The Art of Collaboration

The dialogue between musicians who perform together is one of the most joyful and mysterious things in music-making. Each member of an ensemble has an obligation to lead as much as follow. You listen, you interject – sometimes forcefully, sometimes tactfully – and yet, you always have your own voice. It is ultimate democracy.

This give-and-take does not always come naturally. Even in conversations we know people who are better at talking than they are at listening. In my studio, I invite students to truly engage with each other on the journey. It’s not just about ending together, its about being in it the whole way.

All the while we have the privilege of exploring some of the most beautiful and powerful repertoire ever written.

Anita Pontremoli

Photograph by Christian Steiner.