tours including to Korea, China and Ireland.

Simon Fischer is recognised as having a place amongst the world's elite teachers. Having studied in London with Yfrah Neaman, and in New York with Dorothy DeLay, Fischer's approach unites the best elements of the French, Russian and American violin traditions.

He is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music. He has also held positions at three specialist music schools, the Yehudi Menuhin, Wells Cathedral and Purcell, For 15 years he was also a visiting professor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music.

Fischer's published work greatly influences the teaching of the violin. Having written for The Strad magazine from 1991-2014, his monthly articles attracted a worldwide following.

Published by Edition Peters, his technique books Basics and Practice, Scales and The Violin Lesson (translated variously into Korean, Italian, Japanese and German),  have become standards on many continents - as has his DVD The Secrets of Tone Production, His book and DVD Warming Up, was described by The Strad magazine as "23 pages of pure technical gold".

In 2014 Simon Fischer was awarded the European String Teachers Association prize "In celebration of a lifetime contribution to String Teaching".

In conjunction with his playing engagements he frequently gives masterclasses and workshops . Recent residencies have taken place in the USA, Holland, Italy, Norway, Ireland, Hong Kong, Germany and Australia. Simon Fischer plays a violin by Peter Guarnerius of Venice from c. 1732.

 

Visit www.mindoverfinger.com and sign up for my newsletter to get your free guide to a super productive practice using the metronome!  This guide is the perfect entry point to help you bring more mindfulness and efficiency into your practice and it?s filled with tips and tricks on how to use that wonderful tool to take your practicing and your playing to new heights!

Don?t forget to visit the Mind Over Finger Resources? page to check out amazing books recommended by my podcast guests, as well as my favorite websites, cds, the podcasts I like to listen to, and the practice and podcasting tools I use everyday!  Find it here: www.mindoverfinger.com/resources!

 

And don?t forget to join the Mind Over Finger Tribe for additional resources on practice and performing!

If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support!

 

 

THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-04-17
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068 Lauren Pierce: Bassically Fabulous

This week, I?m speaking with fabulous double bass player, Lauren Pierce!

Known for her hugely popular YouTube channel, which features her virtuosic performances and has more than 13 thousand followers and 1.3 million views, Lauren is a highly regarded soloist, musical innovator, and educator.

As you?ll hear in our conversation, Lauren is an amazingly thoughtful musician, who has put a great amount of effort in refining the process of practicing and expanding her skills and artistry. 

Among many things, we discuss her highly intentional and effective approach practicing and learning new repertoire, how our habits and our rituals create the life we have, and the importance of having clarity in building a career.

Lauren also talks about

How her musical path unfolded How the repertoire for the double bass is evolving these days How her deep love of the instrument, her passion for music, and her profound interest for the process fuel her enthusiasm for practicing Her amazing program - The Virtuosity Blueprint

 

 

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Lauren?s amazing Virtuosity Blueprint program: https://laurenpierce.lpages.co/the-virtuosity-blueprint/

 

Lauren Pierce is one of those generational instrumentalists with not only the technique necessary to excel on her instrument, but with a flair and presentation that amazes everyone who watches her musically navigate on the double bass. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Lauren began her musical studies at the age of seven on piano and voice. Later, she was introduced to the Double Bass and soon began lessons with the late Douglas Sommer, section bassist for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

She continued her studies at the University of South Carolina under the tutelage of Dr. Craig Butterfield. During her studies at USC, Lauren was given the Presser Scholar Award, named a Magellan Scholar, and in 2010, performed a concerto with the University of South Carolina Symphony as the winner of that years USC Concerto Competition. After graduating from USC, Lauren moved to Denton, Texas to study with Jeffrey Bradetich and work as his Teaching Fellow. As a Teaching Fellow, she was in charge of maintaining a studio of college-aged double bassists and often running master classes for the full double bass studio at UNT. During this period, Lauren competed in the American String Teachers Association Competition and the International Society of Bassists Competition. In 2016, she was named a Pirastro Strings Artist, sponsored by the largest bowed string company in the world, Pirastro Strings.

Her popularity through performance videos on YouTube is unparalleled in the classical music world. Lauren is regarded as a musical innovator through her performing and teaching, and is famous for playing works for instruments other than the double bass with ease and virtuosity.

Lauren has worked in many different genres and artistic mediums. She has worked as a section member for many orchestras, including the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Austin Symphony, the Austin Lyric Opera, and the Laredo Philharmonic. Lauren appeared as a soloist in the 2011 film "Luz," by Los Angeles filmmaker Ellie Ann Fenton. She has recorded as a soloist on multiple albums, including singer-songwriter Collin Hauser's debut album Collin Hauser, Fall River Footman's Mullen Road, and R&B artist Mikaela Kahn's Milk And Honey.

Lauren brings an impressive performance repertoire to the table, exceptional for the double bass, where she takes many a risk playing works designed for more versatile and manageable smaller instruments. Most critics find her flair and presentation almost magical. Her music has been featured many times on sites such as Classic FM, MusicOff, The Entreprenurial Musician Podcast, Discover Double Bass, Jason Heath's Double Bass Blog, Patternroot, and more.

Lauren is a frequent clinician at several workshops, including the Bradetich Summer Bass Camps, the Austin Bass Workshop, and Bassmania at Columbus State University. She resides in Austin, Texas, where she enjoys teaching, performing, and working on her zombie romance novel, The Loving Dead.

Lauren plays on a small Italian instrument, built by an unknown maker, ca. 1850s.

 

 

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Don?t forget to visit the Mind Over Finger Resources? page to check out amazing books recommended by my podcast guests, as well as my favorite websites, cds, the podcasts I like to listen to, and the practice and podcasting tools I use everyday!  Find it here: www.mindoverfinger.com/resources!

 

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If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support!

 

 

THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-04-10
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067 Lara St. John: Creativity & Ease in Practice

In this episode, famed violinist Lara St. John discusses several aspects of practicing and performance preparation, including the importance of working on the fundamentals, fostering curiosity and creativity in our work, developing our listening skills, and practicing performing. 

Lara also expands on:

How she learned to ?speak? violin How curiosity and listening skills are at the core of developing freedom to improvise on the instrument and to improve our versatility as performers Her process to prepare a work for a performance The importance of practicing in a relaxed state How she always maximizes time when she practices The awesome story of how she came to rethink how she approached Bach Her advice on managing expectations in performance Her ?social distancing? artistic plans, including learning 2 concerti that were written for her, an upcoming home recital for The Violin Channel, her new cd coming out April 17, 2020, and the documentary she?s working on, which covers a topic that is really close to her heart

And so much more!

 

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TURN THE METRONOME ON AND START PRACTICING BETTER AND LEARNING FASTER RIGHT NOW!  GET YOUR FREE METRONOME GUIDE TODAY AT www.mindoverfinger.com!!!!

 

 

More about Lara:

Website: https://www.larastjohn.com/

Ancalagon Records: https://www.larastjohn.com/ancalagon

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stjohnlara/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AncalagonRecords/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/stjohnlara?lang=en

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Ancalagon33

Lara?s tips on relaxation in playing as found in the Strings Magazine: https://stringsmagazine.com/shutdown-skills-series-relaxation-tips-from-lara-st-john/

 

 

Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John has been described as "something of a phenomenon" by The Strad and a ?high-powered soloist? by the New York Times.

She has performed as soloist with the orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, the Boston Pops, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Symphony, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Camerata Ireland, Belgrade Symphony, Amsterdam Symphony, and the Akbank Chamber Orchestra in Turkey, among others.

Lara has also performed with the Queensland Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony, ACO², Auckland Philharmonia, Tokyo Symphony, Kyoto Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, Hangzhou Symphony and the Shanghai Symphony.

She has traveled to Latin America for appearances with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, the Sao Paulo Symphony, Rio de Janeiro?s Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira, Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, the SODRE in Montevideo and the Sociedad Filarmónica de Lima in Peru.

Recitals in major concert halls have included New York, Boston, San Francisco, Ravinia, Wolf Trap, Washington DC, Prague, Berlin, Toronto, Montreal, Bogotá, Lima, and in the Forbidden City.

The Los Angeles Times wrote ?Lara St. John happens to be a volcanic violinist with a huge, fabulous tone that pours out of her like molten lava. She has technique to burn and plays at a constant high heat.?

Lara owns and runs her own label, Ancalagon, which she founded in 1999.  Bach: The Six Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo was the best-selling double album on iTunes in 2007.  Her 2008 world premiere recording of Matthew Hindson?s Violin Concerto prompted Gramophone to write: ?It?s the sort of work that should get audiences running, not walking, back to concert halls on new-music nights.?

In 2009, American Record Guide said of her Vivaldi/Piazzolla disc with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela: ?I can imagine no suaver, more atmospheric performance.?  Her Mozart recording won a Juno Award in 2011.

In 2014, her Schubert album with Berlin Philharmonic harpist Marie-Pierre Langlamet, cellist Ludwig Quandt and soprano Anna Prohaska was chosen as one of ?The Best CDs of Spring? by Der Tagsesspiegel and MDR Figaro recommended it for its ?boundless enchantment.?

Her 2016 release of re-imagined folk music with pianist Matt Herskowitz got a five-star review from All About Jazz: ?Music like this is beyond imagination and talent. It exists only in the loosely-held molecules found on the razor's edge of Creation.?

She has been featured in People, US News and World Report, on CNN's Showbiz Today, NPR's All Things Considered, CBC, BBC, a Bravo! Special: Live at the Rehearsal Hall and on the cover of Strings.

Lara began playing the violin when she was two years old. She made her first appearance as soloist with orchestra at age four, and her European debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra when she was 10. She toured Spain, France, Portugal and Hungary at ages 12 and 13 and entered the Curtis Institute at 13. Her teachers have included Felix Galimir and Joey Corpus.

She performs on the 1779 ?Salabue? Guadagnini.

 

 

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THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-04-03
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066 Sondra Radvanovsky: Authenticity & Expression

Today on the show, I?m so excited to speak with the incredible and globally celebrated soprano Sondra Radvanovsky!

In our conversation, Sondra covers a variety of topics, including how she prepares for a role, the importance of understanding how we learn, how to perform at our best, and the importance of kindness in our field.

She also expands on:

The importance of understanding how and how quickly we learn When it?s good to walk away and hit reset in order to learn faster How a desire to please and to express emotions can negatively affect the quality of our performance The importance of being in the moment during a performance How she prioritizes her health while maintaining a heavy performing schedule involving lots of travel

Sondra has wonderful insight in store for you, and I know you will enjoy this episode!

 

Don?t forget to visit the Mind Over Finger Resources? page to check out amazing books recommended by my podcast guests, as well as my favorite websites, cds, the podcasts I like to listen to, and the practice and podcasting tools I use everyday!  Find it here: www.mindoverfinger.com/resources!

 

And join the Mind Over Finger Book Club in the Tribe!  We meet HERE, and we?ll begin 2020 with The Inner Game of Golf by Tim Gallwey!

 

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More about Sondra Radvanovsky:

Website: https://www.sondraradvanovsky.com/:

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sondra+radvanovsky

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Sondra-Radvanovsky-43465428333/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sondraradvanovsky/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SondraRadvan?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

Sondra at The Met: https://www.metopera.org/discover/artists/soprano/sondra-radvanovsky/

 

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky is a globally celebrated artist. The depth and exquisite color of her voice are matched by her dramatic acting ability and versatility across a remarkable range of repertoire, from the title roles in Rusalka and Lucrezia Borgia, to Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac and the title role in Manon Lescaut. She is widely regarded as one of the premiere Verdi sopranos alive today, as well as one of the premiere interpreters of bel canto.

Radvanovsky begins the 2019-20 season in the title role of a production of Sir David McVicar?s Rusalka at the Canadian Opera Company. She then performs in concert and recital in Vancouver, San Juan (Puerto Rico), Ã Coruña (Spain) and Baden-Baden (Germany). Radvanovsky will sing a concert titled ?The Three Queens? at the Chicago Lyric Opera, a concert featuring the last act of each of the three Queens trilogy. This will be followed by a concert version of Il Pirata at the Palais Garnier in Paris. In February 2020, the soprano will be singing Liza in Pique Dame at the Chicago Lyric Opera. This is followed by both the title role in Aida and Liza in Pique Dame at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. The season ends with Sondra Radvanovsky singing the title role of Aida at the Staatsoper in Vienna.

She has performed in every major opera house in the world, including the Royal Opera House, Teatro alla Scala, Opernhaus Zürich, and numerous others. Her signature interpretations of Verdi's heroines include the title roles in Aïda and Luisa Miller, Elvira in Ernani, Elena in I Vespri Siciliani, Elisabeth de Valois in Don Carlo, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, and Lina in Stiffelio, among others.

