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Noah Bendix-Balgley

Tuesday, 05 November 2013

The US violinist shares some of the best advice he's ever had

Prepare, prepare, prepare! Life will come by itself

After finishing my studies, I wasn’t sure which direction to take with my career. I had various options, but no clear idea which one to pursue. My teacher at the time, Christoph Poppen, passed on some advice that his teacher Josef Gingold had often given him: ‘Prepare, prepare, prepare! Life will come by itself.’ This resonates with my experience. You never know what will come your way, but if you are prepared, you will be able to seize opportunities as they arise. The opportunities you don’t expect are often the most fulfilling.

When I was young, I did not know how to cope with strong emotions. My father used to tell me to pick up my violin and to play what I was feeling, whether it was anger, sadness or frustration. I was always calmer after I had played. Music is an outlet for emotions that cannot be expressed otherwise, and my father helped me find that outlet at an early age.

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

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