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Fédor Roudine

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The 'Fresh Face' violinist on his musical philosophies

Music comes from inside

’Musically, I never think how to do anything,’ says French—Russian violinist Fédor Roudine, winner of the €12,000 first prize at September’s Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy and of the €10,000 Henri Marteau Violin Competition in Germany. ‘I believe that music comes naturally, if you know the score and the work well, and the story that goes with it. Even if someone tells you how to play every note, if you are a real musician anyway, it won’t change anything: music comes from inside.’

The 21-year-old began studies at the Paris Conservatoire aged seven and has claimed first prizes at the Louis Spohr and Aram Khachaturian international competitions in Germany and Armenia respectively. After finishing his studies with Zakhar Bron at the Musikhochschule Cologne, he intends to do a masters, alongside more international competitions.

Chamber music is another staple of Roudine’s life: he plays regularly in a trio and a quintet. ‘You can’t be a good soloist if you aren’t a good chamber musician. They go together,’ he says. ‘I’d be happy to do everything that comes my way. But now I’m still a student and I have a lot to learn. What I do now is enough for me.’

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