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Daniil Borisovich Shafran (1923 - 1997)

Like his contemporary Rostropovich, Daniil Shafran was a musician in the Romantic mould, admired by many for his huge tonal palette and his prioritisation of emotional artistry over all else. His parents were both musicians. His father Boris, principal cellist of the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, was determined his son would either become a professional musician or not bother at all: hence, Daniil’s training regime was extremely strict and thorough. His ten years with Alexander Shtrimer at the Leningrad Conservatory gave him a holistic view of musical interpretation and performance. Shtrimer saw music as inseparable from art and nature, encouraging an understanding of colour, shape and emotion in musical expression, and Shafran perpetuated these values in his own teaching. He disapproved of much modern pedagogy, commenting: ‘I think many teachers today are obsessed with technical perfection and because they are not themselves aware of the importance of the emotional aspect of playing, they are unable to pass it on.’




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