Here I am working with the Trio Paul Klee, from Paris, at my London masterclasses last weekend (I was pointing something out to the audience at the moment the photo was taken). I thoroughly enjoyed working with the eleven young professionals (three trios and a duo) who took part in the two days of classes.
I particularly admired how open they were to trying out new ideas. Sometimes people don’t (or can’t) really try out new suggestions – for a variety of reasons: they don’t want to look silly, they may not have enough technical flexibility to try something new on the spur of the moment, or they’re too heavily invested in doing something the way they planned.
Sometimes people try out your idea for a few bars and then revert. At other times they subtly sabotage the idea, by doing it half-heartedly and making it look unconvincing. It takes a certain largeness of mind to be willing to try out new ideas in front of an audience, and my participants all had it. In the case of the Trio Paul Klee, they took on board the idea of using less vibrato in Mendelssohn’s D minor trio, and they even persisted with the idea and made a success of it in the final concert – quite a tribute to their open-mindedness, I thought.