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Shlomo Mintz

Monday, 16 December 2013

Celebrating 50 years of performing on stage in 2012, the violinist considers what he would want to tell his younger self

The more you build, the more protection you have

I would tell myself to spend a bit more time doing other things. When I was six years old, my father imposed a rigid schedule, which involved my getting up at 5am and practising for a few hours before school. Both my parents were keen for me to have a balanced life at school, but I would have only around an hour each day to play with other kids.

I would also urge myself not to be too focused on just a few works, but to go out and get an overall picture of the string music repertoire – which is easier said than done. I didn’t have opinions at that age, as my teachers introduced me to most of the works I played, and opinion is formed from recognition, and building up enough knowledge for you to stand on your own two feet. It’s like constructing a castle: the more you build, the more protection you have.

Photo: Chab Lathion

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