THE TORONTO INSTITUTE FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF MUSIC

Beth Silver

Cello

About Instructor

If you had to only listen to 2 albums for the rest of your life, what albums would you choose?

Impossible to answer! Maybe Martha Argerich’s recording of Rach 3 and Tchaik 1 with Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, and He Poos Clouds by Owen Pallett.

What artist would you most want to collaborate with?

Off the top of my head Ernst Reijseger, Erin Loree and Kishi Bashi.

Last great concert you saw?

Roland Satterwhite Freestylin’ Violin and Viola at Donau115 in Berlin.

What is your favourite piece of musical equipment?

A loop pedal if I knew how to use one better.

What is your most memorable musical experience?

Also impossible to answer. Do you mean earliest musical experience? Saddest experience? Most fun? Passive or active, diagetic or non-diagetic in my life so to speak? This is hard to answer because I don’t think of a musical experience as occupying a finite amount of time and space; it’s abstract. It could be a feeling, a phase, and likely associated and intertwined with so many other influences.

What do you love most about music?

The nostalgia it evokes.

What would you say to someone who is interested in studying music?

You should never feel like less of an artist for not having more technical skill or theoretical knowledge – those you can learn. What’s more important is having an open mind.

What do you like to do when you are not playing music?

I like to paint and sketch for fun, do yoga for my health and sanity, and recently I’ve been picking for my friend’s vintage store. I also spend a lot of time exploring and continually watering or repotting the jungle in my room.

What is your favourite film of all time?

Gonna have to join my sibling and give a shoutout to Kubrick by saying 2001: A Space Odyssey.

What part of the world would you like to travel to most?

​I​ ​want​ ​to​ ​go​ ​to​ ​Bali​ ​to​ ​experience​ ​Kecak,​ ​and​ ​I’d​ ​like​ ​to​ ​visit​ ​Eastern​ ​Europe​ ​to learn​ ​more​ ​about​ ​my​ ​ancestors’​ ​shtetls​ ​and​ ​culture.

Teaches

  • Cello
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