Ralf Schmid and I are playing one of Chick Corea’s Children’s Songs. I am lucky to be playing with such a great jazz pianist. We’ve arranged three of these pieces for cello and piano with improv solos. It’s my opening concert at the Music University of Freiburg. It’s a Freiburgish

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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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