On That Note: Reading Music Like A Book

Cellist Robert Cohen
Credit Christine Lalla

Lake Effect's monthly On That Note series with contributor and cellist Robert Cohen examines the life of a working, professional, classical musician.

This month, Bonnie North explores how cellist Robert Cohen approaches learning a new piece of music. Even though he’s been playing professionally for many years, that doesn’t mean he’s played everything that’s been written for the cello…

"When you have experience, you can read it as though it were words and sounds," Cohen says. "So when your looking at the dots on the page, they actually start to sing in your head."

Lake Effect contributor Robert Cohen is an award-winning recording artist, conductor, artistic director and cellist for the Fine Arts Quartet.