Tempo changes in conducting

Tempo changes in conducting

A tempo is a pace at which a piece is performed. It’s one of the big challenges of conducting, both from a musical and from a technical point of view.How do you choose the right tempo? And is there a “right tempo” at all? The answer to this question...
How to talk to an orchestra during a rehearsal

How to talk to an orchestra during a rehearsal

When you step in front of an orchestra, especially for the first time, you have to convince a number of people of your idea. You need to keep in mind that their collective knowledge and experience is greater than yours and something that can be invaluable to you as a...
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...

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