Imagine instead of playing a closed vowel - like 'ee' - playing an open vowel like 'ah'. We don't want to have the feeling in an orchestra that someone is playing an electric guitar'

Umberto Clerici, principal cello of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, gives an orchestral audition masterclass on the second movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Performing the excerpts is 2014 Sydney Symphony Orchestra cello fellow James sang-oh Yoo.

The clip is one of a series of SSO masterclass videos on YouTube, including concertmaster Andrew Haveron and principal double bass Kees Boersma.

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