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New Videos: Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata

I have four new videos available of myself and pianist Yuja Wang performing Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19 at the 2008 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.  Audio and Video Produced and Engineered by Matthew Snyder of Matthew Snyder Recordings. Festival artistic director Marc Neikrug, executive director Steven Ovitsky, and everyone at the […]

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It’s time to take a friend to the orchestra!

It’s Take a Friend to the Orchestra month and it was my pleasure to write something which was published this morning as part of the initiative. You can read my article, along with so many other wonderful contributions from an esteemed collection of other contributors, from the past two weeks at Adaptistration.com, which hosts the […]

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Yom Hashoah

It has been now 15 years since I performed Bruch’s Kol Nidre at the Vatican for a concert commemorating the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust . The memory continues to vibrate my soul and I think of these ten minutes of music in my career and life as a seminal to my […]

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The composer’s intentions

One thing that has always irked me whenever I give Master classes at different conservatories and Universities while on tour. And it is starting to concern me more deeply than before. What is that you ask? It’s a seemingly deliberate disregard for how a composer has marked his music. For example, directions and hints to […]

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A quick note to everyone

I have to apologize for not posting anything sooner but I’m happy to say that I’ll be publishing something later this afternoon and I’ve already written something very special for Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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A shot of me and Kerry Frumkin during the show. Photo: Louise Frank

Audio From My WFMT Appearance

On January 8th, I posted a quick note letting everyone know about my guest host appearance at Chicago’s WFMT. I’m very happy to report that they have been kind enough to let me post the entire audio from the three hour segment here at my blog! I had an absolutely wonderful time with host Kerry […]

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Orlando-Cole and me during a Masterclass at Curtis in the mid-80s. My sincere thanks to Curtis Institute of Music for providing this photo.

A Tribute To Orlando Cole

Today, my great mentor, teacher, and colleague, Orlando Cole died peacefully after saying to his nurse, “Well, I’m ready.” “God will come for you in His time,” said his nurse to whom Landy softly replied, “Well, tell Him to hurry.” Lucid to the end with family by his side they listened to Schubert’s Cello Quintet. […]

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Appearing today on WFMT at 1:00pm CT

I am so happy to be appearing on WFMT today as a guest host alongside Kerry Frumkin. For those in the Chicago area, you can listen on 98.7FM and for everyone else, you can tune in online or even through your smartphone! WFMT has instructions here. If possible, I’ll see about posting an archived copy […]

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Why Art Matters

A colleague sent me the “Welcome Address to Freshman Parents” delivered by Karl Paulnack, pianist and director of music division at Boston Conservatory. I found Mr. Paulnack’s words to be quite inspiring and wanted to share them with everyone here. ~ Lynn (more…)

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Now With Video!

Just a quick post to point out that I have added a video page to the website. This is an ongoing project to post as much video from performances, masterclasses, and more that I can. Once each new offering is uploaded, I’ll post the video here. If you have any suggestions or requests, please leave […]

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Dealers And Stealers

There are violin dealers out there who scour the schools and prestigious music festivals in search of innocent young very promising string players for the purpose of cultivating a prospective sale of one of their fine instruments that they may own or have “on consignment.” This I have no problems with since, as a string […]

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A New YouTube Channel

Although I’ve had a YouTube channel for awhile, I’ve recently started to upload new content. I’ll be posting select items in an upcoming media page but in the meantime you can view the new videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/lynnharrell. And please accept my apologies for not posting anything new for a short while, the travel schedule has […]

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Early Influences, Part 2

When we left off in Part 1, I had just traveled to Cleveland to play for George Szell and a short while thereafter, I was offered a position in the Cleveland Orchestra. Well, a few weeks into my first season Szell was frustrated with my ensemble sense and knowledge of the music. “Your father was […]

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Early Influences, Part 1

In thinking over those highpoints or turning points of ones life it is difficult, without some distance and perspective, to weigh the importance, both positive and negative, of life’s happenings. I would have to start with the choice that my parents made when we moved to Dallas from New York City in 55 or 56. […]

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Tales From The Bowl

An old man was walking on the beach and noticed that a little girl was busy picking up stranded starfish and said, “the beach is so long and there are so many starfish it can’t possibly help the starfish to throw them back into the ocean.” She replied, “Well, if I don’t throw them back […]

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