For Peled, curiosity leads to drive for improvement



Yemi Falodun | Staff Writer

“I can make it sound like a child, a woman or a grandpa,” cellist Amit Peled said about his instrument.

The renowned teacher will lead a cello master class from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. today at Fletcher Music Hall.

“The range of the cello is that of the human voice,” Peled said. “You can play as low as a bass or as high as a soprano.”

In teaching the class, Peled hopes to incorporate education and fun without losing his balance.

“It’s always hard to find the fine line between making it a show and really helping the students,” Peled said. “It takes charisma to not only teach the students, but to captivate the audience. You don’t want to entertain and have the students walking out of the class not knowing anything.”

And there is much to learn from Peled, who has performed all over the world and led various lectures at premier music festivals.

“When the last cellist plays, I turn to the public and ask, ‘What do you think I would have said here,’ ” Peled said. “And they usually hit right to the point of what I would say. And that is — for me — a good sign that they can articulate my ideas.”

Peled admits success comes with a desire to be and remain the best. Using sports analogies, he demonstrated how aspiring musicians can learn the valuable lessons from elite athletes, such as Michael Jordan, Roger Federer and Tiger Woods.

“If you don’t have curiosity, then you will not have the drive to question how to get better,” Peled said. “My friend told me a story of how Tiger Woods won a tournament for millions of dollars, and the next day, he was the only one on the practice tee, hitting golf shots at 5 a.m.”

Peled carries that mindset to his philosophy on being a musician. Furthermore, he practices what he preaches.

In 2011, Peled kicked off an extensive concerto debut tour in the United States and Germany with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie. He also recently released his third album, Reflections. And he is set to return to the prestigious Kennedy Center stage this season, following his grand recital debut.

He performed with the CSO Thursday evening in the Amphitheater.

“You can be very busy with family, but you still have to do your obligations,” Peled said. “And at the end of the day, you will be judged by your voice, not by how fast you play or how loud you play.”