9th February 2019
Hello Everyone and Welcome back to the life of Vanessa the Violinist. Hope you’ve all had a week filled with success and positivity… But also some time to relax, I realised a day ago how important it is to spend an hour or two away from the workroom to let my brain recharge.
Before I get started I need to mention that a friend of mine and composer Natasha Sofla who recently started a blog featured me on her blog site. Go to www.natashasofla.com to see it. You will find out a little more about her and a few collaborations we have planned together on here in the near future… Stay tuned!
Last week I mentioned that playing with friends is one of the biggest benefits to being a musician. Today’s post involving my amazing duo partner and stunning pianist Radu Prisada is no exception.
We’ve been working together for nearly two years now. During this, I’ve learnt so much musically from him but most importantly our rehearsals and concerts are filled with so much positivity that I don’t get too wrapped round in what I am doing in the music and start to enjoy the performance together as a team. I am very fortunate to be able to play with such an outstanding musician that I can always count on to tell me what I need to hear in the most positive way possible, always has my back and just so happens to be a great friend too.
Playing with friends really is the best way to make music. To have all the support, energy and positive vibes that you need right there on stage next to you is the dream!
Recently we’ve been working on Grieg’s Violin Sonata No 3 in C minor. Which is the most popular of his three sonatas and there’s no surprise why… all three movements are unique and have so many amazing melodies that there is never a dull moment in the entire work. It’s been really fun working with Radu on this work and I’m looking forward to performing it very soon.
I’m really excited about some of the concerts we’ve got lined up together over the next few months. If you’re around these areas then please come and support us. Details are listed below:
Thursday 14th of March 2019: Loughborough Schools Music, LE11 2DU at 6:30pm. Repertoire to include: Dvořák Sonatina, Sarasate Carmen Fantasy and Grieg C minor Sonata.
Thursday 2nd of May 2019: St Dunstan and All Saints Church, Stepney High Street, London, E1 0NR. Repertoire to include: Dvořák Sonatina, Fauré Sonata No 1 in A, Sarasate Carmen Fantasy, Debussy Two preludes, Puerta Del Vino and Bruyères and Grieg Sonata No 3 in C minor.
If you can’t make these dates then don’t worry there will be other opportunities to hear us play. Stay tuned for further information.
You’ve read my post now go and ask your friends to play some chamber music together and enjoy working as a team!
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See you next time :)