She trained at the Metropolitan Opera in the late 1990s in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. After performances in smaller roles there, Radvanovsky caught the attention of critics as Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann and was singled out as a soprano to watch. On the concert platform, she has sung with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Orchestra, both with James Levine; with the Chicago Symphony and David Zinman; with the San Francisco Symphony and James Conlon, and with the Bayerische Staatsoper and Zubin Mehta.

Radvanovsky's debut recording, Verdi Arias, was released in April 2010 on the Delos label. The album quickly became a critical hit and made several season-best lists, including those of NPR and The New Yorker. In 2011 Delos released a CD of Verdi opera scenes with Radvanovsky and her frequent artistic partner Dmitri Hvorostovsky to coincide with the pair?s return to the Met stage in Il Trovatore. The disc was recorded with the Philharmonia of Russia and Constantine Orbelian.

Radvanovsky is no stranger to the screen. She stars in a Naxos DVD of Cyrano de Bergerac alongside Plácido Domingo, and in Il Trovatore, Un Ballo in Maschera, and Roberto Devereux for the wildly popular ?Met: Live in HD? series. She has also been an enthusiastic host for the ?Live in HD? transmissions of La Fanciulla del West, Otello, and Francesca da Rimini.

Born just outside Chicago, Radvanovsky now makes her home with her husband near Toronto and has dual citizenship.

 

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THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-03-27
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065 Kimberlee Dray: Adaptability & Mission in Music Making

065 Kimberlee Dray: Adaptability & Mission in Music Making

I?m incredibly happy that my guest today is violinist and composer Kimberlee Dray!  Kimberlee is an incredible example of adaptability, resourcefulness, and courage in the face of adversity, and I can?t think of a better message to share today than her story!

In this episode, Kimberlee talks about her return to music ? how she answered the call and how she let no obstacles stand in the way of her following her dream path.

Kimberlee strives to wake others who have allowed their music to lapse, inviting them back and standing as witness of the power of music to heal. She hopes her music will illustrate the potential of motivated work and the possibilities when one answers an inner call.

I drew so much inspiration from my conversation with Kimberlee, and I know you will too!  Let?s go to the show!

 

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using the metronome!  This guide is the perfect entry point to help you bring more mindfulness and efficiency into your practice and it?s filled with tips and tricks on how to use that wonderful tool to take your practicing and your playing to new heights!

 

Visit the Mind Over Finger Resources? page to check out amazing books recommended by my podcast guests, as well as my favorite websites, cds, the podcasts I like to listen to, and the practice and podcasting tools I use every day!

 

 

More about Kimberlee:

 

Website: http://kimberleedray.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/greencasegirl/

The Share Music Society on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/611434913027504/

 

Kimberlee in the news:

https://fiddlershop.com/blogs/fiddlershop-blog/fiddlershops-music-is-for-everyone-series-kimberlee-dray

https://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/a-vision-and-a-violin-yakima-woman-takes-a-non/article_06d9cfad-22c5-5ed5-9534-142a87b43f99.html

 

 

As the eldest of twelve children, family was always a central theme for violinist Kimberlee Dray. When music dreams naturally gave way to parenthood, Kimberlee followed the rhythm until she was diagnosed with Menieres Disease. Healing took the form of a highly motivated return to the violin; her subsequent dedication eventually lessened symptoms and brought on a remission.

Kimberlee?s offbeat path led to performances in masterclass for luminaries such as Joseph Silverstein and Elmar Oliveira, to study with Aaron Rosand at Summit Music Festival and Sherry Kloss at the Heifetz Symposium, culminating in a three-year commute from Seattle to New York City to train with Nina Beilina of the Mannes School of Music. Juggling four children and advanced violin study required healthy doses of negotiating and creativity, bribes, begging, freezer meals.

Prior to her ten-year hiatus, Kimberlee was honored with the Clark Mathesius music scholarship, studying with Nell Gotkovsky at Brigham Young University, ultimately graduating in English literature.

Kimberlee has been honored to solo with orchestras and perform for recital series throughout the United States. She has premiered her own composition for solo violin at The Salon in Philadelphia and completed a commission for violin and piano premiered by Sherry Kloss at the Jascha Heifetz Symposium. She recorded a work for solo violin by Christopher Lacy and seeks opportunities to collaborate with other contemporary composers. An active recitalist, Kimberlee is particularly fond of lesser known works from twentieth-century American composers.

Kimberlee strives to wake others who have allowed their music to lapse, inviting them back and standing as witness of the power of music to heal. She hopes her music will illustrate the potential of motivated work and the possibilities when one answers an inner call.

 

 

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THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-03-20
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064 Karen Bulmer: Music, Mind, & Movement

064 Karen Bulmer: Music, Mind, & Movement

I?m really happy to welcome Karen Bulmer, Associate Professor of Trombone, Euphonium and Tuba, at memorial University, and host of the Music, Mind, and Movement Podcast to the show!

In our conversation, with cover many topics, including:

How our feelings towards practice affects our attitude about performance Attention, intention, playfulness, and exploration in practice How mindfulness helps us relate in a positive way to stress and stimuli Some tools musicians can develop to get more connected with their body & exercises that can help us engage our mind/body connection What lead her to the mindfulness path The Music, Mind, & Movement Podcast What happens when someone undertakes meditation and how it affects their practice and performance The balance she?s created in her life (so inspiring!!!) & the importance of finding balance in our lives

 

I?m a huge fan of the Music, Mind, and movement podcast, and I hope all of you will check it out!  Karen is a wise host, with so much knowledge and experience in the field of mindful music-making, and I?ve found so much inspiration from her words!

At a time when things seem to be getting only more stressful and hectic, Karen brings us a message of very much needed mindful attention, and I think you will really resonate with our discussion!

 

 

Visit the Mind Over Finger Resources? page to check out amazing books recommended by my podcast guests, as well as my favorite websites, cds, the podcasts I like to listen to, and the practice and podcasting tools I use every day!

 

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More about Karen:

 

Website: https://musicmindandmovement.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicmindandmovement/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/musicmindandmovement/

 

Karen Bulmer is a versatile tuba player, educator, and writer. She is active as a tuba soloist and improviser and has performed her original one-woman show, Girl Meets Tuba, which chronicles her on-again off-again relationship with the tuba, in venues across Canada. Her radio piece, Joined at the Lip, which first aired on CBC?s Outfront in 2001, continues to be featured at radio festivals around the world, most recently at the Copenhagen Radio Cinema. Karen has presented at the annual inter-disciplinary ideaCity conference in Toronto and has recorded and performed with some of the finest classical, folk, and pop artists in Newfoundland.

In recent years, Karen?s research and creative interests have expanded to include the exploration of various mind-body practices and their particular relevance to musicians. Her unique Mind/Body Tools for Musicians program combines mindfulness with movement and self-regulation strategies to help musicians access a greater sense of their innate capacity for expression, presence, and resilience. Karen is also the creator and host of the Music, Mind, and Movement Podcast, a show that explores holistic approaches to music training and performance through in-depth conversations with educators, health professionals, somatic practitioners, and more. To listen to the podcast or to find out more about Karen?s work, including tips and tools to implement in your own practice, visit her website: www.musicmindandmovement.com

Karen holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the University of Western Ontario, a Professional Studies Diploma from the HARID Conservatory, and both a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from Yale University. Karen trained in meditation facilitation under the mentorship of Michael Stone and is a certified yoga instructor with additional training in biomechanics, anatomy, and movement for trauma.

 

 

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THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-03-13
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063 Robert Hanford: Exploration in Practice

In this episode, we discuss many important topics, including curiosity and exploration in practicing, the importance of maintaining a strong technical regimen, strategies to learn and handle a lot of repertoire in the context of an orchestra job, and tactics to foster focus in the practice room. 

Robert also elaborates on:

How his career evolved into what it is today The different elements he got from his various teachers The importance of being eager to acquire more knowledge How books inspired his practice The importance of varying what we practice, and intentionally keeping practicing feeling rewarding Curiosity and thorough thinking as a strategy to foster focus in the practice room Using a script in practice

Robert is an incredible musician, with great wisdom and I know you?ll find much inspiration in what he?s sharing with us today!

 

 

Robert Hanford is concertmaster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. During the summer, he is a concertmaster and instructor at the Aspen Music Festival. Previously, Mr. Hanford was the Associate Principal Second Violinist of the Minnesota Orchestra, a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and a member of Chicago's Grant Park Symphony. He has appeared as soloist on many occasions with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony and other Midwestern orchestras, including the Chicago Philharmonic. He has performed with numerous chamber ensembles, most recently as a member of the Rembrandt Chamber Players. For many summers, he was concertmaster and violin instructor at the Birch Creek Music Festival in Wisconsin and performed and taught at the MidAmerica Chamber Music Festival, the Milwaukee Chamber Music Festival and the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival.

In addition to his professional career as a violinist, Robert has studied and performed on the theremin, one of the first electronic instruments. Robert is also an amateur artist blacksmith, having attended courses of study in Wyoming and Illinois. Other interests include table tennis, juggling, unicycling, and high-voltage electronics.

Mr. Hanford lives in Evanston, Illinois, with his wife Sheila, also a violinist. They have three sons.

 

 

Don?t forget to visit the Mind Over Finger Resources? page to check out amazing books recommended by my podcast guests, as well as my favorite websites, cds, the podcasts I like to listen to, and the practice and podcasting tools I use everyday!  Find it here: www.mindoverfinger.com/resources!

 

And join the Mind Over Finger Book Club in the Tribe!  We meet HERE!

 

Don?t forget to sign up for my newsletter to get your free guide to a super productive practice using the metronome!  This guide is the perfect entry point to help you bring more mindfulness and efficiency into your practice and it?s filled with tips and tricks on how to use that wonderful tool to take your practicing and your playing to new heights!

TURN THE METRONOME ON AND START PRACTICING BETTER AND LEARNING FASTER RIGHT NOW!  GET YOUR FREE METRONOME GUIDE TODAY AT www.mindoverfinger.com!!!!

 

 

If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support!

 

THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

MIND OVER FINGER:

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https://www.facebook.com/mindoverfinger/

https://www.instagram.com/mindoverfinger/

 

 

2020-03-06
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062 Howard Herring: The 21st Century Musician

I?m incredibly happy to welcome someone I admire and respect profoundly to the show this week: Howard Herring, President and CEO of the New world Symphony!

In our conversation, Howard talks about the many aspects of NWS, including the first rate musical training , the incredible programs and initiatives that they have, the support they offer to their musicians, the richness they bring to their community, how they train future leaders in our industry, and how we can all be powerful agents of artistic innovation in our communities.

He also elaborates on:

Their formula for audience building How they create programs tailored for their audience The importance of creating an experience for the audience and getting feedback from the public

 

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TURN THE METRONOME ON AND START PRACTICING BETTER AND LEARNING FASTER RIGHT NOW!  GET YOUR FREE METRONOME GUIDE TODAY AT www.mindoverfinger.com!!!!

 

MORE ABOUT HOWARD AND ABOUT THE NEW WORLD SYMPHONY:

Website: https://www.nws.edu/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NewWorldSymphony

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nwsymphony/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nwsymphony

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN0U8vgodeDz9pL16A_eBTA

 

Howard Herring

Howard Herring is a native of Oklahoma, a pianist by training, and now President and CEO of the New World Symphony. After his academic work at Southern Methodist University and Manhattan School of Music, he was pianist of the Claremont Trio, a winner of the Artists International Competition, and an active musician and teacher in New York City. In 1986, he became Executive Director of the Caramoor Music Festival. Mr. Herring led that institution?s development of the Rising Stars program for young instrumentalists, Bel Canto at Caramoor for young singers, and a curriculum-based arts program integrating music and visual art into K-12 studies. During his fifteen-year tenure, Caramoor celebrated its 50th anniversary and established its first endowment.

 

In 2001, Mr. Herring assumed leadership of the New World Symphony ? America?s Orchestral Academy, a three-year post-graduate fellowship program for aspiring classical musicians and leaders. He was given the charge of energizing the institution?s national and international profile and developing a new building designed to explore its unique experiential curriculum and cutting edge digital work. The building was completed on time and on budget and opened to national and international acclaim in January 2011. The New World Center, designed by Frank Gehry, enables New World Symphony to exploit the global reach of broadband technology for education and digital capabilities for artistic expression. New World Fellows are exploring the establishment of an online music education community, integration of music and video, and engagement of new audiences through alternate performance formats. Dynamic partnerships with professional orchestras and distinguished music schools have been formed around these experiments.

 

New World Symphony

 

The New World Symphony, America?s Orchestral Academy (NWS), prepares graduates of music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. In the 32 years since its co-founding by Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas and Lin and Ted Arison, NWS has helped launch the careers of more than 1,100 alumni worldwide.

A laboratory for the way music is taught, presented and experienced, the New World Symphony consists of 87 young musicians who are granted fellowships lasting up to three years. The fellowship program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, professional development training and personalized experiences working with leading guest conductors, soloists and visiting faculty. Relationships with these artists are extended through NWS?s extensive distance learning via the internet.

