On That Note: Making Music While Upset

May 2, 2017

Lake Effect talks with cellist Robert Cohen every month about the life of a working classical musician in our regular segment, called On That Note

All of us in the work world face the inevitable push-pull of our home and work lives. But when that tension is present during a rehearsal or a performance, Cohen says there are some unique challenges, like using it as a way to go deeper into the music.

"It's actually beneficial to your musical performance," he says. "We get in touch with our darker, deeper, and more emotional side. If we're just happy all the time, we're not going to reflect what really goes on in the music."


Robert Cohen is an internationally renowned cellist based in London. He’s also a member of the Milwaukee-based Fine Arts Quartet.