All David Finckel articles

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    20 reminders for musicians: Cellist David Finckel


    David Finckel shares 20 pieces of advice on big-picture topics often forgotten in the teaching room

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    A Musician’s Ten Commandments: Cellist David Finckel


    How to enjoy a sustainable and fulfilling musical career through ten guiding principles

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    Cellist David Finckel on vibrato


    Cellist David Finckel introduces the subject of vibrato as part of a series of video demonstrations on cello technique. Vibrato, he says, 'connects the listener to the player's innermost feelings about the music. It should be something that reinforces the music, not something that is painted on top ...

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    Sentimental work: David Finckel on Myaskovsky’s Cello Concerto


    The Myaskovsky Cello Concerto remains a private pleasure for the US cellist, whose memories of Rostropovich remain an inspiration half a century later

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    The Strad Podcast Episode #53: David Finckel and Wu Han on creating inspiration


    ‘It’s not only making music together, but also contributing your life to the common good of society’

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    Masterclass with David Finckel: Brahms Piano Quartet no.1 in G minor


    There has to be enough definition to these four-note phrases for the audience to make sense of the music' Cellist David Finckel leads the Zelda Quartet in a masterclass at The Juilliard School's Paul Hall. The quartet play the Allegro non troppo from Johannes Brahms' Piano Quartet ...

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    Cellist David Finckel on the importance of using more bow


    Cellist David Finckel provides scientific proof that if you use more bow, you'll make more sound. Read: David Finckel's 10 habits of successful musicians Read: Never ignore a niggling pain, says cellist David Finckel

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    Cellist David Finckel on effective articulation


    We need articulation to excite the strings and give our playing clarity' Cellist David Finckel talks about 'bow clicks', enabling each bow stroke to start with a 'pop'. Read The Strad's 6 ways to improve your staccato. Read David Finckel's 10 habits of successful musicians. Subscribe to ...

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    Cellist David Finckel on producing a wider vibrato


    The wider your fingertips, the easier it is to produce a wide vibrato' Cellist David Finckel demonstrates how to produce a wider, richer vibrato. Watch Finckel's video demonstration on smooth bow changes and read his 10 habits of successful musicians. Subscribe to The Strad or download our ...

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    Never ignore a niggling pain, says cellist David Finckel


    The former Emerson Quartet cellist on how a growing back problem led to two weeks on a friend's sofa

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    Cellist David Finckel on smooth bow changes


    'Dorothy DeLay said, 'I never saw a bow change that I couldn't hear'. And she's right.' Cellist David Finckel talks about how to achieve smooth and fluid bow changes. Read The Strad's 6 tips for smooth bow changes and David Finckel's 10 habits of successful ...

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    David Finckel

    American cellist David Finckel began his musical studies with his father, Edwin Finckel, making his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations aged 15. From 1979 to 2013 he was the cellist of the Emerson String Quartet, with whom he made over thirty acclaimed recordings. ...

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    Paul Watkins to replace David Finckel as Emerson Quartet cellist


    The Emerson Quartet has announced that cellist David Finckel will leave the ensemble at the end of the 2012–13 season. His replacement will be the British cellist and conductor Paul Watkins. The personnel change is the quartet's first since 1979, when Finckel replaced original cellist Eric Wilson three years after ...