Toronto Star feature - National Ballet of Canada 'A Winter's Tale' (November 2017)
“Feel the fear and do it anyway.”
Interview by Nancy Friedman April 19, 2021
Each year the National Ballet of Canada produces a spectacular production of The Nutcracker. This week, we are joined by the orchestra’s assistant concertmaster Dr. Lynn Kuo; who has played over 500 Nutcrackers with the National Ballet!
In Episode 2, Season 2 of "Conversations with Musicians with Leah Roseman" I speak with the wonderful violinist and educator Lynn Kuo.
In this wide-ranging discussion we covered a lot of topics, some of which include: injury prevention, performance anxiety, lessons learned and advice for musicians in a post-pandemic world.
We have conversations with violinists from around the world discussing violin news, practice tips, career advice, and more.
In Episode 17 we talked about Dr. Lynn Kuo and her experiences:
- How Lynn took an audition 'for experience'...and won the job
- Lynn celebrates 20 years at the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra
- Lynn explains how studying karate and salsa dancing benefits hers as a violinist
- How Lynn pivoted during pandemic and launched Violin with Dr. Lynn and her Violin Bootcamps
- 'Lynnja' Sessions - and how she runs her group practice sessions in her Violin Bootcamp
Season 5: Hot Seat #3: Lynn Kuo, The Violin Ninja
Lynn talks about her online business Violin with Dr. Lynn and Violin Bootcamps with host/business coach Tracy Friedlander.
- Strategizing social media for business building
- Strategizing lead magnets
- Discovering your personal brand as a musician
- Lynn's perspective on vanity metrics on social media
“I’m not in it for vanity metrics. Vanity metrics doesn’t mean I’m a better person. I’m a better person because I’m a better person. Period. “What does (having more followers) mean to you? Does that mean you’re a better person? Does it mean you’re more spiritual? Does it mean you’re more generous? No, it doesn’t. Numbers do not mean anything. What matters is how you grow as a human being. So whatever number that’s attached to it… it’s not even attached to anything. So, I don’t even care what the number says. What I’m more concerned about is if I’m growing as a human being, and by extension, if people around me are growing from my influence. That’s what’s most important to me. That’s why I’m in business.
You know, they ask you: what’s your ‘why’ in your business? It’s to share! It’s to grow, to create, and it’s to connect. Those are my why’s: connect, share, grow, create. If I can do that and earn a living, then I’ve basically fulfilled my duty as a human being.” ~ Lynn Kuo
Season 1, Episode 12: Performance Preparation:
- How to choose repertoire for your audition
- The first step Lynn takes when she is preparing a new composition
- Reverse engineering your audition preparation
- The non-traditional settings where Lynn has performed mock auditions
- Tapering before an audition
- Lynn’s day-of audition strategy
The Practice Parlour with Gina Morgano
Episode 4 with Lynn Kuo
This interview with professional musician, Lynn Kuo, includes advice for musicians, musician practice tips, and musical inspiration.
- Lynn's advice on how to overcome fear, self-doubt, and Imposter Syndrome when creating a business
- Lynn's signature Practice Ninja framework for deliberate/efficient practice
- Lynn on how to find musical inspiration
- Lynn on how martial arts philosophy has influenced her as a violinist, educator, and human being
- Lynn on overcoming fear and building courage