• Dirigent
  • Lehrer
  • Geiger
  • Kurator

Being a teacher ...

is to me an ongoing balancing act between the technical, artistic and human challenges a musician encounters in his/her professional life.

The Prerequisites:

  • learning “to listen to oneself” – from outside of oneself – occasionally taking an objective position as a listener. This is a prerequisite for any kind of improvement: one can’t improve something one doesn’t “hear”. Connected closely with this is learning to listen to the other musicians one is playing with.
  • learning how to “practice”: recognizing, analyzing, and finding ways to eliminate shortcomings –whether they be of a musical or technical nature. In addition, implementing acquired technical skills when studying new pieces.

 
The Materials:

  • finding the right equipment: instruments, bows, strings, etc. and learning how to care for them,
  • selecting stylistically appropriate sheet music editions.

 
Shaping Music:

  • acquiring a comprehensive musical foundation, knowledge of literature, theory of harmony, counterpoint, musical history up to the present, etc.
  • learning to properly read and interpret musical notation,
  • perceiving a piece as a whole, not merely from the perspective of one’s own part.

 
Emotional Fortitude:

  • seeing mistakes as opportunities,
  • strengthening one’s courage to be ambitious, to set one’s own goals,
  • learning how to deal with fears and doubts,
  • finding career opportunities that fit one’s personality.

 
The Musician’s Place:

  • taking in, without blinders, the entire musical world surrounding us,
  • taking in the world as a whole and not limiting oneself to the musical world,
  • experiencing other arts as a source of inspiration,
  • seeing the audience not as a panel of critics one has to prove oneself to, but as a friend, and seeking to impart to it the beauties and messages it not only needs in order to live but also yearns for.

 
My Hopes:

  • to be able to provide support in all the above-mentioned disciplines at the right time and in the right measure,
  • to help the musician stay reasonably calm no matter what the demands!
  • to be able to make frequent corrections without destroying the healthy self-esteem of the student,
  • to be able to offer a range of suggestions that spark the imagination.


 Overall, it makes me happy to watch young musicians grow and to sense, every now and then, that I have been able to awaken in someone a lasting enthusiasm for music and our profession.