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Derek Aviss

Monday, 13 January 2014

Words of wisdom from the cellist and former executive director of London's Trinity Laban Conservatoire

The joy of making music quickly restores your equilibrium

All young musicians starting their careers should keep an open mind and always say yes to new opportunities – you just don’t know where they might lead.
 
Never lose sight of the reason you chose to be a musician. Through the ups and downs, I’ve found that the joy of making music quickly restores your equilibrium.
 
Always remember that performing isn’t necessarily the only road to take. When I started off, I never considered doing anything else, but looking back I wouldn’t change my career for the world.
 
Working in higher education, especially during the current fiscal climate, requires determination and strong nerves – but of course it’s worth it.
 
Be prepared. I once forgot my black socks and had to resort to borrowing my girlfriend’s tights for a performance – not an experience I would recommend to any self-respecting young musician.

Photo: Tas Kypriano

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