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Allen Nisbet

Allen Nisbet

A Look at the Sinister Side of the Cello - Exploring Left Hand Technique

Clinic Synopsis:

Left hand cello technique can be divided into two simple categories: playing in position, and getting from one position to another. During this interactive session, we will discuss in understandable and usable terms how best to deal with these issues. Playing in position requires a good set-up of the left hand and arm. How do they relate to each other? How do you initiate motion? How do the fingers operate? What does the arm do? What about the thumb?

Allen Nisbet - Biographical Information

Allen Nisbet has had an extensive career as a performer and a teacher. He currently is Professor of Cello/Bass at Loyola University New Orleans. He received his B.M. and M.M. from the University of Illinois where he studied the cello with Robert Swenson and the bass with Edward Krolick. He played with the New Orleans Symphony/Louisiana Philharmonic for eighteen years, and he served as Assistant Principal Cello of the Denver Symphony in 1987-88. From 1975-80 he played with the Festival String Quartet, artists-in-residence at the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a member of the summer artist faculty at the University of Illinois in 1983 and 1984. In 1984-85 he taught at the University of Northern Colorado where he played with the Colorado Arts Trio. Mr. Nisbet plays with the Loyola Piano Trio, which concertizes throughout the south and is a recipient of the Big Easy Award.