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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Montagnana and I in 2010 during a recording session with friend Jessye Norman.

Fare thee well dear friend!

There comes a time in each of our lives when we take stock of our past, present, and future and this is exactly how I’ve spent the past year with one vitally important aspect of my life and career. It is with these thoughts that I have recently decided to part ways with my best […]

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James DePreist

In Memory of my friend, James DePreist

There are very few people and musicians with whom I have worked and developed a friendship in the last 50 years as dear as my friendship with James DePreist. For me, he represented the kind of man, warm, giving, caring and honest person that one simply loved being in the presence of. Those rare and […]

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No Miles For You!

No Miles For You!

Rejection is a powerful feeling and one we have all experienced in one form or another but I have to say that I was dumbfounded when I received a Dear John letter from Delta Airlines at the beginning of 2012. Like most rejection letters, it started off with such a polite tone I thought it […]

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A New Video Portfolio!

I’m pleased to announce that the site recently underwent an upgrade and they tell me one of the new features is a brand new video portfolio. This means instead of scrolling through all of the videos on one looooong page, you can now browse through the entire lot or narrow down your search by type […]

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New HEARTbeats videos

There’s nothing quite like working with good friends and when I have the chance to combine that with doing charitable work, it makes a good thing great! Several months ago, I had the pleasure of recording a very special arrangement by Randy Kerber of Somewhere Over the Rainbow that featured Christine Brewer and me. And […]

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Some Thoughts From The Tchaikovsky Competition

It is a strange experience to be here in Moscow as a judge for the 14th Tchaikovsky Competition, because my last connection with this competition in this city was 50 years ago at the 2nd competition. The former Soviet Union, and at that time the recent shock of Sputnik, was still fresh on our American […]

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My father, bass-baritone Mack Harrell

Songs My Father Taught Me

I’m in Moscow right now as a judge for the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition but I wanted to post a note letting everyone know that today at 4:00pm Central Time, 98.7 WFMT is going to broadcast Song My Father Taught Me, which I’ve been recording with them for the past year. The program looks back […]

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The additional photos I promised

I wanted to post a quick note to everyone pointing out that the additional photos from the recording session with the great Jessye Norman are now available at the HEARTbeats website. In addition to seeing Jessye and more of the recording crew, I enjoyed composing a short introduction for the photo gallery that truly sums […]

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15 new videos

Just a quick note to everyone pointing out that I posted 15 new videos that are from a recent recital at The Broad Stage, here in LA. They are all available at the video page.

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In the streets of Bhaktapur.

HEARTbeats In Nepal

I recently returned from Nepal where my foundation was working with orphans from the Unatti House  and children in Bhaktapur. I also had the pleasure of doing my very first Artist Ambassador program with the Save The Children foundation and I can say that everything was an intensely emotional and gratifying experience. I plan on […]

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Music In The Face Of Tragedy

What is dear and tragic in these photos is that this young Haitian girl feels the need to play her cello for the school that is gone,  for herself in that it may help heal her emotional turmoil, and that through music and our instrument we can say things to each other and to ourselves […]

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New Videos: Interviewed by Violinist Giora Schmidt

New Videos: Interviewed by Violinist Giora Schmidt

I just posted a pair of videos of an interview I did with Violinist Giora Schmidt backstage at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. I have to apologize for not posting with more frequency but I’m writing something right now which will go up soon and I have a big announcement about a foundation I’ve […]

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