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Thomas Zehetmair

Friday, 12 July 2013

The violinist-turned-conductor shares the best advice he has ever had

Read for the same amount of time as you practise!

Nikolaus Harnoncourt gave fantastic lectures and coaching during his teaching period in Salzburg, and I was lucky enough to be one of his students. One idea he hammered into us was: ‘Music must always be on the edge of the abyss, on the verge of catastrophe.’ 
 
The other great piece of advice I have seen is something Brahms once said to a young musician: ‘Read for the same amount of time as you practise!’

Photo: Dan Brady

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

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