'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman

Saturday, November 04, 2006

It's not just about the Guitar

Robin is always stressing to his pupils the importance of going to as many concerts as possible. Not just guitar, but anything. Much can be gained from hearing other performers whether they are good, bad or mediocre. It's always interesting to see how other artists organise their programme and how they present themselves.
In the early days Hill/Wiltschinsky used to wear white tuxedos and bow ties as that is what classical musicians did. However, they wanted to get away from the 'stuffy classical' look, and now feel comfortable in shirts and jackets. Robin has always felt that it is important to look smart as people are paying to come and see you and don't want to spend 2 hours watching someone that looks like they have just been out cleaning the car. Also, it's professional to make an effort. How many of you would trust your doctors advice if they wore jeans and a t-shirt in the consultation. Image is important.
When Robin has been to a concert that he has enjoyed he comes away uplifted and motivated. If he hasn't enjoyed it then usually he composes a new piece within a few days. I'm not quite sure why that is but it seems to work for him.

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