MISSION

The mission of the New World Symphony is to prepare highly-gifted graduates of music programs for leadership roles in orchestras and ensembles around the world.

VISION

The New World Symphony envisions a strong and secure future for classical music and will redefine, reaffirm, express and share its traditions with as many people as possible.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The New World Symphony is dedicated to the artistic, personal and professional development of outstanding instrumentalists. The NWS fellowship program provides graduates of music programs the opportunity to enhance their musical education with the finest professional training. A laboratory for musical education and expression, the New World Symphony, through a wide range of performance and instructional activities, seeks to develop in its participants the full complement of skills and qualifications required of 21st-century first-class musicians. Under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, the program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, with the active involvement of leading guest conductors, soloists and visiting faculty. The relationships with these artists are extended through NWS's pioneering experimentation with distance learning and performance.

CULTURE

The New World Symphony is committed to maintaining an educational, working, and living environment founded on civility and mutual respect.  We have a philosophy of continuous improvement and are committed to strengthening this environment for the benefit of our Fellows, employees, and entire community.

 

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Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-02-28
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061 Violaine Melançon: Becoming a Well-Rounded Artist

I?m really honored to have violinist Violaine Melançon on the show this week to discuss her views on the skills young musicians need to develop to become well-rounded artists.

As you?ll get to hear, Violaine is an artist of great depth and a dedicated pedagogue with wonderful wisdom and empathy.  I?m certain that you will resonate with her message and walk away inspired and motivated

In our conversation, Violaine expands on:

The importance of choosing a teacher that will be a good fit The wonderful teaching philosophies of Isadore Tinkleman, which created ?searching musicians? and fostered thinking and creativity in his students The importance of learning to listen and trust your ear Becoming a ?Searching Musician? The importance of being versatile How and how long we should practice What summer festivals can bring to a young musician?s development How much we learn when we teach The importance of having a good balance between routine, consistency, and variety Listening to yourself as if you were your own best student (which will help you listen better and assess what is objectively) Her main ?engines:? curiosity, creativity in problem-solving, and yoga Her wise advice to students Her beautiful actionable tip: find a way to be inspired every day

 

 

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MORE ABOUT VIOLAINE MELANÇON:

Website: https://www.violaineMelançon.com/

 

 

An artist deeply dedicated to the range of violin and chamber music repertoire, violinist Violaine Melançon is Associate Professor of Violin at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, and serves on the violin and chamber music faculties of the Peabody Conservatory. She was for thirty years the founding violinist of the Peabody Trio which was ensemble-in-residence at the Peabody Conservatory from 1987 to 2016. After winning the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1989, the Peabody Trio established itself as an important presence in the chamber music world as vivid interpreters of the classics of the repertoire, advocates for new music, and dedicated teachers and mentors to a generation of young musicians. As a member of the Peabody Trio, Ms. Melançon gave a New York debut in 1990 at Alice Tully Hall and has performed in the most important chamber music series in North America, including New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, Denver, Vancouver, Montreal, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Indianapolis, Dallas, Honolulu, Memphis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Portland, St. Louis, Boston and Philadelphia. With them, Ms. Melançon toured internationally, frequently performing in England, making repeat appearances at London?s Wigmore Hall, and in Japan and Israel.

 

She has a special affection for the music of today and is a serious interpreter of works of Gyorgy Kurtag, Mauricio Kagel and Zhou Long. The Israeli composer Shulamit Ran wrote a violin concerto for her and she has premiered several works by other leading composers. Among the artists with whom she enjoys collaborating are pianists Leon Fleisher, Gilbert Kalish and Peter Frankl, soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson, and violist Roger Tapping.

 

During the spring of 2012, she presented the complete works for solo violin by J.S. Bach. She performs recitals annually, exploring unusual gems of the solo and violin-piano duo repertoire. Ms. Melançon is from Québec, Canada. After receiving First Prize in violin at the Conservatoire de Musique, she continued her studies with Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute of Music, with Isadore Tinkleman at the San Francisco Conservatory and with Arthur Grumiaux in Belgium. While at Curtis, she was a member of the Nisaika Quartet, prize winner of the 8th International String Quartet competition in Evian, France. Ms. Melançon is also the recipient of many awards for solo performance including the 1984 Prix d?Europe. In 1983, she formed the Knopp-Melançon Duo, an artistic collaboration which would eventually expand to become the Peabody Trio. In 1987, as a result of having been appointed USIA Artistic Ambassadors, the duo toured abroad extensively and made their Washington, DC debut at the Kennedy Center. Since then, her activities as a chamber musician, soloist with orchestras, and teacher have taken her to major music centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Japan.

 

She has participated in many summer festivals as violinist, teacher and guest artists, including those of Tanglewood, Ravinia, Skaneateles, Rockport, Orford, and Domaine Forget. She gives yearly masterclasses at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and teaches regularly at NOI, the National Orchestral Institute and Festival. For many years, she has served on the faculty of Yellow Barn

 

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Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-02-21
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060 Marc-André Hamelin: Musical Offering

060 Marc-André Hamelin: Musical Offering

In this episode, I discuss with international piano soloist and composer Marc-André Hamelin!

Among many other topics, we discuss his philosophy about performing, how he approaches solving problems, the wonderful reason he prefers to play by memory, how important curiosity has been in his career, and the importance of living a full life and be exposed to culture.

Marc-André also elaborates on:

The practicing habits he had at a young age The importance of developing the aptitude to solve problems of becoming your own teacher His advice on memorization Score or no score, that is the question His simple practice ?priming? His current interest in Faure?s music and how he dives in the topic His favorite tool in the practice room: the score! His idea of the ideal concert: you will all agree with him! Why he strongly believes in practicing slowly

Marc-Andre is an incredible artist and human being and I am so very happy and honored to have him on the podcast today!

I know that you?ll be inspired by his insight and wisdom!

 

 

Don?t forget to visit the Mind Over Finger Resources? page to check out amazing books recommended by my podcast guests, as well as my favorite websites, cds, the podcasts I like to listen to, and the practice and podcasting tools I use everyday!  Find it here: www.mindoverfinger.com/resources!

 

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MORE ABOUT MARC-ANDRÉ:

Website: https://www.marcandrehamelin.com/

 

YouTube: Click here to catch amazing performances and interviews with Marc-André

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marcandrehamelinpiano/

 

?A performer of near-superhuman technical prowess? (The New York Times), pianist Marc André Hamelin is known worldwide for his unrivaled blend of consummate musicianship and brilliant technique in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of the rarities of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries ? in concert and on disc ? earning him legendary status as a true icon of the piano.

Mr. Hamelin begins the 19/20 season performing the Brahms Piano concerti with the Orchestre Métropolitain and Yannick Nézet-Séguin at Le Festival de Lanaudière, and the world premiere of Ryan Wigglesworth?s piano concerto at the BBC Proms, led by the composer. Other summer appearances include recitals at the Schubertiade, Helsingborg Piano Festival, Mänttä Music Festival, Domaine Forget, Orford Music Festival, the Newport Music Festival, and at the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival with friend and regular collaborator, Leif Ove Andsnes.

Recital appearances this season include a return to Carnegie Hall?s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage on the Great Artists Series. He also performs at Wigmore Hall, the George Enescu Festival, Ascona (Switzerland), Prague, Munich, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Moscow State Philharmonic, at the Elbphilharmonie for the Husum Rarities of Piano Music Festival, Monte Carlo, and the Heidelberg Festival, among other dates.

Mr. Hamelin is the inaugural guest curator for Portland Piano International, where he opens the season with two solo recitals. He returns to San Francisco Performances ? a series with whom he has a long and deeply supportive artistic relationship ? as a Perspectives Artist for their 40th Anniversary Season, performing a solo recital; Die Winterreise with tenor Mark Padmore; and the world premiere of his own Piano Quintet, commissioned by SFP and performed by himself and the Alexander String Quartet.

An exclusive recording artist for Hyperion Records, in 19/20, Hyperion releases two albums by Mr. Hamelin ? one a solo disc and the other with the Takács Quartet. He recently released a disc of Schubert?s Piano Sonata in B-Flat Major and Four Impromptus; a landmark disc of Stravinsky?s The Rite of Spring and Concerto for Two Pianos with Leif Ove Andsnes; Morton Feldman?s For Bunita Marcus; and Medtner?s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninov?s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski. His impressive Hyperion discography of more than 60 recordings includes concertos and works for solo piano by such composers as Alkan, Godowsky, and Medtner, as well as brilliantly received performances of Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, and Shostakovich.

He was honored with the 2014 ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of Year (Piano) and Disc of the Year by Diapason Magazine and Classica Magazine for his three-disc set?of Busoni: Late Piano Music and an album of his own compositions, Hamelin: Études, which received a 2010 Grammy nomination and a first prize from the German Record Critics? Association.

Mr. Hamelin was a distinguished member of the jury of the 15 th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2017 where each of the 30 competitors in the preliminary round performed Hamelin?s Toccata on L?Homme armé; this was the first time the composer of the commissioned work was also a member of the jury. Mr. Hamelin has composed music throughout his career, with nearly 30 compositions to his name. The majority of those works ? including the Études and Toccata on L?Homme armé ? are published by Edition Peters.

Mr. Hamelin makes his home in the Boston area with his wife, Cathy Fuller. Born in Montreal, Marc-André Hamelin is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the German Record Critics? Association and has received seven Juno Awards and eleven GRAMMY nominations. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l?Ordre du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

 

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THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-02-14
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059 James Gaffigan: Creating Magic

Today I?m really excited to speak with internationally recognized conductor James Gaffigan. 

I think you will resonate with James? message and I hope that you walk away as inspired as I did after speaking with him!

In this episode, James discusses:

How he learns a score, from first glance to performance How he likes to approach rehearsing with musicians and how their perspective on a work influences his own interpretation His advice to young musicians on how to succeed as an orchestra member (and why he always looks at the back of the section!) What he means by ?Trust creates magic? and how important it is for him to create trusting relationships with all artists

 

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TURN THE METRONOME ON AND START PRACTICING BETTER AND LEARNING FASTER RIGHT NOW!  GET YOUR FREE METRONOME GUIDE TODAY AT www.mindoverfinger.com!!!!

 

More about JAMES GAFFIGAN:

Website: https://jamesgaffigan.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/james.gaffigan/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCljnsdbDEHbGLjTA1I1VkVg

 

Hailed for the natural ease of his conducting and the compelling insight of his musicianship, James Gaffigan continues to attract international attention and is one of the most outstanding American conductors working today.

James Gaffigan is currently the Chief Conductor of the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester and Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, recently extended for the third time. Since becoming Chief Conductor of the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester James has made a very significant impact on the orchestra?s profile, both nationally and internationally, with a number of highly successful tours and recordings. In recognition of this success his contract has been further extended until 2021.

James is in high demand working with leading orchestras and opera houses throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. The 2019/20 season features re-invitations to the Chicago, San Francisco and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, Orchestre National de France and Czech Philharmonic, as well as debuts with Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Melbourne Symphony and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

He undertakes four major opera productions in the United States including La Cenerentola at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Ernani at San Francisco Opera, Don Giovanni at Lyric Opera Chicago and Tristan and Isolde at Santa Fe Opera.

The 2018/19 season saw James make his debut with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, WDR Sinfonieorchester and BBC Symphony Orchestra. In the US he made house debuts at Metropolitan Opera for La bohème and San Francisco Opera for Carmen while European productions included a new production of La Fanciulla del West and Don Giovanni at Bayerische Staatsoper and Porgy and Bess at Dutch National Opera. Regularly conducting at major opera houses around the world, James? recent appearances include La bohème, Don Giovanni, La Traviata and Le nozze di Figaro at the Wiener Staatsoper; Così fan Tutte, La Cenerentola and Falstaff at the Glyndebourne Festival; Salome for Hamburg Opera; La bohème for the Opernhaus Zurich and Così fan tutte for Chicago Lyric Opera.

James also works internationally with many leading orchestras and recent guest appearances include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-orchester Berlin, Dresden Staatskapelle, Wiener Symphoniker, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Zurich Tonhalle, Seoul Philharmonic and Tokyo Metropolitan.

In North America he has worked with New York Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of Philadelphia, Cleveland, St. Louis, Baltimore and Toronto, among others. Born in New York, James was named first prize winner of the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition.

In 2009, he completed a three-year tenure as Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, in a position specially created for him by Michael Tilson Thomas. Prior to that appointment James was Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, where he worked for Music Director Franz Welser Möst.

 

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THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-02-07
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058 Stefan Jackiw: Overcoming Injury

In this episode, international soloist Stefan Jackiw talks to us about his journey overcoming a serious injury.  He tells us how he got injured, the steps he took to heal, the mental impact it had on him, and how he stays injury free.

