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 choose the cello? What made you decide to become a musician?
A: I was eight years old. I choose the cello because I liked that it was big, and I didn’t like the piano, which my parents wanted me to practice. I fell in love with classical music

Q: Can you name a piece or two of core repertoire that requires extra prep time? What specifically makes it challenging for players?
A: The Schostavich Concerto number two requires extras prep. Shubert Arpeggione Sonata also requires extra prep. Both pieces require great stamina, both physical and emotional.

Read the entire Q&A at WFMT

5 Responses to Cello Perspectives With WFMT

  1. Allan Berggren March 12, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    A note from the past. I met you at Robert Shaw’s house in Cleveland when you first came. I was a medical resident in ear surgery. I admire the courage with which you faced your loss of parents, and your dedication to your career. It’s wonderful to see the pictures of you now, and enjoy your music.

  2. Keith Whitehead March 27, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    Just finished listening to the Herbert . ( on WRTI ) A pure gift !

  3. Susan H April 24, 2014 at 8:11 am #

    I saw you perform in Memphis in 2004. You brought me to absolute tears. I’d always said I would eventually learn cello, and I finally started three years ago at age 47. Thank you for the inspiration and the music

  4. paul marleyn May 12, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    Dear Mr. Harrell,
    Greetings from Ottawa! I have a technical question for you if I may. As you know as part of the Galamian approach to bowing is the concept of in and out – out on the down bow, in on the up-bow. Is it the same on cello, or the reverse?
    Thanks and have a great day!
    Paul Marleyn.

  5. Rokas May 21, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    Dear Mr.Harrell !
    Thank You for sharing your knowledge and time and I would like to ask about possibility to take a lesson,or that you listen to my record and say some advises to me.I hope for possibility.
    Best wishes !
    Rokas(cellist)

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