A Positive and Encouraging Quote from Gregor Piatigorsky 8/9/11
August 9, 2011
I have been reading a book ” “Hitler’s Emigres and Exiles in Southern California: A Windfall of Musicians” by Dorothy Lamb Crawford, and found a great quote from a great cellist, Piatigorsky. This is from pages from 64 to 65 in this book.
-You don’t have to be a genius to know your shortcomings, because there are so many of them. But you have to be a mighty intelligent person to know your strong points. That is your obligation: to know what is good. And if possible to enjoy. And everything that you don’t like, to convert into something that is likable. That is the only way I know. Otherwise you will live in the negative all your life. You can’t live in that, you can’t prosper in it–. I never met a really, truly conceited musician. Because they know what they don’t know – especially before the concert—. Music remains above you: you are just striving to reach it. And the better you become at it, the music moves higher, so it becomes unreachable. –
Growing up in the family with blaming and criticizing manner I am easily too negative about me. It is a great quote for me, especially as a performer myself. So this book lead me to read the book “The Great Cellists” by Margaret Campbell to learn about Piatigorsky more, and I am reading his autobiography. I understand there will be a big cello conference next spring in LA under the name of Piatigorsky. I am looking forward to attending seminars to learn about Piatigorsky’s pedagogical method and personality.