Conducting technique: the power of the left hand

Conducting technique: the power of the left hand

With the baton being the focal point of attention, the left hand is often neglected or underused. Conducting students are often taught that while the primary and most important hand beats time, the left hand should be left for expression. That’s a very old way...
The baton: a conductor’s tool

The baton: a conductor’s tool

 Many refer to the baton as the conductor’s instrument (mistakingly so, the conductor’s instrument is, in fact, the orchestra): it is, for sure, the cheapest tool available to a musician; it’s basically the same for everyone, with few changes, like...
Podium Time Podcast (interview)

Podium Time Podcast (interview)

A couple of years ago or so, while guesting as a teacher at the Bard Summer Institute for Conductors, I met Jeremy D. Cuebas and Luke Lyons-Hunt, two wonderful musicians who were, back then, moving their first steps into the conducting world.  Well, it turned out that...
What is the purpose of a conductor?

What is the purpose of a conductor?

What is a conductor supposed to do (and not to do)   Well, last month I spent a week teaching at the Bard Conductors Institute. It was absolutely fantastic, as it always is when I go back to that special place. And, as usual, when you teach you learn – a...

Pin It on Pinterest