Choose What Not To Do with Nick McRoberts
Episode 142 – 15 March 2022
Nick McRoberts shares how choosing what not to do has enabled him to succeed throughout his life as a composer and coach. Like many artists, his first challenge was figuring out which of the many things that interested him he actually had a talent for. Then came the task of the hundreds of thousands of hours of learning the skills to actually be good at his craft and focusing on the only thing that is truly important to him – composing the few large-scale works he feel he need to write before he dies.
Born in Australia, Nicholas McRoberts studied piano, composition and conducting at the Melbourne Conservatory, the Victorian College of Arts, the CNSM in Paris and the Ecole Normale. He studied conducting with Robert Rosen, Jorma Panula and Dejan Savić. Today he is based in France. His works include operas, symphonies, ballets, voice, piano and chamber works. In 2018 he was named Artistic Director of Opéra Montmartre in Paris.
Watch the short video, Adagio, as discussed in the podcast: https://youtu.be/v4w7MEJe-Ls
Some of the books mentioned by Nick in the conversation:
- Grit, by Angela Duckworth: https://www.amazon.nl/-/en/dp/B019CGY2ZG/
- Four Thousand Weeks, by Oliver Burkeman: https://www.amazon.nl/-/en/dp/B019CGY2ZG/
- Expert Political Judgement, Philip Tetlock: https://www.amazon.nl/-/en/dp/B00C4UT1A4/
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