He also elaborates on:

What his musicology studies brought to his playing What collaborating with other musicians mean to him Establishing strong fundamentals on the instrument How he maximizes his practice time His injury story: How it happened Facing the stigma attached to being an injured musician The mental impact it had on him and the new mindsets he developed as a result The reflection he did, the changes he implemented and how he overcame it How he modified his setup and technique as a result How he remains injury free The very important concept of surrendering in practicing How our level of stress and the amount of pressure we tolerate affects our playing How to plan practice

 

 

Don?t forget to visit the Mind Over Finger Resources? page to check out amazing books recommended by my podcast guests, as well as my favorite websites, cds, the podcasts I like to listen to, and the practice and podcasting tools I use every day!  Find it here: www.mindoverfinger.com/resources!

 

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TURN THE METRONOME ON AND START PRACTICING BETTER AND LEARNING FASTER RIGHT NOW!  GET YOUR FREE METRONOME GUIDE TODAY AT www.mindoverfinger.com!!!!

 

 

MORE ABOUT STEFAN JACKIW:

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Stefan Jackiw is one of America?s foremost violinists, captivating audiences with playing that combines poetry and purity with an impeccable technique. Hailed for playing of "uncommon musical substance" that is ?striking for its intelligence and sensitivity? (Boston Globe), Jackiw has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, among others.

This season, he will re-unite with Juraj Valcuha to make his debut with the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin performing Korngold?s Violin Concerto. He also returns performing Stravinsky to the Bournemouth Symphony with Kirill Karabits, the Helsinki Philharmonic with Hans Graf, and the RTÉ National Symphony in Dublin with Leonard Slatkin.  Other highlights include performances with the San Diego Symphony and Rafael Payare, the Indianapolis and Baltimore Symphonies with David Danzmayr, and the Omaha Symphony. In recital, Stefan continues touring the complete Ives Sonatas with Jeremy Denk, with whom he has recorded the sonatas for future release on Nonesuch Records. He also appears on tour with harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, exploring works for violin and harpsichord and featuring a new commission by Lester St. Louis, and continues to perform alongside pianist Conrad Tao and cellist Jay Campbell as part of the Junction Trio, with stops this season in Massachusetts, Washington D.C., Ohio, California, Texas, New Mexico, Florida, and more.

Highlights of recent seasons include his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra and Juraj Valcuha, with whom he also re-united for performances in Dallas, Detroit, and Luxembourg; performances of Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto at Carnegie Hall with Mikhail Pletnev, as part of a multi-city tour with the Russian National Orchestra; as well as performances with the St. Louis Symphony under Nicholas McGegan, the Minnesota Orchestra under Ilyich Rivas, the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Indianapolis Symphony under Krzysztof Urbanski, and the Pittsburgh Symphony under Valc?uha. Other highlights in Europe included his performances with the Netherlands Radio Symphony and Ludovic Morlot at the Concertgebouw. In Asia, Stefan has appeared with the Tokyo Symphony at Suntory Hall under the direction of Krzysztof Urbanski, and the Seoul Philharmonic under Venzago. He has also toured Korea, playing chamber music with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica. In Australia, Stefan toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra play-directing Mendelssohn. He also gave the world premiere of American composer David Fulmer?s Violin Concerto No 2 ?Jubilant Arcs?, written for him and commissioned by the Heidelberg Festival with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie under Matthias Pintscher. Recital highlights have included his performances of the complete Ives violin Sonatas with Jeremy Denk at Tanglewood and Boston?s Jordan Hall, and performance of the complete Brahms violin sonatas, which he has recorded for Sony. He also recently recorded the Beethoven Triple with Inon Barnatan, Alisa Weilerstein, Alan Gilbert and Academy St. Martin in the Fields.

Jackiw has performed in numerous important festivals and concert series, including the Aspen Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Caramoor International Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, New York?s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Philharmonie de Paris, Amsterdam?s Concertgebouw, the Celebrity Series of Boston, and the Washington Performing Arts Society. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with such artists as Jeremy Denk, Steven Isserlis, Yo-Yo Ma, and Gil Shaham, and forms a trio with Jay Campbell and Conrad Tao. At the opening night of Carnegie Hall?s Zankel Hall in New York, Jackiw was the only young artist invited to perform, playing alongside such artists as Emanuel Ax, Renée Fleming, Evgeny Kissin, and James Levine.

Born to physicist parents of Korean and German descent, Stefan Jackiw began playing the violin at the age of four. His teachers have included Zinaida Gilels, Michèle Auclair, and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, as well as an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and is the recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. He lives in New York City.

 

 

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THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-01-31
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057 Robert deMaine: On Practicing

Robert deMaine, principal cellist with the LA philharmonic, talks to us about his view on the various facets of practicing. He elaborates on:

The importance of courage, presence, and joy in practice How to improve your playing at any time, in any circumstances Practicing for auditions Incorporating two aspects of preparation Polishing all the nitty gritty Letting go How he gets himself in ?Olympian? shape for auditions The importance of ?seeing the forest? His view on devices ? recorders, tuners, metronome, etc. The cumulative effect of preparing for audition The mental preparation A strategy to ?find? the motivation to start practicing (Read my own blog post on the topic , Commit to Ten, here: https://www.mindoverfinger.com/post/commit-to-ten) His technique routine How to make practicing excerpts personal and enjoyable

 

Don?t forget to visit the Mind Over Finger Resources? page to check out amazing books recommended by my podcast guests, as well as my favorite websites, cds, the podcasts I like to listen to, and the practice and podcasting tools I use everyday!  Find it here: www.mindoverfinger.com/resources!

 

And join the Mind Over Finger Book Club in the Tribe!  We meet HERE, and we?ll begin 2020 with The Inner Game of Golf by Tim Gallwey!

 

Don?t forget to sign up for my newsletter to get your free guide to a super productive practice using the metronome!  This guide is the perfect entry point to help you bring more mindfulness and efficiency into your practice and it?s filled with tips and tricks on how to use that wonderful tool to take your practicing and your playing to new heights!

TURN THE METRONOME ON AND START PRACTICING BETTER AND LEARNING FASTER RIGHT NOW!  GET YOUR FREE METRONOME GUIDE TODAY AT www.mindoverfinger.com!!!!

 

 

MORE ABOUT ROBERT DEMAINE:

Website: http://www.robertdemaine.com/index.php

Los Angeles Philarmonic: https://www.laphil.com/musicdb/artists/1440/robert-demaine

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=robert+demaine+cello

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Robert deMaine is an American virtuoso cellist who has been hailed by The New York Times as ?an artist who makes one hang on every note.? He has distinguished himself as one of the finest and most versatile instrumentalists of his generation, performing to critical acclaim as soloist, recitalist, orchestra principal, recording artist, chamber musician, and composer / arranger. In 2010, deMaine was a founding member of the highly acclaimed Ehnes String Quartet and completed several world tours and recordings with the ensemble. In 2012 he was invited to join the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Principal Cello. He collaborates often in a piano trio with violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Natalie Zhu.

A first-prize winner in many national and international competitions, deMaine was the first cellist ever to win the grand prize at San Francisco?s Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings. As soloist, he has collaborated with many distinguished conductors, including Neeme Järvi, Peter Oundjian, Joseph Silverstein, and Leonard Slatkin, and has performed nearly all the major cello concertos with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he served as principal cello for over a decade.

His recording of the John Williams Cello Concerto (Detroit Symphony, Leonard Slatkin conducting) is available on Naxos. His forthcoming recordings include the complete works of Beethoven for piano and cello with pianist Peter Takács, the Haydn Cello Concertos with the Moravian Philharmonic of the Czech Republic, and a recital CD of Grieg and Rachmaninoff sonatas with pianist Andrew Armstrong.

 

DeMaine studied at the Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Southern California, Yale University, and the Kronberg Academy in Germany.

 

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Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-01-24
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056 Hans Jørgen Jensen: Musical Mind

I?m beyond excited to begin 2020 with a brilliant pedagogical mind and someone that I respect tremendously, cellist and pedagogue Hans Jørgen Jensen! 

Professor Jensen shares incredible insight on how to approach practicing and performing!  Among several topics, he talks to us about:

His journey from growing up in Denmark to today Why he quit his solo and chamber music career to dedicate himself to teaching How being a performer made him a better teacher and what being a teacher taught him about performing The habits that help his students be successful Why we must develop great discipline and practicing habits in order to maximize our progress How we can expand our musicianship His wonderful books: CelloMind and ViolinMind Focus in the practice room The new book he?s working on, which is about practicing (I know I?ll be buying that!) The importance of setting short goals and the mindset to adopt when practicing The power of focusing on the *result* of a movement (the sound/the music you hear in your mind) rather than the movement itself Why he likes ?block practice?

 

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MORE ABOUT PROFESSOR JENSEN:

CelloMind: Have you ever doubted your intonation? Have you experienced the need to place pitches differently from one piece to another, or even from one measure to another? If so, you are not alone. Trying to decipher intonation is often frustrating and undermines the confidence of some of the most accomplished and talented musicians.

 

CelloMind is a two-part, pedagogical method book that has been written to help musicians understand HOW intonation works and, more importantly, WHY it works the way it does. Purchase of the book includes exclusive access to an online resource portal with supplemental videos and audio.

ViolinMind: ViolinMind is a pedagogical method book that has been written to help musicians understand HOW intonation works and, more importantly, WHY it works the way it does. It is an adaptation of the acclaimed book CelloMind.

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Hans Jørgen Jensen is professor of cello at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. From 1979 to 1987 he was professor of cello at the Moore?s School of Music at the University of Houston. During the summer, he is a faculty member at The Meadowmount School of Music and The Young Artist Program at the National Arts Center in Ottawa Canada under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman. He has been a guest professor at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, The Oberlin College Conservatory, The Eastman School of Music, The Academy of Music in Sydney, The Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen, the Tokyo College of Music and the Musashino Academy of Music in Japan, the Festival de Musica de Santa Catarina in Brazil, The Jerusalem Music Center, and the PyeongChang International festival and School in Korea.

 

Mr. Jensen has performed as a soloist in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan including solo appearances with the Danish Radio Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Copenhagen Symphony, and the Irish Radio Orchestra under the baton of conductors such as: Simon Rattle, Mistislav Rostropovich and Carlo Zecchi. He has given numerous workshops and master classes across the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, Brazil, Korea, Australia, and Israel.

 

His former students have been and are members of major orchestras including The New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Portugal, the Graz Philharmonic in Austria and the Montreal Symphony. Mr. Jensen?s former students are currently the principal cellists in the Toronto Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Symphony Nova Scotia. His former students hold teaching positions at Northwestern University, the University of California at Berkeley, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory, the Cincinnati College Conservatory, the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen, the Desautels Faculty of Music at the university of Manitoba and numerous other music schools.

 

Hans Jørgen Jensen?s students have been first prize winners in competitions such as the 2017 Klein Competition, the 2017 Sphinx Competition, the Casado International Competition in Japan, the Johansen International Competition, the MTNA National Competition, the ASTA National Competition, the Stulberg International Competition, the Chicago Symphony Young Performers Competition, the WAMSO Young Artist Competition, and numerous other competitions. His students have also been prizewinners in the 2017 Queen Elisabeth Inaugural Cello Competition, the Naumburg International Competition, the Lutoslawski Cello Competition, and the Klein Competition.

 

Mr. Jensen was awarded the prestigious 2010 Artist Teacher Award from the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), as well as the Copenhagen Music Critics Prize, the Jacob Gades Prize, the Danish Ministry of Cultural Affairs Grant for Musicians, the Northwestern Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence award, and the U.S. Presidential Scholar Teacher Recognition Award by the U.S. Department of Education. He was named the outstanding studio teacher of the year by Illinois ASTA. He was also the winner of the Artist International Competition that resulted in three New York Recitals. E.C. Shirmer, Boston, published his transcription of the Galamian Scale System for Cello Volume I and II and Shar Products Company published his cello method book, Fun in Thumb Position. A new pedagogy book ?CelloMind? was published in November 2017 by OvationPress.

 

Jensen studied at the royal Academy of Music in Denmark with Asger Lund Christiansen at the Juilliard School with Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins and pursued  private studies with Pierre Fournier, also appearing in his master classes.

 

 

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Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2020-01-17
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055 Elizabeth Faidley: Vibrant, Meaningful, & Effective Pedagogy

Today, I?m so excited to bring you violinist Elizabeth Faidley!

Elizabeth is a highly sought-after pedagogue, who?s been hailed as an ?amazing and inspiring teacher? by the New York Times and is the recipient of a multitude of pedagogy awards.  Get ready for a massive dose of inspiration and great applicable tips!

Elizabeth talks about:

How she felt and answered the call to teach How she cares deeply for her students and how that creates a profound studio culture of dedication and support Why she believes that the initial set up is so important Her approach to being a supportive and caring ?24/7 teacher? How she listened carefully to the needs of the string community and created the upcoming Violin Pedagogy Symposium to address those needs The topics and guests of the symposium (CHECK OUT THIS AWESOME EVENT HERE!!! I?M GOING FOR SURE!) Why grit is so so so important! The habit that contributed to her success (you?ll see: it?s really inspiring) The awesome concept of ?Musical Triage?

