What Inspires You?
6th April 2019
Welcome back to the life of Vanessa the Violinist! I hope you all saw my post during the week about Festival Fresco but if not you can find it underneath this post. It’s been a busy few weeks with concerts, organising future plans and deadlines looming all over the place.
Yesterday on my drive home for the Easter break I listened to a recording of the Mendelssohn Octet which brought back a lot of happy memories… This work truly has a very special place in the development of my violin playing career.
In the first ever Great Bowden Music Fest back in 2014 I had the amazing opportunity when I was only seventeen to perform this wonderful work with professional musicians which was one of the most inspiring experiences and was the last little step towards my decision to become a professional musician. Before this I was only really interested in playing the big violin concertos and violin virtuosic works but this experience opened my musical horizons into the world of chamber music which has become one of the centre parts of my violin journey.
I was asked in an interview a couple of months ago about what advice I would give to aspiring young musicians, this is what I wrote: ‘Go follow your dreams. Work really hard, stay inspired and motivated, and if you feel any of this slightly slip go back to something that inspires you. For me it’s listening to a performance I did of the Mendelssohn Octet with a professional group when I was only seventeen. Never let anyone tell you you’re not good enough, and prove them wrong! Stay positive!’.
It’s amazing that five years later, this work still gives me joy to listen to and reminds me of everything I’ve achieved not just as a violinist but as a chamber musician plus inspires me to carry on. I’m also extra excited that in the finale concert of the Great Bowden Music Fest 2019 I will be able to perform this great masterpiece again… This time as a graduate musician…. Scary!!!
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