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MainlyMozartSD290 karma

Every week we play under him is very exciting! He is incredibly clear in his movements and beats, which I appreciate so much. His approach is incredibly elegant and focused on beautiful sound and phrasing most of the time, but I remember one concert from last year that showed me his true spectrum of leadership- Shostakovich 4th symphony. From the intense highs to the dark lows, he showed it all perfectly, so as to imagine that is how it is "supposed to be played" if that makes sense. There is a good deal of respect and trust with his working relationships as well- often he defers to musicians as to how to approach more specific details of the works which I appreciate.

MainlyMozartSD257 karma

With an orchestra that is one of the world's most prominent, each season brings many new and exciting experiences performing around the world. After 21 seasons, I can say that some of my most memorable experiences - to mention only a few - have happened at Carnegie Hall, on tour in Europe and Asia. Specific performances include one concert at the Academy of Music in Philly where it just felt like the stars and moon lined up for us all onstage to be in "the zone". Also a Prokofiev Piano Concerto at Carnegie with Martha Argerich which brought her 11 curtain calls.

For beginners and amateurs, try to spend a bit more alone time working on technique through scales and exercises. Playing pieces is fun but having a bit more speed, agility, and strength speeds up the learning process.

MainlyMozartSD180 karma

Hi Noah! I hope you're doing well! Covid did break that record with me. I took over a month off just to give myself a (forced) break. Playing full time in an orchestra is incredibly stressful, and when you add in a global pandemic, that takes it to a whole new level, so a break was the best thing that could have come out of that terrible situation. I came out of that time energized and wanting to play, thinking about all the projects I could be a part of and ways we could start performing safely again. It was incredibly refreshing to step away from the instrument and let yourself have a breath out. And yes, I absolutely think that musicians need to have knowledge outside of music in order to best communicate the emotions and intent of the music they are playing. Music can also be a very strong medium for justice and action, traditionally and especially in modern days. And I also agree wholeheartedly that you need time away from the instrument to develop both as a person and a musician

MainlyMozartSD166 karma

I guess I am kind of known for interacting with audience members from the stage. For me, that means exchanging little smiles, waves, and glances. I always scan the audience and find a few familiar faces.

Some of the most memorable moments have been when - unfortunately - audience members pass out. This can be from a few too many Champagnes before the concert or just - I hope - being awestruck from the great "Philly Sound"!

MainlyMozartSD123 karma

I'm confident we should continue to push for more live events outside AND inside, to the extent that we need to keep it safe. Even this summer we've seen some organizations open their doors to a few donors while ensembles streamed a concert. i must say, playing for only a dozen people in a near empty hall is not ideal either. A drive-in concert where everybody expresses their enthusiasm (with car horns and bright headlights) is much more exciting. It's about the shared experience between players and audience !