It is no secret that musicians are struggling with motivation right now. I have been hearing this week after week from musicians around the world as we experience the global pandemic and a long overdue reckoning with systemic racism in our communities and institutions. The gulf between the world we know and the world we want is immense.
After over a decade of research and teaching in the area of performance psychology, I have decided to launch my own blog: The Curious Musician. This will be a place for me to share thoughts and research on a variety of topics related to how we can improve our experience on stage and in the practice room.
When it comes to practicing, we often think in terms of time: How many hours are necessary to achieve optimal progress? While this is a valid concern, a more important question is how we can make each hour count. What is the most efficient way to work so that what is practiced today actually sticks tomorrow? There is nothing more frustrating than spending a day hard at work only to return the next day at the starting line.
It has been a number of years since I first wrote about “random practice” for Noa Kageyama’s Bulletproof Musician Blog. Since then, I have been excited to see the discussion, experimenting, and even controversy that has resulted.
Christine and Duo Concertante have been included on this year’s 100% East Coast. Canadian Style Stingray Music channel. 100% East Coast. Canadian Style channel, presented by ECMA in partnership with Stingray, celebrates talents from Canada’s Atlantic region. The channel features 150 tracks from a wide range of East Coast artists such as Neon Dreams, Eastern […]
Max Christie WholeNote It’s lovely to hear the Mozart presented with such fresh freedom. Pulse is allowed to ease and press forward, such that the music comes close to representing what one so often hears it is meant to depict: a conversation among friends over a game of bowling. A special nod to Petrova; this […]
Christine Carter and Duo Concertante‘s new album, “Invitation” (Marquis Classics) has been nominated for the 2020 ECMA Classical Recording of the Year at the 2020 East Coast Music Awards in Atlantic Canada. The awards show and conference will be held in St. John’s from April 29th to May 1st. The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) […]
Christine was recently interviewed by Heather Barrett for CBC’s Weekend AM show First Listen. The programme featured the brand new release of “Homage and Inspiration” by the Iris Trio (Molly Carr, Anna Petrova, Christine Carter) “Carter, the clarinetist with the chamber music group, the Iris Trio, says her favourite thing about making music is the […]
We are delighted to be included in CBC’s list of “10 upcoming Canadian classical albums to get excited about”. Robert Rowat writes: “Iris Trio comprises Canadian clarinetist Christine Carter (who teaches at Memorial University in St. John’s), violist Molly Carr and pianist Anna Petrova. They met while studying in New York and have been busy […]
Christine is featured alongside her Iris Trio collaborators, Molly Carr (viola) and Anna Petrova (piano), in a documentary exploring the MozartLabor in Würzburg. Here the trio prepares the world premiere performance of “Gespräch unter Freunden” by composer Christof Weiss. The premiere took place at the Würzburg Palace on June 4 2014, during the annual Mozartfest. […]