On That Note: Performing Shostakovich In Finland

Feb 4, 2019

The last time we spoke with Robert Cohen for our On That Note segment, he was preparing to perform Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in Finland. It’s a very difficult and emotional piece, and Robert says he was quite nervous about performing it, not the least because of the physical stamina required.

"If you’re going to be able to play this concerto absolutely to your best, and for it to be in your control and not run out of energy, you have to be really on top of your game," he says.

This month, he’s just returned from what turned out to be a triumphant performance, and he joins us via Skype from his home in London to talk about what it was like: