Earlier this week I interviewed cellist Alisa Weilerstein, a MacAurthur Foundation “genius” who performs with the Pacific Symphony in three concerts, Dec. 6-8.

Click here to read my interview

For you kids out there, here’s a Weilerstein quote on practicing that didn’t make it into the interview:

“Of course like any kid I had many days when I didn’t feel like practicing. But what (my parents) told me was, ‘Well, this is what you want to do, you’re only hurting yourself if you don’t practice.’ In a way I made it easy for them because I was absolutely sure from the very beginning that I wanted to be a musician. I never wavered from that, not even in my teenage years at all, I was completely sure. So I knew deep down that even on days that I didn’t want to practice that I really was only hurting myself.”

In the video above, Weilerstein rehearses Elliott Carter’s Cello Concerto with the late composer himself.

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