It took us a year or two to find our identity as a string quartet. We fairly quickly realised that we needed a point of difference if we were to become known as more than just a “gigging” quartet.
You know that photo that is making the rounds on facebook? The one of the iceberg with the tip showing above the water's surface labled "performance" and the huge mountain below the surface labled "rehearsal"?
I've been thinking about this topic for a while now. My colleagues, students, students' parents, composer friends and non-musician music-lovers are equally divided yet fervently adamant that their view is the only possible answer.
Hello my friend, this is my first blog post ever, and I have to admit I am quite nervous about the task ahead. Playing the cello in a quartet is one thing, but writing about that, or in fact about music in general, is quite another!