Episode 14 – Niels Ullner

Ladies and gentlemen, I hope you all are doing well and taking care of yourself. I am keeping up my grand need of teaching cello on my youtube channel Petronella Torin. I am also planning the next season of Master in Music and would love to hear your ideas for exiting guest to invite to the podcast. Write to me om Instagram @swedishcellist_petronellatorin or Facebook or on my website; your opinion matters!

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For today’s episode, I have a very special guest. The man that taught me all the best things I know about cello playing: Profesor and solo cellist Niels Ullner. He is a Danish music animal that just spreads music in every step of his life. He has been working as a principal cellist since his twenties at Malmö Symphony orchestra. He is a cello professor and chamber music director at the Danish national conservatory in Odense.

Just like the famous tale from the writer H.C. Andersen tells the story about the ugly duckling, Niels has the gift of seeing the inner swan in every person he meets. As a Cello teacher, he can get to know your hidden soul just by listening to your playing, as he slowly peels off the layers of duckling feathers, he awakes a beautiful swan in all of his students.

I have always admired Niels ability to see other people’s gift. In this episode you will get to go behind the scenes in the professional orchestra and learn about the unwritten orchestra rules, the does and don’t!

Get a walk down memory lane to some of our times greatest cellist and Niels old teachers like Mstislav Rostropovich, Pierre Fournier, William Pleeth and some secret living locations of our most famous composers.

I am so proud and grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from Niels and I like to give my strongest sincere recommendations to you who is listening to this episode and want to become an orchestra cellist. Niels Ullner is the most incredible teacher with more insight in to winning the jobs, competitions and finding the joy in professional cello playing. He has taught cellists like Jonathan Swensen, Mette Spang Hanssen, Mikolaj Blaszczyk (from Cello Brothers) and many more. In this episode we listen to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Pezzo Capriccioso, Malmö symphony orchestra and Niels Ullner.


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