In 2011, internationally renowned violinist Christian Tetzlaff led a
multi-day workshop focusing on the solo violin and piano
repertoire of Bach and violin sonatas of Brahms and Schumann. The
workshop culminated in two recitals performed by the six
participating young artists in Weill Recital Hall on May 4 and 5,
2011. Yuuki Wong offers
his perspective on the opportunity to work with Christian
Tetzlaff. For more information about applying for opportunities to work with such celebrated artists as Marilyn Horne, the Takács Quartet, and John Adams and David Robertson, visit our Professional Training Workshops page.
Last year’s Professional Training Workshop with Christian Tetzlaff was truly unforgettable for me. It was just
the right combination of fun, inspiration, and hard work.
The workshop gave me a chance to isolate myself from my daily
routine and to breathe, eat, and sleep music. It is always a luxury
to be able to do that. I also knew a few of the other
participants in the workshop, so that added to the convivial
The after-effects of such events linger on and develop
with time, and I feel that I learned an enormous amount during
the five-day workshop. Particularly memorable sessions were the
master classes with Mr. Tetzlaff focusing on Bach. The way he
taught me to voice the fugues, build the framework, and increase
the dimensions of my playing, really made an impact on me. Seeing
Mr. Tetzlaff in concert was also very inspirational. I really got
to see the many facets of his craft.
One of the more unusual aspects of the workshop included sitting
down for a lunch discussion with Dr. Steven Frucht, a neurologist
who came in to discuss what occurs in the brain when you are
practicing. It can feel like there is never enough time to
develop your playing skills, but there is a point where overworking can lead to injuries and reduce productivity.
It was helpful to be able to approach this issue from a medical
point of view.
All in all, a very intense, productive and enjoyable few days in
Photo by Stefan Cohen.