On That Note: Musical Influences
Musicians have an array of influences in their lives that impact who they are as a person and as a musician. For cellist Robert Cohen, his influences range from his father to the music he performs.
"I have more that I can look at that music with," says Cohen. "I have a broader sense of what can happen inside me because of these influences."
However for Cohen, the messages in the music should be the largest influence on a musician. For him, it is essential to bring out the feelings and very essence of the composer in the pieces performed.
"What music is about is the really big influence because it's not about technique, it's about what you bring and discover in the music," says Cohen.
Robert Cohen is the cellist for the Milwaukee-based Fine Arts Quartet and a Lake Effect monthly contributor for On That Note.