Cello rules: ‘When I play, I can’t wear any buttons’

Cello rules: ‘When I play, I can’t wear any buttons’


norman lebrecht

November 08, 2015

Fashion notes from cellist Inbal Segev:

When I play, I can’t wear any buttons, unless they’re covered, because they’re going to buzz on the cello, and you also don’t want to ruin the wood. You need soft fabric, at least on the front of your shirt. You can’t wear tight skirts, or mini skirts, because you have to sit with the cello between your legs. With heels, if they’re super high, you’re also uncomfortable because the whole angle of the legs with the chair. It’s tricky. And since I travel a lot, I always look for things that don’t wrinkle easily.

Read full interview here.

inbal segev

Photo by Andrew Ingalls



  • Ross says:

    She studied with “a well known teacher in Cape Cod.”
    Is there a law against saying his name?
    CO2 emissions increase what kinds of gasses?

  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    Never thought about these things. Interesting points. Inbal is a marvelous cellist and very warmhearted person, and I strongly recommend her recordings to everyone reading. (We met during our recording of three separate concerti by Lucas Richman with the Pittsburgh Symphony, of which include cello and orchestra, oboe and orchestra, and piano and orchestra).

  • David Leibowitz says:

    Inbal is wonderful! She’s a great musician AND a lovely person. (The two don’t always go together…)

  • Inbal Segev says:

    Many thanks Norman, Jeffrey and David,

    To answer one comment above. The article refers to my beloved old teacher, Bernard Greenhouse, with whom I studied in Cape Cod. I assume the name was dropped because the article was aimed at fashion enthusiasts rather than music lovers.