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Frans Helmerson

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

The Swedish cellist and teacher shares some pearls of wisdom

Nothing comes close to the cello’s incredible register!

Rostropovich showed me how to unlock my potential. He said: ‘You imagine you’re a car with four gears, but in fact you have five!’

I advise all my students to identify the weakest aspect of their playing and to attack it with honesty.

When making a recording, block out the artificial environment of the studio and imagine you are giving a concert before an inspiring audience.

When choosing a cello, look for one that triggers a special kind of physical response in you when you play.
Nothing comes close to the cello’s incredible register!

It’s a humbling privilege to be able to express emotions, character and energy – through the genius of composers – in such a unique form of human communication.
 

Originally published in The Strad, May 2011. Subscribe to The Strad or download our digital edition as part of a 30-day free trial.

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