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Cello Perspectives With WFMT

I had the pleasure of participating in WFMT’s cello month, which is planning to broadcast Songs My Father Taught Me on January 31st at 10:00 PM Central Time.  Noel Morris published a lovely piece about everything at the WFMT blog, which includes a cello Q&A.
Q: How old were you when you started to play? Why did you [...]

Henri Dutilleux

Thank you, Henri.

Henri Dutilleux has died. His work as a musician and composer is, and like Stravinsky, will remain a pinnacle of accomplishment from our time; and given how long his creativity lasted, it is fair to say his achievements span multiple generations.
I had the great fortune of working with both of these great men. In my [...]

Remembering Janos

Sometimes we are caught unawares just how much someone meant to us over the years. While I intended to use a recent opportunity to offer tribute to the great Janos Starker after a performance with the Detroit Symphony this last weekend, it was during the 43 minutes of playing the Dvořák concerto that I began [...]

We'll Paint You A Rainbow

We’ll Paint You A Rainbow

I am so very happy to announce that the HEARTbeats Foundation benefit album that has been in the making for nearly three years has officially been released! Working with so many wonderful colleagues and close friends on a project that has so much personal meaning was an enormously gratifying experience. It’s available now for download [...]

Cello Cam

Mr. Cello Can See!

I am so humbled that the Wall Street Journal took interest in my Delta airline saga. Recently, one of their reporters, Scott McCartney, wrote an article about not only my ordeal but about how cellists and other musicians are having an increasingly difficult time at some airlines when flying with instruments.
As an added bonus to the [...]