Ep. 106: The Internet Cello Studio - Ho Anthony Ahn

The traditional music teacher/student training session has existed for hundreds of years, as the accomplished pass on their hard-won expertise to the would-be performers of the following generation, huddled together in little studios. But what happens to this revered process when an epidemic like the 1918 Spanish Flu, the polio crisis, or COVID-19 breaks out?

Moreover, how does the singular, world-changing technical development of high speed Internet connectivity alter this one-on-one process from this point forward?

Cellist and teacher Ho Anthony Ahn is a longtime colleague and former member of the Kansas City Symphony. When COVID-19 surfaced, he nimbly shifted to online private lessons with his large studio of students. He shares his firsthand observations about the strengths and weaknesses of the current technology, and what aspects of his students’ development could be best addressed when he couldn’t work with them in the same room.

Ho also shares, with inspiring clarity, his personal views about the qualities of the great teacher, and the individual quest each developing artist must undertake in order to emerge as a viable performer, with examples from his own journey.

I like to say to my students, 'I'm a life coach who happens to teach cello.'
- Ho Anthony Ahn


  1. Bourrée I from Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major (Bach) - Gregor Piatigorsky [00:00]
  2. Cello concerto in B minor op. 104 (Dvořák) II. Adagio ma non troppo - Piatigorsky/Munch/Boston Symphony Orchestra [10:49]
  3. Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 (Samuel Barber) - Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra [17:13]
  4. Firework - Katy Perry [35:47]


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