April 10, 2019

There are a few iconic works in the core repertory with a special quality that makes them instantly recognizable, even after hearing just a few notes. The first G major Cello Suite is one of them. I like to think of the opening measures as a kind of entrance into the s...

September 23, 2017

I have always been fascinated by the idea of the Aboriginal “Walkabout.” To venture alone into the harsh wilderness as a young boy, for up to several months, seems like a daunting, almost unimaginable, notion. Even more so when you take into account the lack of any kin...

June 7, 2017

Mindfulness has become a bit of a buzzword lately. I keep coming across articles about meditation retreats, drop-in yoga classes, even mindfulness sessions at the office. It seems that nowadays people are finding it more and more necessary to find ways by which they ca...

December 16, 2016

I find it oddly fascinating to learn about the routines of my colleagues, from the various methods by which they warm up, to their individual pre-performance rituals. Some people like warming up with an hour of scales and arpeggios; others prefer a movement of slow, un...

October 23, 2016

After a cello workshop the other day, one of the audience members asked me an important question:

“What do you do when you are losing motivation or inspiration?”

She was asking on behalf of her son, an aspiring cellist, who seemed to have no motivation to practice. I rea...

November 4, 2015

Here is a link to a recent interview with Erika Funke of WVIA radio. We talk about Bach, Boccherini, Brahms and Chopin!


July 28, 2015

Sitting through a complete performance of Bach’s Cello Suites is exhausting, no matter how good it is. Think about it: 3 hours of music, all composed in one particular style and with the simplest of materials. There is no piano to fill in harmonies or bass lines. No pe...

June 23, 2015

And there goes the final day of the tour. I don’t know whether I should laugh or cry. It has been such a wonderful, life-changing experience, so much so that I don’t even know where to begin. The events of our first day in Darwin - meeting the team, the plane ride, the...

May 14, 2015

I can count the days left on my fingers until my month-long tour around Australia with the Bach cello suites. Just over a week to go!! I can’t contain my excitement - I know it’s going to be an amazing experience!

As I’ve been working up the Bach suites, I’ve had...

February 10, 2015

I finally found the time to make the second tutorial video for my piatti project! Apologies for the delay. This video offered some new challenges - I recorded it  in a classroom at the Juilliard School, with fairly dry acoustics, a different kind of feeling to the love...

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