Distracted Cellist

On a Quest to Focus

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Meeting Benjamin Zander

Before we start, I’d just like to address one point: I know that in my previous post, I said that I’d move away from topics that are quite general, or only relate to my own experience with and perspective on classical music. However, writing about more sensitive topics requires a lot of research, in order to craft sound arguments and thus do them justice. So for the sake of keeping the blog going on a semi-regular basis, I’ll be doing a number of more personal posts, while working on the more complicated ones in the background – I don’t want to mess it up, after all. So I hope you’ll enjoy a series of more reflective and personal essays, as I prepare the bigger articles that are on my mind.


Today, I would like to talk about what it was like to meet someone who more or less opened my eyes to viewing my profession, and role in this world, in a completely new light.
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Where I’m At

My dear readers!

It’s been a while, and for that, I’m truly sorry – especially for disappearing into a hiatus without saying a word. The first half of 2017 was completely taken over by my studies and finishing my degree, and the second half… well, that’s a little bit more complicated. Stick with me, if you would, because that is what today’s blog post is all about. I’ll take you through one of my most eventful years yet, and lay out what’s coming up next. However, for those of you who don’t have the time to spare right now, let me pre-emptively say: The blog is back.

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🎄Christmas/New Year’s Break 🎆

Hello everyone!


I just wanted to let you all know that I’m taking a break over Christmas and New Year’s – I’m spending the time at home, and as such I think I’ll be a lot more inclined to eat cookies than to research essays and reviews, hahah. Fear not, this is of course only temporary. If all goes to plan, I’ll be back to regular posting on January 13th, with a list of January Favourites. The podcast as well is taking a break, of course; the next episode should be up on January 11th.


Until then, I hope you all have fantastic holidays, and a wonderful start to the new year! See you all in 2017! 🎆

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An Introduction, or: Why I Want YOU To Listen To Classical Music

Hello, my name is Daria, I’m 25 years old, and I enjoy listening to classical music.

That’s not something you’ll hear often these days, is it? Someone as young as me – under 30! – admitting that she regularly listens to and actively enjoys classical music. Granted, it’s not that unusual if you consider that I play the cello and study music, but still. Outside of music college, I have very few friends who go to concerts or buy classical music CDs. It’s not that they actively hate it, it’s just something that isn’t part of their lives.

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