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Yuri Bashmet

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Insights from the life of the conductor, violinist and violist

Playing chamber music is the best way to become a professional musician

I see talented young players today dance around when they play, and some women try to look sexy on stage. It’s show business and it sells, but it has spoiled musical taste.

At the beginning it’s better for young musicians to have a simple instrument and to learn to find colours on that.

To play chamber music well you must be a good person, not only a good musician. You must create a balance between your own ego and the egos of your colleagues.

Soloists often don’t know what happens in the orchestra – they just play the solo line. When you play chamber music you have to know the score, so playing chamber music is the best way to become a professional musician.

It’s exciting to play modern music. You are breathing the same air as the composer. Even if you have different political opinions, you know what you are both speaking about because you live in the same time.

Photo: Oleg Nachinkin

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