1 Sep '14

News Rhuna Martin obituary

Rhuna Martin, who has died aged 82, had a brief performing career in her own right, but it was as a cello teacher that she was to make her reputation, particularly working with children. She had a gift for making her students fall in love with the cello, combining a natural approach to music with a relaxed physical approach. The latter led to an interest in the Alexander Technique, which she also taught after qualifying in 1984.Soon after completing her own studies at the Royal College of Music, London, in 1956, she began to teach at the college's junior department, where one of her first pupils was Julian Lloyd Webber. He later recalled that she "was the first to open my ears to the cello"; outside the lessons, she would take him to concerts to hear great cellists (the first being Pierre Fournier), in order to inspire him. Continue reading...

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