Monday, April 22, 2019

ASK THE PROS | Violist James Dunham – “What Does Chamber Music Really Do For a Student’s Playing?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Sabrina Young from the United States was keen to know: "How important really is chamber music? What does it really do...

ASK THE PROS | Cello Pedagogue Hans Jørgen Jensen – ‘When Are Students Ready for Competitions?’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Hasan Ninov from the United States was keen to know: "How do you know when students are ready for competitions,...

ASK THE PROS | Violin Pedagogue Donald Weilerstein – ‘Improving Your Intonation’ [ADVICE]

Violinist Meredith Li from the United States was keen to know how to improve her intonation. We threw Meredith’s question over to The Juilliard School and New...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Kurt Sassmannshaus – “How to Effectively Use Scales to Improve Your Technique” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Michael Guarino from Italy was keen to know: "How should violinists effectively practice scales to improve their technique?" We threw Michael’s...

ASK THE PROS | Cellist Jonathan Koh – ‘Cello Scales, Exercises & Etudes for a Rock-Solid Left and Right Hand’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Patricia Yu from the United States was keen to know: "What cello scales, exercises, and etude books do you recommend...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Yevgeny Kutik – ‘How Do You Put Together a Solo Recital Program?’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Josephine Lee from the United States was keen to know: "How do you go about putting together a solo recital...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Leila Josefowicz – “Touring Musicians’ Survival Tips” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Yoon Kim, from South Korea, was keen to know: ‘What are the essential survival tips for a touring musician?’ We threw Yoon’s...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Catherine Cho – ‘Finding the Right Music Teacher’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Camille Downey, from San Diego was keen to know: "What is the best process students should go through to find...

ASK THE PROS | Violin Pedagogue Miriam Fried – “Secret to Playing Fast Without Tension” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Michelle Bournea, from the United States was keen to know: ‘What's the secret to playing fast without tension?’ We threw Michelle’s question over...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Ann Setzer – “Dealing with Students Who Don’t Practice” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Xiao Mao, from Singapore was keen to know: ‘What should the teacher do when the student doesn't practice?’ We threw Xiao’s question...

ASK THE PROS | Pedagogue Dr Robin Wilson – ‘Ideal Age to Begin Learning Violin’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Marcel VanLeeuwen, from the United States was keen to know: "What is the ideal age for a child to begin learning...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Qian Zhou – “Maximising the Odds of Your Audition Tape Being Accepted” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Zhao Tang from the United States was keen to know: "What are the keys to ensuring your audition tape has...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Ida Kavafian – ‘Making Scales More Enjoyable’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Vincenzo Sandi, from Milan was keen to know: 'Are there any tricks or techniques to make practicing scales more enjoyable?' We threw...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Midori – “Do Competitions Really Build Careers?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Cindy Loretta, from Italy was keen to know: ‘Is doing competitions really a solid way for young aspiring professionals to step...

ASK THE PROS | Violist Daniel Panner – “Scales, Exercises and Etudes for a Rock-Solid Left and Right Hand?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Jeremy Lo from the United States was keen to know: "What violin and viola scales, exercises, and etude books do...

ASK THE PROS | Cellist Paul Katz – “Once the Notes Have Been Mastered, What are the Next Steps?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Andrea Rengevich from the United States was keen to know: "Once the notes have been mastered, what should be the...

ASK THE PROS | Martin Beaver – ‘Do You Encourage Your Students To Study At Music Festivals Over The Summer?’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Susan Wei, from the United States was keen to know: ‘Do you encourage your students to study at music festivals...

ASK THE PROS | Jazz Violinist Christian Garrick – “Is it Possible to Teach Someone How to Improvise?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Francesco Bruno from Italy was keen to know: "Is it possible to teach someone how to improvise? If so, what...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Glenn Dicterow – “What We Look For On Orchestral and College Audition Panels” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Stephanie Chen from Singapore was keen to know: "As part of an orchestral or college audition panel, what do you...

ASK THE PROS | Martin Beaver – ‘Why is Slow Practice So Important?’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Adam Clark, from Canada was keen to know: ‘Why is it so important to practice slowly?' We threw Adam's question over...

ASK THE PROS | Pianist Rohan de Silva – “What We Need From String Players” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Nicholas Bellocci, from Italy was keen to know: ‘As a collaborative pianist, what essentials do you need from a string...

ASK THE PROS | Violist Atar Arad – “How Important is it for a Performer to be Versatile In Many Styles?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Christian Li from the United States was keen to know: "How important is it that a performer today be versatile...

ASK THE PROS | Cellist Norman Fischer – “Importance of New Music During a Student’s Formative Years” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Susan Jansen from the United States was keen to know: "How important is it for students to study new music...

ASK THE PROS | Danielle Belen – ‘Differing Teaching Needs of Pre-College, College & Post-Grad Students’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Jessie Chen, from the United States was keen to know: ‘What are the differing teaching needs between pre-collegiate students and...

ASK THE PROS | Violin Pedagogue Grigory Kalinovsky – “How to Achieve a Great Left Hand” [ADVICE]

VC member Josephine Harley from the United States was keen to know the properties of a great left hand for string players and how to...

ASK THE PROS | Philippe Quint – ‘The Perfect Up Bow Staccato’

The Violin Channel member Vlad Bourceanu, from London, was keen to know: 'What is the secret to perfect up bow staccato?' VC threw Vlad's plea...

