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Is Talent Enough? 

Is Talent Enough?

"Eric, you're talented. But, talent is not enough"

Those words have defined who I am and how I wanted to be portrayed for the last 8 years.

Nowadays it's important to know that playing the violin very well isn't enough to have a sustainable music career. 

Here are some of the things I think about as a violinist:

Building Relationships

For musicians, building relationships are something outside the practice room that we need to get comfortable knowing how to do. We practice countless hours…

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Finding The Special Sauce 

Finding The Special Sauce

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The picture above is EXACTLY what I'm looking forward to eating when I step off the plane. Some fresh tomatoes, basil, and pasta from the town of Piobicco. Also on the to-do list, drink a quality cup of Italian espresso every morning no matter what! 

While all of this sounds amazing, my duo partner and I are working hard to make sure that we perform well at the festival in preparation for our tour to Italy,. We talk about making sure that we perform at a high…

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Practice Performing 

Practice Performing

Classical musicians that I've talked to recently say that the older they get, the more difficult it is to handle their nerves on stage. 

Why is that the case? Is it due to the lack of performance opportunities or the amount of pressure that we put on ourselves when we perform in front of an audience?

It may be a combination of both. 

That's why it's important to know your tendencies and learn how to control them. 

Each performer has their pre-concert rituals that help ease their…

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Music Is Not JUST A Profession 

Music Is Not JUST A Profession

The life of a musician can be tricky.

Any job someone takes in the music industry can be exhausting and even frustrating. That's why music is more than just a profession, it's a lifestyle. Vienna is arguably the classical music capital of the world. To the Viennese, music is embedded in their culture. They can't live without and breath without it. The Viennese put a hierarchy on music over sports. Can you imagine?

Of course, it would be unfair to compare sports and music…

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What kind of musician are you? 

When you walk around each corner of Massachusetts Avenue in Boston, you can't help but run into people with guitars, violins, cellos, and keyboards on their backs and under their arms. This is the exact thought that comes to my head while sitting at the Starbucks sitting across the street from the Berklee College of Music tower moments ago.There's a bit of nostalgia just sitting here where I used to do my music theory, and study my orchestra music with my earbuds in. Life as a student was good. 

There are…

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Brady vs. Beethoven 

Brady vs Beethoven, an overview of Tom Brady's Tom vs Time and a closer look at the relationship between sports and music. 

There's a certain truth when it comes to playing the violin. If you want to find success in music, there's a lot of work and sacrifice you need to make. People are going to start with you at the beginning of your journey, but there's no guarantee that everyone will make it to the end with success. 

In the spirit of this past Super Bowl, the release of Tom vs Time,  a documentary…

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You vs. You 

 

As classical musicians, we live in an age where we compare ourselves to others.  

When I went to school for music, there was a competitive feeling that you couldn't escape. I was trying to prove myself to the world. Now, competition is good because there's an opportunity for you to learn and 

After living in a bubble of good players in a small community for a few years, I noticed that I couldn't focus and play as well as I wanted to. 

I didn't believe in myself. 

Musicians of all genres constantly…

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Be Nervous, But Don't Be Afraid 

 

Performers and artists alike have to be fearless. But we constantly go through stages in our careers where we get nervous. 

Why do we get nervous? We practice our music, we know what it needs to sound like...

So what's the problem?

Is it because you care what other people think your playing? Is it because we care a lot? 

We all want to present ourselves in the best possible light.

My friends, it's because we hate this thing called failure. Not to mention, if we fail publicly, then there's a level of…

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The Beauty Is In The Details 

Think about the last time you went to a concert.

Did you have a good time? 

If so, why was it a good time?

What was it about the venue, the musicians on stage, the people around you that made the experience memorable?

As a performer, I'm in the practice room and in rehearsals every day working on little things so that when you, the listener, drives out to see a show, I will do my very best to make the performance special

In music and in business, paying attention to the small things is important.

Be…

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Play As If It's The Last Time 

As a musician, I realized early on that what I do is different.

I'm thankful to have traveled the world sharing music with people and share precious memories with people who hold dear to me. 

One memorable experience I have is with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra many years ago.

We went on tour at the end of our inaugural season to the Netherlands presenting Mahler's 2nd Symphony, and Strauss's Ein Heldenleben in towns like Maastricht, Haarlem, and Rotterdam. Our last performance, however, was in…

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