In a new series of interviews for the ChamberStudio website, Ariane Todes, former editor of The Strad magazine, talks to some of the people involved in the organisation to discover their insights about music. In the first of the series she talks to cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, who coaches on 5 October, about the art of chamber music and his advice for getting the most out of masterclasses. He explains how chamber music goes to the essence of human relationships, how players these days can combine chamber music with a solo career in a way that used to be unthinkable, and is frank about what he thinks of students who come unprepared to masterclasses.
‘Sometimes they’ve started with one thing, I’ve provoked them to think about something else and then comes the synthesis that surprises us all. You see the smiles on their faces and the audience hears the difference. That’s exciting. That’s why I love teaching.’ Ralph Kirshbaum