Stand Partners for Life show

Stand Partners for Life

Summary: Violinists (and husband and wife) Nathan Cole and Akiko Tarumoto give you an inside look at performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Each week brings new repertoire, conductors, soloists... and new stories from their life-long love affair with the violin, the symphony, and their family.

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  • Artist: Nathan Cole and Akiko Tarumoto
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 010: Stand Parents – Nathan’s Mom and Dad on raising a violinist | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:45

If you’re a musician and you have a young child, do you start him on an instrument? If so, is it the same instrument you play? If so, do you teach him? Or do you make sure your kids steer clear of the musician’s life? These are questions we ask ourselves all the time regarding [...]

 009: Nate Farrington, on stage and on-screen in Hollywood | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:11

Summary What would you do if you showed up to an audition and heard, “OK, when I give you the signal, play something intense. Then on the next signal, more intensity!” Well, that’s exactly what happened to double bassist Nate Farrington. Except he was auditioning for a national Honda TV spot, and the mysterious voice belonged to [...]

 008: The decline and fall of an orchestra player | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:08

Akiko is back to take on what could be a depressing subject: the inevitable erosion of your skills as a violinist when you play in an orchestra. But don’t every violinist’s skills go away eventually, or is there something about being in an orchestra that makes it happen faster? We got the idea for this [...]

 007: Why cellist Brant Taylor took a break from the Chicago Symphony | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:38

A reminder that if you don’t yet have our free guide to evaluating and upgrading your violin, make sure to click this link to download it. Even if you’re not in the market, you never know when you’ll be called upon to help a friend pick a new instrument…so be prepared! For the first time, [...]

 006: Stand Partner Feud – Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:55

Let me start by saying that I just spent five minutes looking up the proper and accepted way to spell “do’s and don’ts”, so you can rest assured that I’ve nailed it! Do you want to be the kind of stand partner that your colleagues dream of playing with? Or do you want them to [...]

 005: What we love (and loathe) about young conductors | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:52

“All music was new music once,” we often have to remind ourselves, and the same is true of conductors: they were all young once upon a time. But what does age have to do with a conductor’s artistic vision, or prowess with a baton? That’s what we figure out in today’s episode. Just how necessary [...]

 004: Audition advice for our younger selves | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:58

Everything would have been so easy if we’d just known then what we know now! In this episode, we revisit what auditioning was like back when we started, and what’s changed for us as we’ve both taken, and judged, so many orchestra auditions. Nathan likes to compare auditions to blind dates: you’ve only got a [...]

 003: Nathan’s journey from Kentucky to Curtis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:34

Nathan comes from a musical family, which might have saddled him with unmanageable expectations. But his parents were careful to keep things light and fun, while making sure he had a strong foundation. In this episode, Akiko learns about Nathan’s beginnings in the Suzuki method with Donna Wiehe, his transition to Daniel Mason (who was [...]

 002: Akiko’s journey from Eastchester to Harvard | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:11

Akiko’s parents aren’t musicians, but that didn’t stop them from wanting her to play an instrument from an early age. So when she was five, she began the violin in her public elementary school (imagine that happening today)! Before long, she and her mother were taking the train into New York City every Saturday to [...]

 001: Secrets of the Symphony; Meet the Stand Partners | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:19

In this first episode, we reveal the secrets of the symphony: what it’s really like to work day in and day out with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As two violinists raising three kids, we find that our job means different things to us on different days. It’s our passion, of course, but it’s also a [...]


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