Sharon Robinson, VT Arts Council Award Film, 2012

Uploaded by VermontFilmsGroup on 22.12.2012


Sharon Robinson: I never knew that I was going to have a
great life in music. I really didn't.
Everything that I've done has been just a great journey and a great gift
and each thing that happens, each concert
that I get to play in Carnegie, that I get to play for kings and queens...
go to the far east and Australia several times and...
all my great associations with today's composers has been
just... it's been so great and there's really
not much I can complain about. It's just a great gift.

I was so lucky to have the parents and the whole
family that I have because really it's so nourishing
and my parents were wonderful musicians but they didn't really
encourage us to be musicians really. I mean they wanted us to be exposed
to it, but I think they would have been just fine if we had found another calling.
But... and I did try a couple of things.
In my teen years when there was 'career day' or whatever,
I thought about being a forest ranger...

I thought about being a psychologist,
I thought about being a marimba player. That was funny, fun times.
But, cello was always it. I started on a piano but
cello was really... that's where my heart was.

[music plays]

It's hard because I never loved to practice.
I like to practice alot more now than I used to.
I treasure two, three hours to sit down and really discover stuff
on the cello but back then it was just
so many things to do in life and I was happy to do all those things.
I wasn't that focused as a youngster. Once I got to
North Carolina School of the Arts, and then U.S.C.
I went for just two years and then Peabody, I gradually got more focused
and more serious and it's funny as a young musician you don't
really know if you've got what it takes. You don't really know, and
I knew that I loved playing cello but...
I wasn't sure where I would end up. I knew I loved chamber music
and I dreamed of being in a string quartet,
and that motivated me quite a lot so when I got out of school
I thought I was going to be in a string quartet right away,
and that fell apart right at the last minute, but I had taken an audition
for the Houston Symphony, just when I was home at Christmastime
and had gotten it, had turned it down, but called them back up and said,
"Is that position still open?" And it was. And I learned a lot.
I really learned a lot. And I also learned that it was maybe not the thing
I wanted to do. So then I autioned for
the Chiompi String Quartet and that's when I also went and auditioned
for Marlboro. And that's when I became very serious about chamber music.
Marlboro changed my life. I just thought it was the greatest place ever.

I met Jaime when I was at Peabody, but then I really got to know him at Marlboro.
And he encouraged me to audition for Marlboro.
He's been so central to my adult development
and I've gotten to play with so many great musicians over the years
you can almost name it and I've gotten to play with them.

I do feel that I've learned more from
my colleagues than I ever learned in school, for sure.
I had wonderful teachers. Larry Lesser in particular,
was so important for me as an artist.

It's been a great journey,
working with students. I have so enjoyed it.
It has really made me examine my own playing, and when I'm rehearsing
I'm my own teacher. We all have to be our own teacher.

Just the voice of the cello...
is so satisfying and
so rich and such a range...
I do love playing the cello, there's no doubt about that.
Especially now that I have my new cello.
It's a great joy and what an honor.

To keep it safe and to keep it well for the next person who gets to play it.
In five years it will have its 300th birthday.
We had summered here for so long
and the summers kept stretching into spring to fall, and then
we just finally said to ourselves we have to move here
it's such a nourishing place
for the arts and for people who
value the environment. The beauty of Vermont
is just stunning- and the fact that there are no billboards...
Thank you, thank you. All the things to do here outside,
fantastic. We hike, we kayak, we swim,
we love to walk. It's just such a nourishing
place to be and I find that all my neighbors and the people
that- the friends that we've made here are just central
to our lives, and the fact that the Vermont Symphony has been such a big part
and the Brattleboro Music Center is such a big part of our lives
here, we really feel very lucky that we are here
to see that- actually I think that there's
a rennaissance happening in Brattleboro and southern Vermont
and it's a beautiful thing to see and to be a part of.