 

More about Elizabeth Faidley and the Violin Pedagogy Symposium below

 

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MORE ABOUT ELIZABETH:

Website: https://www.elizabethfaidley.com/

The Violin Pedagogy Symposium: https://www.pedagogysymposium.com/

Her Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/faidleystudio

Her books on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2EdOtb2

The Strings Virtual Summit: https://stringsvirtualsummit.com/order-30774504-1

The Inner Game of Tennis by Tim Gallwey

Mindset by Carol Dweck

 

A highly sought-after pedagogue, violinist Elizabeth Faidley has been hailed as an ?amazing and inspiring teacher? by the New York Times.  She is the recipient of the American String Teachers? Association 2011 ?Studio Teacher of the Year? award for the state of New Jersey. She has also been honored with multiple teaching awards, including ones from the Union City Symphony and the Korean Radio Broadcast Network. In addition to being on the faculty of the Pre-College Division of the Manhattan School of Music, she has a large private studio in the New York City metropolitan area where she teaches violin performance to aspiring players from ages 3 to 23. Her students have won national and international competitions and have performed in such great halls as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and the White House. They are routinely accepted, with scholarships, to the world?s premier music conservatories including The Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, the Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory, Rice University, the Royal College of Music, and The Cleveland Institute.  Her students routinely perform with orchestras around the NYC area.  The NY Times described Ms. Faidley as ??fiercely yet compassionately committed to her students, to her colleagues, and to the art of music.?

Ms. Faidley became adjunct faculty at the Hartt School before the age of 30, reflecting her devotion to the art of violin pedagogy. She has also served on the college conservatory faculties of Montclair State University's Cali School of Music and Hunter College's School of Music.  She holds a Master of Music degree in violin performance and pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and was inducted into the professional music fraternity, Pi Kappa Lambda, which honors integrity, superior music performance, and academic success.

Ms. Faidley routinely brings in major concert artists and teachers to give private masterclasses to her studio .  The last four years have included Ray Chen, Stefan Jackiw, Charlie Siem, Dmitri Berlinsky, Ronald Copes, Lisa Batiashvili, Sarah Chang, and Katie Lansdale.

She won the prestigious Melissa Tiller Memorial Prize for graduate performance and while still a student at Peabody, joined the faculty of both the preparatory and conservatory divisions after serving as a teaching assistant to Shirley Givens. Besides Givens, her major pedagogical influences include Ivan Galamian, Joseph Gingold, Paul Rolland, and Shinichi Suzuki, and Rebecca Henry.  She also studied with such masters as Daniel Heifetz, Yuri Masurkevich, Christian Teal, and Qing Li.

Ms. Faidley has served on the faculty of the Summit Music Festival, New York?s premier summer chamber music institute. She has been invited to teach and give master classes in Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia, Norway, and Africa, and has provided private lessons in pedagogy to major violin performers and teachers throughout the United States.  In the summers, Ms. Faidley has specialized camps for her students. Ms. Faidley is a frequent presenter and master class clinician, and she has recently spoken at two national conferences for the American String Teachers? Association. The first lecture focused on balance in violin technique and pedagogy. The second presented a series of unique technical etudes for every stage of violin playing.  Ms. Faidley has been invited to be the keynote speaker, along with Nobel Laureates at the 2018 World Education Day in Jinan, China.

Ms. Faidley currently employs fourteen violin and musicianship faculty members as part of her school, The Elizabeth Faidley Studio.  All students of any faculty member have access to recitals, masterclasses, private camps, and other performance opportunities.  Ms. Faidley works directly with each teacher in weekly consultations to ensure a balanced musical education for each student.

Ms. Faidley also shares her passion for teaching through her writing. She has completed work on the second edition of a book for children titled ?Pre-Twinkling to the Stars: Your Joyful Journey Begins? which focuses on a strong technical foundation for beginning violinists. Her second book, a beginning theory workbook for beginning and intermediate violinists, is also available. She has also published several essays in the American Suzuki Journal and is currently writing a third book on the art of pedagogy entitled, ?What Happened to the Nurture??  The book reflects her teaching philosophy, which seeks to empower the entire, unique person as the foundation of the musician. She generously makes time to mentor her students through auditions, competitions, and performances and stays in touch with them between and beyond studio lessons.

Ms. Faidley?s violin, a generous gift from several patrons, was crafted by Lorenzo Ventapane in 1835 and is pictured in Four Centuries of Violin Making by Cozio Publishing.

 

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Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2019-12-13
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054 Jerome Lowenthal: Developing Your Authentic Artistic Voice

Pianist Jerome Lowenthal?s active solo and teaching career has shaped the pianistic landscape of today!  It is such a pleasure to welcome this legendary musician to the show! 

Through his incredible story, Jerome talks to us about how the varied sources of influence he was exposed to as a young musician lead him to search within himself and find his own artistic voice, how he helps students do the same today, and he gives out wonderful wisdom and advice for young musicians.

There?s so much to learn and so much inspiration to be found through his story and I hope you love this conversation with Jerome Lowenthal!

 

 

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MORE ABOUT JEROME:

Websites:

https://www.juilliard.edu/music/faculty/lowenthal-jerome https://www.musicacademy.org/profile/jerome-lowenthal/

 

YouTube videos: CLICK HERE

 

Jerome Lowenthal is an American classical pianist. He is chair of the piano department at the Juilliard School in New York.  Additionally, Lowenthal is on the faculty at Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.

Lowenthal was born in Philadelphia. He made his debut as a solo pianist at the age of 13 with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Returning to the United States from Jerusalem in 1963, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic, playing Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 2. Since then, he has performed with famous conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas, Yuri Temirkanov, Leonard Slatkin, Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy, Pierre Monteux, Josef Krips,[3] and Leopold Stokowski. He has played sonatas with Itzhak Perlman, piano duos with Ronit Amir, and with Ursula Oppens,[4] as well as quintets with the Lark Quartet, Avalon Quartet, and Shanghai Quartet.

His studies included lessons with Olga Samaroff in Philadelphia, William Kapell and Eduard Steuermann at the Juilliard School in New York, and Alfred Cortot at the École Normale de Musique de Paris in Paris, France. A prizewinner at Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels (1960) and Busoni Competition, he is a frequent judge in international piano competitions.

He is recognized as a specialist of Franz Liszt, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Béla Bartók, and more generally of virtuoso and late romantic music. His recordings include piano concertos by Liszt with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the complete Tchaikovsky concerto cycle with the London Symphony Orchestra. He has an extensive repertoire, including 59 performed piano concerti. He is the dedicatee of many new works, such as Ned Rorem's Piano Concerto (No. 3) in Six Movements, and has unearthed some rare romantic piano works, such as the Liszt Third Piano Concerto edited by his former student Jay Rosenblatt.

 

 

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Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2019-12-06
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053 Ursula Oppens: Wisdom from a Trailblazer

This week, I have the incredible honor of welcoming renowned pianist Ursula Oppens to the show.

A legend among American pianists, Ursula is widely admired for both her original and perceptive readings of new music, and for her knowing interpretations of the standard repertoire.

As you?ll hear in the episode, she?s an incredibly passionate and wise musician!  Her and I covered several topics, from the reality of a career in music today, to how she approaches learning repertoire, and how she?s stays focused in the practice room!

In this episode, Ursula expands on:

Her love of new music and how it developed early on in her life How she approaches bringing new music to life Why she doesn?t think musicians should have a niche but should, instead, be interested in learning Her view of the musical landscape of today What improvisation can bring to our playing How she loves practicing (and I love that she said that so much!) How mental and muscle memory develop together Why she thinks it?s important to memorize music in order to learn it better Her strategies to find energy, motivation, and focus to practice Why flexibility is a crucial skill to develop How a well-rounded education is also very helpful Her very wise piece of advice for young musicians Ursula is a force of nature and very generous with her insight. I know you?ll love this discussion!

 

 

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MORE ABOUT URSULA:

Website: https://colbertartists.com/artists/ursula-oppens/

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqj7e-6dIIBw2OkKmHxYItw

 

Ursula Oppens, a legend among American pianists, is widely admired particularly for her original and perceptive readings of new music, but also for her knowing interpretations of the standard repertoire. No other artist alive today has commissioned and premiered more new works for the piano.

A prolific and critically acclaimed recording artist with five Grammy nominations, Ms. Oppens most recently released a new recording of Frederic Rzewski?s The People United Will Never Be Defeated, nominated for a Grammy in 2016, and Piano Songs, a collaboration with Meredith Monk. Earlier Grammy nominations were for Winging It: Piano Music of John Corigliano; Oppens Plays Carter; a recording of the complete piano works of Elliott Carter for Cedille Records (also was named a ?Best of the Year? selection by The New York Times long-time music critic Allan Kozinn); Piano Music of Our Time featuring compositions by John Adams, Elliott Carter, Julius Hemphill, and Conlon Nancarrow for the Music and Arts label, and her cult classic The People United Will Never Be Defeated by Frederic Rzewski on Vanguard. Ms. Oppens recently added to her extensive discography by releasing a two-piano CD for Cedille Records devoted to Visions de l?Amenof Oliver Messiaen and Debussy?s En blanc et noir performed with pianist Jerome Lowenthal.

Over the years, Ms. Oppens has premiered works by such leading composers as John Adams, Luciano Berio, William Bolcom, Anthony Braxton, Elliott Carter, John Corigliano, Anthony Davis, John Harbison, Julius Hemphill, Laura Kaminsky, Tania Leon, György Ligeti, Witold Lutoslawski, Harold Meltzer, Meredith Monk, Conlon Nancarrow, Tobias Picker, Bernard Rands, Frederic Rzewski, Allen Shawn, Alvin Singleton, Joan Tower, Lois V Vierk, Amy Williams, Christian Wolff, Amnon Wolman, and Charles Wuorinen.

As an orchestral guest soloist, Ms. Oppens has performed with virtually all of the world?s major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), and the orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Milwaukee. Abroad, she has appeared with such ensembles as the Berlin Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the

Deutsche Symphonie, the Scottish BBC, and the London Philharmonic Orchestras.  Ms. Oppens is also an avid chamber musician and has performed with the Arditti, Cassatt, JACK, Juilliard, and Pacifica quartets, among other chamber ensembles.

Ursula Oppens joined the faculty of the Mannes College of Music in the fall of 2017, and is a Distinguished Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. From 1994 through the end of the 2007-08 academic year she served as John Evans Distinguished Professor of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. In addition, Ms. Oppens has served as a juror for many international competitions, such as the Concert Artists Guild, Young Concert Artists, Young Pianists Foundation (Amsterdam), and Cincinnati Piano World Competition.

 

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Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2019-11-29
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052 Demarre McGill: The Master Keys - Discipline, Spirit, Energy, Beauty & Patience

In this week?s episode, Demarre McGill, principal flute with the Seattle Symphony, discusses the building blocks of efficient and mental practice: having discipline, nurturing energy, focusing on beauty, and applying patience in our approach.

Demarre also elaborates on the importance of:

The ?starter teachers? and the diverse support system a young musician needs to blossom Combining discipline, spirit, and energy Being an excellent colleague Patience in slow practice, and how it helps us learn faster Finding the soul of the music & focusing on beauty Providing musical context to fix technical issues Focusing on the music to get in the right headspace for a performance Confronting the things we are not comfortable with in preparation for performances Contributing to your community Not giving up in the face of rejection Staying hungry in order to grow

 

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MORE ABOUT DEMARRE:

Website: https://www.demarremcgill.com/

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVTwhPRg3lnSTSWxTROWz2w

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/demarremcgillflute/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/demarremcgill/

 

The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth - Learning with the Masters featuring DSO flutist Demarre McGill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK_dsbJsw0o

 

Demarre McGill has gained international recognition as a soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Sphinx Medal of Excellence, he has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Grant Park, San Diego and Baltimore symphony orchestras and, at age 15, the Chicago Symphony.

Now principal flute of the Seattle Symphony, he previously served as principal flute of the Dallas Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He recently served as acting principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and earlier with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

As an educator, Demarre has performed, coached and presented master classes in South Africa, Korea, Japan, Quebec and throughout the United States. With his brother Anthony, he was a speaker and performer at the 2018 League of American Orchestras Conference. He has also served on the faculties of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States, the National Orchestral Institute (NOI) at the University of Maryland, the Orford Music Festival, and participated in Summerfests at the Curtis Institute of Music. In August of 2019, he was named Associate Professor of Flute at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is an artist-faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School.

A founding member of The Myriad Trio, and former member of Chamber Music Society Two, Demarre has participated in the Santa Fe, Marlboro, Seattle and Stellenbosch chamber music festivals, to name a few.  He is the co-founder of The Art of Élan and, along with clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Michael McHale, founded the McGill/McHale Trio in 2014. Their first CD, "Portraits," released in August 2017, has received rave reviews, as has "Winged Creatures," his recording with Anthony McGill and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2019-20 the McGill/McHale Trio performs at New York City's 92nd Street Y, as well as in Washington D.C. and on chamber music series throughout the Midwest.

