Marshall Kirkpatrick interviewed me as part of his gig at Netsquared. Great work Marshall! He also interviewed the East Coast Michael Stein, who I see also plays an instrument (violin). My degree is in music performance and the flute was my instrument.
Seeing the photo of Michael Stein made me remember I had an old photo (almost 30 years old) of me and my flute. So, thought I'd get it into flickr. It was tucked away in my Marcel Moyse etude book - he was my most influential teacher.
I studed with Moyse about 30 years ago, after I discovered he had retired to Brattleboro, VT. I hiked up the hill where his house was located and knocked on the door. I asked him if I could take private lessons with him. He was close to 90 at the time and wasn't doing any private lessons - just a few master classes. He yelled at me and kicked me out.
I hiked up the hill again and knocked on the door again. He answered, "You again, go away." I decided to try it one more time and the third time he greeted me, "I guess you won't go away until I teach you. Okay, let's see what you can do."
I played a Bach solo sonata for him. He yelled at me -- telling me I was too young to play Bach and really know how to express the music. A humbling experience. We started on his 24 melodic etudes - which is about how to express ideas in music versus finger technique. (I had the latter down, but need to learn the nuances of more musical playing." It was a great six months. Each of his etudes had visual imagery and a story ... it was wonderful.
My flute teacher: Marcel Moyse
It also made think that there is some connection between technology thinkers and music. I know a lot of colleagues from music school who are working in the technology world now.
It has also made want to listen to classical music again.
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