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Summer School: Career Tips from the Kronos Quartet

Jeremy Geffen: "Know what only you can do."

We continue our Summer School blog series with career advice from the Kronos Quartet, Carnegie Hall's Director of Artistic Planning Jeremy Geffen, and pipa player Wu Man. In this Professional Training Workshop, emerging artists receive tips for success from the pros about remaining confident in their unique vision, having the patience and dedication to develop a following, and networking efficiently in the 21st century.



"You have to believe in it. If you think this is exactly what you need to do …. you need to bend the world to your vision."

—David Harrington


"The best way to get noticed is to be recommended … Make your own opportunities … Building your audience is very, very important."

—Jeremy Geffen


"I played everywhere I could: Nursing houses, high schools, elementary schools, going into classrooms. I'd occasionally have a chance to play at a small concert hall, meet people, and network."

—Wu Man

Summer School has previously explored this Professional Training Workshop led by the Kronos Quartet and pipa player Wu Man, leading three emerging quartets in a weeklong exploration of the string quartet repertoire that Kronos has built over 35 years of commissioning new music. 

For more of this series, explore:
Summer School: Explore, Create, and Express through Classical Indian Music with Zakir Hussain
Summer School: Musical Intention and Communication
Summer School: Establishing a Musical Career
Summer School: What is a Teaching Artist?
Summer School: The Journey from Workshop to Stage
Summer School: "Let the Performers Be Themselves" 
Summer School: "Music is the Star" 

For more of this workshop, watch:
The full workshop on our Online Resource Center

For more information about applying for an opportunity to work with renowned artists such as Emmanuel Pahud, Marilyn Horne, John Adams and David Robertson, and the Takács Quartet, visit:
Professional Training Workshops 

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