Education is an important element of Kirsten's career. Alongside regular education outreach work, Kirsten has been invited to give masterclasses throughout the UK and abroad, and coaches on the senior chamber music course at Procorda. Kirsten has experience teaching young and adult students at all levels, and currently teaches a small class of students privately, with a monthly online performance class. The purpose, other than performance practise, is to enjoy and discover music within a supportive and positive environment.
Kirsten strongly believes that talent and potential will only get a student so far, and positive reinforcement and a structured approach to teaching will ideally motivate a good work ethic. She is able to give lessons online and in person, and holds an up to date DBS certificate.
Kirsten's approach to cello technique comes from her teacher, Johannes Goritzki, who in turn studied with Gaspar Cassado and Pablo Casals. The idea of playing the cello with an outward, open attitude with the body relaxed and free, working with natural forces such as gravity and natural body weight to develop an individual, personal sound.
'If your sound is well, you feel well' - Johannes Goritzki