Cellists: Master Class

"The best thing a musician can possibly do after he has acquired a great deal of experience," says Cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, "is to pass it on to younger musicians. So many people are now gone—Kreisler, Toscanini, Rachmaninoff—who never had students. This is a great loss." It is also a sad fact that few celebrated performers have much interest in teaching—and fewer still have any talent for it (Rachmaninoff, for example, was a dour, retiring man, hardly cut out to be the Mr. Chips of the keyboard). Fortunately for a few lucky cellists,...

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