1. What does education
mean to you and is education essential for the musicians of the
Education in general is a daily challenge. It is an
investment in people and their capabilities. My individual approach to teaching
has its origins in my own educational background of mathematics, philosophy, and
science. These areas of academic inquiry which require disciplined logical
analysis as well as an understanding of the human condition, have informed and
complimented my own approach to cello playing, and as such have provided me with
a great deal of insight into the means of effective communication and teaching.
That is what I intend to share. One of the biggest challenges is to not diminish
the student's intuition and enthusiasm, so the teaching must not be based on a
plain analytical approach. Students have to be enabled to become intelligent and
intuitive interpreters of works and have to be guided in a direction that not
only serves the music well, but celebrates their own musicality. I am treating
each student as an active learner who is pursuing his or her own individual
2. What made you play the
I played piano before I started playing the cello, which was
when I was rather old. I always enjoyed performing concerts in public so I took
every possible chance. But there were many good pianists in my hometown, so I
only had limited chances to perform. At one point a conductor needed a cello
soloist for a Vivaldi concerto and asked who could play the cello. I raised my
hand although I had never touched a cello before. I had 8 months to learn the
piece (and the cello) and took lessons from a local teacher that did not really
have teaching skills as he taught quite a number of different instruments.
However, the concert went pretty well, so lots of my school mates were impressed
and signed up for cello lesson with that teacher. Because of that he did not
have enough time anymore to teach me as well. That's when I started to get my
first "real" cello lessons from a exceptional cellist.
3. What is your favorite
The composers that come to my mind right away are Beethoven,
Bach, and Mozart, but I think I cannot really pick a favorite piece or composer
when performing/making music. I think the most accurate answer to that question
is that my favorite piece is the one that I am performing the very moment when
being asked that question. I also love contemporary music and am always eager to
present and share modern pieces that I am convinced from.
4. What other
interests/hobbies do you have?
I am interested in philosophy, chess,
Taekwondo, and I am also performing close-up magic as a hobby.