Media credits include appearances on PBS's Live from Lincoln Center, A & E Network's The Gifted Ones, NBC's Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and, with his brother Anthony when they were teenagers, on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.

A native of Chicago, Demarre McGill began studying the flute at age 7 and attended the Merit School of Music. In the years that followed, until he left Chicago, he studied with Susan Levitin. Demarre received his bachelor?s degree from The Curtis Institute of Music and a Master's degree at The Juilliard School.

 

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Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2019-11-22
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051 Nicholas Pallesen: Transformative Approach to Performance Anxiety

Nicholas Pallesen: Transformative Approach to Performance Anxiety

If you have any questions about performance anxiety, how to tackle it, master it, and how to perform at your best, this is the episode for you!  Today, I speak with Nicholas Pallesen. 

In today?s show, Transformative Coach and Mental Performance Consultant Nicholas Pallesen invites us to take a different look at performance anxiety!  In his own words, Nicholas doesn?t fix people: he helps them see they were never broken.  Our conversation will have you look at the root cause of your anxiety and stress, and will help you get out of your head and get into your life! 

You?ll hear Nicholas talk about:

How the meaning we attach to the outcome of a performance and the need for outside validation ? is at the root of performance anxiety Why it?s important to ?play to play? and why it?s helps us perform better Why we don?t need to ?feel a certain way? to perform our best What headspace we should aim to be in for a performance How to better get in the zone Why we must trust our intuition, and much more! Why he started to question a lot of the basic premises that we operate from when it comes to performance anxiety How he decided to tackle the issue of performance anxiety at the root Why performance anxiety is the feeling we get when we forgot that we?re going to be okay Why ?thinking? that there are stakes ? the meaning we attach to the outcome of a performance and the need for outside validation ? is at the root of performance anxiety Why it?s important to ?play to play? and why it?s helps us perform better Why we don?t need to ?feel a certain way? to perform our best What headspace we should aim to for a performance and what ?the zone? is How to better get in the zone Why we must trust our intuition

 

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TURN THE METRONOME ON AND START PRACTICING BETTER AND LEARNING FASTER RIGHT NOW!  GET YOUR FREE METRONOME GUIDE TODAY AT www.mindoverfinger.com!!!!  

 

MORE ABOUT NICHOLAS:

Website: https://www.nicholaspallesen.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicholaspallesen/

How to make stress your friend ? Ted Talk by Kelly McGonigal: https://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend?language=en

 

Nicholas Pallesen is a Transformative Coach, Mental Performance Consultant, and Speaker. For over a decade, he has helped people from all walks of life reconnect with their innate potential and bring that potential into the world.

Nicholas has garnered respect within the performing arts community as the "Coach for the Soul", helping artists thrive both on the biggest performance stages and in their everyday lives offstage. A former opera singer himself, Nicholas performed at the Metropolitan Opera, the English National Opera, and many other companies throughout the US and Europe. He is a graduate of the renowned Juilliard School and winner of many of the most prestigious opera competitions in the US.

As a coach, Nicholas is honored to work with an international spectrum of clients from high school students to Hollywood and TV actors, Broadway performers, and artists at the top orchestral and opera institutions in the world. He is regularly invited to speak and mentor artists at conservatories and training programs in the US and UK. He currently serves as a faculty member for the New World Symphony and the Wolf Trap Opera Company.?

Though many of his clients come from the performing arts, Nicholas enjoys helping teachers, nurses, lawyers, athletes, executives, writers, therapists, and others fall more deeply in love with their life and bring their full potential into the world with much less struggle and effort.

 

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THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2019-11-15
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050 Barry Green: The Inner Game of Music

In today?s episode, I wanted to celebrate 50 episodes in style by bringing someone who?s work has had a profound impact on generations of musicians: bass player and author of The Inner Game of Music, Barry Green.  I?m very happy and honored that Barry accepted to be on the show to have this very, very important conversation with me because his authentic approach to music-making has inspired and influenced thousands of musicians and redefined careers throughout the years.

In today?s conversation, Barry talks about some principles of the Inner Game, including what we should focus on, why we need to ?Turn Up the Music? and how this simple act can transform our playing and change our life, how we can reach a state of relaxed concentration, how effective experience-lead learning is, and how to set effective goals.

He expands further on:

How ?When you are playing the inner game, the quality of your experience becomes just as important as your actual success.? How the only game we have control over is doing what we do best How putting our focus on the things that we can control means that we can experience what we?re doing fully How we can reach the state of relaxed concentration using: Awareness techniques (what we see, hear, feel, etc.) Commitment techniques (how well we prepare) Trust skills (physical memory and advanced preparation) Experience-lead learning: ?Do? instructions VS ?Awareness? instructions Having more fun and accomplishing more while practicing Setting productive and effective goals

It was a true honor to have Barry on the show and I hope you enjoy his wisdom as much as I did and walk away inspired and motivated!

TURN THE METRONOME ON AND START PRACTICING BETTER AND LEARNING FASTER RIGHT NOW!!!

GET YOUR FREE METRONOME GUIDE TODAY AT www.mindoverfinger.com

 

MORE ABOUT BARRY:

Website: https://www.innergameofmusic.com/

YouTube videos featuring Barry and Inner Game principles: HERE

 

Barry Green, a native Californian, served as Principal Bassist of the Cincinnati Symphony for 28 years, and more recently Principal Bassist of the California Symphony and ?Sun Valley, Idaho Summer Symphony. As former Executive Director of the International Society of Bassists, he is currently living in San Diego while teaching at the U. of Calif. Santa Cruz and active as a bass soloist, clinician and motivational speaker. Examples of his lectures can be found on his website at: www.innergameofmusic.com.

Green was the first bass soloist ever to solo with the Cincinnati Symphony in 1970 when he commissioned Frank Proto to write the Concerto for Bass and Orchestra conducted by Erich Kunzel. He has since twice appeared with the Cincinnati Symphony under the late Maestro Thomas Schippers who personally commissioned the Frank Proto Violin and Double Bass Concerto (with Ruggiero Ricci). In 1993 Green performed Jon Deak?s concerto Jack and the Beanstalk conducted by Jesus Lopez-Cobos. He most recently performed the Deak concerto in February 2005 with the US Air Force Band in Washington DC, Constitution Hall and Duluth Symphony. Barry is known for his creative and eclectic ?Green Machine? and ?Green Man? concerts including the bass in jazz, folk, rock, funk, hip-hop contemporary and world music in combination with, dance, voice, art and theater.

 

Green has written three books on the ?mind-body and spirit? of performing musicians. He is author of the Doubleday book The Inner Game of Music, with W. Timothy Gallwey, and DVD (1986) which deals with musicians reaching their potential in performance and learning which has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide. He has written seven Inner Game of Music Workbooks published by GIA Music for keyboard, voice, instruments and ensembles. Green?s 2nd book, The Mastery of Music, Ten Pathways to True Artistry was published by Broadway/Doubleday in May 2003. The Mastery of Music is based on interviews with over 120 world famous musicians on topics of courage, passion, creativity, discipline, humility etc. It deals with qualities of greatness from the human spirit that transcend all professions. Jazz and classical artists interviewed include Dave Brubeck, Bobby McFerrin, Joshua Bell, Frederica von Stade, Christopher Parkening, Evelyn Glennie, Gary Karr, Jeffrey Kahane and many more.

Green?s most recent book (and DVD) is called Bringing Music to Life and was published by GIA Music. The book is exploring three techniques of breath, pulse and movement that allow the musician to channel expression through their bodies. This work is based on exploring creativity and inspiration through collaboration with the great improvisation cellist David Darling and his organization called Music for People.

 

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Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2019-11-08
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049 Marc Damoulakis: Thoughtful Learning Through Strong Fundamentals & Sound Conception

In this episode, Marc Damoulakis, principal percussionist with the Cleveland Orchestra, discusses the importance of mindful exploration, flexibility, and patience in the learning process, time management, how to create a connection between our concept of sound and the motions necessary to execute that vision successfully, and he sends us off with very wise parting words!

He elaborates on:

How being competitive with himself helped him get to the next level in his career and how a healthy competitive mindset can be helpful to grow as a musician The learning process behind mastering so many instruments How learning other instruments can help us make new neural connections and expand our skills on our main instrument The Importance of not skipping over fundamentals and developing the patience to go through the necessary process Time management skills for students Incorporating a solid routine for daily practice Physical connection that learning entails: understanding ?when it feels like this, it sounds like this? Why students need to take responsibility for their own learning The holistic approach to playing his teachers taught him What a typical daily regimen looks like for him today Handling a lot of repertoire Focus ? timeline = create timeline of your own ? prioritization The importance of knowing how quickly you can learn and push yourself to learn faster than you think His favorite tools in the practice room How the Feldenkrais Method helped him Why he believes that there?s always room at the top

 

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MORE ABOUT MARC:

The Cleveland Orchestra: https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/About/Musicians-and-Conductors/Meet-the-Musicians/A-L-Musicians/Damoulakis-Marc/

The Cleveland Institute: https://www.cim.edu/faculty/marc-damoulakis

 

Marc Damoulakis joined The Cleveland Orchestra in August 2006 and was appointed to the principal percussion chair in 2013.  He currently also teaches as a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music.  He also presents clinics, masterclasses, and workshops at institutions and festivals worldwide, and performs as a soloist in a wide variety of performance settings.

 

Throughout his career, he has performed and recorded as a guest artist, including engagements with the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.  He performed and recorded with the National Brass Ensemble at Skywalker Ranch and Orchestra Hall in Chicago in 2015.  An active chamber musician, Mr. Damoulakis plays regularly with the Strings Music Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony ?In Focus? Series, where he is also the principal percussionist.  He has performed with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Gilmore Festival, New Music Consort, and the Pulse Percussion Ensemble.  In addition, Mr. Damoulakis is a founding member of the Time Table Percussion Quartet.

 

As a teacher, Marc Damoulakis has students holding positions in major symphony orchestras throughout the world and has led masterclasses and clinics throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.  He is committed to a biannual week-long teaching residency at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is a regular participant in the North Western Percussion Symposium, and the National Youth Orchestra.  In addition, he serves as a judge of the annual Modern Snare Drum Competition.  In addition to his current work at CIM, he taught for seven years as a faculty member at DePaul University.  As a collaborative three-year project, he developed the K symphonic line of cymbals with the Zildjian Cymbal Company, instruments that are an important part of his sound collection with The Cleveland orchestra.

 

Prior to coming to Cleveland, Mr. Damoulakis lived and worked in New York, where he performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic (2003-2006), served as principal timpani of the Long Island Philharmonic (1998-2006), and held the position of assistant principal percussion of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (2003-2006).  He also performed as an active freelancer in New York, including playing in the orchestra for Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.

 

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Damoulakis was exposed to music at a young age by his parents, who were both educators and musicians, in piano and tuba respectively.  He later spent four summers at Tanglewood, in addition attending the Spoleto Festival and Pacific Music Festival.  Marc Damoulakis holds a bachelor?s degree in percussion performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied under Chris Lamb (New York Philharmonic), Duncan Patton (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra), and James Preiss (Steve Reich ensemble).  He continued his studies for four years with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas (1999-2003).

 

Marc and his wife, Samantha, currently reside in Cleveland Heights with their son George, daughter Helen, and their dog Rocky.

 

 

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Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2019-11-01
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048 Julian Rachlin: The Path to Mastery

Today, I?m very excited to have the brilliant violinist, violist, and conductor Julian Rachlin on the show!

At the end of this very busy week, playing with and conducting the Chicago Symphony, Julian graciously took the time to sit with me and discuss meticulous practicing, mindful music-making, and his deep love of the art form!

He covers many topics, including studying with Boris Kuschnir and Mr. Kuschnir?s thorough approach to mastering the instrument, his views on the lifelong path that is growing as an artist, his daily practice regimen, and how playing the viola and conducting have allowed him to explore music from different angles.

Julian elaborates on:

How he believes we are never done learning How the fact that his parents never made him practiced helped foster his deep love of music His daily practice regimen Why the responsibility to grow as an artist lies with the student How musicians are a community How playing the viola and conducting allow him to explore music from different angles Why we should brush our taste as often as we brush our teeth Finding the right balance between being completely open-minded and fully convinced (and when to be which)

 

MORE ABOUT JULIAN RACHLIN:

Website: http://www.julianrachlin.com/

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm_Eyb3YAt3m7_ic4VTA84A

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/julianrachlin/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/julianrachlin/

Elisabeth Gilels: Daily Exercises for the Violinist

Boris Kuschnir: http://www.boriskuschnir.com/

 

Violinist, violist and conductor Julian Rachlin is one of the most exciting and respected musicians of our time. In the first thirty years of his career, he has performed as soloist with the world's leading conductors and orchestras. Mr. Rachlin is Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. He also leads the "Julian Rachlin & Friends Festival" in Palma de Mallorca.

