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Guest post by Beth Levin, concert pianist Dear Bill, The thing about this last concert was the pre-concert depression. I sunk really low and felt so incredibly sad. I don’t really know what that was about. I tend to get down beforehand but this felt suicidal. I was staying with friends in Baltimore and the […]
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Guest post by Beth Levin, concert pianist Dear Bill, The thing about this last concert was the pre-concert depression. I sunk really low and felt so incredibly sad. I don’t really know what that was about. I tend to get down beforehand but this felt suicidal. I was staying with friends in Baltimore and the […]
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Guest post by Marci Meth The prominent French intellectual property attorney looked me straight in the eye and told me it would be impossible. I liked the idea of trying to do the impossible, so when I walked out of her office, I decided I would try to create my own record label and produce […]
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I try to remind myself that happiness comes from feeling a sense of inner pride and achievement within yourself that can't be compared or measured by anyone else’s. Feeling like I've done the best job I could do gives me joy. Consistently showing up, working hard, and loving what you do.
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noun noun: elite; plural noun: elite a select group that is superior in terms of ability or qualities to the rest of a group or society The word “elite” is frequently applied to sportspeople and no one has a problem with that. Athletes and sportspeople at the top of their game are regularly described as […]
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According to this article which appeared in The Guardian at the weekend, classical music is for the elite moneyed few, not the many. What a shame The Guardian, which in the past has championed classical music, has fallen back on that tired old trope that classical music is elitist and inaccessible – and to make […]
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The title is a play on his name and the collection of essays in this satisfyingly chunky volume were often “roughed out” by Stephen Hough while travelling between concert engagements (if you think the life of the international concert artist is glamorous, think again – in between rehearsals and concerts much time is spent at […]
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Guest post by Samantha Ege “Remember it’s about connection not perfection.” Those were the words of my coach and mentor Deborah Torres Patel. I had just told her about one of my first international lecture-recitals. The lecture had gone well, but the recital had been an absolute disaster. Actually, that wasn’t true—it wasn’t a disaster […]
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Who or what inspired you to take up the cello, and pursue a career in music? When I was growing up, there was always music playing in the house, and my parents started me on the recorder at 4, the piano at 5, and then the cello at 6. I was very lucky to start […]
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….never had I had a piano teacher so demanding and tyrannical – Leonard Bernstein on Isabelle Vengerova The composer Philip Glass described her as somewhere “between intimidating and terrifying” whose lessons invariably left students “shaken and silent”, while Virgil Thomson wrote that she had a “no-nonsense approach to musical skills and a no-fooling-around treatment of […]

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