AMN mentors Early Music and Period Instruments Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass Talking about Music Workshops

Cello mentor Robert Howard on gut strings, sound quality, and the pandemic

I’m too Baroque for the modern people and too modern for the Baroque people,” says cellist Robert Howard, who has played regularly with both Philharmonia Baroque and San Francisco Symphony, as well as many other ensembles from the Bay Area to Lincoln Center and beyond.

Robert will join us on March 15 to share Bach’s 5th cello suite in our second session of Six Suites in Six Weeks.

Robert’s longtime interest in period instrument performance has informed his playing in many ways, even when he’s playing on modern equipment. By learning how to use the Baroque bow and learning the responsiveness of gut strings, he came to realize how much it’s all about sound quality. “Once you know how it works you can emulate that on any equipment.”

Robert joined AMN founder Lolly Lewis for a Zoom interview recently where he shared his enthusiasm and deep respect for Bach, and he reflected on how Bach sustained him through the pandemic. Take a look and then join us on May 15!


Online participants will be part of the conversation, adding questions and comments in real time. And all registered participants will receive a video link to the workshop recording.

$100 for six sessions, $20 for single sessions


Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | 5:30 p.m. Pacific

     Suite no. 1 – Oliver Herbert

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 | 5:30 p.m. Pacific

     Suite no. 5 – Robert Howard

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 | 5:30 p.m. Pacific

     Suite no. 2 – Jean-Michel Fonteneau

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 | 5:30 p.m. Pacific

     Suite no. 6 – William Skeen

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 | 5:30 p.m. Pacific

     Suite no. 4 – Bonnie Hampton

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 | 5:30 p.m. Pacific

     Suite no. 3 – Stephen Harrison

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