Category Archives: Cello & Cellists

Surprising, unknown or unexplored facts and stories about cello and cellists and the wide repertoire of this beautiful instrument.

How a classical musician ended up recording E-Cello on CD

“Stagioni” E-Cello improvisations by Mayke Rademakers

Classical musician Mayke Rademakers recorded her first CD with the E-Cello and a loop station. The CD “Stagioni” was released in February 2018 on Challenge Records and has a daring combination of Hildegard von Bingen, Sephardic folk, blues, minimal music and elements from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. We spoke with Mayke about her struggle, challenge, motivation and inspiration to record this new project in her classical musician life. Continue reading How a classical musician ended up recording E-Cello on CD

POPPER HIGH SCHOOL OF CELLO PLAYING ETUDES 1 & 6

POPPER HIGH SCHOOL OF CELLO PLAYING ETUDES 1 & 6

by Gianriccardo Pera

A real cornerstone for every cellist, to be watched and learned with great attention. In the Popper cello playing etudes, Dmitry Yablonsky shows how to practice and master crucial elements like anticipation, preparation of the upcoming bow angle, arm elevation, large jumps from C to A string, and of course left-hand preparation as a complement to the bowing. No cellist can miss such a fundamental acknowledge! Continue reading POPPER HIGH SCHOOL OF CELLO PLAYING ETUDES 1 & 6

Why Online Music Lessons Are So Effective

Why Online Music Lessons Are So Effective

by Paul Casserly

With the dawn of the internet, there is now a decades-old argument as to whether or not learning an instrument or piece of music online is better, or if musicians should merely stick with the traditional in-person approach. This article will attempt to shed light on both sides of this debate.  Continue reading Why Online Music Lessons Are So Effective

Pablo Casals’ Cello played by Amit Peled

“A great piece of art” Peled serenades with Historic Instrument of Pablo Casals (video)

By Irma de Jong

How the musician and the Pablo Casals cello came together

At a very young age, Amit fell in love with a girl that played the cello. He decided to impress her and started learning this instrument as well. His parents gave him a cassette tape of a famous cellist and with those beautiful sounds, he fell asleep every night, Continue reading Pablo Casals’ Cello played by Amit Peled

“Amado Mio” romantic and dark side of love

Classic song “Amado Mio” arranged for piano and cello

By Irma de Jong

Fulvia Mancini developed the special idea of re-arranging this song by the Italian composer Beddini.  “Amado Mio” is a song from the classic 1946 film noir Gilda, written by Doris Fisher and Allan Roberts . The piece was lip- synched by Rita Hayworth and sung by Anita Kert Ellis. Grace Jones’s rendition of the song on her 1989 album Bulletproof Heart is the most well known. The idea of creating a bridge between classic and modern

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ELGAR CELLO CONCERTO IN E MINOR, OP 35, 1ST MOV

ELGAR CELLO CONCERTO IN E MINOR, OP. 85, 1ST MOVEMENT (PART 1)

CORNERSTONE LESSON ELGAR

Amit Peled teaches about the attitude, technics and the critical points of the first movement of this very famous Elgar Cello  Concerto composition. Special topics are the use of the bow, the posture, and the tempo interpretation.

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