Teacher's Change of Perspective

Tomorrow will mark 25 years since I started playing cello. It has been a tough but very rewarding road. Thinking about the subject I wanted to share with my readers on this occasion, I settled on my continued learning and…

Happy Birthday, Saint-Saëns!

This October marks the 185th anniversary of the birth of Camille Saint-Saëns. This is not as big as next year's 100th anniversary of his death. As musicians all over the world celebrate his 185th birthday, many will post performances of…

Critical Notes Series: Prokofiev's Cello Sonata, Op. 119

Review: Prokofiev Cello Sonata Op. 119 (Hans Sikorski / Boosey & Hawkes 2001 revised edition) 

Prokofiev's Cello Sonata, Op. 119 is a masterpiece cellists are lucky to have in our repertoire. It comes from Prokofiev's collaboration with cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.…

Critical Notes Series: Shostakovich's Cello Sonata

Shostakovich's Cello Sonata, Op. 40 turned 86 years old this year. This work is a staple of most professionals and advanced students' repertoires. This position is well-deserved. The cello sonata very much reflects the style of Shostakovich's Symphonies Nos. 4…

Critical Notes Series: New Studio Album Announcement

On July 20, I will be releasing my first studio album called Classical Sonatas for Two Cellos, Volume 1. The album includes 7 sonatas by Jean-Baptiste Bréval and 1 sonata by Bernhard Romberg. I'm dedicating this album to my…

Hommage to Gaspar Cassadó

Gaspar Cassadó has been my favorite cellist-composer for half of my life now. His music provides variety and imagination. His arrangements are especially well-crafted. As someone who arranges music almost daily, I look up to Cassadó for inspiration. Although the…

Critical Notes Series: Klengel's Concertino No. 1, Op. 7

For this Installment of "Critical Notes Series," I would like to introduce my newest, long-awaited orchestration of Klengel's Concertino No. 1 for cello and orchestra. Klengel never orchestrated this work, leaving it for cello and piano, as with the other…