San Partners, Akiko, Disney Hall discussed on Stand Partners for Life


Hi and welcome back to San Partners for life I am thrilled to be here not only with Akiko but our good friend and close Cali doc bob domain principal cello here they feel and we're actually we're right here in Disney hall the bowels of the hall are home away from home yeah hey thanks for having me on I feel like I'm sort of your honore stamp partner because I sit next to you and the orchestra yeah actually I mean yeah the usual if everybody's the we've got Martin and I'm sitting second right next to him and then on the other side is you when I first came to the orchestra they had the Tesla's where you are instead so principal viola was on my other side had the deal was there they did that's something I've never seen before wrong seating number two that's right is that David Sanders like his legal from Chicago symphony grilling wrong seating number four right seating number one I mean shallows on the West put the yeah the outside so so over there I don't care how it sounds yeah that's that's the best reason to sit concert right you don't get all the room you need as long as it's your good side that's right thank you for chatting with us today it's that we've actually your name is up in several of the episodes so no only in the best way and Yeah just I I knew when we started the show I knew that I eventually want to have colleagues from the symphony and that you know here thirty some episodes in and actually you're the first guest from the Phil Oh nice I'm on the on the shelf that's great thirty years you haven't listened to the mall by half listening to all of them enjoying them so much yeah but this is going to be fun got a lot of topics we could get into I know you didn't want to plan it out which is perfect but I figured we could start for those who don't know you already Kinda briefly how you got here you grew up not on one of the coasts had in common with me I grew up in fly over country probably the rest of the red states Homa my dad was in the US army captain in the US army and everywhere might devastation my parents they had a kid so two of my sisters were born in Watertown ORC Fort Drum one of my sisters was born in Wichita near Fort Leavenworth worth BEC- prisoners and near Fort Sill in lot in Oklahoma I actually was born in Oklahoma City so so that's where we ended up I'm the lone oak in the family I mean everybody always asks us like when did you know you wanted to be a violinist than yet I'm still kind of figuring that out but uh-huh how intense was the childhood did you end up going to conservatory that sort of thing well it it it's interesting because my mom's family was she's daughter of Russian immigrants to Chicago and they all played an instrument all six siblings played piano and another instrument and my mom was a cellist who's actually quite a fine she ended up Paul University in studying there and then she quit inexplicably but we get into that another time but my dad used to talk about his add playing my grandpa playing the squeeze box so we put the accordion and it was very rustic so for my dad's side we had the sort of Barn dance where dance type of music and the the French Canadian music from his side and my mom's side was the more buttoned up in cultured side Great Grandfather was a barn fiddler in western Pennsylvania Oh wow yeah there's always there's always one in every family uh-huh co-players so music was kind of a thing in my family for a lot of generations my older sister a she was a very fine cellist and I wanted to be just like I just worshipped my sister I still do so I used to sneak into a practice area and she would let me try to play cello when I was little I remember the very first piece I played the cello was a piece called the Fart song they say that and it was actually a section later on I found music and my sister's stack of music it's from the block prayer so this is a piece of music the central section has passage on the C string really low and she used to sing these made up towards the lyrics to this stuff of the string and I just thought that was the best and so she not only cultivated my higher sense for me basic but also my sense of humor and thinking about starting his sister wrote letters like that nobody's going to be right about me and my sister Marian the Fart Song but anyways that's that's another another story but Mary she was really my first inspiration to play the cello and so I kind of learned from her and I was more interested in baseball so in third grade I was seven eight I think it was eight yep they had there's a wonderful school music program you could choose a string instrument or you could choose of abandoned from an I I actually chose both the cello of course because I already sort of knew how to play and I played trumpet as well very badly and I also play piano so we can't lessons and and all that just like my mom's people so the instructor notice that I had some talent and he got me hooked up with the teacher to whom I owe everything absolutely every thing to her name is Jane Smith one of the finest string teachers in the world as far as I'm concerned I'm actually in the in the middle of writing an article and I'm hoping to pitch it to strings or Strand magazine Impreza of the starters always the closers that get the or a lot of the credit your most of the credit at least in in our business I can't use it kind of a base ball analogy it's like you know the Mario Rivera yeah gets gets the win yeah and you know you see studied with Leonard Rose John darker than Herald you know you see all these designer names but you don't see the ones who started you out and I recently I went to visit her and I brought her hello home with me and she used to lonely that instrument yesterday I was well she I I played I grew up playing on my my mother's Hello my sister my sister played the cello my mother played when she was a child and it was a real beater I mean this this thing was awful and I grew up playing playing on that and and you know despite that I I did well in music competitions and stuff like that and my teacher saw to it that I had a good instrument for the