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IIRY Podcast: #1 -“Why am I doing this?” A Chat with Violinist Miki-Sophia Cloud

Hello all!

I’m excited to share with you the first episode of the “Is it Recess Yet?” podcast! My dear friend and colleague, the wonderful violinist and human, Miki-Sophia Cloud, graciously agreed to be my first interviewee. You can listen and subscribe to the podcast here.

We talk about her former life as a strolling ‘gypsy violinist’; playing by ear versus playing from sheet music; her musical studies and mentors at Harvard, Yale, and the New England Conservatory of Music; and how she answers the question: “why am I doing this?” and what motivates her to make music.

You can learn more about the stuff we talk about here:

MUSIC IN THIS EPISODE is from Mendelssohn’s String Quartet, Op. 80, from the Solera Quartet‘s debut album, EVERY MOMENT PRESENT.

Miki is a core member of the Grammy-nominated ensemble, A Far Cry

Miki and I play in the Solera Quartet together:

Robert Levin, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

Ronda Cole, Director of NVSMS , Violin Teacher, Teacher Trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA)

Ricardo Cyncynates, Assistant Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra

Ani Kavafian, Professor of Violin, Yale School of Music

Miriam Fried, Professor of Violin, New England Conservatory of Music

Donald Weilerstein, Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Violin Studies, New England Conservatory of Music

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