Adrian Van Dongen

Receiving a scholarship from Yo Yo Ma, who praised him for his ‘great sound and technique’, Adrian van Dongen gained his Soloist Diploma from the Highschool of Arts Rotterdam in 1981. He participated in masterclasses with Janos Starker, Heinrich Schiff, Tibor de Machula and Menachem Pressler and completed his studies in Paris with Philippe Můller.

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Tailor-made Masterclasses

Tailor-made Masterclasses offers a new teaching concept for those students who have little space in their schedule and who want to achieve a considerable improvement of their performing level in a short, demarcated period of time. 

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Advanced Cellotips

Advanced Cellotips offers simple solutions on a variety of postural and technical cello issues, while revealing the bigger idea underneath them, the use of the center-balance point to connect body and arms.

Video 1 – Articulating the cello bow

In this video I will shed some light on two fundamental but often neglected motions of the forearm, used to articulate the bow.

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Video 2 – Pendular Cello bow arm

In this video I would like to focus on two elements that are essential to the natural functioning of our right arm.

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Video 3 – Whole Body Approach Cello

In this video I will explain the basic idea behind my methodology called ‘whole body approach’, a concept based on unifying body and arms and initiate our gestures from.

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Video 4 – Cello, Practising Methods

In this video I would like to give some tools to create a personal method to practise the left hand.

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Video 5 – Cello Vibrato and the Thumb

In this video I would like to pay attention to the function of the thumb when playing in neck and thumb positions as well as in the vibrato motion.

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Video 6 – Cello Practising: Elgar I

In this video I would like to practice an often neglected technical element, that of gestures.

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