roberto diaz on reinventing a career in classical music

learning lessons

With my performance on Sunday finished, there was one more hurdle in store for me during my trip to Philadelphia. I had scheduled a lesson with my former teacher from Peabody Conservatory, Roberto Díaz. He had been the principal violist of the National Symphony when I’d studied with him in Baltimore, and he went on to occupy the same chair in the Philadephia Orchestra shortly after I left Baltimore to join the Oregon Symphony. He’s now the president of the Curtis Institute of Music, and in addition to his administrative duties, he also teaches and performs there as well. Continue reading “learning lessons”

robert levin commencement speech transcript

If you enjoyed the video of Robert Levin’s electrifying commencement address to the 2009 graduating class at the Curtis Institute of Music, you can now peruse a transcript of the speech.  It’s a must-read for anyone considering going into the music field, or about to enter the music field.  Most amazingly – this speech was extemporaneous!  Levin’s not just an amazing classical improviser, it seems!

Many thanks to Jennifer Rycerz, Public Relations Manager at Curtis, for making this available.

Click here to download the speech in pdf format.