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Agata Szymczewska

Monday, 11 November 2013

The fellow musicians who inspire the Polish violinist

Maxim Vengerov is fantastic at painting a picture to help you create a specific sound

I am inspired by Anne-Sophie Mutter. She has such an amazing sound. It’s so full and round, with so much body – it’s the kind of sound I’m aiming for. Recently, I was lucky enough to have a lesson with her. She was very focused and she quickly opened my eyes, ears and heart to the detail in the music. She has a very open personality and told me straight away what was missing from my playing, as well as what she liked. She was also approachable and happy to give career advice.

I also admire Maxim Vengerov. He’s still young, but so knowledgeable about playing the violin, conducting and music theory. I’ve played to him, too, and he’s fantastic at painting a picture to help you create a specific sound. For example he told me to think of a clock chiming, an animal, a landscape, and even afternoon tea!

Originally published in The Strad, November 2011. Download the digital edition of the issue or subscribe to it as part of our 30-day free trial.

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