Recent Articles on VAN

Read my latest contributions to the English edition of VAN magazine here: Chalk Spaceships: Finding Improvisation  An essay about my experience of searching for childlike play in music Performer On Trial  My account of the nerve-wracking, unmusical experience of auditioning for a professional orchestra

Learning to listen to yourself

Here’s a frequent cello lesson scenario: a student will play something and then shrink in shame, saying that it was bad. Okay, I’ll say, so what exactly was bad: intonation, sound, phrasing? The answer is often: everything. Those who are most critical of themselves usually also have the least clarity

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New CD on Costa Records

Figment CD cover

I am very excited to announce my new CD: Figment, a recital of international contemporary works for solo cello. Order directly from Costa Records! Benjamin Britten Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72 Elliott Carter Figment No. 1 Isang Yun Glissées Lior Navok Fantasy

For the Love of Music

Gert von Bülow with a young student

A few years ago, I had the idea of starting a chamber music society that would include professional and amateur players. Like many of my spontaneous ideas, it remained a vague notion to be realized at a later date when the opportunity arose: in other words, never. This is of

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2014 events

12 January concert with Aydar Gaynullin, accordeon, Kammermusiksaal, Berliner Philharmonie 11 February concert with KlangVerwaltung, Philharmonie am Gasteig, Munich 20-22 February substitution with Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmonie 3-7 March On tour in Europe with Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle 10-20 March coach and performer, Orquesta Nacional Juvenil de

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