Highlights of Mr. Rachlin's 2018/19 season include performances with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons, Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Juanjo Mena, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Manfred Honeck, as well as the KBS Symphony Orchestra and Myung-Whun Chung. Alongside soloist Sarah McElravy and the Royal Northern Sinfonia, he will perform the UK premiere of Penderecki's Double Concerto for Violin and Viola, which is dedicated to him. Additionally, Mr. Rachlin will conduct among others the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Symphony, Essen Philharmonic, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Slovenian Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.

Julian Rachlin's recent highlights include a residency at the Prague Spring Festival and his own cycle at the Vienna Musikverein. He also performed with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Yuri Temirkanov, Filarmonica della Scala and Riccardo Chailly, Munich Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, Philharmonia Orchestra and Jakub Hr??a, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale and Vladimir Ashkenazy, as well as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Lahav Shani. As conductor, he toured Europe with the English Chamber Orchestra, and led the Royal Northern Sinfonia across South America and Japan. Additionally, he conducted the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Hungarian National Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, and made his USA conducting debut at the Grand Teton Music Festival.

In recital and chamber music, Mr. Rachlin performs regularly with Itamar Golan, Denis Kozhukhin, Denis Matsuev, Mischa Maisky, Sarah McElravy, Vilde Frang and Janine Jansen.

Born in Lithuania, Mr. Rachlin immigrated to Vienna in 1978. He studied violin with Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatory and with Pinchas Zukerman. After winning the "Young Musician of the Year" Award at the Eurovision Competition in 1988, he became the youngest soloist ever to play with the Vienna Philharmonic, debuting under Riccardo Muti. At the recommendation of Mariss Jansons, Mr. Rachlin studied conducting with Sophie Rachlin. Since September 1999, he is on the violin faculty at the Music and Arts University of Vienna. His recordings for Sony Classical, Warner Classics and Deutsche Grammophon have been met with great acclaim. Mr. Rachlin, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, is committed to educational outreach and charity work.

Julian Rachlin plays the 1704 "ex Liebig" Stradivari and a 1785 Lorenzo Storioni viola, on loan to him courtesy of the Dkfm. Angelika Prokopp Privatstiftung. His strings are kindly sponsored by Thomastik-Infeld.

 

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Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2019-10-25
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047 James VanDemark: Technical Discipline & Interpretive Magic

047 James VanDemark: Technical Discipline & Interpretive Magic

This episode is full of inspiration and extremely useful information!  Eastman School of Music Bass Professor, James VanDemark, offers us tip after great tip to bring our practice and performance to the next level!

Among many topics, James talks to us about creating a technical discipline that leads to interpretive magic, and about on how crucial it is to have clear goals and setting the intention to build up our entire identity as an artist whenever we enter the practice room. 

He elaborates on the importance of:

using the bow in an imaginative way (having the bow be an extension of our imagination) while having a left hand that is as immaculate as can be acutely playing in the present moment establishing a great basic posture slow practice using the mirror having interpretation be at the center of the technical work create the concert experience in the practice room ear training - through listening to recording actively and with imagination, and through exercises having a schedule, have a clear intent, and be kind to others

 

MORE ABOUT JAMES:

Eastman School of Music: https://www.esm.rochester.edu/faculty/james-vandemark/

YouTube Videos: Here

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bassfilm1/

 

 

"Some people seemed destined to lead unconventional lives, and James VanDemark is certainly

one of them," said the New York Times in the first of its three profiles on VanDemark. Performer,

academic, boxer, producer, and entrepreneur - these are the principal roles VanDemark has

successfully played in a highly diverse career spanning nearly four decades.

 

VanDemark's arts and culture projects have been featured in the New York Times, Connoisseur

Magazine, on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, the BBC, CBC, NPR, and in many other media

outlets around the world. In considerable demand as a speaker on entrepreneurial skills at

colleges across the United States and Canada, VanDemark has also received great acclaim for

his frequent role as narrator with many prominent symphony orchestras, including more than 40

performances with the Rochester Philharmonic and 15 with the Texas Festival Orchestra.

 

Appointed to the Eastman School of Music at the age of 23, VanDemark was the youngest faculty

member ever appointed to a professorial position at a major American music school. His students

perform in many of the world?s great orchestras ? the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland

Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,

Philadelphia Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber

Orchestra, Tokyo Chamber Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic ? and

many more. His students have also been nominated for?and won?numerous Grammy awards

in various categories, including classical, contemporary, jazz, and bluegrass.

 

VanDemark?s students have also held positions at major music schools, including Indiana

University, Oberlin Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Louisiana State University,

Carnegie-Mellon, Peabody Conservatory, University of Delaware, NYU?s Steinhardt School of

Music, Michigan State University, University of Colorado, University of Alabama, University of

Tennessee, and many others.

 

VanDemark?s performing career has included solo appearances with the New York Philharmonic,

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, National Symphony of Mexico, Netherlands

Radio Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de

Quebec, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and many more. Chamber music appearances have

included the Cleveland, Guarneri, Muir, Colorado and Ying Quartets, the Gryphon Trio, violinist

Yehudi Menuhin, as well as legendary pianists Andre Watts, Alfred Brendel, and Gary Graffman.

VanDemark has also been featured on Lincoln Center?s ?Great Performers Series? on three

occasions, including in recital with Andre Watts.

 

VanDemark is also the recipient of commissioned works by many composers, including three

Pulitzer Prize winners: Gian-Carlo Menotti, Joseph Schwantner, and Christopher Rouse.

As a founding member of Square Peg Entertainment, VanDemark developed and represented

screenplays and properties of Oscar winners Ernest Thompson, Horton Foote, Eiko Ishioka, Ron

Harwood, Oscar nominee Hesper Anderson, Stu Silver, Paul Theroux, and many others.

VanDemark also developed the World War I story CODE BROTHERS for CTV (Toronto), THE

WAYNE AND SUE SHOW for Tribune Entertainment, produced the album and music video THE

GIFT with singer Linda Eder for Atlantic Records, and with television legend Sir David Frost,

developed the Frederick Forsyth novella THE SHEPHERD in conjunction with Shaftesbury Films

(Toronto). VanDemark also co-produced and cast SPEAK LOW, the highly successful Brooklyn

Academy of Music (BAM) Gala featuring Jerry Orbach, Donna Murphy, Duncan Sheik, and other

stars of Broadway and the Metropolitan Opera in the music of Kurt Weill. VanDemark has also

served as Music Supervisor for John Cougar Mellencamp's film, AFTER IMAGE.

 

Acclaimed for his extensive work in the Native American community, VanDemark commissioned

and developed the Native collaborative musical work CIRCLE OF FAITH, profiled in The New

York Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Detroit Free Press, Minneapolis Star and Tribune, Denver

Post, Lakota Times, and on NPR's Morning Edition. VanDemark has helped produce more than

40 performances of the work in the United States and Canada.

 

As an accomplished amateur boxer, VanDemark was recently profiled on the front page of The

Wall Street Journal, The Strad, on CBC's "Q," WNYC's "Soundcheck," and was featured at length

on ESPN's E-60. VanDemark?s conditioning and boxing program for students, musicians, and the

general public has also brought him considerable worldwide acclaim. His recent boxing/

conditioning presentations include the University of Tennessee, the University of Alabama,

Louisiana State University, Loyola University New Orleans, and the University of Santiago (Chile).

 

VanDemark attributes the longevity and diversity of his career not only to his own athletic training,

but also to his work in the the health care field in the 1970?s, when he worked extensively under

the renowned neurologist Dr. Howard S. Barrows at the McMaster University School of Medicine

in Canada in developing the groundbreaking Simulated/Standardized Patient Program (SPP). As

a result of these achievements, VanDemark was named to the Industry Board of the American

Health Council in October 2017.

 

 

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Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2019-10-18
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046 Billy Hunter: The Power of Intention

In this episode, Billy Hunter, Principal Trumpet with the Metropolitan Opera, talks about how meditation transformed his approach to music-making ? from practicing to preparing for audition, and performing.

Billy elaborates on:

How he used and still uses meditation and mindfulness to center himself before a performance How he focuses his mind on ?Intending to play well? when performing How he believes in the importance of a regular meditation practice ? in the cumulative effect of practicing meditation daily Why he wants to feel like he?s practicing when he?s performing How Bikram Yoga brought him a lot of focus How mindfulness helps him learn faster

 

ALL ABOUT BILLY:

http://www.metorchestramusicians.org/billy-r-hunter-jr

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billyhunter1812/

 

A native of Austin, Texas, Billy Hunter is currently Principal Trumpet with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. Before this, he was Principal with the New World Symphony and Spoleto Festival Italy orchestras, and has performed as Guest Principal with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony in Germany, Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestras he has performed with are the New York Philharmonic, Boston, Baltimore, and Dallas Symphonies. As a chamber musician and soloist Mr. Hunter has performed with several ensembles and music festivals including Grant Park Orchestra, New World Symphony, University of Texas Symphony and Wind Ensemble, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, American Brass Quintet, the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Festival and the MET Chamber Ensemble. His honors and awards include first prize in the Kingsville International Solo Competition Brass and Non-string divisions, second prize in the National Trumpet Competition, recipient of the Roger Voisin Trumpet award as a fellow of the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center in the Berkshires, and most recently, the University of Texas at Austin Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the Juilliard School, his teachers have included Mark Gould (former Principal Trumpet of the Met), Raymond Mase  (Principal Trumpet of the NYC Ballet and ABQ), Raymond Crisara (former trumpet of the Met and NBC Symphony), and Harry Shapiro (former horn player of the Boston Symphony).

 

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Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2019-10-11
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045 Milan Milisavljevic: Life Changing & Career Defining Mindsets

Today?s show brings you a powerful and honest conversation on very important topics, including how changing your mindset can change your life, how focusing on your musical voice instead of perfection in execution and external validation can transform your relationship with practicing, enrich your playing, and affect the trajectory of your career. 

Milan Milisavljevic, Principal Viola with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, elaborates on:

the major impact a mentor had in his life the importance of knowing where you?re coming from as a musician the importance of having a clear intention of what you want to sound like and listen intently to yourself and monitor your body when playing why shame has no business in the practice room his scale routine how he feels sound production in his arm the importance of ?reducing the distance between thought and sound (I love that one!!!) how the fear transmitted from a teacher made him dread practicing, and how that has since changed how he uses the Pomodoro technique why it?s important to be calm when we?re facing things that make us feel uncomfortable how changes in our lives come from us making the effort to go through the reflection and do the work the important of courage in approaching music why serving others and serving music IS THE POINT of music-making! why it?s about ?saying something meaningful rather than being perfect?

 

 

MORE ABOUT MILAN:

 

Website: http://milanmilisavljevic.com/ YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsqbMHG_aOg5dgnTX_jYApw The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra: http://www.metorchestramusicians.org/milan-milisavljevi Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/milimusique/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quincejuice/

 

Widely considered one of the leading violists of his generation, Milan Milisavljevi? is Principal Viola with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and is on the viola faculty at Mannes School of Music in New York. His performances combine intense expression with an immediate and profound link to his listeners and have won much critical acclaim.

The Strad magazine has described his playing as ?very imaginative, with a fine, cultured tone.? Milan?s solo album Sonata-Song, released by Delos Music, has received glowing reviews, with the recording of A. Khachaturian?s solo sonata on the album hailed as ?definitive?. He has won prizes at competitions such as Lionel Tertis and Aspen Lower Strings and has performed at Marlboro, Cascade Head, Classical Tahoe, Agassiz and Grand Teton music festivals.

Milan has appeared as soloist throughout the world, with orchestras such as the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic, Aspen Sinfonia, Classical Tahoe, Orquesta Filarmónica de Boca del Río and many others. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with members of the Guarneri and Mendelssohn String Quartets, as well as Joseph Kalichstein, Sergiu Luca, Cho-Liang Lin and many others.

Milan has been heard worldwide on countless recordings and broadcasts of the MET. He previously served as its Assistant Principal Viola for twelve seasons. He is a former member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and has served as guest Principal Viola of many orchestras, such as the Toronto Symphony.

In addition to his teaching activities at Mannes, Milan has coached violists in masterclasses at universities and conservatories worldwide, as well as at Verbier Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and as a volunteer at Ecole de musique St-Trinite in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He is also increasingly in demand as a conductor.

Milan?s teachers include Jutta Puchhammer, Atar Arad, James Dunham, Nobuko Imai and Samuel Rhodes. He plays a viola made by Joseph Curtin of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is a Larsen Strings Artist.

Milan is also active as a conductor and founder of Music for the People, a New York-based ensemble dedicated to a new perspective and concert experience of classical music. In addition to his musical interests, he is also an avid runner, an occasional triathlete and a huge fan of modern architecture and design, especially the Mid Century Modern style.

