This is how you play like Mozart…

Maxim Vengerov shows a young student how to play like Mozart. Apparently it’s all in the smile…


What You (Maybe) Didn’t Know About Perfect Pitch

Is perfect pitch something you are born with or something you can learn? (I hope it’s the latter…) Check out these 6 curious facts about the phenomenon here, as brought to you by CMuse. Think you share this musical talent with Mozart? You can test yourself with this video.



Really Lexus? Cellist Disapproves

The new Lexus commercial that ridicules classical music has struck an off-key note with Melbourne-based cellist Paul Ghica. In a humorous but hard-hitting letter, he writes:

About that music… You claim to passionately pursue perfection. Refinement. Class, timelessness, etc. And now, even excitement. And you do it by deriding none other than Mozart, who wrote some of the most perfect, refined, classy, timeless, and exciting music ever written. You then replace it with a monotonous, uninspired beat that will betray its age within a few years. Your commercial is an exercise in irony that might have actually been clever, had it been intentional. Or perhaps it’s finally the “honest” type of commercial after which consumers have been pining. Your actor, much like your cars, kicks genius to the curb, only to replace it with soulless sterility.

You tell ’em, Paul.

Read the rest of the letter and laugh at the commercial yourself here.


Maxim Vengerov Sure Has Feelings!


Maxim Vengerov probably has the best facial expressions in all of classical music. Also, this is such a happy masterclass 🙂