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Yuzuko Horigome

Monday, 09 December 2013

The Japanese violinist, one of the judges at the 2013 Montreal International Music Competition, shares some of the best advice she ever had

Every concert is a debut. Each time it’s as though it’s your first time, over and again

When I recorded the five Mozart Concertos with the Camerata Salzburg, its conductor (and founder) Sándor Végh told me there were three keys to performing Mozart: to play cantabile, risoluto and grazioso. ‘Mozart is an opera,’ he would say.

I met Rudolf Serkin at Marlboro soon after I won the Queen Elisabeth Competition. I told him I felt as though my life was nothing but debuts everywhere. He said, ‘That depends on how you look at it – every concert is a debut. Each time it’s as though it’s your first time, over and again.’ He must have been almost 80 at the time.

Finally, I like what Jascha Heifetz once said: a solo violinist needs the courage of a toreador, the delicacy of a ballerina and the patience of a woman who runs a night bar.

Photo: Masamichi Kageta. The Montreal International Music Competition runs from 6–17 May

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