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Igor Ozim

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Words of wisdom from the Slovenian violinist and pedagogue

Try to think of what you can do better next time and then just turn around and start afresh

There are many violin competitions these days and students are very keen to present themselves in that arena. I try to advise my students to go to less demanding competitions to begin with, and to play works that they are very familiar with when choosing the repertoire.

It is a good idea to be as well-prepared as possible, and to go into the competition feeling as though you are definitely going to win the first prize – but not to be upset if you fail in the first round.

Try to think of what you can do better next time and then just turn around and start afresh. Finally, remember that you are very good, but there are other very good players out there as well.

Igor Ozim is a jury member for the International Violin Competition Henri Marteau, taking place from 28 April–10 May 2014

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