 

 

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THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2019-10-04
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044 Sarah Whitney: Thriving Through Injury

Sarah Whitney: Thriving Through Injury

Today on the show, I?m really happy to bring you violinist Sarah Whitney to cover a VERY important topic: dealing with injuries as a musician!

In this episode, Sarah talks to us about how you can not only prevent and treat injury, but also thrive in the aftermath ? how to handle recovery, the ways she warms up to prevent injury, and how important the mental aspect of recovery is.  She also talks about how she helps musicians achieve their career goals and why life and career coaching can be a real game changer.

And don't forget to share your injury story with us, and let us know what resonated with you in the episode!

ALL ABOUT SARAH:

Website: https://www.sarahwhitney.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/theproductivemusician/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahwhitneyistall/

Sybaryte5:

https://www.sybarite5.org/ https://www.facebook.com/SybariteFive/ https://www.instagram.com/sybarite5/

Trifecta String Trio

https://www.trifectatrio.com/about https://www.instagram.com/trifectastringtrio/

 

The violinist Sarah Whitney is celebrated as a performer, teacher, entrepreneur, career coach, and musical maverick. Praised by The Washington Post for her ?marvelous violin acrobatics,? Sarah has appeared on stages worldwide as a soloist and collaborative artist throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Comfortable in a wide range of settings and musical styles, she is fiercely dedicated to bringing fresh new ideas to classical music and empowering musicians to find their own voice.

Sarah is a founding member of the acclaimed string quintet SYBARITE5, which won the Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition in 2011 and continues to perform extensively around North America. Sarah has also performed with SYBARITE5 at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Aspen, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Grand Teton, and Ravinia Festivals, and on the CBS Early Show. Their latest album entitled Outliers reached No. 1 on the Billboard Charts, and they recently premiered Dan Visconti?s Beatbox: Concerto for String Quintet & Orchestra with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Midland Symphony Orchestra, and Duluth-Superior Orchestra.

Recognized as a pioneer in changing the perception of classical music and committing to building new audiences, in 2015, Sarah founded Beyond the Notes, an innovative concert series dedicated to breaking down the barriers between performers and the audience. The series is rooted in the Boston-area but has expanded in recent years to present performances throughout North America. She is also currently the Music Director for Lincoln Center Stage ? an innovative partnership between Lincoln Center and the Holland-American Cruise Lines. This initiative organizes highly-coveted residencies for top young chamber musicians on board cruise ships elevating the performance level to that  heard in leading concert halls.

Sarah?s writing is featured regularly in for Strings Magazine and 21CM.org. Her widely-read blog The Productive Musician focuses on health and wellness, productivity, and strategies for developing and maintaining an effective mindset. She has served on the New York State Presenters Network Panel in discussions about progressive programming and innovation.

Defying categorization and welcoming diverse collaborations, Sarah has collaborated with the Alvin Ailey and Jose Limon dance companies and has been featured on-stage with Adele, Ellie Goulding, the Transiberian Orchestra, Jeff Beck, Anne Murray, Andrew Wyatt, Tommy Lee, and with Father John Misty. Active as a recording artist, Sarah has performed on albums with Darlene Love, Josh Ritter, Stephen Kellogg, Mark Geary and Etienne Charles and can be heard on William Bolcom's Grammy-winning album ?The Songs of Innocence and Experience?. She has also collaborated with DJ Doug E. Fresh and opened for Jennifer Hudson and Diana Ross. She recently recorded together with the legendary clarinetist Richard Stoltzman.

Sarah also performs regularly in the Seeing Double Duo with violinist Julia Salerno, and the Trifecta Trio together with violist Angela Pickett and cellist Laura Metcalf. Sarah is co-founder of the Jingle Punks Hipster Orchestra that has been featured on Mashable, Perez Hilton, Revolt TV, as well as with the rapper NAS in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Guiding students with an especially collaborative teaching approach, Sarah works nationally with students of all levels. She has given guest master classes and entrepreneurial workshops at the Curtis Institute, New England Conservatory, DePauw University, University of Oklahoma, University of Arizona, Grinnell College, Ohio University, University of North Florida, the Walnut Hill School, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, among others, and has been guest artist-in-residence at Eastern Washington University. She has served on faculty at Music in Chappaqua, The Music School of New York City and the Walla Walla Suzuki Institute. She previously served as co-director of the Sato Center Outreach Group at the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies in Cleveland, and received Suzuki teacher training from the renowned pedagogue Kimberly Meier-Sims.

Currently based in New York City, Sarah holds degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Additional studies include at the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Music Academy of the West, and the Meadowmount School of Music. Her teachers included Paul Kantor, William Preucil, Kathleen Winkler, Aaron Berofsky, Cyrus Forough, Stephen Shipps and Irina Muresanu.

Sarah performs on violin made by J.B. Vuillaume in 1850.

 

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THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2019-09-27
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043 Frank Rosenwein: Vision & Consistency

This week I?m really excited to bring you Frank Rosenwein, Principal Oboe with the Cleveland Orchestra and oboe teacher at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In this episode, we discuss stepping into the role of a principal wind player in a major orchestra, transitioning from student to professional life, how to keep playing at the highest level consistently, the importance of having a strong vision and cultivating an ever inquisitive mind, what teaching brings to one?s playing, and much more!

 

More about Frank Rosenwein:

 

The Cleveland Orchestra: http://www.clevelandorchestra.com/

The Cleveland Institute of Music: https://www.cim.edu/faculty/frank-rosenwein

YouTube videos: https://www.google.com/search?q=frank+rosenwein&newwindow=1&sxsrf=ACYBGNRqML7ag5XPsKlpQNJ0oNqu2arXKw:1568685892756&source=lnms&tbm=vid&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjf8pqr4tbkAhVHX60KHQ1YBDIQ_AUIFSgE&biw=1920&bih=937

 

Frank Rosenwein joined The Cleveland Orchestra as principal oboe at the beginning of the 2005?06 season. He made his solo debut with the Orchestra in February 2007, in Bach?s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2.  Since then he has performed many times as soloist, including playing the Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto in 2012 and the first Cleveland Orchestra performances of the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto in 2017.

Since 2006, Mr. Rosenwein has served as head of the oboe department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where in 2015 he was given the Alumni Achievement award.  He also teaches at the Kent Blossom Music Festival, and is in demand as a guest artist and masterclass clinician in schools all over the world.  An avid chamber musician, he has spent many summers at the Marlboro Festival and has performed with the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Seattle Chamber Music Society. 

Born in Evanston, Illinois, Mr. Rosenwein holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with John Mack (Cleveland Orchestra principal oboe, 1965?2001), and a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School.  Prior to coming to Cleveland, he served as principal oboe (2002?05) of the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera.

Mr. Rosenwein is married to Cleveland Orchestra associate concertmaster Jung-Min Amy Lee.  They live in Cleveland Heights with their twin boys, Joshua and Julian, and their dog, Sofie.

 

If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support!

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THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2019-09-20
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042 Arnaud Sussman: Fluency & Music Making

In this episode, I discuss with solo violinist Arnaud Sussmann.  He elaborates on the mindsets and strategies to adopt when working on sound quality, the importance of having a strong concept of phrasing and of bow distribution in musicality, the importance of creating fluency in his playing and how he achieves it, the importance of purpose in our practice, warming up during busy periods, the value of recording ourselves when we practice, and why he believes it?s important to work hard.

Nous avons aussi une discussion en francais!  Nous vous offrons un retour sur certains point abordés en anglais en ce qui a trait à la production du son et du phrasé, et une conversation sur l?importance de la curiosité dans la pratique et sur comment il aborde une ?uvre nouvelle.

 

MORE ABOUT ARNAUD SUSSMAN:

Website: http://arnaudsussmann.com/

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/violinice

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arnaudsussmannviolin/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arnaudsussmann/

Boris Garlitsky: http://www.talentmusicmasters.it/boris-garlitsky

 

Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Arnaud Sussmann has distinguished himself with his unique sound, bravura and profound musicianship. Minnesota?s Pioneer Press writes, ?Sussmann has an old-school sound reminiscent of what you'll hear on vintage recordings by Jascha Heifetz or Fritz Kreisler, a rare combination of sweet and smooth that can hypnotize a listener. His clear tone [is] a thing of awe-inspiring beauty, his phrasing spellbinding.?

A thrilling young musician capturing the attention of classical critics and audiences around the world, Arnaud Sussmann has appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Paris Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Further solo appearances have included a tour of Israel and concerts at Lincoln Center?s Alice Tully Hall, Dresden Music Festival in Germany and at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. Mr. Sussmann has been presented in recital in Omaha on the Tuesday Musical Club series, New Orleans by the Friends of Music, Tel Aviv at the Museum of Art and at the Louvre Museum in Paris. He has also given concerts at the OK Mozart, Chamber Music Northwest and Moritzburg festivals and appears regularly at the Caramoor, [email protected], La Jolla SummerFest, Seattle Chamber Music, Moab Music and Saratoga Springs Chamber Music festivals.

Recent concerto appearances include performances with Maestro Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra at the White Nights Festival in St Petersburg, the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Albany Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony and the Grand Rapids Symphony. This past season, chamber music performances included tours with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to Korea?s LG Arts Center, Shanghai?s Oriental Center and Hong Kong?s Music Academy.

Arnaud Sussmann has performed with many of today?s leading artists including Itzhak Perlman, Menahem Pressler, Gary Hoffman, Shmuel Ashkenazi, Wu Han, David Finckel, Jan Vogler and members of the Emerson String Quartet. He has worked with conductors such as Cristian Macelaru, Marcelo Lehninger, Rune Bergmann and Leon Botstein. A dedicated chamber musician, he has been a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2006 and has regularly appeared with them in New York and on tour, including a recent concert at London?s Wigmore Hall.

A frequent recording artist, Arnaud Sussmann has released albums on Deutsche Grammophon?s DG Concert Series, Naxos, Albany Records and CMS Studio Recordings labels. His solo debut disc, featuring three Brahms Violin Sonatas with pianist Orion Weiss, was released in December 2014 on the Telos Music Label. He has been featured on multiple PBS? Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts alongside Itzhak Perlman and the Perlman Music Program and with musicians of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Born in Strasbourg, France and based now in New York City, Arnaud Sussmann trained at the Conservatoire de Paris and the Juilliard School with Boris Garlitsky and Itzhak Perlman. Winner of several international competitions, including the Andrea Postacchini of Italy and Vatelot/Rampal of France, he was named a Starling Fellow in 2006, an honor which allowed him to be Mr. Perlman?s teaching assistant for two years. Mr. Sussmann now teaches at Stony Brook University on Long Island and was recently named Co-Artistic Director of [email protected]?s International Music Program.

 

If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support!

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THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2019-09-13
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041 Marin Alsop: Forging Your Own Path

To start Season 2, I?m really honored to bring you a conversation with the incredible Marin Alsop, who?s someone I?ve admired so much for so many years!

In this episode, we discuss Making things happen for yourself, finding balance between pushing yourself to grow and not becoming overly self-critical, bringing a score to life, how she nurtures focus in her work by planning carefully, and the importance of becoming our own best teacher!

 

ALL ABOUT MARIN ALSOP:

Website: https://www.marinalsop.com/

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: https://www.bsomusic.org/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marinalsop.conductor/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marin.alsop.conductor/

 

Marin Alsop is one of the world?s great orchestral conductors. She?s described as an inspiring and powerful voice in the international music scene, and a Music Director of vision and distinction who passionately believes that ?music has the power to change lives?. She is recognized across the world for her innovative approach to programming and for her deep commitment to education and to the development of audiences of all ages.

Upon her appointment as Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2007, Maestro Alsop became the first woman to head a major American orchestra, and was the first woman to conduct last night of the Prom in its 100 year history.

Among her many awards and academic positions, Marin Alsop is the only conductor to receive the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, she?s an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music and Royal Philharmonic Society, and was recently appointed Director of Graduate Conducting at the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute. She attended the Juilliard School and Yale University, who awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in 2017. Her conducting career was launched in 1989, when she was the first woman to be awarded the Koussevitzky Conducting Prize from the Tanglewood Music Center.

As part of her artistic leadership in Baltimore, Mastro Alsop has created several bold initiatives: including ?OrchKids?, for the city?s most deprived young people, and the BSO Academy and Rusty Musicians for adult amateur musicians.

Maestro Alsop conducts all of the world?s major orchestras, and in addition to her position with the Baltimore Symphony, she is Principal Conductor and Music Director of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of California?s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

Her extensive discography has led to multiple Gramophone awards and includes highly praised recordings with all of the major labels, including Naxos, Decca Classics, Harmonia Mundi and Sony Classical.

If you enjoyed the show, please leave a review on iTunes!  I truly appreciate your support!

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Join the Mind Over Finger Tribe here!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/mindoverfingertribe/

 

 

THANK YOU:

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show?s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra ? Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly!

 

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2019-09-06
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