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Lesley Robertson

Friday, 25 October 2013

The violist of the St Lawrence String Quartet recalls the best advice she ever had

My colleagues tell me: "Play more. Turn out"

In the St Lawrence String Quartet we sit in such a way that the f-holes of my viola face away from the audience, and sometimes its voice can be lost. So my colleagues tell me: ‘Play more. Turn out’. For many quartet violists, this comment is so painfully predictable in coaching, rehearsals and post-concert receptions, that it’s something of a weary cliché or a running joke. But that’s because it works.

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

Photo: Marco Borggreve

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