more important things like auditions and played pretty big debut concert when I was really young with Oklahoma City symphony she always use her cello which is a a modern Italian instrument and at that point I was probably eleven twelve years old I was at her house almost every day getting piano lessons getting cello lessons just like a game and she taught me everything and I had no idea that the thorough musical education that I was receiving and at the time but I really look at her as a second mother just to say to I mean even today I mean you can sit down and play piano you compose as well which we Meghan into I'm an amateur both of those things but that would never moore's end to yeah we don't do those things I mean you it could turn over that stone who has the time right I like to do more almost failed piano so I sure can well what I remember when I decided piano was abused when it started to get hard Beethoven Sonata last movie I can't play that no kidding anyway yeah that's it got hard for me when I had to like play two things at the same time I know my my hero I was at eastern music festival and it was he teaching at that time he was at juilliard and before I think before that he was curtis but many years before and he wanted me to come study with him at juilliard or to study at Curtis and then take the train into New York and take lessons with him at juilliard so basically it was arranged that I I had gotten accepted into both schools twelve and it did materialize because my parents were very modest means at that point in their lives and reflecting on their list of my my father was the first person in his entire family to go to college even graduate from High School and then he joined the military and he I think my father really wanted to follow in his footsteps and he he wanted me do do honorable work you know the arts that wasn't That was an honorable that was an honest work you know what I mean so my teacher back in Oklahoma Jane Smith who was a she was a member of the Oakland Symphony and also professor at Central State University she dropped me as a student it was like losing a parent because she was oh fed up with my parents that they wouldn't buy me better cello and be were so myopic I don't know if that's the right word but everything works out and the Jews are stand appoint what was happening in why or did you just think she didn't like you anymore I understood means she she had to have her own and I was I was a burden I ended up taking lessons with his wonderful teacher in Tulsa named Cari Caldwell she's principal Tulsa Philharmonic who had it kind of thought that maybe you could go to eastman some great cello school and shortly after after studying with her pretty much quit the cello I just not be as of Cari but because I was fed up with my parents fed up that you know sort of my dream was squashed by other dream is being a catcher for a major league baseball team but I know I don't have enough talent as an athlete so I stopped I stopped playing the Cello I hung out with my friends I did rotten things of the terrible kid terrible get acted out and and on New Year's managed to do well in school I somehow graduated taught my class and all that but my good and who is now a cop in Oklahoma City and Brian he said to me if you don't go to music school I'm going to kill you I just want to go to overland State University the hunting I know it sounds like it's right I think it's actually the end of April heading this does sound a little what's up I entered one of these regional like multi-state music competitions it was pretty well known in the area in Wichita Wichita State University and ahead played cello in several years at least two and a half three years practice like mad I won the competition one like five grand and one of the judges of the competition was a voice teacher at Eastman Thomas Paul and he was really pitching Eastman and I had remembered Cari had study with Ron Leonard my predecessor here the he was a professor at Eastman for many years before coming out here and so that name just sort of stuck with me and I decided to only play Eastman and I went to Dallas for the regional audition I did I couldn't afford a plane ticket to go at that point my parents were ill my father was dying of cancer my mom my mom had a stroke so it was it was a difficult situation as I went to Eastman expecting like you know be put in remedial this and remedial that but like I tested out of all the things will share theory most of us in the orchestra Yep I guess the only ninety percent of his perfect pitch so I'm imagining you guys should do a poll yeah let's go next podcast around two members of the orchestra not to have perfect pitch kind of like you don't need perfect new disciplines are relative pitch in imperfect pitcher to completely different disciplines I think I mean relative pitches you know the ability to say inflexible you can have very well developed sense of perfect pitch in and zero relative I know plenty of crummy musicians perfect it's the musicians that have perfect pulse that I'm jealous of I can't pick a poll I know we shouldn't have sweating bullets and I have to set the tempo I'm always thinking Washington Post March go back or forward from marking the about one twenty story about that now this okay so I worked at a veterinary clinic around the same time invest being paid under the table to clean cages aw execrable experienced the worst one of the worst experiences I had other than growing up Catholic and it's called bronze but it's it's nice game starts here did you but I'm sure that you didn't have the same experience for two weeks clean out animal cages why did they did put me on latrine duty I was pretty far down the food chain there it Oklahoma it's like one hundred ten degrees like every day in the summertime and the line the line was at just zigzag out the door you're standing at TSA there's there's no TSA pre for ice cream lines so okay so everybody had to wear white button-down shirt short sleeved shirt starched brown apron and the new the new employees were this big green end said hi I'm a new crew member.

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