ASK THE PROS | Anne Akiko Meyers – “What are the Essential Stretching Exercises for String Players?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Richard Chen, from the United States was keen to know: "What are the essential stretching exercises for string musicians?" We threw...

ASK THE PROS | Stefan Valcuha – ‘Best Way to Clean Your Stringed Instrument’

The Violin Channel member Guillaume Jacot was keen to know: 'What is the best way to clean your instrument, and with what, when it's...

ASK THE PROS | Conductor Cristian Macelaru – “What Does a Conductor Need from a Soloist?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Kukka Mirjam, from Finland was keen to know: ‘As a conductor, what essentials do you need from a string soloist to...

ASK THE PROS | Cellist, Laurence Lesser – ‘Warming Up for a Lesson or Performance” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Matthew Bournea, from the United States was keen to know: ‘What is the best way to warm up before a lesson...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Andrew Jennings – “As a Teacher, How Do You Keep Your Own Playing Up?” [ADVICE]

VC member Jonathan Attias from the United States was keen to know how music teachers manage to maintain their instrumental playing alongside teaching. We threw Jonathan’s question...

ASK THE PROS | Patinka Kopec – ‘Telling a Student a Career in Performance May Not Be for Them’ [ADVICE]

VC member Nicole Wang from the United States was keen to know if and how music teachers should advise students that music performance may not be the...

ASK THE PROS | Danielle Belen – ‘Building Bulletproof Memorisation’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Sarah Yang, from Toronto was keen to know: ‘Are there any tips and techniques for ensuring rock solid memorisation of...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Lucie Robert – “What Qualities Should Every Young Aspiring Professional String Player Possess?” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Daniel Powell from the United States was keen to know: “What qualities should every young aspiring professional string player possess?” We threw...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist Lewis Kaplan – “What Are The Biggest Life Lessons Teaching Has Taught You?” [ADVICE]

VC member Joanna Huang from Taiwan was keen to know what the major life lessons that music pedagogues' teaching experiences have taught them. We threw Joanna’s...

ASK THE PROS | Sarah Chang – Help Me With ‘Running Passage Articulation’

The Violin Channel member Hannah Buckley, from Sydney, was desperate to know: 'Why when I'm playing rapid, slurring semiquavers do the notes sometimes seem...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist, Francesca dePasquale: ‘Improving Your Ensemble Playing’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Annie Jones, from Canada was keen to know: ‘What are some tips in improving your ensemble playing?’ We threw Annie’s question...

ASK THE PROS | Cellist Natasha Brofsky – ‘Developing a Great Performance Presence’ [ADVICE]

VC member Victoria Tsai from the United States was keen to know how to improve her stage performance presence. We threw Victoria’s question over to acclaimed American cellist, Ms Natasha...

ASK THE PROS | Violist Karen Dreyfus – ‘Improving Your Sight-Reading Skills’ [ADVICE]

VC member Sebastian Wren from South Africa was keen to know how to improve his sight-reading skills. We threw Sebastian’s question over to esteemed American viola pedagogue, Ms Karen...

ASK THE PROS | VC ‘Artist’ Augustin Hadelich – ‘Maintaining Practice Motivation’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Nathan Kahrs was keen to know: ‘How do you stay motivated when you really don't feel like practicing?' We threw Nathan's...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist, Alexander Kerr – ‘Should Performers Also Learn to Teach?’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Robert Ingridson, from the United States was keen to know: ‘Is it really important for all performers to learn to teach?’ We...

ASK THE PROS | James Ehnes – ‘Mid-Performance String Breaks’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Jason Tong was keen to know: 'What is the most professional way to handle a broken string during a performance?' We...

ASK THE PROS | Anne Akiko Meyers – ‘Fourth Finger Swing’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member James Dong, from Sydney, was keen to know: 'How can I get better amplitude on my 4th finger vibrato?' VC threw...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist & Pedagogue Stephanie Chase – ‘Capturing Authenticity in a Period Performance’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Joseph Costa from Italy was keen to know: "What are the main considerations for capturing authenticity in a period performance?" We threw...

ASK THE PROS | Brentano Quartet Violist, Misha Amory – “My Approach for Better Sound Production” [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member, violist Brian Hicks from the United States was keen to know: “What is your advice for improving the sound production on...

ASK THE PROS | Conductor George Marriner Maull – ‘7 Things Presenters Can Do to Make Classical Music More Accessible’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Margaret Rothman from the United States was keen to know: “What are some things concert presenters can do today to make...

ASK THE PROS | Cellist Astrid Schween – ‘The Transition from Music Student to Working Professional’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Peter Weber from Germany was keen to know: “What should one expect whilst transitioning from being a student to a working...

ASK THE PROS | Violinist & Violist Lily Francis – ‘What do Violinists Stand to Learn from Playing Mozart?’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member Eliza Jordan from the United States was keen to know: “What is so special about the music of Mozart? And what...

ASK THE PROS | Juilliard’s Hsin-Yun Huang – ‘Advantages and Considerations of Team Teaching’ [ADVICE]

The Violin Channel member, Jeremy Fay from the United States was keen to know: “What are the advantages and considerations when teaching a student as...

ASK THE PROS | Violist Stephen Wyrczynski – “What Do You Look For In Undergraduate vs Graduate Students?” [ADVICE]

VC member Sofia Yatsyuk from Ukraine was keen to know what conservatory audition panelists look for in undergraduate vs graduate students for admissions. We threw Sofia's...

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