Behind the scenes

The Kreisler Scandal

In the early part of the 20th century, Fritz Kreisler was considered one of the leading violinists of his time. Extraordinarily talented, he started his musical studies at age 4, and was admitted to the Vienna conservatory at age 7. [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 23rd, 2017
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Cello Wizardry 2 : Leonard Rose and Yo-Yo Ma

Leonard Rose (1918-1984) was one of the greatest cellists of all time! He was a cellist’s cellist who is still considered the ultimate model of lush and gorgeous cello playing. Rose excelled in every aspect of his musical craft and [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 21st, 2017
Lenny Longfingers

Imagine going into a library in a foreign country and stumbling over a rare and mysterious book that endlessly fuels your imagination. Day after day you return to the reading room and try to decipher, understand and interpret what is [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 15th, 2017
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mozart’s English Gentleman Student

Teaching was part of Mozart’s life-style, and we have reports that it was not uncommon for him to offer instruction while playing billiards or at the bowling alley. Vocal and instrumental instruction was not treated as an isolated phenomenon but [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 14th, 2017
Moonlighting as Orchestral Conductor

It’s relatively easy to moonlight as a burger flipper at your local fast food joint, or to deliver ready-made foods to hungry customers. But it gets somewhat more complicated when you supplement your income from regular employment by moonlighting as [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | July 9th, 2017
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Johann Sebastian Bach and Johann Philipp Kirnberger

“Johann Sebastian Bach’s method is the only one and the best one. It is regrettable that this great musician has written nothing theoretical about music, and that his teachings have been made available to posterity only through his pupils.”

by Georg Predota | June 23rd, 2017
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Friedrich Gulda and Martha Argerich

Around Martha Argerich’s 5th birthday, her mother placed her under the pianistic tutelage of Vicente Scaramuzza. Even though Mr. Scaramuzza was considered a sadistic fanatic, he gave her a superb technical grounding and laid the foundations for her unique cantabile [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 16th, 2017
Recitative Squabble

Count Giovanni de’Bardi was a seriously important man in Florentine society of the Renaissance. He studied Latin and Greek, took lessons in music composition, and as a soldier fought a number of successful wars. Yet he is primarily known for [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | June 7th, 2017